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Wednesday 16 July 2014

Dear all – there are still a lot of things happening! Please note there are several tomorrow!

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

Thursday 17 July

7.30 pm

(Third Thurs/ month)

GreenDrinks Port Chalmers, the Portsider in Port Chalmers

We are delighted to have Neville Auton, who was the DCC’s energy manager, and is now an energy consultant at Otago Polytechnic, to talk with us about Dunedin’s sustainable energy sources (not oil or gas!). Neville is inspiring, informative, creative – and practical!

Thursday 31st July 5.30pm

(last Thursday of month)

GreenDrinks Dunedin

THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts.

Topic this month: Dunedin Cycleways – vision for a 21st Century Dunedin With speaker Robert Thompson from Spokes (Dunedin’s cycle advocacy group). From Robert: “Cycling and the Dunedin cycleways are common topics in the ODT these days and seem to generate an awful lot of heated debate. I’ll talk about the current state of cycling in Dunedin and what the future holds. I’ll also address the common questions of why we should care about cycling if seemingly so few people are doing it, why we should be building cycleways, and why we should be paying for them.”

You can find out more about Spokes at www.spokesdunedin.org.nz

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 mhoward@slingshot.co.nz

2. Other new dates and activities

Sustainable Living Courses Coming up

This interactive eight-week course will assist you to

* Meet like-minded people living in the community

* Learn and share the latest in planet friendly tips specific to Dunedin

* Support your chosen actions toward waste free sustainable living

Facilitated by Dr Maureen Howard, c/o Water and Waste Services, Dunedin City Council.

These Adult Community courses are free. Maximum14 people per course. To register please contact Maureen Howard on 4739967 or email mhoward@slingshot.co.nz.

PINE HILL COMMUNITY EVENING COURSE

Tuesdays 7-9pm Starts 22nd July

St Mark’s Presbyterian Church Hall, 304 Pine Hill Road, Pine Hill

CITYWIDE DAY COURSE

Wednesdays 10-12noon Starts 23rd July

Church of Christ Community meeting room, Corner of Filleul and St Andrews Sts

CITYWIDE EVENING COURSE

Wednesdays 7-9pm Starts 23rd July

Church of Christ Community meeting room. Corner of Filleul and St Andrews Sts

PARTICIPANT FEEDBACK in 2013

“Maureen made it fun and was non-judgmental”

“Each session left me buzzing with new understanding, and motivated to make changes in my life”

Thursday 17 July 3.30 – 7pm

DCC and ORC 2GP Natural Hazards feedback session

Otaru Room, Civic Centre, The Octagon

If you have not made it to a presentation in your local area you still have the opportunity to attend a presentation and general drop-in event: The presentation and questions will run from 3.30 – 4.30pm, after that the event will run as a drop-in session so please feel free to turn up anytime up to 6.30pm after which the Civic Centre doors are locked. Call in at the Customer Services Centre in the Plaza or look out for a guest host to guide you to the Otaru Room between 5 – 6.30pm.

Thursday 17 July, 4-5 pm

“The New Zealand Sustainability Dashboard: building cross-scale linkage for more resilient agriculture.”

Venue: Seminar Room, Centre for Innovation.

“This Thursday’s seminar will be presented by Centre for Sustainability senior researcher Professor Henrik Moller. ….His talk will look at resilient and sustainable production of food and fibre requires connection and communication between multiple ‘layers and players’: farmers and growers, rural and urban communities, industry and market agencies, researchers, policy makers, government and voters, and consumers.”

Thursday 17 July, 5.15 pm

‘Future Visions: Ecology, Economics at the End of the World’ with Dr Andrew Shepherd (Adjunct Lecturer in Theology)

Burns 2 Lecture Theatre,followed by the launch of Andrew’s book, The Gift of the Other: Levinas, Derrida, and a Theology of Hospitality (Eugene, OR:. Pickwick Publications, 2014).

Friday 18 July, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

‘Energy Policy from a Government Department perspective’

St David Seminar Room 1

EMAN410 Energy Studies Programme Seminar

Mr Sam Thornton

Senior Energy Analyst

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Friday 18 July – Sunday 20 July

Catlins Conservation Caper

Leaving: Dunedin 18 July, Friday evening and returning 20 July, Sunday evening.

Cost: $30 which covers food, accommodation and transport.

Accommodation: Tautuku Forest and Bird Lodge on Friday & Saturday night.

Join the Department of Conservation and Forest & Bird in a weekend of conservation in the Catlins.

Plant habitat for the captivating Yellow-eyed penguin/Hōiho at the Forest and Bird Te Rere Reserve. With no public access, this may be the only opportunity to visit this special reserve. In 1995, a devastating fire swept through the reserve, killing many penguins and damaging habitat. Since then, through the efforts of volunteers, the vegetation has nearly returned to its natural state.

Bust weeds at the Otanamomo Scientific Reserve. This reserve is an important remnant of coastal podocarp forest. Under the forest canopy, introduced weeds are threatening to cut the life of this forest short. This weekend has always been popular, so get in quick to book a space.

Contact: volunteerscoastalota@doc.govt.nz<mailto:volunteerscoastalota@doc.govt.nz> or phone (03) 4770 677.

Monday, 21 July 2:15pm – 3:45pm

Marilyn Waring in conversation with Professor Kevin Clements

Media Production Studio

Professor Kevin Clements will talk to Marilyn Waring, development consultant, academic, writer and former National Party MP who triggered the 1984 snap election when she refused to support her own government in the vote against an opposition-sponsored anti-nuclear bill. Her best known work, If Women Counted, also published under the title Counting for Nothing, describes how economic orthodoxies exclude most of women’s productive and reproductive work. In this conversation, Professor Kevin Clements will seek to explore what triggered Marilyn’s interest in peace, justice and human rights.

Limited seating will be available in the Media Production Studio. Please phone 479 4546 to reserve a seat. The conversation will be livestreamed.

Monday, 21 July

7 – 9pm

Additional Mosgiel presentation on Natural Hazards

Mosgiel Coronation Hall, 97 Gordon Road, Mosgiel

The Preferred Options presentation to the Mosgiel -Taieri community was held on 25 June, however given the low attendance at that meeting, and the importance of having local input into these provisions while they are being developed, we are holding a second presentation in Mosgiel.

Tuesday 22 July

Sustainable Living Courses begin: see above

Saturday 26th July 10a.m.

Permaculture Dunedin Polytechnic Living Campus visit – (meet @ D Block carpark) – Please get in touch with Jeanette (dennisspooner@slingshot.co.nz or phone: 021422034) if you have any questions regarding the event. If the weather turns out to be bad that day the bad weather day is likely to be the Saturday after (yet to be confirmed!),

Monday 28 July, 5:30pm

The Politics of Climate Change: An Election Debate

Archway 2 Lecture Theatre, University of Otago

What are YOUR questions about responses to climate change that you would like our main political parties to answer?

Hon. Dr. David Clark from the Labour Party and Green Party co-leader Hon. Metiria Turei will be discussing their parties’ stance on climate change, and their strategies and policies to mitigate and adapt to climate change in New Zealand.

This is an election special debate not to be missed!

Please send your questions to oercadmin@otago.ac.nz before 15 July.

Proudly brought to you by the Labour Party, the Green Party, Otago Climate Change Network (OCCNet), Centre for Sustainability (CSAFE) and Otago Energy Research Centre (OERC)

Tuesday 29 July, 1 pm

Launch of Jobs after Coal

Otago University Centre for Sustainability

Jobs After Coal: a substantial document, of over 50 pages with 82 references … Talk of a carbon bubble is now gaining traction as people begin to understand the idea that we have only a small ‘budget’ of carbon we can afford to emit to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius. …Coal is a sunset industry, and fossil fuel investments will be left as stranded assets.

