Details of upcoming events, submissions, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Kia ora! Hope you’re able to get out in the garden! (And attend some of the forums for voters)
We’re still on the hunt for a new newsletter compiler – please do get in touch – it’s been very satisfying work collating everyone else’s good work!
1. Sustainable Dunedin City action
Sustainable Dunedin City Society is made up of persons who are interested in the issues of climate change, declining energy security and sustainability, as they affect Dunedin City. The Society is not affiliated with any political party and aims to facilitate a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin City. For more information or to join go to www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz
Do you have a great idea for making your community cope better with the challenges of climate change and decreasing resources? Would a grant of up to $500 help make your project a reality?
Sustainable Dunedin City Inc. is giving ten grants of up to $500 to groups, schools, organisations or individuals for projects that can be completed this summer. Applications close 30 September 2014
For more information check details on the Big Green Challenge page.
TOMORROW Thursday 21 August, 7.30 pm (Third Thurs/ month)
GreenDrinks Port Chalmers, the Portsider in Port Chalmers
Scott Willis will be talking to us about growing community resilience: the real Blueskin story. There is so much to learn from and and celebrate from the Waitati community, so should be fun and inspiring evening from our neighbours up the line.
Thursday 28 August, (last Thursday of month)
THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts.
Topic this month: “If you are elected to govern in September – What initiatives/legislation will you put in place to help us care for the world around us? (ie Dunedin-NZ-Earth)” LABOUR’s Dunedin North Electorate MP Dr David Clark and GREEN PARTY Candidate for Dunedin South Mr Shane Gallagher will join us to answer this question in any way they like. NATIONAL have also been invited but as yet no representative is available to attend. Many of you may not yet have met Shane. This is a great opportunity to come along to meet David and Shane – and chat with them in a relaxed friendly environment. NB David will speak from 6pm-ish and focus on Labour’s Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) plans touching on the relative merits of carbon taxes and emissions trading schemes.
You can find out more about Labour’s environmental policies at http://campaign.labour.org.nz/environment_conservation , Green’s Environmental policies at https://www.greens.org.nz/policy/environment-policy, and National’s Blue Green advisory group at http://www.bluegreens.org.nz/ (no current Environment policy released by the National Party).
GreenDrinks Dunedin is part of the non-political international movement Green Drinks whose focus is to provide a relaxed space for people interested in sustainability and the environment to meet and get together.
Green Drinks Dunedin is hosted in Dunedin by Sustainable Dunedin City. For more information or to get on the mailing list please email Maureen Howard, GreenDrinks Dunedin Coordinator on email@example.com
Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum
Come and listen to Dunedin North candidates and party representatives outline their party’s sustainability & environment policies, respond to set questions on topics such as freshwater health, climate change, protection of the marine environment and managing land resources, as well as answering questions from the audience. Bring your friends.
This event is organised by Forest & Bird, Fish & Game, Generation Zero, Sustainable Dunedin City and Wise Response.
2. Other new dates and activities
Friday 22 August
Submissions on the draft plan to the public buses close (see below under consultations)
Friday 22 August
Submissions close for Plan Change Proposal for the Waitaki River (see below under consultations for details)
Wednesday 27th August, 5.30
Permaculture Dunedin: Seed swap of the year
The Apartment upstairs from The Malcalm Trust, 174 Princes Street (enter The Apartment from Dowling Street).
‘Bring along any seeds you’d like to share. Last year we had tables covered in ones both home grown as well as bought. Not only seeds were being shared but lots of good old, hands-on local knowledge. Bring a plate to share; hot drinks provided.’
Submissions close to the Preferred Option Natural Hazards (see below under consultations)
Sunday Sept 7th 2014 1-4pm
Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop
Dunedin North Intermediate School North East Valley, (34 North Rd).
(Transition Valley 473, the Dunedin Permaculture group and Jason Ross from Habitate). Take grafts now in July when trees are fully dormant. You can collect your own from a favourite fruit tree, or we will have a great range of heritage apple cuttings to choose from on the day. Instructions on how to collect scion wood will be sent when you register.
The cost of the workshop is $30p.p. This covers the cost of an apple rootstock, potting mix, scion wood and tuition. If you just want to learn the techniques, but don’t want a rootstock, it is $20p.p. The workshop will be held in the school hall at:
Contact Kristen to register: 473 9535 or 027 779 5481 firstname.lastname@example.org. Places are limited.
14 to 26 September
As part of Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week, Keep Dunedin Beautiful and the DCC are asking residents to beautify their favourite part of our city by ridding it of litter.
Registered participants will receive gloves and specially marked plastic bags which can be put out with your regular kerbside collection between September 15th and 26th.
Register by ringing Keep Dunedin Beautiful on 474 3401 or emailing email@example.com
Your bag(s) and gloves can either be picked up from the Civic Centre Customer Services ground floor at an arranged time or be mailed to you.
