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This newsletter is circulated once every two to three weeks by Sustainable Dunedin City Society to publicise sustainability-related events, consultations, petitions and occasional news items relevant to Dunedin.

Happy New Year!
Welcome to the first Sustainable Dunedin City newsletter of 2016. There are already some interesting events coming up, as we come out of the summer lull. For some of us, it might also be a good time to start taking notice of the government’s proposed changes to the Resource Management Act and other environmental legislation – the closing date for submissions is not until 14th March, but there is a lot to get our heads around and there is already some opposition to the proposals because of their implications for the environment. Keep a look out in the media for a range of opinions which are likely to emerge over the next few weeks. In the meantime, a couple of commentaries are included in the Petitions and Consultions section below.

For lighter reading, catch up with Maureen Howard’s account of the first stage of her travels to and through South America – in the EcoLiving in Action slot below.

Finally, if you have made a new year’s resolution to reduce waste and want some interesting suggestions to help you along, try the website of the Zero-Waste Chef: http://zerowastechef.com/

Best wishes,
Simonne

Green Drinks
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 – Port Chalmers
On a summer break – next meeting date will be announced shortly.
For more information about the group see their Facebook page.

Green Drinks – Dunedin City
No regular meetings scheduled currently
Events for January and February
Friday 29th January, 7 pm
TPPA talk
Venue: Burns Hall (next to First Church, Moray Place)

International TPPA experts Lori Wallach, founder and director of Global Trade Watch at Public Citizen, and Professor Jane Kelsey from University of Auckland, will talk about the latest research, politics, analysis and actions. All welcome. The talk is a free event but any donations towards costs will be gratefully received. Saturday 30th January, 12 – 2.30pm
TPPA Don’t Sign eventVenue: The Octagon
Rally/picnic/info and entertainment “TPPA Don’t Sign” action event for all the family. Bring lunch, sign the petition and share ideas for action.

Saturday 30th January
Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua Community Day
At this open day, we will also have a scything workshop for those who are interested. Dick Martin will demonstrate how to care for scythes so they stay sharp and effective, and also how to use them. We have lots of long grass on the Island for anyone who wants to practise! Bring your own scythe if you have one! Please register for this demonstration so we can pass on any updates. Watch how it’s done – grass cutting without emissions! https://wild-willows207.wistia.com/medias/igp1xaen4d

The boat leaves Back Beach by the Port Chalmers Yacht Club at 10am sharp and can do a pick up on the Portobello side. Return boat leaves the Island at approx. 3.30 pm. $15 for the boat. Bookings required! Contact Becca on 4780874, 021 165 6786 or at quarantineisland@gmail.com Bring something to share for a potluck picnic. A koha for the Island is always appreciated.

The next open days will be Sat 6th Feb. and Sat. 27th Feb. Check the http://quarantineisland.org.nz/ for details.
Thursday 4th February 8am to 5pm
Urban Farming Masterclass
This is a unique opportunity to learn about profitable urban farming from Curtis Stone, founder of Green City Acres in Canada. Curtis specializes in multiple site farming (using backyards, vacant plots, etc) and has an established reputation as an urban farming  practitioner. He will be running a one-day masterclass in Dunedin. The cost is $220 (but a payment schedule may be possible). To get more information and to book, go to www.sixfigurefarmingtour.com

Friday 5th February, 12 – 1pm
Centre for Sustainability seminar – Ways universities and institutions can respond and engage in the major environmental and social issues of our time

Venue: Centre for Sustainability Seminar Room, 563 Castle Street, Dunedin

Dr Isak Stoddard, Acting Program Director at the Centre for Environment and Development Studies (CEMUS), University of Uppsala, Sweden,  will discuss the challenges that are faced by universities and other institutes of higher education in seeking to respond to the major environmental and social issues of our times.

Thursday 11th February, 4 – 5pm
Centre for Sustainability seminar – Water policy: The good, the bad and the ugly
Venue: Centre for Sustainability Seminar Room, 563 Castle Street, Dunedin

Donna Lybecker, Professor of Political Science and Chair of Political Science at Idaho State University, USA, examines the use of policy narratives as an essential element in creating change and how they can be used to break policy intractability. An analysis of the public and stakeholders involved in a river restoration project in the state of Idaho, USA, reveals communication differences and what narrative preferences can best facilitated continued discussions. Regular activities
Eco-living in action radio show Otago Access Radio 105.4FM.
Hosted by Maureen Howard and sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.

As many of you know, Maureen Howard is travelling in South America at the moment (having travelled by freighter to avoid air travel) and is not able to broadcast regularly, but she has sent an update for SDC members:
“I have just arrived in Panama City. I spent 20 days at sea on board the Spirit of Auckland – a freighter ship. I enjoyed it mostly! I had routines, a gym to exercise in, DVDs, lots of time on the deck, eating meals, and learning Spanish. You can read more about it on www.ecolivinginactiondunedin.wordpress.com
Travelling through the Panama Canal was a highlight – flanked by tropical forest. I got off in Colon, a rather crumbling city with extremes of wealth and poverty, and eventually onto a Diablo Rojo – red devil bus to Achiote, a small village on the edge of the San Lorenzo Protected area jungle. I have had two weeks here of amazing experiences in every way. Wildlife and lovely people. I stayed in a environmental education / hostel here for two weeks. I’ve enjoyed helping Marilo the manager. She is very very knowledgeable about birds and a very inspiring and dedicated person.  I have a radio show just aired on this. www.oar.org.nz. And I hope to do another blog on it now that I am in a place with better internet.
I will be off again soon I hope to another jungle, on the edge of Lago Bayano. No internet here apparently.”
Maureen’s travels are being recorded on www.ecolivinginactiondunedin.wordpress.com – radio shows and blog. She is getting them up when she stays at places with internet. 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 a DOC Scientific Reserve. Other working bees held as required in the evenings in summer and at weekends. For information contact Lala Frazer (phone 478 0339, email lala.frazer@gmail.com or text 022 437 0799).