Contact: fatima.ibrahim-mckague@otago.ac.nz

Tuesday 29 July, 5.30pm

“Reinvigorating the Economy – clean-tech jobs and low carbon opportunity” Jeanette Fitzsimons, Scott Willis

Jeanette Fitzsimons has been walking the talk on sustainability through public office and rich community involvement, with the adjunct of expertise in energy issues. Few other New Zealanders can provide such integrated, big picture analysis, in such a succinct and clear cut way. Co-hosted by the Otago Chamber of Commerce and the Otago Energy Research Centre, this presentation looks at future trends and the opportunity therein: “Society and business are in a transition to a different kind of future. Most of the fossil fuels already discovered must stay in the ground if we are to keep global warming below 2 degrees and avoid dangerous levels of climate change. Coal prices have collapsed and mines are closing, while renewables are becoming cheaper than fossil energy. Think tanks everywhere are planning new scenarios – the “low carbon future”, the “clean tech revolution”, the “green economy”. But communities who have always relied on resources now known to be unsustainable are rightly scared about their future. What jobs will there be for their kids? What will drive prosperity in their community? Where will NZ’s exports come from? Is there an “energy gap” we need to fill? Jeanette Fitzsimons will outline the opportunities this brings for business and communities, drawing on research recently published by Coal Action Network Aotearoa, in its report Jobs After Coal. A very positive future is there for us if we grasp it now, but the penalties for being last are considerable.” To register, contact the Otago Chamber of Commerce’s Events Coordinator Sarah on events@otagochamber.co.nz or by calling 479 0181, or by visiting the OCC website and selecting events for the month of July. Places are limited.

Wednesday 30th July 5.30 – 6.30pm

Public Lecture with Guest Speaker Professor Gerald Torres: Litigating Climate Change

Moot Court, 10th Floor Richardson Building

Climate change cases are already being handled by USA courts. The most prominent are the atmospheric trust cases currently being brought by youth and supported by James Hansen and other scientists. These cases are asking the courts to compel government to take meaningful action to protect the atmosphere for current and future generations. There have also been liability suits suggested – and at least one filed – over the effects of climate change. Professor Torres will discuss the range of cases being brought and suggested in the USA, focusing on the atmospheric trust litigation and the public trust doctrine which underlies it.

Wednesday 30 July

Launch of Jobs after Coal in Invercargill

Federated Farmers Meeting Room

potluck tea ⇨ 6:30pm

networking ⇨ 7:30pm

presentation ⇨ 8:00pm

Contact: Jenny Campbell: jennycam@xtra.co.nz

31 July – 17 August

New Zealand International Film Festival showing Hot Air by renowned documentary maker Alister Barry

“Hot Air is the story of twenty years of political struggle between politicians, scientists and activists wanting to reduce New Zealand’s emissions, and corporate leaders and their lobbyists working to protect profits and commercial advantage.”

The film addresses the question: “is it possible for a small modern democratic nation to address the greatest political challenge of our age?”

Festival dates and screening information for the NZIFF is at Rialto Cinema.

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).

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 tv473ig@list.king.net.nz. 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 dethomso@dcc.govt.nz

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

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.

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 lala.frazer@gmail.com

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 lhardy@doc.govt.nz 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

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. The closing date is 1 September 2014

http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/whats-on/2gp

Otago Regional Council (http://www.orc.govt.nz/Meetings-Consultations-and-Events/Have-your-say/)

Government consultations (http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/make-submission/)

5. Food for thought and (good) fuel for action

NZ Herald: Generation Zero wants ‘carbon budgets’, but minister opposes world-leading stance: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11286518

See also: http://www.generationzero.org/TheBigAsk

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.

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)

Shift or get off the pot: A new report (compiled by experts from 30 international institutions) prescribes detailed actions for 15 of the world’s largest economies that could help keep the world from warming more than 2º Celsius. The report is the first of its kind because it addresses each country specifically, with recommendations crafted from data on electricity supply, transportation and shipping, and building codes. See the Guardian

The Turning Point: New Hope for the Climate: It’s time to accelerate the shift toward a low-carbon future by Al Gore, JUNE 18, 2014: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-turning-point-new-hope-for-the-climate-20140618?print=3Dtrue

The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) is a collaborative initiative to understand and show how individual countries can transition to a low-carbon economy …a transition we call “deep decarbonization http://unsdsn.org/what-we-do/deep-decarbonization-pathways/

Shrinking the Footprint is the Church of England’s national environmental campaign.

The Global People’s Climate March 21 September: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/join_to_change_everything_rb/?bofkUdb&v=41497

Jobs After Coal – a report looking at sustainable alternatives to coal.

See also a US approach: http://www.onearth.org/articles/2014/06/if-you-love-a-coal-dependent-state-nows-the-time-to-stage-an-intervention

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

Petitioning Progressive Enterprises Ltd: Introduce a 10 cent plastic bag levy across all your major supermarket brands View the petition

ThankYou Payroll Charitable Trust Grants (NOW)

“Have you got an awesome idea for making a positive difference in your community? Need some funding? Whatever it is you want to do, Thankyou Charitable Trust wants to help. Thankyou Charitable Trust has four grant rounds in 2014. Grants are between $100 and $1000 for projects that contribute to community wellbeing, resilience or sustainability. Stay tuned, get in touch, or like the Facebook page to find out when a grant round is in your neighbourhood. For more information, check out www.thankyoupayroll.co.nz.

NB: If you attended the CSAFE talk on using financing to create a sustainable economy, and are interested in more information can email crystal@triplepointanalytics.com (the email address given to some attendees was incorrect).

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Nicky Chapman and Ann Denniston (SDC’s newsletter compilers) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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

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

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

Please also let us know if you wish to come off this list.

Details of upcoming events, submissions, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Friday 13 June 2014

Dear all – interesting date to send this out but apologies for lateness. Keep warm, enjoy the sun when it’s around, and make the most of winter by signing a petition (a coal port?? On the Great Barrier Reef??) and keeping up with consultations and reviews…

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

Thursday 19 June
7.30 pm
(Third Thurs/ month)
GreenDrinks Port Chalmers, the Portsider in Port Chalmers
We had a good turnout and conversations on our inaugural night, and plan to get speakers, short docos as well as continuing with great conversation (and the odd chocolate stout…). Bring along your ideas and good company. Look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday 26 June 5.30pm
(last Thursday of month)
GreenDrinks Dunedin
THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts.

GreenDrinks Dunedin typically meet on the last Thursday of each month from 5.30pm. Everyone most welcome!

Topic this month: Have your Say – Special welcome to everyone – new and familiar, young and not-so-young ie nicely ripened! Come along, introduce yourself and share your news at our open session this month. This is our second Open Session this year as the last one in February was so enjoyable. Please note we always especially welcome students to come along to Green Drinks and this month we will have some free finger food for students available too! (Courtesy of SDC). So tell your friends and please come and join us.

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 mhoward@slingshot.co.nz

2. Other dates and 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.

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 lala.frazer@gmail.com

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 lhardy@doc.govt.nz 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.

Monday June 16, 2-3 pm

The latest climate change assessments: What do they mean for our communities? – public lecture

Andy Reisinger and Judy Lawrence

Burns 2 Lecture Theatre, Albany St, Dunedin

“The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently released its Fifth Assessment reports on the science, the impacts, adaptation and vulnerability, and mitigation. Dr Andy Reisinger, co-ordinating lead author of the Working Group II Australasia chapter and Judy Lawrence from the NZ Climate Change Research Institute at Victoria University of Wellington will talk about what these new reports mean for us all.

Andy and Judy will outline the risks to New Zealand in particular from flooding, sea level rise and wild fire as these continue to change with changing climate. Adapting to climate change raises challenging questions about whether we simply need to do more of what we do now to manage risks, or whether and when more transformational changes might be needed.”