Information we require:
· Name (if group – number of participants would be helpful)
· number of bags required
· area you will clean up
· address for kerbside collection
· day of your kerbside rubbish collection
· your email address and phone number
Thu 21st Aug, 9am – 4pm (Register from 8am
Just Action “In our backyard” social justice conference
How do we live justly in our community? Be inspired and challenged by our international guest speaker and local social entrepreneurs who are making a difference.
Organised by The Salvation Army Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit.
575 Princes Street
The Global People’s Climate March
Madam Butterfly Workshops, Jacqui Knight Butterflies NZ Trust
As editor of BUTTERFLIES (official magazine of the Moths and Butterflies NZ Trust) and I have used butterflies in environmental education for over 30 years. The workshops would be centred on how to create habitat for butterflies and moths in that particular locality. The Monarch Butterfly would be used as an example of “typical metamorphosis” as so much information is known about this species and they are so user-friendly. But the workshops will also address local Lepidoptera species, host and nectar plants, pests and predators. Contact Jacqui Knight firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> 095513383 0274814811
Starts beginning of term one, 2015, lasting the whole term.
Virtual Great Walks Competition, Department of Conservation (DOC)
DOC thinks all kids should be excited about the magic of Aotearoa’s beautiful backyard, so are running a competition for young people that requires groups of 15 people or less to pick one of the nine Great Walks to learn about while ‘virtually’ walking it. To enter the grand prize draw to win the ultimate Great Walks experience for kids, including air travel to a Great Walk for the group (with extra seats for adult helpers), groups will need to answer certain questions about their Great Walk in the presentation method of their choice, e.g. video clip, PowerPoint, poem. or poster etc. Please fill in the survey questions to help us plan the competition so everyone can get the best out of it. Let’s get started!
3. Ongoing activities
Eco Living in Action, Thursdays, 2.30-3pm. On Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Tune in or check out previous shows on the OAR website at www.oar.org.nz/podcasts. Tomorrow Maureen is chatting with Colin Fitzpatrick about Topbar beekeeping (a type of more natural beehive).
STOP (Save The Otago Peninsula) Inc Soc regular working bees on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the Broad Bay area.
One is a freshwater creek enhancement project and the other is in a DOC Scientific Reserve. There is sometimes transport available from town on the Thursday morning. Other working bees are held as required in the evenings in summer and in the weekend. For more details, contact Lala Frazer, phone 478 0339, or text mobile 021 20 999 74, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Quarantine Island Open Weekend last Saturday every month
Everyone is welcome to the St Martin Island Community open weekends on Quarantine Island on the last Saturday of every month. Join us in releasing the (relatively) newly planted native trees, sharing conversations, passion and action in this beautiful island haven.
The boat leaves Back Beach at 9.30am and returns about 4pm. You can also stay overnight. Bring $10 for the boat and a contribution towards a shared lunch (and swimming togs if you’re feeling brave!).
Make sure to let the new keepers Candy and Gordon Douglas know that you intend to come – (03) 478 0874.
Living Legends at Waitati: last Sunday of the month help with releasing the native plants from rank grass and weeds at the Orokonui Scenic Reserve, an important area for whitebait and wading birds. We aim to transform the low-lying rank pasture into a thriving natural wetland, as it was over 150 years ago. To find out more go to http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/ or contact: Lucy Hardy at email@example.com or 03 474 7094.
Blueskin Community Market first Sunday of every month
Gallery on Blueskin
Food and coffee, plants and produce, arts and crafts, prints, pakoras, books, toys and more! Free stalls, DCC regulations apply to food stalls.
Phone Nathan on 027 214 8294 or Rudie 027 781 1799 for more information.
4. Petitions and consultations
Environment Canterbury will soon consider a Plan Change proposal for the Waitaki River which, if accepted, would result in the river’s minimum flow being reduced by a third (from 150 to 102 cumecs) for periods over the summer. The change is proposed primarily to resolve a clash in the conditions on irrigation consents and to increase flexibility for hydro-generation.
A lower minimum flow would risk even poorer water quality, more didymo infestation, greater exposure of island-nesting birds to predation, and reduction of angling opportunities by up to 30% in the lower river, amongst other things.
You can help by submitting against the proposed Plan Change, anytime before 5pm on Friday August 22nd – and by helping us spread the word!
Check out www.forthewaitaki.org.nz for further information and for an easy, five-minute submission form.
Send this information on (please note that time is short…submissions close next Friday) to people you think may be interested.