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 contact Karen Connor at kconnor@doc.govt.nz or 03 4770 677 or visit http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/

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.
Petitions and consultations
Dunedin City Council: No sustainability-related consultations at present.

Otago Regional Council: No sustainability-related consulations at present.

New Zealand Government:  Resource Legislation Amendment Bill. Click here for details of the proposals and how to make submissions. Deadline for submissions Monday 14th March. This is a complicated Bill, proposing major amendments to the Resource Management Act, Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf Act, the Environmental Protection Authority Act, the Reserves Act, the Conservation Act and the Public Works Act. The bill was introduced in early December and it seems as if not many environmental groups have had time yet to publish their views on it – there are 180 pages of amendments to existing legislation and 38 pages of explanation to work through! However, the Green Party has already said that it is opposing the Bill:
“Though we support parts of the Bill, including the increased recognition of the importance of managing natural hazards, most of the good proposals in the Bill appear to be vastly out-weighed by changes that consolidate power around the Minister, lock out local voices, and weaken environmental safeguards.” (Green Party press release)
Likewise, the November-December issue of ECOlink, the newsletter of the Environment and Conservation Organisations of New Zealand, raises concerns:
“The Bill proposes changes to several Acts that would constitute major threats to the environment and to local democracy. Like the proposals that preceded this Bill, there are many moves to favour economic development over other interests.”

Anti-TPPA petition: www.actionstation.org.nz/dontsign

Sustainable Dunedin City Society aims to facilitate a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin City and is made up of people who are interested in the issues of climate change, declining energy security and sustainability. The Society is not affiliated to any political party. As well as production of this newsletter, current activities of the the Society include organising the Big Green Challenge and hosting Green Drinks in the city centre and Port Chalmers. For more information or to join the Society go to http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/
Contacts
Simonne Wood (formerly Samuelson) (newsletter editor) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Jenny Neilson (SDC secretary) secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/

CC_Dunedin_2015This newsletter is circulated once every two to three weeks by Sustainable Dunedin City Society to publicise sustainability-related events, consultations, petitions and occasional news items relevant to Dunedin.

Kia ora,
Since the last newsletter, the Climate Change Vigil and the Climate Change March in Dunedin have both taken place. Sustainable Dunedin City is pleased to have been able to provide some funding to support the Vigil, which engaged with many people, including children, in a positive way on climate change through the Vigil itself and in promoting it with a beautiful poster, holding art workshops and engaging with the media. The Climate Change March demonstrated the depth of concern in Dunedin about Climate Change, with an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 people attending according to the ODT. Now we wait to see what world leaders can come up with at the Paris Conference.

As we move towards the summer holidays, there are not so many events and activities to publicise as usual, but still quite a few things of interest, especially this week.

Best wishes for a happy Christmas and a peaceful, sustainable world in 2016. This newsletter will be back in mid-January.
Simonne

Green Drinks
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 – Port Chalmers
On a Christmas break – next meeting date will be announced in the new year.

For more information see their Facebook page.

Green Drinks – Dunedin City
No regular meetings scheduled currently

Other events/announcements for December
Thursday 10th December, 1.15 – 4.15pm
Field day at the  Hereweka Harbour Cone farm on promoting healthy waterways
Venue: Hereweka Harbour Cone Farm

A discussion on the Otago Water Plan and how it affects farming on the Peninsula:

Working in waterways and farming to achieve good water quality – Nicola McGrouther
Managing slips within the rules – Murray Harris
What is living in our streams? Electric fishing demonstration – Pete Ravenscroft
The Hereweka Harbour Cone Trust – Lala Frazer.

Meet at the top of Bacon Street in Turnbulls Bay at the start of the Bacon St Track where the Harbour Cone walkway starts.
CONTACT: For more information: Jodie Robertson, Community Liaison and Education Officer 0800 474 082 <jodie.robertson@orc.govt.nz> Thursday 10th December, 5.30 – 7.00pm

The Bristol Pound – Informal presentation and discussion
Venue: Startup Dunedin, 22 Leithbank, Corner of Forth St and Leithbank

A presentation by Jinty McTavish, who writes: “At the request of some Dunedinites with an interest in the subject, I’ll be giving a very informal talk next Thursday about the inspiring Bristol Pound (a groundbreaking local currency system in Bristol, UK). I was lucky enough to experience the system and meet the founders when I visited the city last year. The discussion may be of interest to those with a focus on growing local jobs and communities, and supporting local independent businesses. Everyone is welcome.”

Read more: http://bristolpound.org/

Contact: Kay at 021 1672 843 or Richman at 021 623 622 Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th December
Oxfam Xmas Trees for Sale – $15
Venue: outside the Botanic Gardens, opposite the Gardens New World car park

Freshly cut, long lasting Xmas trees will be sold all day. All proceeds go to improving access to safe water and sanitation in the Pacific as part of the Oxfam Water for Survival Programme.

Trees cut as thinnings from sustainable forestry.

Saturday 12th December
Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua – end of year get together
See regular activities section for more details.
Regular activities
Otago Access Radio – sustainability programmes
Eco-living in action radio show Otago Access Radio 105.4FM.
Hosted by Maureen Howard and sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.