Thursday 19 June 2014, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Ecological drivers of seabird recovery after island restoration. Public seminar by Rachel Buxton

Centre for Innovation Seminar Room, St David St

Eradication of introduced mammalian predators as a method to restore islands has become increasingly common, with over 800 successful projects around the world. For her PhD Rachel explored the ecological factors that could impede or facilitate the recovery of seabird populations and tested the importance of these variables in driving seabird response.

Friday 20 June 1 pm

Consultation on priority waste streams for product stewardship intervention

Municipal Chambers, The Octagon, Dunedin

The Government is currently considering whether it should intervene to improve the management of four product waste streams: electronic and electrical equipment; tyres; agrichemicals and farm plastics; and refrigerants and other synthetic greenhouse gases.

Feedback is being sought on whether the four product waste streams identified are the right waste streams to be the focus of potential Government intervention and whether any of the four products should be declared priority products under the Waste Minimisation Act, requiring a product stewardship scheme to be developed and accredited.

All are welcome to attend the workshop. Please register your interest by phone: 474 3461 or email: Catherine.Irvine@dcc.govt.nz

Friday, 20 June
7:00PM

Jane Goodall at 80

Hear the world’s most famous field scientist talk about her life’s work and why she has reasons for hope. Help Jane achieve her 80th birthday wish of providing sanctuary for another 100 orphaned or vulnerable chimpanzees by attending one of her unforgettable community talks. The Centre for Science Communication is hosting Jane Goodall during her 2014 tour. All profits will go to the Jane Goodall Institute. http://www.regenttheatre.co.nz/janegoodall.htmhttp://www.janegoodall.org/event/dunedin-new-zealand-jane-goodall-80

http://www.ticketdirect.co.nz/event/details/99948/the-centre-for-science-communication-presents-distinguished-communicator-jane-goodall

20 June 5 pm

Otago Regional Policy Statement Review submissions close

The Regional Policy Statement sets the direction for future management of Otago’s natural and physical resources. It provides the foundation for development of regional plans and district plans…. See following and http://www.orc.govt.nz/Publications-and-Reports/Regional-Policies-and-Plans/Otago-Regional-Policy-Statement-Review/

Friday 27 to Sunday 29 June

Foreign Policy School: Global Resource Scarcity

You can register and find out more about this event here: http://www.otago.ac.nz/otagofps/

Saturday 28 June 7am

Orokonui Ecosanctuary Matariki Events

See the Matariki constellation with Kane Holmes, walk the valley track listening to Orokonui’s dawn chorus, experience a powhiri at Te Whare Arohanui in Waitati, a packed lunch for the Orokonui café then make a koauau/traditional flute. Cost $45. Bookings essential.

Wednesday 2 July 5.00pm

Closing date for priority waste products for product stewardship intervention discussion document

(see above and following)

Tuesday, 8 July

5:30pm – 6:30pm

Is the present the key to the past? Lessons from Antarctica and the Southern Alps. Inaugural Professorial lecture

Archway 1 Lecture Theatre

Professor Sean Fitzsimons’s main area of research activity lies at the interface of Geography and Geology where he seeks to develop studies of contemporary geomorphological processes to enhance our ability to understand and reconstruct ancient environments.

Thursday 17 July, 5.15 pm

‘Limitless Living, Exploring the Global Ecological Crisis’ with Dr Andrew Shepherd (Adjunct Lecturer in Theology)

This will be followed by the launch of his book, The Gift of the Other: Levinas, Derrida, and a Theology of Hospitality (Eugene, OR:. Pickwick Publications, 2014). The venue for the lecture is to be confirmed.

3. Petitions and consultations

Dunedin City Council (http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on)

Otago Regional Council (http://www.orc.govt.nz/Meetings-Consultations-and-Events/Have-your-say/)

Regional Policy Review: The Regional Policy Statement sets the direction for future management of Otago’s natural and physical resources. It provides the foundation for development of regional plans and district plans.

http://www.orc.govt.nz/Publications-and-Reports/Regional-Policies-and-Plans/Otago-Regional-Policy-Statement-Review/

20 June 2014 5 pm Submissions close

Government consultations (http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/make-submission/)

Priority waste products for product stewardship intervention discussion document.

“The Government is currently considering whether it should intervene to improve the management of four product waste streams: electronic and electrical equipment; tyres; agrichemicals and farm plastics; and refrigerants and other synthetic greenhouse gases.

Feedback is being sought on whether the four product waste streams identified are the right waste streams to be the focus of potential Government intervention and whether any of the four products should be declared priority products under the Waste Minimisation Act, requiring a product stewardship scheme to be developed and accredited.

Further information, including how to have your say, is included in the Priority waste products for product stewardship intervention discussion document.

The closing time and date for submissions is 5.00pm Wednesday 2 July 2014.

4. Food for thought and (good) fuel for action

Coal companies want to build a giant coal export terminal on the Great Barrier Reef. Will you help stop it by sending a message to UNESCO urging them to protect The Reef? www.350.org/reef

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Nicky Chapman and Ann Denniston (SDC’s newsletter compilers) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Vivienne Bryner (SDC’s secretary) secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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

Please send all requests to go onto to mailing list to me, Nicky Chapman, at newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Please also let me know if you wish to come off this list.

Details of upcoming events, submissions, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Sunday 25 May 2014

Dear all – a rather brief newsletter as want to get this out to all you tonight, so that you know about the talk by the authors of The Spirit Level tomorrow night in the College of Education Auditorium Union Street East, Dunedin. Not to be missed, despite inclement weather!

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

Thursday 29 May 5.30pm

(last Thursday of month)

GreenDrinks Dunedin

THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts.

GreenDrinks Dunedin typically meet on the last Thursday of each month from 5.30pm. Everyone most welcome!

TOPIC THIS MONTH: A Green Economic Base for Dunedin? A Perspective from the Chamber of Commerce. Our guest this month is Scott Willis,Chair of the Energy Committee with the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce, PLUS a Director on the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees. Scott will talk to us about the Energy Committee’s work, what a green economic future for Dunedin could look and how we might get there. (Yes – this is the same Scott Willis who is part of BRCT! A multi-talented – and very busy man!)

You can contact Scott at blueskinenergy@gmail.com or 0274888314

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 mhoward@slingshot.co.nz

Thursday 19 June

7.30 pm

(Third Thurs/ month)

GreenDrinks Port Chalmers, the Portsider in Port Chalmers

We had a good turnout and conversations on our inaugural night, and plan to get speakers, short docos as well as continuing with great conversation (and the odd chocolate stout…). Look forward to seeing you there!

2. Other dates and 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.

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 lala.frazer@gmail.com

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 lhardy@doc.govt.nz 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.

TOMORROW Monday 26 May 5.30 pm

‘Inequality, sustainability and well-being’ by the authors of The Spirit Level

College of Education Auditorium Union Street East, Dunedin. All welcome.

The University of Otago presents a special lecture by Professor Richard Wilkinson (Emeritus Professor of Social Epidemiology) and Professor Kate Pickett (Professor : Inequalities in Health at University of York)

“We shall first present the evidence showing that reducing the income differences between rich and poor is crucial to achieving higher levels of sustainable well-being in the future. We shall then go on to suggest the policies which can ensure that greater equality becomes deeply embedded in our societies”

Have a look at their Guardian article updating their views:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/09/society-unequal-the-spirit-level

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/element-magazine/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503340&objectid=11250375

Wednesday 4th June 5.30pm

Kay Baxter of the Koanga Institute and a veteran campaigner for permaculture and the preservation of heritage fruit and vegetable varieties is in Queenstown at the Events Centre. Order tickets or learn more: www.koanga.org.nz
Doors open 30 mins before start time. For any further information please contact rachel@koanga.org.nz

Thursday 5th June 6.30pm

Kay Baxter of the Koanga Institute in Dunedin:
Burns 1, Arts Building, Otago University

Friday 6th June 6.30pm –

Kay Baxter of the Koanga Institute in Invercargill:
Scottish Hall

6 June, midday

Botanic Gardens’ Hort Talks series: “Local Food: Passing Fad or Secure Future?”

