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

Kia ora,
First of all, apologies for the sporadic newsletters over the last few months. We are still looking for a new newsletter editor, so if anyone is interested in this, please do get in touch. It is probably five or six hours’ work a month and is a great way of getting to know what is going on in the city. As you can see from this edition of the newsletter, there is an amazing selection of interesting talks and events in Dunedin.

In the meantime, I am going to experiment with one substantial newsletter a month and a quick update halfway through the month with any significant new events which can’t wait until the next month. Do let me know how you feel about this.

We are delighted to have 10 winners of our 2017 Big Green Challenge, covering a great range of activities, including re-usable bags, electric cars, fruit tree planting and recycling. You can see the full list of winners here and keep in touch with the progress of their projects over the next few months on our website and on the Big Green Challenge Facebook page.

Finally, you are all warmly invited to SDC’s AGM on Wednesday 16th August at 5.30pm (venue listed below). This is a chance to hear about what SDC has been doing over the past year and, most importantly, contribute to planning what we should be doing next year. We need more members to join the committee, so if you are at all interested in getting involved, please do contact myself or the secretary to discuss it. It doesn’t need to be a huge commitment – though the more we can put into it, the better it will be! Nominations need to be in by Friday 11th August. The AGM is also a good chance to meet Ruth Zeinart, the Dunedin Food Resilience Coordinator, who will be giving a short talk after the formal part of the meeting.

Ngā mihi,
Simonne Wood
(Chair, Sustainable Dunedin City)

Events listing
Tuesday 25th July, 5.30-7pm

“Sustainability snapshots”
Venue: Valley Community Workshop, 11 Allen Street, North East Valley

Valley Community Workshop members will share some of the community resilience/ sustainability projects they are involved in, and are keen to hear about others – actual or potential!
Informal 5 min. talks on: an app for identifying sources of draughts, solar gains, and dampness in homes; tiny homes & low cost innovative heat transfer & storage; low-cost insulation ideas, electric vehicles and infrastructure; electric-bikes, community solar; hot-desking;.and more.  There will also be a short AGM. Soup & bread; tea, coffee provided.

The Valley Community Workspace is a co-working space for sustainable, innovative ventures, skill-sharing, creativity and community led education and development, based at 11 Allen St., North East Valley. We have a community bike workshop, Makerspace, electric and recumbent bikes, welding workshop, electric car conversions, and more.
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Friday 4th August, 12pm

HortTalk: “Predator Free Dunedin: the latest”

Botanic Garden Information Centre (by duck pond) 12noon

A group of community-based entities has signalled its commitment to build on the biodiversity of Dunedin and surrounds. Hear about this contemporary, collective approach to controlling predators and allowing native ecology to thrive. For further information contact Clare Fraser  clare.fraser@dcc.govt.nz phone 477 4000
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Sunday 30th July, 3pm

“BAG IT” movie

Venue: Dunedin Curtain Bank, 174 Princes Street

Organised by Dunedin Curtain Bank and Bags for Good as a Plastic Free July event. All welcome. Koha to Bags for Good. Information about the film at http://www.bagitmovie.com/about.html ___________________________________________________________________________________
Closing date: Monday 7th August

Bags for Good logo competition
Bags for Good is a local project to overcome current barriers to adoption of reusable bags; such as quality, convenience and cost, for both retailers and consumers.

Bags for Good seeks to engage local pride and community involvement in all aspects of this project; from the logo design and branding to production of the bags, to supporting participating retailers. Shoppers at supermarkets, local grocers, convenience stores and markets will soon be able to ‘borrow a bag’ instead of purchasing, and return it when no longer needed. Retailers will be able to show their support for local community and the environment through their participation.
In the shared folder linked below, you will find:

Posters to promote the competition – please let us know if you would like printed copies delivered
The design brief, and introduction to the project and competition terms
Web and social media assets for the project

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B6i0oXCC25yGZ0I3ODdzYlloYms?usp=sharing
Key info:

Prizes: $100 + prizes for the main winner, plus special young designer prizes, including a professional development opportunity with Craig Scott, head of design at the Otago Museum
Comp opens 1 July, closes 7th August.
Contact: bagsforgood@gmail.com

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Wednesday 16th August, 5.30pm

Sustainable Dunedin City AGM, followed by talk by Ruth Zeinart – Dunedin Food Resilience Coordinator

Where: Room D101, D Block, Otago Polytechnic (access from Harbour Terrace)