The show runs every week – each Thursday 2.30-3pm on 105.4FM and is repeated each Monday 8.30-9am. To hear all of the shows please go to the Otago Access Radio website at www.oar.org.nz or download the shows via iTunes – to come to you every week.   You can also check out photos to go with some past shows on the website at http://ecolivinginactiondunedin.wordpress.com
Valley Community Workspace at 11 Allen St, NEV is a new co-working space for green, innovative ventures, skill-sharing, creativity and community led education and development. Ventures include electric car conversions, electric bikes, a bike clinic to help with basic repairs, a tinker school, Makerspace and more.   We are fundraising to buy the building and looking for investors. We also have a range of meaningful Christmas gifts, including second hand kids’ and adults’ bikes for as little as $20. See valleyworkspace.org for more information or join us on facebook 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 a DOC Scientific Reserve. Other working bees held as required in the evenings in summer and at weekends. For information contact Lala Frazer (phone 478 0339, email lala.frazer@gmail.com or text 022 437 0799.

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 contact Karen Connor at kconnor@doc.govt.nz or 03 4770 677 or visit http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/

Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua
Sat 12th December – You are warmly invited to our end of year get together on the Island. Bring something delicious for the pot luck lunch and $15 for the boat. A koha for the Island is always put to good use! The boat will leave Back Beach at Port Chalmers (by the Yacht Club) at 9.00am and return at 5pm. (Depending on numbers, there may be more than one boat trip). Pick up on the Peninsula side by arrangement.
To book your place on the boat contact quarantineisland@gmail.com or 478 0874. Bookings are essential! (Please let us know if you can help with carpooling or need a lift and we will try to match you up!)

Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua:  is a great place for a sustainable holiday!  In the heart of the Otago Harbour -not far to travel so minimal carbon footprint, simple rustic accommodation, and a beautiful environment to relax and recharge in. Your donation for staying on the island helps the Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua Community employ a Keeper, maintain the buildings and do ecological work, and many other projects. See the quarantineisland.org.nz website for further information, or contact the Keeper on the Island 478 0874. We have beautiful gift vouchers available for an overnight stay on the island, or boat transport, that would make a wonderful Christmas gift.

Contact 03 478 0874 or 027 7777 874 or keeper@quarantineisland.org.nz. See http://quarantineisland.org.nz/ for more information about the island and the Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua Community which looks after it.

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.
Petitions and consultations
Dunedin City Council: No sustainability-related consultations at present.

Otago Regional Council: Survey on wilding conifer management in Otago – see http://www.orc.govt.nz/Information-and-Services/Pest-Control/Plant-pests/Wilding-Conifers/

New Zealand Government:  No sustainability-related consultations at present.
Sustainable Dunedin City Society aims to facilitate a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin City and is made up of people who are interested in the issues of climate change, declining energy security and sustainability. The Society is not affiliated to any political party. As well as production of this newsletter, current activities of the the Society include organising the Big Green Challenge and hosting Green Drinks in the city centre and Port Chalmers. For more information or to join the Society go to http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/
Contacts
Simonne Samuelson (newsletter editor) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Jenny Neilson (SDC secretary) secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/

Kia ora,
There are two significant events to participate in this month – the Climate Change Vigil on 22nd November and the Global Climate Change March on 29th November. Both are in preparation for the Paris Climate Change talks which start on 30th November. There’s also an interesting looking film – Thin Ice – on at the Rialto this week, which promises to give an insight into the process of scientific research into climate change.

More locally, there is still time to comment on the Second Generation Plan (District Plan) for Dunedin – deadline 24th November. It is a long, detailed document, but Sustainable Dunedin City believes that even making a few, focussed comments on key areas is worthwhile for keeping the Council aware of the number of people concerned about sustainability in the city and for supporting councillors and council officers when they propose positive measures for the environment.

SDC members have also been asked by Blueskin Energy to comment favourably on the Resource Consent application for their proposed wind farm at Blueskin Bay. Links to more information are in the Consultations section below.

Ngā mihi,
Simonne

Green Drinks
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.
Thursday 19th November, 7.30pm (third Thursday of the month)
Green Drinks – Port Chalmers
Venue: The Portsider, Port Chalmers

Topic – A friendly get-together for the last meeting of the year.

For more information see their Facebook page.

Thursday 26th November, 5.30pm (last Thursday of the month)
Green Drinks – Dunedin City
Venue – The Bog – upstairs. Corner of George and London Streets.

Topic – to be confirmed

For more information contact bob.lloyd@otago.ac.nz or colin.campbell-hunt@otago.ac.nz

Other events/announcements for November
This week
Thin Ice – The Inside Story of Climate Science (film)
Venue: The Rialto Cinema (see website for times)

“Simon Lamb takes us on a unique exploration of the science behind global warming and an intimate portrait of a global community of researchers racing to understand our planet’s changing climate. THIN ICE is an engaging foray into humanity’s greatest challenge in the twenty-first century.” For more information see http://thiniceclimate.org/about-the-film
Tuesday 17th November, 7.30pm
How vulnerable is South Dunedin to coastal flooding and ocean inundation?
Venue: St Peter’s Church, Caversham (Parish Lounge – entrance off Hillside Road)

Emeritus professor Blair Fitzharris will give a presentation on the potential vulnerability of Dunedin to coastal flooding and ocean inundation as a result of global warming, and on what can be done about it. The talk will also address the issue of the high water table and porous soils of South Dunedin. This is the third in the series of Caversham lectures for this year. All welcome.