By Andy Barrett of Our Food Network

Thursday 12 June, 12.00 – 1.00 pm

‘Governing for the Future: Stewardship, sustainability and the tyranny of the present’ with Professor Jonathan Boston, (Professor of Public Policy, Victoria University School of Government).

Quad 3, Geology Building, University of Otago

Friday, 20 June
7:00PM

Jane Goodall at 80

Hear the world’s most famous field scientist talk about her life’s work and why she has reasons for hope. Help Jane achieve her 80th birthday wish of providing sanctuary for another 100 orphaned or vulnerable chimpanzees by attending one of her unforgettable community talks. All profits to the Jane Goodall Institute.

http://www.janegoodall.org/event/dunedin-new-zealand-jane-goodall-80

http://www.ticketdirect.co.nz/event/details/99948/the-centre-for-science-communication-presents-distinguished-communicator-jane-goodall

Friday 27 to Sunday 29 June

Foreign Policy School: Global Resource Scarcity www.otago.ac.nz/OtagoFPS

3. Petitions and consultations

Dunedin City Council (http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on)

Otago Regional Council (http://www.orc.govt.nz/Meetings-Consultations-and-Events/Have-your-say/)

Regional Policy Review: The Regional Policy Statement sets the direction for future management of Otago’s natural and physical resources. It provides the foundation for development of regional plans and district plans.

http://www.orc.govt.nz/Publications-and-Reports/Regional-Policies-and-Plans/Otago-Regional-Policy-Statement-Review/

12 June 2014 Submissions close

Government consultations (http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/make-submission/)

“Priority waste streams for product stewardship intervention: A discussion document”: The Government is currently considering whether it should intervene to improve the management of four product waste streams: electronic and electrical equipment; tyres; agrichemicals and farm plastics; and refrigerants and other synthetic greenhouse gases.

http://www.mfe.govt.nz/publications/waste/priority-waste-streams-may14/index.html

4. Food for thought and (good) fuel for action

· Stanford University and our own DCC – both leaders in divestment from the fossilised fuel industry! https://louis.passle.net/blogpost/536fbc003d947412ac2eb017/stanford-the-first-major-university-to-begin-divestment-from-fossil-fuels

· See attached for Sir Alan Mark’s graduation address and words on the WISE response

· Akina (formerly the Hikurangi Foundation) is “looking for 10 inspiring business ideas that address a social or environmental problem in New Zealand. Once we’ve selected the teams, we’ll take them through an intensive six-month coaching programme and help them transform their ideas into thriving, self-sustaining businesses.” For more info, go to www.akina.org.nz

· Tell France’s biggest bank to get out of mountaintop removal for coal: http://act.ran.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=9870&First_Name=Mike&Last_Name=Finlayson&Zip=0441&Email=mcfinn7@gmail.com

· Bill McKibben in Rolling Stone calls for mass demonstrations in New York to demand action on climate change: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/a-call-to-arms-an-invitation-to-demand-action-on-climate-change-20140521#ixzz32ihYo1qZ

· Want to get involved in local conservation projects? Like ‘Conservation Volunteers Coastal Otago’ on Facebook and follow @DOCcoastalotago on Twitter for information about local conservation events and projects, or email: volunteerscoastalota@doc.govt.nz

· Intriguing site from our Permaculture Dunedin-ites: http://www.wildfermentation.com

· Curtain Bank Urgently requires Curtains (NOW). We have 190 families on our waiting list. Are you able to spread the word? WANTED URGENTLY – good condition curtains and material to make curtains. Drop to Dunedin Curtain Bank, 174 Princess Street

Mon-Wed 9am – 3pm or call 03 425 9678

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Nicky Chapman (SDC’s newsletter compiler) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Vivienne Bryner (SDC’s secretary) secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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

Please send all requests to go onto to mailing list to me, Nicky Chapman, at newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Please also let me know if you wish to come off this list.

Greetings all and apologies for this ‘fortnightly’ newsletter being somewhat late! I have just spent a week in the Waitaki Valley with secondary students from various schools, looking at all the different, often conflicting uses for the river. It was an incredibly heartening experience to see the students develop such deep learning, leadership and teamwork, and their creative and thoughtful presentations of their learning. (http://www.untouchedworld.com/charitable-trust/our-programmes/our-programmes.htm)
Details of upcoming events, submissions, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Monday 12 May 2014

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

Thursday 29 May 5.30pm

(last Thursday of month)

GreenDrinks Dunedin

THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts. Please note the new venue

GreenDrinks Dunedin typically meet on the last Thursday of each month from 5.30pm. Everyone most welcome!

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 mhoward@slingshot.co.nz

NEW EVENT

Thursday 15 May 7.30 pm

(Third Thurs/ month)

Inaugural GreenDrinks Port Chalmers

Come along at 7.30 to the Portsider in Port Chalmers for our first get-together (out the back, unless half the town turns up then we’ll have to mingle throughout!). No agenda except to meet and chat and talk about things Port and sustainable. See also www.greendrinks.org

2. Other dates and 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.

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 lala.frazer@gmail.com

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 lhardy@doc.govt.nz 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.

May

Sustainable Living Courses in Tomahawk/Ocean Grove and Citywide

This inspiring course will help you:

Support your chosen actions toward waste-free sustainable living

Meet like-minded people in your community

Learn and share planet-friendly tips specific to Dunedin

TOMAHAWK COMMUNITY EVENING COURSE

Tuesdays | 7pm – 9pm | Starts 13 May

Domain Hall, 309 Tomahawk Road, Ocean Grove

CITYWIDE DAY COURSE

Wednesdays | 10am – 12noon | Starts 14 May

Church of Christ Community meeting room, corner of Filleul and St Andrews Street

CITYWIDE EVENING COURSE

Wednesdays | 7pm – 9pm | Starts 14 May

Church of Christ community meeting room, corner of Filleul and St AndrewsStreet

These courses are free. Maximum 14 people per course. To register, please contact Maureen howard on 473 9967 or mhoward@slingshot.co.nz.

PARTICIPANT FEEDBACK 2013

“Maureen made it fun and was non-judgmental”

“Each session left me buzzing with new understanding, and motivated to make changes in my life.”

6pm, Tuesday 20 May

Dunedin Branch Forest and Bird AGM and Galapagos experience talk

Room 215, 2nd floor Zoology Benham Building, 346 Gt King Street

AGM – followed by a talk on their 2014 Galapagos experiences by Sue Maturin and Graeme Loh. Please be on time as we have to hold the door open. Note the 6pm start time as the room will be in use at 5-30pm.

Contact Janet Ledingham on 03 467 2960.

Friday, 23 May
1:00pm – 2:00pm

Seminar: “Getting warmer – 20 years of community energy action”
Ian McChesney, co-founder Community Energy Action Charitable Trust

Seminar Room, Centre for Innovation, Cnr St David and Castle Streets

9am-12 noon, Sunday 25 May

Tomahawk/Smaills Beachcare Trust Planting Day

Meet at the carpark near the bridge at the west (Lawyers Head) end of the Tomahawk Beach.
beachcare@ihug.co.nz for more information.

4th June 5.30pm

Kay Baxter of the Koanga Institute and a veteran campaigner for permaculture and the preservation of heritage fruit and vegetable varieties is in Queenstown at the Events Centre. Order tickets or learn more: www.koanga.org.nz
Doors open 30 mins before start time. For any further information please contact rachel@koanga.org.nz

5th June 6.30pm

Kay Baxter of the Koanga Institute in Dunedin:
Burns 1, Arts Building, Otago University

6th June 6.30pm –

Kay Baxter of the Koanga Institute in Invercargill:
Scottish Hall

6 June, midday

Botanic Gardens’ Hort Talks series: “Local Food: Passing Fad or Secure Future?”