All welcome. Hear about SDC’s work over the last year, share your ideas for the future of SDC and elect officers for the coming year.
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Thursday 24th August, 12.00 – 12.50pm

Panel on the New Zealand election

Where: Burns 7 Seminar Room, University of Otago

Panellists: Prof. Jonathan Boston (Victoria University of Wellington), Prof. Hugh Campbell (Dept. of Sociology, Gender and Social Work), Prof. Janine Hayward (Dept. of Politics).
A discussion on public issues in relation to the upcoming election. What are the issues that need more attention? All welcome.
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Thursday 24th August, 12.10 – 1.00pm
Healthcare without harm? Visioning the Dunedin hospital for future generations in the context of climate change
Where: Room 033/036, Department of Health and Preventative Medicine, University of Otago.

Public seminar. For more information, contact alison.crossan@otago.ac.nz
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Saturday 26th August, 10am – 12pm
Responses to Climate Change and the challenges facing churches

Where: St Patrick’s Community Centre, 40 Macandrew Road

A conversation on climate change to explore the challenges facing communities and the churches. The conversation will include a presentation by Prof Jonathan Boston (Victoria University of Wellington), which will address the need to reduce emissions and adapt to climate change. All welcome. More information from ctpinz@otago.ac.nz
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Monday 28th – Wednesday 30th August, 9am – 5pm

International Symposium – Active Living and Environment: Towards a healthier and more sustainable future

The goal of this symposium is to facilitate and grow an international, multidisciplinary and multi-sector dialogue related to Active Living and Environment.

Symposium themes include Health, Transportation, Environment and Sustainability.

Creating active living environments requires expertise and sharing knowledge from multiple disciplines. This symposium will bring together international and national experts from multiple sectors including academia, government, public health, urban design, transportation and environment.

See list of invited speakers

Register today

Organised by the University of Otago Active Living Laboratory, School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences. Contact details ale.symposium@otago.ac.nz
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9th – 17th September

Drive Electric Week

A range of events are planned, including an attempt to break the NZ record for the most EVs in one place on Sun. 10th Sept. So, look out for the full programme, and if you have an EV, mark that date in your calendar!

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Regular events
Quarantine Island/Kamau taurua There are regular open days on this beautiful Island and public Recreation Reserve in Otago Harbour. You can come over to relax and explore, or to help with one of the many projects: weed control, planting and caring for native seedlings, biodiversity monitoring, maintenance. You can also book a water taxi, or the Lodge, for your own island getaway. See the Quarantine Island website for details. Next weed control working bee: Thurs. 27 July 9.30am -2.30pm (postponed if rainy). Next open day Sat. 29 July 9.30-3.30pm. See the Quarantine Island website for details, including booking information for the boat. Events are also listed on the Quarantine Island Community facebook page.
Other opportunities
Organic compost: Annika Korsten writes: “I am seeking expression of interest of people who are interested in buying certified organic compost in bulk. We have already started selling it (as a pilot) and I am interested what the taste for it is in the Dunedin market. This is a social enterprise for Kowhai Grove with all proceeds going back into the initiative. The cost is $120/m3.

If anyone is out there who is good in conducting surveys that might give me a better idea than this form of communication I’d appreciate help with it too 😉

Please email annika@malcam.org.nz to express your interest or any pointers with regards to the project.”
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Valley Community Workshop Shared Workspace and Community Test Bed: Use a hot desk in the VCW’s co-working office space and electronics lab with free wifi and occasional printing.  Access starts at $30 per week or $10 per day.
VCW are promoting their Community Test Bed to emerging scholars – VCW’s collection of keen volunteers  are interested in assisting university and polytechnic research projects that touch on themes of sustainability or low-carbon societies.
Contact Tim at twbishop@gmail.com
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Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust
What: free Cosy Energy Advice, Cosy Homes Assessments and Healthy Rental Certification
When: Mon-Fri, 9am – 5pm
Who: Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust in support of the Cosy Homes Trust.
About: Together with Cosy Homes and the Dunedin Curtain Bank we are working on making homes in Dunedin warm, healthy and more energy efficient. If you have any questions related to the thermal efficiency of your house call the Cosy Energy Advice line Tel: 929 1323 for FREE advice. We also offer Cosy Homes Assessments, which give you a more detailed plan on how to make your house warmer, healthier, and more comfortable – some solutions can be much cheaper than you think, and have a long lasting positive effect on your whole family.
 The Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust also offers bulk log delivery for firewood (must be seasoned for use in 2018) and affordable quality Mammoth insulation for DIY.