Wednesday 18th November 3.30-4.30pm
Marine Science Summer Series: Infographics at Sea – Gala Hesson, HEDC, University of Otago
Venue: NZ Marine Studies Centre, Portobello Marine Lab, Hatchery Road, Portobello

Discover how a bit of visual storytelling can get your message across, whether it be for teaching, research or presentation. Combining creativity with a meaningful message, Gala covers some key communication design principles for the effective presentation of data.

Free return van transport provided from the Marine Science Department 310 Castle St, Dunedin at 2.30pm Contact marine-studies@otago.ac.nz or phone 03-479 5826 to book a seat

Sunday 22nd November, 7.00pm – 10.30pm
Love the Earth – a vigil on climate change before the Paris Climate Change talks (30th November – 11th December)
Venue: Meet in the Octagon and proceed to St Paul’s Cathedral and Crypt

An invitation to share our love of the earth through poetry, prayer, song and dance, reflection and contemplation. All are welcome. Includes a time for children to express their love of the earth through song and art: 7:00-8:30pm.

Contact lovetheearthvigil@gmail.com for more information or see us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lovetheearthvigildunedin/ Wednesday 25th or Thursday 26th November, 7-9pm
Green Cleaning on a Budget
Learn how to make your own eco-friendly and household friendly cleaners. Join a two hour evening workshop with Dr Maureen Howard, Sustainability Educator.
Cost $5/$10. In the Church of Christ Community Room.

REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL. For more information or to register, please contact Maureen. Spaces limited so get in quick! Tel 4739967 or 021 235 0068 or email mhoward@slingshot.co.nz

Supported by Environmental Education Trust Otago (EETO)

Sunday 29th November, 1pm (assemble 12.45pm)
Global Climate March
A global day of action is planned prior to the start of the Paris Climate Summit. For general information see https://secure.avaaz.org/en/paris_save_the_date/.

On Sunday 29th November we assemble at the Dental School, 310 Gt. King St, Dunedin from 12.45pm ready to march at 1pm along George St to a rally in the Octagon. In the Octagon we will have speakers and entertainment. Our march will be peaceful and whanau friendly. It is a call for climate justice and peace, while celebrating the beautiful planet we share with all other living beings. We welcome banners that identify community and faith groups as well as individual messages for a low carbon future. We expect to finish about 3pm. CONTACT Pat Scott · patscott_2000@yahoo.com · 0274896025

RSVP to let us know you can make it and we will keep you up to date with details.http://www.peoplesclimatemarch.org.nz/dunedin_peoples_climate_march

https://www.facebook.com/events/1497899440503746/

Regular activities
Otago Access Radio – sustainability programmes
Eco-living in action radio show Otago Access Radio 105.4FM.
Hosted by Maureen Howard and sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.

The show runs every week – each Thursday 2.30-3pm on 105.4FM and is repeated each Monday 8.30-9am. To hear all of the shows please go to the Otago Access Radio website at www.oar.org.nz or download the shows via iTunes – to come to you every week. You can also check out photos to go with some past shows on the website at http://ecolivinginactiondunedin.wordpress.com

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 a DOC Scientific Reserve. Other working bees held as required in the evenings in summer and at weekends. For information contact Lala Frazer (phone 478 0339, email lala.frazer@gmail.com or text 022 437 0799.

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 contact Karen Connor at kconnor@doc.govt.nz or 03 4770 677 or visit http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/

Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua – 2015 Open Community Days
The next open days are:
Sat. 21st November 9.30am -3.30pm Come for the day with a picnic and help us release the young trees so they don’t get smothered by long grass!
TIME: The boat leaves Back Beach, by the Port Chalmers Yacht Club in Port Chalmers at 9:30am sharp – and can do a pick up from the Portobello Aquarium jetty on the peninsula side by prior arrangement. The return boat leaves the Island at about 3.30pm. BOOKING: Please contact Don on 478 0874 or at quarantineisland@gmail.com to book your place on the boat
TO BRING: Wear your old/comfortable work clothes and be prepared for any sort of weather, bring some yummy homemade food to share for the potluck lunch, $15pp for the boat. A koha for the Island is always put to good use.

Sat. 12th December. End of year celebration and dedication of St Martin Lodge. Put the date in your diary!

Contact 03 478 0874 or 027 7777 874 or keeper@quarantineisland.org.nz. See http://quarantineisland.org.nz/ for more information about the island and the Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua Community which looks after it.

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.
Petitions and consultations
Dunedin City Council: consultation on the Proposed 2nd Generation Plan Closing date for submissions 24th November.
Also, there is a Resource Consent Application for a community wind farm initiated by Blueskin Energy – submissions invited by 2nd December. See http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/notified-resource-consents/current-consultation/wind-farm-147-church-road for details.

Otago Regional Council: No sustainability-related consultations at present.

New Zealand Government: No sustainability-related consultations at present.
Sustainable Dunedin City Society aims to facilitate a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin City and is made up of people who are interested in the issues of climate change, declining energy security and sustainability. The Society is not affiliated to any political party. As well as production of this newsletter, current activities of the the Society include organising the Big Green Challenge and hosting Green Drinks in the city centre and Port Chalmers. For more information or to join the Society go to http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/
Contacts
Simonne Samuelson (newsletter editor) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Jenny Neilson (SDC secretary) secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/

Please send all requests to go onto the mailing list or to be removed from it to newsletter@sustainablecity.org.nz

This newsletter is circulated once every two to three weeks by Sustainable Dunedin City Society to publicise sustainability-related events, consultations, petitions and occasional news items relevant to Dunedin.

Kia ora,
I’m feeling very enthused this week having heard Professor Nikki Harre speak on Friday on how to keeep positive as sustainability activists. Many thanks to the Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua Community and the others involved in making this happen. I am now keen to read her book, Psychology for a Better World, available to download for free from the Auckland University website.