By Andy Barrett of Our Food Network

Thursday 12 June, 12.00 – 1.00 pm

‘Governing for the Future: Stewardship, sustainability and the tyranny of the present’ with Professor Jonathan Boston, (Professor of Public Policy, Victoria University School of Government).

Quad 3, Geology Building, University of Otago

Friday, 20 June
7:00PM

Jane Goodall at 80

Hear the world’s most famous field scientist talk about her life’s work and why she has reasons for hope. Help Jane achieve her 80th birthday wish of providing sanctuary for another 100 orphaned or vulnerable chimpanzees by attending one of her unforgettable community talks. All profits to the Jane Goodall Institute.

http://www.janegoodall.org/event/dunedin-new-zealand-jane-goodall-80

http://www.ticketdirect.co.nz/event/details/99948/the-centre-for-science-communication-presents-distinguished-communicator-jane-goodall

Friday 27 to Sunday 29 June

Foreign Policy School: Global Resource Scarcity www.otago.ac.nz/OtagoFPS

3. Petitions and consultations

Dunedin City Council (http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on)

Otago Regional Council (http://www.orc.govt.nz/Meetings-Consultations-and-Events/Have-your-say/)

Regional Policy Review: The Regional Policy Statement sets the direction for future management of Otago’s natural and physical resources. It provides the foundation for development of regional plans and district plans.

http://www.orc.govt.nz/Publications-and-Reports/Regional-Policies-and-Plans/Otago-Regional-Policy-Statement-Review/

12 June 2014 Submissions close

Government consultations (http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/make-submission/)
4. Food for thought and (good) fuel for action

· Solid Energy hopes to get back in profit by exploiting more land to mine for coal. (http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/business/244042/more-mining-seen-as-solid-energy%27s-saviour). Ask the National Government and Labour on which planet do they think this could be a good economic or environmental idea?? Where is the risk management??

o Minister for Climate Change Tim Groser: http://www.beehive.govt.nz/minister/tim-groser

o Minister for Energy and Resources Simon Bridges (and associate Minister for Climate Change: http://www.beehive.govt.nz/minister/simon-bridges

o Minister of Finance Bill English: http://www.beehive.govt.nz/minister/bill-english

o Prime Minister John Key: http://www.beehive.govt.nz/minister/john-key

o Labour commentator (Spokesperson for State Owned Enterprises): clayton.cosgrove.mp@parliament.govt.nz

· DCC to discuss public transport issues: At its 7 May meeting, the Otago Regional Council confirmed its belief the governance of public transport fitted more appropriately with the DCC. The ORC has written to the DCC offering to transfer responsibility for public transport planning and operations to the DCC. (http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/latest-news/may-2014/dcc-to-discuss-public-transport-issues)

· Want to get involved in local conservation projects? Like ‘Conservation Volunteers Coastal Otago’ on Facebook and follow @DOCcoastalotago on Twitter for information about local conservation events and projects, or email: volunteerscoastalota@doc.govt.nz

· Intriguing site from our Permaculture Dunedin-ites: http://www.wildfermentation.com

· Curtain Bank Urgently requires Curtains (NOW). We have 190 families on our waiting list. Are you able to spread the word? WANTED URGENTLY – good condition curtains and material to make curtains. Drop to Dunedin Curtain Bank, 174 Princess Street

Mon-Wed 9am – 3pm or call 03 425 9678

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Nicky Chapman (SDC’s newsletter compiler) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Vivienne Bryner (SDC’s secretary) secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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

Please send all requests to go onto to mailing list to me, Nicky Chapman, at newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Please also let me know if you wish to come off this list.

Smaills_NightDetails of upcoming events, submissions, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Tuesday 8 April 2014

 

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

Thursday 24th April 5.30pm
GreenDrinks Dunedin
THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts. Please note the new venue
Guest speaker: Dr Sue Bidrose, CEO of the DCC
GreenDrinks Dunedin typically meet on the last Thursday of each month from 5.30pm. Everyone most welcome!
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 mhoward@slingshot.co.nz
2. Other dates and 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.

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 lala.frazer@gmail.com

Quarantine Island Open Weekend last Saturday every month (26 April)

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 (27 April): 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 lhardy@doc.govt.nz or 03 474 7094.

Blueskin Community Market first Sunday of every month (4 May)

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.

Applications for the Dunedin Biodiversity Fund available. Closes 2 May.

The purpose of the fund is to maintain a network of viable habitats and ecosystems in Dunedin by encouraging and supporting those landowners who are committed to protecting, enhancing and managing indigenous biodiversity. The April 2014 funding round has $30,000 available for allocation in the form of grants on a cost-sharing basis (50% landowner 50% Council). The maximum grant is $5,000 per project. Copies of the fund criteria and on-line application forms can be obtained from www.dunedin.govt.nz/biodiversity or by phoning 477 4000

Monthly challenge is to go zero-waste! Join the Sustainable Action Groups to try to meet this DCC vision!

http://sustainableactioncommunities.wordpress.com/

Now to 30 June

Warm Dunedin Programme

www.dunedin.govt.nz/warmdunedin or phone 477 4000

Wed 9 April 1 pm

The presentation of the The WISE response appeal to Parliament.

Parliament grounds, opposite Seddon Statue. http://bit.ly/wr-submissionnews

The WISE appeal for a New Zealand risk assessment: economic, energy & climate, business continuity, ecological security, genuine wellbeing. ‘Symptoms to serious to ignore’

Thursday, 10 April 2014 , 12:00 – 13:00

Managing interactions between carbon pricing and energy policies: Dr Christina Hood – International Energy Agency (IEA)– public lecture

Burns 7 Lecture theatre – University of Otago

Carbon pricing is a cornerstone of energy sector decarbonisation, but should be supplemented by targeted energy policies ….However these polices can interact, supporting or undermining one another. …This talk will focus on three case studies – the European Union, Chile, and South Africa – to examine how real-world carbon pricing proposals interact with existing energy policies, and suggest how this could better be managed.

Dr Hood is a climate change policy analyst at the IEA. She has worked as climate change and energy advisor to the NZ Minister, a private consultant, and as an advisor on mitigation and adaptation issues in local government. She holds a PhD in experimental physics, and BSc(Hons) in physics from Otago.

Thursday, 10 April

12:00pm – 1:00pm

“Disarmament: The Balance Sheet” Public lecture hosted by the Faculty of Law, Department of Politics and the National Centre for Peace and Conflict studies.

Archway 2, University of Otago

Angela Kane, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs for the UN talks about disarmament challenges and successes.

4-5 pm

Effects of irrigation and effluent dispersal on earthworms and soil chemical properties, Bonface Manono.

Seminar Room, Centre for Innovation

Bonface, a PhD student at the Centre for Sustainability, recently submitted his PhD and is currently on a writing scholarship before returning to his home country, Kenya.

Friday 11 April 12pm

WESTPAC: Dump Coal or we’ll dump you! Mass account closing action.

Westpac, Moray Place, Dunedin

Part of the national week of action. Westpac is the main financier of Bathurst Resources, the Aussy mining company that wants to turn the rare and pristine Denniston Plateau into a massive open cast coal mine which would be the biggest new climate changing project in Aotearoa.

Meet at high noon. Existing Westpac customers will go into the branch together and queue up to close their Westpac accounts. They will then gather outside for group photos and/or a video of everyone cutting-up their Westpac Eftpos/debit/credit cards.

Non Westpac customers also needed to hold banners, hand out flyers, talk to public etc.