What: “How to Make a Place – of our Lands and Towns”
When: online now at http://www.brct.org.nz/cuppa-tea/
Who: Chris Perley
About: The Vogon Technocrat and reimagining our space…

The Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust creates collaborative climate solutions. Our patron is Jeanette Fitzsimons and we are a local NGO with our office based in Waitati, Blueskin Bay (www.brct.org.nz).
Contact us:
Email: office@brct.org.nz
Tel: 4822048
Address: 1121 Mt Cargill Road, RD2 Waitati (in the old dental clinic at Waitati School)
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Good reading/listening
Eco Living in Action Dunedin’s radio show about living more sustainably. With host Maureen Howard, on Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Aired – every Thursday 2.30-3pm and repeated Mondays 8.30-9am. Podcasts available at www.oar.org.nz/event/eco-living-in-action/, Eco Living in Action website or iTunes. Eco Living in Action is sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City

RECENT PODCASTS
6th July – Managing setbacks in urban restoration – Hendrik Koch
13th July – Cycling for cleaner air in Belfast – Sustrans
20th July – A non-violent protector for the climate – Rosemary Penwarden (repeat)

Sustainable Lens – radio show on Otago Access 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. They are building up a searchable archive of conversations with people from many different fields who are applying their skills to a sustainable future. In their conversations they 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). http://sustainablelens.org/

You can hear me (Simonne Wood) being interviewed about Sustainable Dunedin City and various other things on the 22nd June podcast.

Petitions and consultations

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

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. For more information or to join the Society go to http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/

Contacts

Simonne Wood (Chair and newsletter editor) sustainabledunedincity@gmail.com

SDC secretary (Andy Barratt) secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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

Facebook page Sustainable Dunedin City

Please send all requests to go onto the mailing list or to be removed from it to sustainabledunedincity@gmail.com

Dunedin’s May 2017 Aurora

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,

with the official start of winter we have information on garlic planting as well as decidedly indoor events such as the upcoming Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival!

Ngā mihi,
Simonne Wood
(Chair, Sustainable Dunedin City)

Events listing
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Thursday 8 June to Sunday 18 June

Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival

Rialto Cinemas, Dunedin

The festival offers the chance to see movies such as Can You Dig This? on urban gardening in Los Angeles and Gaming the Real World which asks about the potential of computer games such as Minecraft to help in city planning.

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3pm-5pm, Sunday 18 June 2017

Our Climate Declaration Launch

Centre for Sustainability, Otago University, Castle St

The organisers invite you to join them for the launch of the Climate Declaration which aims to “bring people together around a short, simple narrative describing a future New Zealand that protects the climate. We aim to stimulate a national movement, supporting concerned citizens to develop climate action plans in their groups for work, learning, leisure and worship. It outlines the bad stuff we have to stop doing and the good things we have to pursue. We believe that with the force of numbers, we can achieve a secure future for Aotearoa/New Zealand.”

Livestreaming details to follow at www.ourclimatedeclaration.org.nz

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10am -2pm, Saturday 24th June 2017
Open Day and Garlic Planting
Kowhai Grove Permacuture Farm, 289 Factory Road, Mosgiel

Bring a plate to share!

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7pm Sunday 25 June 2017

An evening with Dr Jane Goodall

This event will consist of a 20-minute lecture by Dr Goodall, followed by a 40-minute conversation between Dr Goodall and a special guest host, and an audience question and answer session. Tickets cost between $59-$249.

Regent Theatre, Dunedin

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If you are in Wellington you may be interested in supporting…

26-28 June 2017

Climate Court Case

Wellington High Court
The New Zealand Herald reports that law student Sarah Thomson “has taken Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett to court over what the 26-year-old claims is a lack of action over the issue.” Organisers hope to see as many supporters in court as possible. For more information, see the full Herald story at:
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11862450

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Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July challenges you to join people around the world who will “choose to refuse” single-use plastic packaging for the month of July. Visit their website to join up and see the different options and solutions for going plastic-free:

http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/
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High Street Cohousing Townhouses for Sale

Organisers describe the project as “unique family living” in a “new kind of neighbourhood”.

“The last four of 22 architecturally designed, German ‘passiv haus’ certified* townhouses are for sale in the cohousing development in High Street, Dunedin.