If you think you have missed the deadline for consultation on the draft Energy Plan for Dunedin, don’t worry! The consultation period has been extended to 31st October. If you have already done that one, give yourself a bit of a break and then start thinking about the 2nd Generation plan, out for consultation until 24th November.

Ngā mihi,
Simonne

Green Drinks
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.
Thursday 22nd October, 5.30pm (last Thursday of the month)
Green Drinks – Dunedin City
Venue – The Bog – upstairs. Corner of George and London Streets.

Topic – to be confirmed

For more information contact bob.lloyd@otago.ac.nz or colin.campbell-hunt@otago.ac.nz Thursday 19th November, 7.30pm (third Thursday of the month)
Green Drinks – Port Chalmers
Venue: The Portsider, Port Chalmers

Topic – A friendly get-together for the last meeting of the year.

For more information see their Facebook page.
Other events/announcements for October
Monday 19th October, 7.30pm
Planning meeting for global climate change march
Venue: Quaker Meeting House, 15 Park Street

All welcome to help with the planning of this important march; Come even if you haven’t been to a previous meeting – everyone’s ideas, energy and skills are needed.
Wednesday 28th October, 5.30pm
Book Launch – Alan Marks: Standing my Ground
Venue: Otago Museum, The Atrium, Level 1, 419 Great King Street

Otago University Press and the New Zealand Plant Conservation Network invite you to celebrate the launch of Standing my Ground: A Voice for Nature Conservation by Alan F. Mark. RSVP: to publicity@otago.ac.nz by Wednesday 21 October Looking further forward…
Home composting workshops – November
Ever thought about starting a compost system at home or improving your existing compost system? Are you interested in attending or hosting a composting workshop?

Learn about:

• cold and hot compost heaps

• bokashi

• worm farms

• troubleshooting – how to get the most out of your composting system.

These workshops, led by a local composting expert, generally run on a weekend afternoon from 1pm – 5pm with a follow-up early evening (5pm – 6pm) compost heap turning session.
Workshops have a maximum of 12 participants at a cost of $10 per person.

Hosting a compost workshop is a fun way to learn about compost as well as meeting new people.

Hosts would:

• provide a suitable venue to create a compost heap

• supply materials to create the compost heap (lawn clippings, leaves, pea straw, manure etc.)

• have a place for a cuppa (tea, coffee and snacks provided by workshop presenter)

• keep the compost for their garden!

The next round of workshops are to be held in November. To register your interest as a host or a participant contact: Education and Promotions Officer Jennie.Upton@dcc.govt.nz

Deadlines in November
Otago Science into Action funding

Otago Science Into Action has funding available to support participatory science projects that are:

Community-driven: The research must be relevant to, and resonate with, the community.
Connected with scientists: Involve active participation of communities in the scientific process, making the most of their local knowledge and generating new scientific &/or technological insights.
Educational: Offer real learning outcomes to students and young people, including two-way learning between the wider community and the science partners.

Seed funding and project funding available to community groups and their science partners. See http://scienceintoaction.nz/funding/ for more information.
Sunday 22nd November, 7.00 – 10.30pm
Love the Earth – a vigil on climate change before the Paris Climate Change talks (30th November – 11th December)
Venue: Meet in the Octagon and proceed to St Paul’s Cathedral and Crypt

An invitation to share our love of the earth through poetry, prayer, song and dance, reflection and contemplation. All are welcome. There will be a special opportunity for children to express their love of the earth.

Contact lovetheearthvigil@gmail.com for more information
Sunday 29th November, 1pm
Global Climate March
A global day of action is planned prior to the start of the Paris Climate Summit. For general information see https://secure.avaaz.org/en/paris_save_the_date/.
Watch this space for information about what is being planned for Dunedin.
Regular activities
Otago Access Radio – sustainability programmes
Eco-living in action radio show Otago Access Radio 105.4FM.
Hosted by Maureen Howard and sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.

The show runs every week – each Thursday 2.30-3pm on 105.4FM and is repeated each Monday 8.30-9am. To hear all of the shows please go to the Otago Access Radio website at www.oar.org.nz or download the shows via iTunes – to come to you every week. You can also check out photos to go with some past shows on the website at http://ecolivinginactiondunedin.wordpress.com

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 a DOC Scientific Reserve. Other working bees held as required in the evenings in summer and at weekends. For information contact Lala Frazer (phone 478 0339, email lala.frazer@gmail.com or text 022 437 0799.

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 contact Karen Connor at kconnor@doc.govt.nz or 03 4770 677 or visit http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/

Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua – 2015 Open Community Days are usually held on the Island on the last Saturday of each month. Come for the day or overnight. Help with the tree re-vegetation, maintenance and other projects. Enjoy good company and food in beautiful surroundings. Cost: $10 for the boat and a contribution towards the shared lunch.
Contact 03 478 0874 or 027 7777 874 or keeper@quarantineisland.org.nz. See http://quarantineisland.org.nz/ for more information about the island and the Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua Community
which looks after it.

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.
Petitions and consultations
Dunedin City Council: consultation on its draft Energy Plan. See http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on/current-consultations/an-energy-plan-for-dunedin for the discussion document and information on how to make a submission. Closing date for submissions 31st October.

Also consulting on the Proposed 2nd Generation Plan Closing date for submissions 24th November.

Otago Regional Council: No sustainability-related consultations at present.