Sign this letter to Westpac: http://act.350.org/letter/Westpac/

Friday 11 April 7pm

“What’s on Your Fork?” Public meeting with Green MP Steffan Browning on the labelling of GE food

Taste Nature , 131 High St. Dunedin

Saturday 12 April

7pm til late

Adios Anadarko party

Waitati Hall

Waitati branch of Oil Free Otago would like to invite ALL supporters, ready response team members and anyone else unhappy at the prospect of further oil or gas seismic testing, exploration or drilling in our seas to come and celebrate – Anadarko has gone! … Bring Kai and Koha, and your own liquid refreshments. And don’t forget your dancing shoes. Let’s give that two-bit Texan a great send-off!”

Tuesday 15 April 5 pm

DCC Draft Annual Plan submissions close.

The draft annual plan sets out the Council’s proposed annual budgets and performance measures for 2014/15 and updates the information for the 2014/15 year that in contained in the Council’s ten year plan or Long Term Plan (LTP) which was put in place last year. Please tell us whether you agree or disagree with spending priorities for 2014/15 outlined in the draft plan by making a submission.

http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/draft-annual-plan-2014-2015/submission-process

Tuesday 15 April 5.30pm

Forest & Bird indoor meeting: legacy of introduced animals on Auckland Islands

Room 215, 2nd floor Zoology Benham Building 346 Great King Street. (Please be on time as we have to hold the door open.)

Dr Geoff Rogers – Department of Conservation will give a talk on how introduced animals have modified the vegetation of the Auckland Islands: a look at the legacy of human settlement and their grazing animals on the vegetation of Auckland and Enderby Islands

Contact Mark Hanger dunedin.branch@forestandbird.org.nz.

Friday 18th April 9.30 a.m. to lunch Mon 21st April 2014

Changing the Dream: Quakers Address the Spirituality of Climate Change and Sustainability

The Quaker Settlement, 76 Virginia Road, Whanganui

This workshop is open to all interested people.

We aim to inspire each other to work with other groups to find practical solutions for issues of sustainability and climate change. There will be the opportunity of forming groups to provide on-going mutual support and/or undertake collective action.

The seminar will follow the Easter theme, which traverses despair and grief to renewed conviction, hope and action.

Register at http://bit.ly/FuturesQA

Saturday 19 – Sunday 20 April

Forest & Bird field trip: Explore the upper Taieri scroll plain and Canadian Flats wetland area.

Travel to Patearoa Saturday pm and overnight there. on Sunday, go up to the end of the road and walk up to the Canadian Flats wetland. Leader Janet Ledingham, 467 2960. Grade easy. Cost to be advised. Please advise intent to come by 1 April so we can secure accommodation.

Thursday 24 April 7:30pm

Otago Herb Society

St Patrick’s Centre 32 Macandrew Road, South Dunedin

Demonstration of Turkish food featuring herbs used. Visitors and new members are welcome. For further details, phone Liz on 4774-910

Saturday 26th April 10am-2pm

Community apple juice-making day and preserves tasting/swapping at the NEV Community rooms, 262 North Rd

Bring any end of season apples you’d like to make into juice, (plus a clean empty soft drink bottle if you want to take some juice home), and help put them through the ‘apple press’. Or bring preserves you’d like to share a taste of, along with the recipe; or excess preserves and fresh produce you’d like to swap. Cuttings for swapping are also welcome. This event has been timed to co-incide with the NEV Community Garden working bee and open morning. Take time to visit this impressive garden just above the NEVN School and find out more about getting involved.

30 April

Entries close for the Green Agriculture Innovation Awards (Gaia) NZ

See http://www.biologicalfarmers.co.nz/gaia-awards.html and www.amazingcarbon.com

6 June, midday

Botanic Gardens’ Hort Talks series: “Local Food: Passing Fad or Secure Future?”

By Andy Barrett of Our Food Network

June TBC

Kay Baxter of the Koanga Institute and a veteran campaigner for permaculture and the preservation of heritage fruit and vegetable varieties is planning a nation-wide tour. For more information about Koanga, visit http://www.koanga.org.nz

Friday 2 May 2014 5 pm

DCC Biodiversity Fund applications for funding close

Mother’s Day, 11 May at 11am

Trees for Babies – Celebrating Families

Roseneath Reserve, District Road, Roseneath

Join others to plant a tree of your choice from a variety of natives for someone special (such as a new family member, birthday, anniversary, or passing of a loved one) and receive a certificate in their name. Pre-registration is required. Trees cost $20.

Contact Keep Dunedin Beautiful Co-ordinator, (03) 474 3401 dethomso@dcc.govt.nz

Friday 27 to Sunday 29 June

Foreign Policy School: Global Resource Scarcity www.otago.ac.nz/OtagoFPS
3. Petitions and consulatations

Government consultations (http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/make-submission/):

· 11 Apr: Health & Safety Reform Bill

· 17 Apr: Environmental Reporting Bill

· 17 Apr: Energy (Fuels, Levies, and References) Amendment Bill

· 17 Apr: Kaikoura (Te Tai-o-Marokura) Marine Management Bill

· 30 Apr: Education Amendment Bill (No 2)

Public submissions on the DCC’s 2014/15 Draft Annual Plan close at 5pm on 15 April. Submit early, and online if possible (see also above)

http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/latest-news/march-2014/have-your-say-on-the-201415-draft-annual-plan

http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on

 

4. Food for thought and (good) fuel for action

· IPCC 5th assessment report: http://www.ipcc.ch/

· Expert comment on IPCC report on climate impacts and adaptation: http://www.sciencemediacentre.co.nz/2014/03/31/ipcc-report-on-climate-impacts-and-adaptation-experts-respond/?utm_source=HEADS-UP+5-11+APR+2014&utm_campaign=SMC+Heads-Up&utm_medium=email

· Dominion editorial: http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/editorials/9897674/Editorial-Climate-change-everyones-issue

· TED talk: Dave Meslin: The antidote to apathy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Knz100ldLM

· Block offer for offshore drilling: http://www.nzpam.govt.nz/cms/petroleum/block-offers/block-offer-2014-release-areas

· Climate Crime Scene declared as Simon Bridges announces Block Offer to oil industry: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1404/S00050/climate-crime-scene-declared.htm

· ‘Living with climate change’: http://www.transitionnetwork.org/news/2014-04-03/april-2014-transition-network-newsletter

· http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1404/S00081/social-media-outrage-at-seven-sharp-climate-science-denial.htm

· “Facing the Future: Towards a Green Economy for New Zealand’ by the Royal Society.

o http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/media/2014/03/Facing-the-future-towards-a-green-economy-for-NZ.pdf.

o http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/expert-advice/information-papers/yr2014/greeneconomy/infographic

· Curtain Bank Urgently requires Curtains (NOW). We have 190 families on our waiting list. Are you able to spread the word? WANTED URGENTLY – good condition curtains and material to make curtains. Drop to Dunedin Curtain Bank, 174 Princess Street

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Nicky Chapman (SDC’s newsletter compiler) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Vivienne Bryner (SDC’s secretary) secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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

Please send all requests to go onto to mailing list to me, Nicky Chapman, at newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Details of upcoming events, submissions, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Thursday 27 March 2014

Special note: Please considering signing the Avaaz petition for the WISE response (see below). This is the final push before presentation of the Appeal to Parliament in early April. Many high profile individuals and significant organisations have put their name to the request (among them many from Otago), and it just gained the formal support of its first Territorial Authority. The team would like 10,000 signatures behind the document before early April. Please also forward to others who care!

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/New_Zealand_Parliament_Seeking_your_support_for_Paliament_to_endorse_a_risk_assessment_for_NZ/?rc=fb&pv=32

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

Thursday 27th March 5.30pm

Today

GreenDrinks Dunedin

THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts. Please note the new venue

Topic this month: Promoting Local Food in Dunedin. It is now seven months since the second Local Food Forum was held in Dunedin. Our speaker this month is Andy Barratt who is part of Our Food Network – a local food network for the greater Dunedin region. Andy will give an update on progress since then. He will report on the outcomes of the Forum and the results of a survey conducted recently by Our Food Network.