They are individually titled and self-contained with private outdoor living space yet will
maintain a temperature of 20-22 degrees all year round, and need virtually no heating.
Owners and their families will also enjoy shared ownership of recreational grounds,
gardens and rooms including meeting, dining, office, laundry, guest and recreational
facilities.”

www.highstcohousing.nz
Enquiries over $550,000
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Other opportunities

Neighbourhood Food Harvest – Our Food Network Do you have food in your garden (fruit or veges) and know you won’t be able to consume it all? Do you want help to harvest and donate some food to your neighbours and/or local food banks? Do you want to get to know your neighbours and help them harvest any excess food from their own properties? If you answer “yes” to any of these questions then please contact us at: ourfoodnetwork@gmail.com
Our “Ideas into Action Facilitator” (Niki Bould) is busy gathering names and addresses for our database so we can organise volunteers in each neighbourhood to harvest as much food as possible so it doesn’t go to waste. We will be running some volunteer workshops soon (on how to make “apple-pickers”, how to identify diseases in fruit, and providing some health and safety info) and hope this is a great way for neighbours to meet each other.
Valley Community Workspace is a co-working space for sustainable, innovative ventures and skill-sharing at 11 Allen St, North East Valley. Call in to see what’s happening on Saturdays between 10.30am -5pm or check our facebook page or website valleyworkspace.org  We are looking for new people/ventures who are interested in renting part of the space. Currently we have bikes, e-bikes, a welding workshop, Makerspace, and e-car conversions…

Good reading/listening

Net Zero in New Zealand: this report on a carbon neutral New Zealand is available at http://www.vivideconomics.com/publications/net-zero-in-new-zealand

Our Fresh Water 2017, Ministry for the Environment. http://www.mfe.govt.nz/publications/environmental-reporting/our-fresh-water-2017

Eco Living in Action Dunedin’s radio show about living more sustainably. With host Maureen Howard, on Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Aired – every Thursday 2.30-3pm and repeated Mondays 8.30-9am. Podcasts available at www.oar.org.nz/event/eco-living-in-action/, Eco Living in Action website or iTunes. Eco Living in Action is sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.

RECENT PODCASTS
Eco Living In Action – 25-05-2017 – Inner City Perennial Polyculture – Rory Harding
Eco Living In Action – 18-05-2017 – Organic Growing In A Polytunnel – Hans Wieland
Eco Living In Action – 11-05-2017 – Walking the South Island – Becky Cameron

Sustainable Lens – radio show on Otago Access 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. They are building up a searchable archive of conversations with people from many different fields who are applying their skills to a sustainable future. In their conversations they 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). http://sustainablelens.org/
Petitions and consultations
Dunedin City Council: No sustainability-related consultations at present.

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. For more information or to join the Society go to http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/
Contacts
Simonne Wood (Chair and newsletter editor) sustainabledunedincity@gmail.com

SDC secretary (Andy Barratt) secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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

Facebook page Sustainable Dunedin City

Please send all requests to go onto the mailing list or to be removed from it to sustainabledunedincity@gmail.com

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,
Dunedin’s Big Green Challenge for 2017!

Sorry we’ve had a bit of a gap in the newsletter – we had some technical problems. Now we are back on track and very pleased to announce the launch of Sustainable Dunedin City’s Big Green Challenge 2017. We are offering ten grants of up to $500 each to groups or individuals with exciting projects and creative initiatives that will strengthen Dunedin’s community resilience and foster stronger sustainability principles. The grants are available to implement projects within the greater Dunedin area (within the D.C.C boundaries of Waikouaiti in the north, to Brighton in the south, and to Middlemarch in the west). So if you have a great idea, or know someone else who has one, check out all the details and find an application form at sustainabledunedincity.org.nz  We will be accepting applications up till 6 May in recognition that the closing date falling in school holidays may have made the challenge date tricky for some.

Ngā mihi,
Simonne Wood
(Chair, Sustainable Dunedin City)

Events listing
Saturday 22nd April
Orokonui Challenge – fund-raising walk or run
Pay an entry fee to run or walk the Orokonui Challenge and help fund takahe and kaka conservation work.
“The race is fantastic and beautiful all the way – it includes Orokonui’s protected forest, Orokonui estuary, Blueskin Bay and Doctors Point beach. Great views and great wildlife! Terrain varies from compacted gravel, grass, beach, asphalt and coarse gravel. The run includes 500-600m of climbing.