New Zealand Government: No sustainability-related consultations at present.
Sustainable Dunedin City Society aims to facilitate a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin City and is made up of people who are interested in the issues of climate change, declining energy security and sustainability. The Society is not affiliated to any political party. As well as production of this newsletter, current activities of the the Society include organising the Big Green Challenge and hosting Green Drinks in the city centre and Port Chalmers. For more information or to join the Society go to http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/
Contacts
Simonne Samuelson (newsletter editor) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Jenny Neilson (SDC secretary) secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/

Please send all requests to go onto the mailing list or to be removed from it to newsletter@sustainablecity.org.nz

This newsletter is circulated once every two to three weeks by Sustainable Dunedin City Society to publicise sustainability-related events, consultations, petitions and occasional news items relevant to Dunedin.

Kia ora,
Again, there are several interesting events on during the next couple of months, including Geoffrey Palmer talking about Climate Change on Monday evening and Niki Harre from Auckland University on Psycology and Sustainability on Friday 16th.

If you can’t get to everything, then why not try out some more radio shows instead? In the Regular Activities section this time I have included a list of sustainability-related radio shows on Otago Access Radio.

Also, don’t forget to respond to the consultation on the draft Energy Plan for Dunedin by 16th October.

Ngā mihi,
Simonne

Green Drinks – Port Chalmers
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.
Thursday 15th October, 7.30pm (third Thursday of the month)
Green Drinks – Port Chalmers
Venue: The Portsider, Port Chalmers

Topic –  to be confirmed

For more information see their Facebook page. Thursday 22nd October, 5.30pm (last Thursday of the month)

Green Drinks – Dunedin City
Venue – The Bog – upstairs. Corner of George and London Streets.

Topic – to be confirmed

For more information contact bob.lloyd@otago.ac.nz  or colin.campbell-hunt@otago.ac.nz

Other events/announcements for October
Monday 5th October, 5.30pm
Climate Change in New Zealand: Is it doom or can we hope? Public lecture by Sir Geoffrey Palmer
Venue: Castle 2 Lecture Theatre, University of Otago (access from Albany Street)

All welcome. Lecture supported by Wise Response, CSAFE, Law, Division of Sciences and Department of Social and Preventative Medicine
Monday 5th October, 7.30pm
Planning meeting for global climate change march
Venue: Quaker Meeting House, 15 Park Street

All welcome to help with the planning of this important march; ideas, energy and skills are needed.

Thursday 8 Oct 6.30-8.30pm.
“Understanding your soil” Seminar
Venue: Taste Nature, 131 High Street
This beginners’ workshop on understanding soil introduces some basic soil science and recommendations for growing healthy crops. The seminar is run by Andy Barratt who is an experienced local organic small farmer.

Sign up by emailing shop@tastenature.co.nz with “Soil Seminar” as the heading, or sign up instore at the shop counter. Tickets: $35. Early booking recommended!
Friday 16th October
Dr Niki Harre – public workshop and talk
Workshop : Psychology for a Better World: Strategies to Inspire Sustainability
When: Friday 16th October, 3.30pm- 4.30pm (Refreshments provided)
Where: G201 Otago Polytechnic (Union St)
Audience: Young people (senior secondary students, Uni and Polytech students, other young people)

4.45-5.20pm  Refreshments in H1 – Please join us (tea, coffee, soup, bread, fruit)

Talk : Dr. Niki Harre, “Psychology, Sustainability and Life as an Infinite Game”
When: Friday 16th October 5.30pm
Where: G106 Otago Polytechnic (through the archway, ground floor, Union St)
Audience: All

Dr. Niki Harre is Associate Professor in Psychology and Associate Dean Sustainability at Auckland University. Her teaching and research is in the area of applied social and community psychology. Dr. Harre is the author of Psychology for a Better World: Strategies to Inspire Sustainability.

After Niki’s talk and Q & A, we would like others involved in sustainability activities to talk for a few minutes about one of their projects. A data projector is available if you want to share a couple of photos.

Please join us at 4.45pm if you can for light refreshments on the ground floor of H block  (corner of Union and Forth St) and stay after the talks for more informal conversations and soup and bread.

RSVP to Kristen at secretary.quarantineisland@gmail.com if you would like to talk and share some photos by Wed. 14th Oct.

All welcome. Koha please. Hosted by the Quarantine Island /Kamau Taurua Community and Otago Polytechnic’s Sustainability Group.

Looking further forward…
Home composting workshops – November
Ever thought about starting a compost system at home or improving your existing compost system? Are you interested in attending or hosting a composting workshop?

Learn about:

•    cold and hot compost heaps

•    bokashi

•    worm farms

•    troubleshooting – how to get the most out of your composting system.

These workshops, led by a local composting expert, generally run on a weekend afternoon from 1pm – 5pm with a follow-up early evening (5pm – 6pm) compost heap turning session.
Workshops have a maximum of 12 participants at a cost of $10 per person.

Hosting a compost workshop is a fun way to learn about compost as well as meeting new people.

Hosts would:

•    provide a suitable venue to create a compost heap

•    supply materials to create the compost heap (lawn clippings, leaves, pea straw, manure etc.)

•    have a place for a cuppa (tea, coffee and snacks provided by workshop presenter)

•    keep the compost for their garden!

The next round of workshops are to be held in November. To register your interest as a host or a participant contact: Education and Promotions Officer Jennie.Upton@dcc.govt.nz

Deadlines in November
Otago Science into Action funding

Otago Science Into Action has funding available to support participatory science projects that are:

Community-driven: The research must be relevant to, and resonate with, the community.
Connected with scientists: Involve active participation of communities in the scientific process, making the most of their local knowledge and generating new scientific &/or technological insights.
Educational: Offer real learning outcomes to students and young people, including two-way learning between the wider community and the science partners.