- Share a graphic on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nobodiesrivers/photos/a.679372432131852.1073741828.661806507221778/693309414071487/?type=1
Dunedin City Council (http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on)
2GP Preferred Options – Natural Hazards
The feedback for the Preferred Option Natural Hazards consultation has now opened. Closing date has been extended to 1 September 2014
Otago Regional Council (http://www.orc.govt.nz/Meetings-Consultations-and-Events/Have-your-say/)
Otago people are invited to have their say on proposed major improvements to the region’s public transport network.
The key changes proposed for the Dunedin network include:
• A new route structure featuring simple, direct routes with no variations and more regular frequencies, enabling users to reach their destination sooner
• The development of a central city hub where users can easily transfer from one bus to another without an additional cost for that fare zone
• Pairing of routes so that users do not have to change buses when travelling from one quarter of the city to another
• Reduction of the number of fare zones from seven to three.
• ORC withdrawal from providing contracted school bus services. The proposed new network and ticketing system will enable students to access their chosen school without having to use a separate school bus system.
• The existing Palmerston, Waikouaiti, Karitane, and Waitati services will become part of the Dunedin network
• Wingatui, which has for a long time had very low patronage, will no longer be served.
• The plan identifies issues around the relationship between roading design and bus service provision in Queenstown that need to be addressed through inter-agency management.
Cr Woodhead said the plan’s city-wide approach to public transport envisages that bus routes will use major roads, not small residential streets.
“Because bus routes will be as direct as possible, there will be reduced travel times for many services. Bus timetables will also be simpler and easier to follow as a result of the proposed changes, to make services generally more regular and frequent.”
The plan enables ORC to seek support from the Government to subsidise services and contract operators to provide them.
Government consultations (http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/make-submission/)
Petitioning Progressive Enterprises Ltd: Introduce a 10 cent plastic bag levy across all your major supermarket brands View the petition
5. Food for thought and (good) fuel for action
See attached for Version 1/8/14 of Overview of Sustainability Action in Aotearoa New Zealand
Futures Committee of Quakers (the Religious Society of Friends)
Education for a Sustainable Future: election manifesto: Policy priorities for candidates in the 2014 New Zealand General Election and for an incoming Government by NZ Association for Environmental Action, Sustainable Living Aotearoa/NZ, Forest & Bird: Education for a rapidly changing world…Education is an investment in a future with improved social and economic prosperity. http://www.enviroschools.org.nz/news_and_events/Election_manifesto_July_2014.pdf
Climate Voter NZ: A coalition of NGOs has launched “Climate Voter NZ”, a site on which you can sign up to say that you’ll use your vote in the coming General Election to get real action on climate change. You can sign up here: http://www.climatevoter.org.nz/ NB: this action has been defined as ‘electioneering’ by the Electoral Commission, and this definition is to be challenged in court. (see eg http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/249733/climate-voter-court-challenge)
The Dunedin Amenities society, the Department of Conservation and the Dunedin City Council are working together in DoC’s Kowhai conservation programme “Project Gold”. The Society will fund a kowhai planting programme in the Dunedin Town Belt that benefits avian and plant biodiversity for the next five years. This is a great initiative so read the full story on our website…
Request from Chris Baillie, General Manager, Orokonui Ecosanctuary:
I write to ask you to please help Orokonui by requesting public transport be provided to the Ecosanctuary. This is vital in assisting the Ecosanctuary, the flagship biodiversity project for the South Island providing safe habitat for many threatened species, to become financially self sufficient. Could you please write a brief letter/submission to the Otago Regional Council’s draft regional public transport plan before 22 August. Letters/submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org or online www.org.govt.nz. At the moment public transport only goes as far as Port Chalmers and Waitati. Thanks heaps!
Our own Tarsh Turner has been selected as one of six young kiwis to attend the UNFCCC COP20 Climate Change Negotiations in Peru this December as part of the New Zealand Youth Delegation. Tarsh initiated a community campus garden on the Otago University campus, helped to build community through my involvement with events like Organic Festival, restoration trips, workshops, movie screenings and free public lectures, helped Southlanders oppose plans to mine lignite, held co-leadership of Students for Environmental Action at uni, and sat on the inaugural OUSA Environment Committee. Last year she studied abroad to gain an international perspective on the environmental crisis and is more fired up than ever to see New Zealand become a leader on the world stage in addressing this issue. She now needs money for her airfare to Peru so if you can help you can transfer directly to: N J Turner 38-9009-0719098-01 or her Paypal account. She promises all donors a hand written post card from Peru (please identify yourself to her), and everyone will be able to follow the trip via our website.
The Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust (BRCT) is working on developing a small community wind farm through its company, Blueskin Energy Ltd. BRCT also provides energy advice, home performance assessments, climate change planning, solar advice and more. We’re dedicated to building community resilience and providing an example for others. We want to walk the talk at our own office and demonstrate simple clean-tech solutions. They just need a little more money to complete our project of Solar Panels to turn our building into its own little power station! https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/2270
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