The walk includes Orokonui’s forest and Orokonui Estuary. Walkers can take their time and enjoy forest and estuarine wildlife. The walk includes 300m of climbing and the terrain is compacted gravel, grass and boardwalk.”

More information at https://orokonui.nz/About/Orokonui-Challenge/Event-Information

Sunday 23 April 2017
Fossil Fueled Collusion; Industry, Media, People & Politics

Dunningham Suite, Dunedin Public Library
Hosted by OIL FREE OTAGO and SEA (Students for Environmental Action)

10am – Book presentation: Petroleum Development and Environmental Conflict in Aotearoa New Zealand – Texas of the South Pacific
Economic anthropologist Dr Terrence Loomis reveals how criticism and resistance activities by environmental activists, concerned citizens’ groups and some local authorities has had far-reaching effects on institutional relations and values between the state and the community sector.

11am – Debating deep-sea oil: dissent, disdain and solidarity
Dr Sophie Bond, lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Otago, explores how action for climate justice is enabled or constrained by neoliberalism and contemporary forms of governance. Research authors: Sophie Bond, Amanda Thomas and Gradon Diprose.

12-3pm – Shared lunch, discussion and play GO MINE
Dunedin artist Ruth Evans developed this table top card game for her Master of Fine Art programme at Otago Polytechnic. Based on New Zealand’s mineral extraction industries, Go Mine allows players to become corporate tycoons. Mine the planet. Exploit, extract, export. Bribe where you can. Have a go at changing the rules or making up your own. But beware. If the planet’s resources become exhausted – everyone loses! (Go Mine is available for purchase by individuals, schools or groups.)

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21-25 April
Festival of Nature

The Wild Dunedin Festival of Nature offers more than 50 events that celebrate Dunedin as the wildlife capital of New Zealand.
www.wilddunedin.nz

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Thursday 4th May, 5pm-6.15pm
Public talk by Rekindle founder, Juliet Arnott

Otago Polytechnic, G Block, Room 106

Juliet will talk about Rekindle, the social enterprise which diverts reusable resources from waste through skill and creativity. Rekindle’s original focus was on finding new uses for timber from residential demolition in Christchurch.
https://www.rekindle.org.nz/

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Nominations close Monday 1st May
Keep Dunedin Beautiful 2017 Awards

The Keep Dunedin Beautiful awards recognise the work of both groups and individuals.

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Other opportunities

Neighbourhood Food Harvest – Our Food Network Do you have food in your garden (fruit or veges) and know you won’t be able to consume it all? Do you want help to harvest and donate some food to your neighbours and/or local food banks? Do you want to get to know your neighbours and help them harvest any excess food from their own properties? If you answer “yes” to any of these questions then please contact us at: ourfoodnetwork@gmail.com
Our “Ideas into Action Facilitator” (Niki Bould) is busy gathering names and addresses for our database so we can organise volunteers in each neighbourhood to harvest as much food as possible so it doesn’t go to waste. We will be running some volunteer workshops soon (on how to make “apple-pickers”, how to identify diseases in fruit, and providing some health and safety info) and hope this is a great way for neighbours to meet each other.
Valley Community Workspace is a co-working space for sustainable, innovative ventures and skill-sharing at 11 Allen St, North East Valley. Call in to see what’s happening on Saturdays between 10.30am -5pm or check our facebook page or website valleyworkspace.org  We are looking for new people/ventures who are interested in renting part of the space. Currently we have bikes, e-bikes, a welding workshop, Makerspace, and e-car conversions…
Good reading/listening
Net Zero in New Zealand: this report on a carbon neutral New Zealand is available at http://www.vivideconomics.com/publications/net-zero-in-new-zealand

Leaving the past behind us Article by Colin Campbell-Hunt on the damage caused by coal-fired power. https://www.odt.co.nz/lifestyle/magazine/leaving-past-beneath-us

What’s best for city’s rubbish? ODT article on changes to Dunedin’s landfill management.
https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/what%E2%80%99s-best-city%E2%80%99s-rubbish

Eco Living in Action Dunedin’s radio show about living more sustainably. With host Maureen Howard, on Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Aired – every Thursday 2.30-3pm and repeated Mondays 8.30-9am. Podcasts available at www.oar.org.nz/event/eco-living-in-action/, Eco Living in Action website or iTunes. Eco Living in Action is sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City