Seed funding and project funding available to community groups and their science partners. See http://scienceintoaction.nz/funding/ for more information.
Sunday 22nd November, 7.00 – 10.30pm
Love the Earth – a vigil on climate change before the Paris Climate Change talks (30th November – 11th December)
Venue: Meet in the Octagon and proceed to St Paul’s Cathedral and Crypt

An invitation to share our love of the earth through poetry, prayer, song and dance, reflection and contemplation. All are welcome. There will be a special opportunity for children to express their love of the earth.

Contact lovetheearthvigil@gmail.com for more information
Sunday 29th November, 1pm
Global Climate March
A global day of action is planned prior to the start of the Paris Climate Summit. For general information see https://secure.avaaz.org/en/paris_save_the_date/.
Watch this space for information about what is being planned for Dunedin.
Regular activities
Otago Access Radio – sustainability programmes
Eco-living in action radio show Otago Access Radio 105.4FM.
Hosted by Maureen Howard and sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.
Forthcoming topics:

8th October           Make a rickshaw! Kari Clifford
15th October         Sustainable Community development. Sean Connolly

The show runs every week – each Thursday 2.30-3pm on 105.4FM and is repeated each Monday 8.30-9am. To hear all of the shows please go to the Otago Access Radio website at www.oar.org.nz or download the shows via iTunes – to come to you every week.   You can also check out photos to go with some past shows on the website at http://ecolivinginactiondunedin.wordpress.com

Sustainable Lens

Imagine you had a pair of glasses that had a sustainability mode.   This mode meant that you looked at the world through a “sustainable lens”.   What would you see?  These lenses wouldn’t merely be green tinted glasses like the ones from the Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz.   Instead, think about the analytical eyes of the Predators (robots) in the Terminator movies.  These eyes scan the landscape, identifying threats, analysing options and proposing actions. Now, think about the sustainable lens on radio…

Each week Shane Gallagher and Samuel Mann take a sustainable perspective on current topics in the world around us. Regular features aimed at drawing out connections lead into an extended discussion with invited guests.

We are building up a searchable archive of conversations with people from many different fields who are applying their skills to a sustainable future. In our conversations we try to find out what motivates them and what it means to see the world through a sustainable perspective, through their sustainable lens.

Podcast and live on Otago Access Radio (Thursday NZ  7-8pm 105.4FM/1575AM in Dunedin).

Oil Free Otago Radio

Every Wednesday 1:00pm – 1:30pm or check out podcasts on www.oar.org.nz

Oil Free Otago is a group of Otago residents who aim to protect our oceans and climate by preventing deep sea drilling and further exploration off our coasts through non-violent, community-led action.br /Tune in each week for interviews and discussion around this critical issue for Aotearoa.

Community Or Chaos

Tuesdays 11am-noon on OAR 105.4FM or check out podcasts on www.oar.org.nz. Marvin Hubbard presents an hour of interesting and eclectic and topical radio. Marvin interviews a wide range of people from religious leaders and teachers through to ecological activists and touring musicians.

In the Garden with Barbara Wheeler and Dylan Norfield

Fortnightly on Fridays 10am – 11am or check out podcasts on www.oar.org.nz. Barbara Wheeler talks with Dunedin Botanic Garden staff and volunteers, and offers tips for the home gardener.
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 a DOC Scientific Reserve. Other working bees held as required in the evenings in summer and at weekends. For information contact Lala Frazer (phone 478 0339, email lala.frazer@gmail.com or text 022 437 0799.

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 contact Karen Connor at kconnor@doc.govt.nz or 03 4770 677 or visit http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/

Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua – 2015 Open Community Days are usually held on the Island on the last Saturday of each month. Come for the day or overnight. Help with the tree re-vegetation, maintenance and other projects. Enjoy good company and food in beautiful surroundings. Cost: $10 for the boat and a contribution towards the shared lunch.
Contact 03 478 0874 or 027 7777 874 or keeper@quarantineisland.org.nz. See http://quarantineisland.org.nz/ for more information about the island and the Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua Community
which looks after it.

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.
Petitions and consultations
Dunedin City Council: consultation on its draft Energy Plan. See http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on/current-consultations/an-energy-plan-for-dunedin for the discussion document and information on how to make a submission. Closing date for submissions 16th October.

Otago Regional Council: No sustainability-related consultations at present.

New Zealand Government:  No sustainability-related consultations at present.

Survey on Otago Access Radio – It’s survey time for Otago Access Radio (OAR FM) and they would love it if you would show your support for your community access station by telling them what you think. It takes just 2 minutes to complete the short questionnaire. Please click this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZG7FNT2
Sustainable Dunedin City Society aims to facilitate a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin City and is made up of people who are interested in the issues of climate change, declining energy security and sustainability. The Society is not affiliated to any political party. As well as production of this newsletter, current activities of the the Society include organising the Big Green Challenge and hosting Green Drinks in the city centre and Port Chalmers. For more information or to join the Society go to http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/
Contacts
Simonne Samuelson (newsletter editor) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Jenny Neilson (SDC secretary) secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Please send all requests to go onto the mailing list to newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

This newsletter is circulated once every two to three weeks by Sustainable Dunedin City Society to publicise sustainability-related events, consultations, petitions and occasional news items relevant to Dunedin.
News
Sustainable Dunedin City had a successful AGM on Monday, with all the items included in the Annual Report (as circulated prior to the meeting) approved. DCC Councillor Neville Peat gave an interesting talk on the development of environmental protection in Dunedin and Otago over the last few decades, with an encouraging message about some practical advances that have been made over the years, accompanied by more positive attitudes from local organisations and businesses.