About Our Food Network – Our Food Network aims to stimulate the production, distribution and consumption of local food and in that way contribute to the building of a resilient and prosperous community. It’s open to anyone or any groups with an interest in local food. If you, or the group you are in, support the strengthening of aspects of local food production, consumption and distribution, we’d be keen for you to be part of the network. Whether you wish to be an active member of the group, or simply receive the emailed newsletters, we invite you to join by emailing Andy Barratt at asbarratt@gmail.com

GreenDrinks Dunedin typically meet on the last Thursday of each month from 5.30pm. Everyone most welcome!

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 mhoward@slingshot.co.nz
2. Other dates and 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.

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 lala.frazer@gmail.com

Quarantine Island Open Weekend last Saturday every month (29 March)

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 (30 March): 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 lhardy@doc.govt.nz or 03 474 7094.

Blueskin Community Market first Sunday of every months (6 April)

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.

TODAY 4-5 pm

A sustainable vision for the University of Otago

Seminar Room, Centre for Innovation

A seminar presented by Ryan Geerdink – a Science Business and Innovations student from the Netherlands. Ryan is currently in his final year of a research project at the University of Otago assessing the potential of the implementation of photovoltaics at the University as part of a sustainable vision and how this can contribute to a more sustainable lifestyle.

TODAY 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Antarctica in the Palm of Your Hand: A Science Tour of the Ice Sheet

Burns 1 lecture theatre

Dr Ted Scambos, lead scientist US National Science and Ice Data Center. He has published extensively on climate change in Antarctica, and on applying satellite data to studying and mapping the continent.

TODAY 5.30 – 7pm

Sustainable Business success

Technique Restaurant, Harbour Tce, Otago Polytechnic

The Sustainable Business Network and Otago Polytechnic

Hear how local businesses are achieving sustainable success, and meet people who are interested in business practices of the future.

Friday 28 March

Deadline for funding application for the DCC Community Grants Scheme

The Dunedin City Council makes funds available twice a year through the Community Grants Scheme, to help organisations that are benefiting the wider community. It is aimed at non-profit organisations that serve the social, educational, cultural and environmental wellbeing and development of the community.

To find out more, go to DCC website: www.dunedin.govt.nz

28 March 2014, 7:30-9:30 pm

The 2°C climate target. What it means, whether we missed it, and what step to take next.

A talk by A/Prof. Malte Meinshausen, key architect of the 2 degrees max concept that has formed the basis of international climate change policy since, and a world authority on climate change, from The University of Melbourne/The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts Research

Where: Community House Alexandra, 14 – 20 Centennial Avenue

Cost: $5/person

Attendees are invited to share tea/coffee and nibbles after the event

Register your attendance: email: admin@coreap.org.nz OR phone: 0800-267327

Saturday, 29 March

1pm

Nationwide Rally Against the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) – Dunedin event

Octagon

The New Zealand government is negotiating an international agreement that involves eleven Asian and Pacific-rim countries, including the United States. If it goes ahead, we risk damage to our innovative economy, our pristine environment, our health, and the ability to shape our own future – but it is being conducted in secret.

Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwqMp1ykbW8

Saturday 29 March 9am-2pm

Community Baking and Preserving Workshops

Bathgate School Technology Block, Macandrew Road, South Dunedin

The Dunedin Community Food Harvest Group, Transition Valley 473, Presbyterian Support, and other volunteers are teaming up to do some community fruit picking, baking and preserving. The aim is to build skills, reduce waste and make the most of local foods. All volunteers (pickers and preservers) and tree owners will get to keep a little produce themselves, with fresh produce going to the Food Bank, or being used in skill sharing workshops, or turned into delicious fresh apple juice….

Sunday 30 March 1 pm – allow 2 hours

A tour of edible plants in the Botanic Garden

Meet Castle st. bridge entrance (by southern end car park). Bring a pen and pad. https://www.facebook.com/events/1404842433110583/

31 March 1 pm

The next IPCC report 5 comes out of embargo.

The next installments in the Assessment Report 5 will focus on risks and impact of climate change on a regional as well as global scale, including specific impacts in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific (WGII); and options for limiting greenhouse gas emissions (WGIII).

Monday 31 March

Applications for the Dunedin Biodiversity Fund open.

The purpose of the fund is to maintain a network of viable habitats and ecosystems in Dunedin by encouraging and supporting those landowners who are committed to protecting, enhancing and managing indigenous biodiversity. The April 2014 funding round has $30,000 available for allocation in the form of grants on a cost-sharing basis (50% landowner 50% Council). The maximum grant is $5,000 per project. Copies of the fund criteria and on-line application forms can be obtained from www.dunedin.govt.nz/biodiversity or by phoning 477 4000

Monday 31 March 4pm

Recycled Fashion Parade

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Students from Bathgate Park School present designs created with the help of their tutors Tracy Kennedy from the School of Design, Otago Polytechnic and Senorita AweSUMO, Zero Waste textile practitioner. In conjunction with iD Dunedin Fashion Week.

April

Monthly challenge is to go zero-waste! Join the Sustainable Action Groups to try to meet this DCC vision!

http://sustainableactioncommunities.wordpress.com/

Tuesday 1 April
2 – 2.50 pm

Visiting Executive Programme Seminar – “Radical is the new normal” by Rod Oram

Archway 1 Lecture Theatre

A low carbon economy is essential for achieving a sustainable society, here and around the world. Business is critical to this transformation, hence the abundant opportunities for companies in new technologies, energy and resource use, markets, business models and other great drivers of innovation.

Yet, here and abroad, only a few brave leaders are locking on to these opportunities. The longer mainstream businesses resist change, the greater the penalty they will pay.

Business journalist Rod Oram will explore these global issues and their New Zealand ramifications, with a particular focus on leaders and laggards among NZ companies.

Tuesday 1 April at 9am

The next Bus Go Dunedin meeting: bus timetable booklet design workshop.

The Otago Regional Council have very kindly invited us to engage in a workshop to nut out the design of the next booklet, due out in July.

Otago Regional Council, 70 Stafford St

Anyone who has good ideas about designing the timetable is welcome, but bookings are essential as to hold an effective workshop we need to strictly limit the numbers. Please email peter.dowden@gmail.com to book your place at the workshop.

Please have a look through the present booklet and collect your thoughts about the design. Note that the workshop is to redesign the booklet itself, not the bus service as a whole.

Thursday, 3 April

1:50pm – 2:50pm

Public Lecture: The future of food in New Zealand: which yellow brick road?

hng10, Science 1, 700 cumberland street University of Otago

Professor Jacqueline Rowarth, Professor of Agribusiness,Waikato University

The debate about productivity, environment, organics, genetic engineering and nutrient density continue. This talk considers the evidence and suggests a path for the future.

Thursday 3 April 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Communicating Visually: Sustainable Forestry Reporting in a Web-based World

Seminar room, Centre for Innovation. Corner St David and Castle Sts

Barbara Hock ( PhD student – Scion research) is currently doing a PhD on visuals for communicating sustainable forestry. In her seminar she will discuss some of the challenges she encountered in her explorations of what constitutes sustainable forestry, how people can explore their understanding of sustainability and forestry, and ways to facilitate sustainability reporting for forests.

Sat 5th April

9am-2pm.

Community fruit preserving workshop at Dunedin North Intermediate (as per 29 March)

Dunedin North Intermediate Technology Block 34 North Road, NEV

Sunday 6 April 9 am

Forest & Bird field trip Join the KCC group for a visit to Shag Point with Jim Fyfe, Department of Conservation Marine Ranger.

Botany Department car park, corner Great. King and Union Streets.

KCC Co-ordinator Tiff Stewart for details, 021 141 0895.

Wed 9 April 1 pm

The presentation of the The WISE response appeal to Parliament.