*Reminder* The closing date for submissions on the draft Environmental Strategy for Dunedin is Monday. More information on the DCC website.

Green Drinks
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.
Thursday 17th September, 7.30pm (third Thursday of the month)
Green Drinks – Port Chalmers
Venue: The Portsider, Port Chalmers

Topic –  Bukyon Mun, a student who has recently kayaked down the West Coast in a kayak made of plastic bottles will talk about her adventures, show a film, and talk about the environment issues involved.

For more information see their Facebook page. Thursday 24th September, 5.30pm (last Thursday of the month)
Green Drinks – Dunedin City
Venue – The Bog – upstairs. Corner of George and London Streets.

Topic – to be announced

For more information contact bob.lloyd@otago.ac.nz  or colin.campbell-hunt@otago.ac.nz
Other events in September
Available now
Sheep manure – fundraiser
The Malcam Charitable Trust and the FarmHand programme are fundraising. They want to establish a market garden this year and for this new venture they would like to purchase appropriate equipment. The aim of the project is to connect young people with work and education in the rural sector and during their stay they’ll be exposed to market gardening and all processes involved from soil to seed to table.

You can help them reach their goal and have some produce on the go this season by purchasing matured sheep manure from them. Sheep manure can be sprinkled as a single layer on your garden bed and acts like a slow release fertilizer and at the same time acts as organic mulch to protect your soil. $15 per 15 kilo bag.
Contact Annika Korsten – email: annika@malcam.org.nz phone: (03) 477 4175. PIck up from Mornington or delivery available on request (minimum 3 bags).

Deadlines in September and November
Otago Science into Action funding
Otago Science Into Action has funding available to support participatory science projects that are:

Community-driven: The research must be relevant to, and resonate with, the community.
Connected with scientists: Involve active participation of communities in the scientific process, making the most of their local knowledge and generating new scientific &/or technological insights.
Educational: Offer real learning outcomes to students and young people, including two-way learning between the wider community and the science partners.

Seed funding and project funding available to community groups and their science partners. See http://scienceintoaction.nz/funding/ for more information. 12th to 25th September
Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week
Keep Dunedin Beautiful and the DCC are asking residents to pick up litter in their favourite part of our city. Registered participants will receive gloves and specially marked plastic bags which can then be put out with your regular kerbside rubbish collection between 14th and 25th September.

Register by:
-ringing Keep Dunedin Beautiful on 474 3401 or
-emailing Keep Dunedin Beautiful on keepdunedinbeautiful@dunedin.co.nz

Include: 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
Looking further forward…
Sunday 22nd November, 7.00 – 10.30pm
Love the Earth – a vigil on climate change before the Paris Climate Change talks (30th November – 11th December)
Venue: Meet in the Octagon and proceed to St Paul’s Cathedral and Crypt

An invitation to share our love of the earth through poetry, prayer, song and dance, reflection and contemplation. All are welcome. There will be a special opportunity for children to express their love of the earth.

Contact lovetheearthvigil@gmail.com for more information
Sunday 29th November
Global Climate March
A global day of action is planned prior to the start of the Paris Climate Summit. For general information see https://secure.avaaz.org/en/paris_save_the_date/.
Watch this space for information about what is being planned for Dunedin.
Regular activities
Eco-living in action radio show Otago Access Radio 105.4FM.
Hosted by Maureen Howard and sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.
Forthcoming topics:
3rd September – 3D printing

The show runs every week – each Thursday 2.30-3pm on 105.4FM and is repeated each Monday 8.30-9am. To hear all of the shows please go to the Otago Access Radio website at www.oar.org.nz or download the shows via iTunes – to come to you every week.   You can also check out photos to go with some past shows on the website at http://ecolivinginactiondunedin.wordpress.com
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 a DOC Scientific Reserve. Other working bees held as required in the evenings in summer and at weekends. For information contact Lala Frazer (phone 478 0339, email lala.frazer@gmail.com or text 022 437 0799.

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 contact Karen Connor at kconnor@doc.govt.nz or 03 4770 677 or visit http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/

Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua – 2015 Open Community Days are usually held on the Island on the last Saturday of each month. Come for the day or overnight. Help with the tree re-vegetation, maintenance and other projects. Enjoy good company and food in beautiful surroundings. Cost: $10 for the boat and a contribution towards the shared lunch.
Contact 03 478 0874 or 027 7777 874 or keeper@quarantineisland.org.nz. See http://quarantineisland.org.nz/ for more information about the island and the Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua Community
which looks after it.

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.
Petitions and consultations
Dunedin City Council: consultation on its draft Environmental Strategy “Te Ao Turoa – The Natural World”. See http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/whats-on/te-ao-troa-the-natural-world-draft-environment-strategy for the discussion document, opportunities to discuss it and information on how to make a submission. Closing date for submissions 31st August

New Zealand Government:  Environmental Protection Authority (Protection of Environment) Amendment Bill
This bill proposes amending the Environmental Protection Authority Act 2011 to add an additional objective that the authority must aim to protect, maintain, and enhance New Zealand’s environment. See http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/make-submission
Sustainable Dunedin City Society aims to facilitate a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin City and is made up of people who are interested in the issues of climate change, declining energy security and sustainability. The Society is not affiliated to any political party. As well as production of this newsletter, current activities of the the Society include organising the Big Green Challenge and hosting Green Drinks in the city centre and Port Chalmers. For more information or to join the Society go to http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/
Contacts
Simonne Samuelson (newsletter editor) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Jenny Neilson (SDC secretary) secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

 

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