Parliament grounds, opposite Seddon Statue. http://bit.ly/wr-submissionnews

The WISE appeal for a New Zealand risk assessment: economic, energy & climate, business continuity, ecological security, genuine wellbeing. ‘Symptoms to serious to ignore’

Tuesday 15 April 5 pm

DCC Draft Annual Plan submissions close.

The draft annual plan sets out the Council’s proposed annual budgets and performance measures for 2014/15 and updates the information for the 2014/15 year that in contained in the Council’s ten year plan or Long Term Plan (LTP) which was put in place last year. Please tell us whether you agree or disagree with spending priorities for 2014/15 outlined in the draft plan by making a submission.

http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/draft-annual-plan-2014-2015/submission-process

Tuesday 15 April 5.30pm

Forest & Bird indoor meeting: legacy of introduced animals on Auckland Islands

Room 215, 2nd floor Zoology Benham Building 346 Great King Street. (Please be on time as we have to hold the door open.)

Dr Geoff Rogers – Department of Conservation will give a talk on how introduced animals have modified the vegetation of the Auckland Islands: a look at the legacy of human settlement and their grazing animals on the vegetation of Auckland and Enderby Islands

Contact Mark Hanger dunedin.branch@forestandbird.org.nz.

Friday 18th April 9.30 a.m. to lunch Mon 21st April 2014

Changing the Dream: Quakers Address the Spirituality of Climate Change and Sustainability

The Quaker Settlement, 76 Virginia Road, Whanganui

This workshop is open to all interested people.

We aim to inspire each other to work with other groups to find practical solutions for issues of sustainability and climate change. There will be the opportunity of forming groups to provide on-going mutual support and/or undertake collective action.

The seminar will follow the Easter theme, which traverses despair and grief to renewed conviction, hope and action.

Register at http://bit.ly/FuturesQA

Saturday 19 – Sunday 20 April

Forest & Bird field trip: Explore the upper Taieri scroll plain and Canadian Flats wetland area.

Travel to Patearoa Saturday pm and overnight there. on Sunday, go up to the end of the road and walk up to the Canadian Flats wetland. Leader Janet Ledingham, 467 2960. Grade easy. Cost to be advised. Please advise intent to come by 1 April so we can secure accommodation.

Thursday 24 April 7:30pm

Otago Herb Society

St Patrick’s Centre 32 Macandrew Road, South Dunedin

Demonstration of Turkish food featuring herbs used. Visitors and new members are welcome. For further details, phone Liz on 4774-910

Saturday 26th April 10am-2pm

Community apple juice-making day and preserves tasting/swapping at the NEV Community rooms, 262 North Rd

Bring any end of season apples you’d like to make into juice, (plus a clean empty soft drink bottle if you want to take some juice home), and help put them through the ‘apple press’. Or bring preserves you’d like to share a taste of, along with the recipe; or excess preserves and fresh produce you’d like to swap. Cuttings for swapping are also welcome. This event has been timed to co-incide with the NEV Community Garden working bee and open morning. Take time to visit this impressive garden just above the NEVN School and find out more about getting involved.

6 June, midday

Botanic Gardens’ Hort Talks series: “Local Food: Passing Fad or Secure Future?”

By Andy Barrett of Our Food Network

June TBC

Kay Baxter of the Koanga Institute and a veteran campaigner for permaculture and the preservation of heritage fruit and vegetable varieties is planning a nation-wide tour. For more information about Koanga, visit http://www.koanga.org.nz

Friday 2 May 2014 5 pm

DCC Biodiversity Fund applications for funding close

Mother’s Day, 11 May at 11am

Trees for Babies – Celebrating Families

Roseneath Reserve, District Road, Roseneath

Join others to plant a tree of your choice from a variety of natives for someone special (such as a new family member, birthday, anniversary, or passing of a loved one) and receive a certificate in their name. Pre-registration is required. Trees cost $20.

Contact Keep Dunedin Beautiful Co-ordinator, (03) 474 3401 dethomso@dcc.govt.nz
3. Petitions

The WISE response appeal to Parliament for a New Zealand risk assessment: economic, energy & climate, business continuity, ecological security, genuine wellbeing. ‘Symptoms to serious to ignore’.

Go to

http://wiseresponse.org.nz/.

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/New_Zealand_Parliament_Seeking_your_support_for_Paliament_to_endorse_a_risk_assessment_for_NZ/?rc=fb&pv=32

http://bit.ly/wiseresponse-ocw

We’re getting hot and hungry: sign the Oxfam petition on climate change: http://www.oxfam.org.nz/what-you-can-do/take-action/fight-climate-change-and-hunger?utm_source=AC&utm_campaign=AC+Weds+26+Mar+14+F%26CJ&utm_medium=email
4. Food for thought and (good) fuel for action

· “Facing the Future: Towards a Green Economy for New Zealand’ by the Royal Society. This Emerging Issues paper presents evidence from local and global trends suggesting that New Zealand should carefully review its direction of development, and discusses the potential for New Zealand to move towards a green economy. The United Nations Environment Programme describes the core characteristics of a green economy as: low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive. See:

o http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/media/2014/03/Facing-the-future-towards-a-green-economy-for-NZ.pdf.

o http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/expert-advice/information-papers/yr2014/greeneconomy/infographic

· Unburnable carbon 2013: Wasted capital and stranded assets: http://www.carbontracker.org/wastedcapital

This new research from Carbon Tracker and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at LSE calls for regulators, governments and investors to re-evaluate energy business models against carbon budgets, to prevent $6trillion carbon bubble in the next decade.

· Modern civilisation is heading for collapse within a matter of decades because of growing economic instability and pressure on the planet’s resources, according to a scientific study funded by Nasa…

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2014/mar/14/nasa-civilisation-irreversible-collapse-study-scientists

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2014/mar/18/transition-tipping-point-revolution-doom

· Following from Our Food Network – many thanks:

o http://www.slate.com/blogs/behold/2014/03/09/aliza_eliazarov_photographs_the_sustainable_farm_movement_in_the_united.html

Photo essay on local food producers. What would Dunedin’s look like?

o http://www.spur.org/publications/spur-report/2013-05-13/locally-nourished A comprehensive local food document from the States which shows what a similar study of our region could cover.

o https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/1845 An interesting Wellington initiative

o http://www.ripenear.me/ An interactive map (Australian-based, but with reference to our area) on local food availability.

o http://www.spinfarming.com SPIN stands for S-mall P-lot IN-tensive farming and it promises it can show how to “make farm-size income from garden-size plots”.

· And still more on urban food innovation: http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/a-brilliant-composting-island-concept-for-new-york/?tag=nl.e540&s_cid=e540&ttag=e540&ftag=TRE5369823

· The Bishop of Sheffield on climate change falling off the political agenda: http://bishopofsheffield.blogspot.co.uk/ “Here is a mystery. The world grows warmer. Yet climate change has disappeared from the political agenda since 2010 in this country and around the world.” Dr Croft made reference to Beveridge and Temple’s naming of the ‘five giants of evil’, squalor, ignorance, want, idleness and disease, from the 1940s. He said these are still with us and “remain the enemies of human flourishing”. However, “there is a sixth giant to be named and to be fought”…

· FAIIR – Freshwater Algae Identification, Information and Action Resource – new website hosted by Landcare Research, for anyone interested in observing and identifying algae, and who has access to a compound microscope (even a very basic one). It is aimed at community groups with little previous knowledge, such as school classes or volunteer groups. The identification key, with illustrated glossary, will enable you to detect nuisance algae, such as potentially toxic cyanobacteria or Didymo, and will help you explore this fascinating – and incredibly diverse – microscopic world. http://fwalgae.landcareresearch.co.nz

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Nicky Chapman (SDC’s newsletter compiler) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Vivienne Bryner (SDC’s secretary) secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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

Please send all requests to go onto to mailing list to me, Nicky Chapman, at newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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