RECENT PODCASTS
Eco Living In Action – 06-04-2017 – Creating English Wildflower Habitats – Bryan Raines
Eco Living In Action – 30-03-2017 – Industries Embracing Clean Wood Energy – Lloyd McGinty
Eco Living In Action – 23-03-2017 – The Gift Economy – Mark Boyle – The Moneyless Man

Maureen chats with best selling author Mark Boyle – “The Moneyless Man”. She explains that “for three years between 2008 and 2011 Mark took the ambitious step of going moneyless – successfully living completely without money. Inspired by the teachings of Ghandi during his final year of a Business Degree, Mark decided to embark on a challenge of living completely without money. At first the challenge was just one year but he enjoyed it so much he did it for three years. Although no longer moneyless, Mark lives very simply on a smallholding with others. He is currently experimenting with living without technology. Mark has a lot to share on the topic of going moneyless and why he believes it is absolutely essential for a sustainable future.

To find out more about Mark’s fascinating story I recommend you read his book, The Moneyless Man (2010) which shares the fascinating story of his first year of living without money. I especially enjoyed his second book The Monelyess Manifesto (2012) which is a How-To manual to living without money. This book is free on www.moneylessmanifesto.org. His most recent book, Drinking Molotov Cocktails with Gandhi (2915) explores why we need to change our economic system if we are to avoid ecological collapse.”

Sustainable Lens – radio show on Otago Access 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. They are building up a searchable archive of conversations with people from many different fields who are applying their skills to a sustainable future. In their conversations they 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). http://sustainablelens.org/
Petitions and consultations

Dunedin City Council: Consultation on the 2017/18 Annual Plan is open until 1 May 2017.

Otago Regional Council: Submissions on the Otago Regional Council’s 2017/18 draft Annual Plan are open until 12 May 2017.
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. For more information or to join the Society go to http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/

Contacts

Simonne Wood (Chair and newsletter editor) sustainabledunedincity@gmail.com

SDC secretary (Andy Barratt) secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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

Facebook page Sustainable Dunedin City

Please send all requests to go onto the mailing list or to be removed from it to sustainabledunedincity@gmail.com

Kia ora,
Here are some interesting events for February, plus a look ahead to NZ Seaweek and a fund-raising event for Orokonui in April.

Ngā mihi,
Simonne Wood
(Chair, Sustainable Dunedin City)



Events listing


Tuesday and Wednesday 21 and 22 February

Short course: Creating Living Buildings

Venue: Otago Polytechnic

This is a two day block course on the Living Building Challenge and Integrated Design for people who want to transform their practice of sustainable construction and deliver restorative projects.The course is offered to architects, construction professionals, design professionals, engineers, product suppliers, clients and community workers enabling diverse and rich dialogue whilst learning to create authentic sustainable projects and outcomes.
The course offers deep understanding and practice of:

  •     How can we live sustainably on this planet?
  •     The Living Building Challenge goals as drivers for positive change of our buildings and communities
  •     Lots of case studies
  •     The challenges and solutions to achieving the goals in NZ
  •     How do we work together to create the best outcomes for the budget, time and quality constraints?

See https://www.op.ac.nz/study/sustainable-practice/creating-living-built-environments/ for more information, registration and fees.


Friday 24th February, 12-1pm

Joint Otago Energy Research Centre & Centre for Sustainability Seminar

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

Seminar presented by Professor Tadj Oreszczyn, Director of The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources (BSEER), Director of the RCUK Centre for Energy Epidemiology (CEE) and Professor of Energy and Environment at the UCL Energy Institute, University College London. Prof Oreszczyn is also the Director of the RCUK Centre for Energy Epidemiology based at the UCL Energy Institute. This centre undertakes research to help the UK reduce its energy demand in buildings and transport and is one of six government funded research centres in energy demand. The centre is currently leading the establishment of an International Energy Agency Annex (70) in building energy epidemiology. Prof Oreszczyn has for 34 years undertaken energy and building research with a particular focus around the performance gap between theory and practice and the unintended consequences (health, comfort, etc.) of building energy efficiency.  http://http://www.otago.ac.nz/centre-sustainability/seminars/


Tuesday 28th February, 6.15-7.15pm

“How should we value nature in a human-dominated world?” Royal Society of New Zealand lecture.

Venue: St David Lecture Theatre, University of Otago

Lecture given by Dame Georgina Mace, British ecologist and conservation scientist, Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystems and Director of the UCL (University College London) Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research. More information on the Royal Society website. Lecture is free but registration is required.


Saturday 25th February to Sunday 5th March

New Zealand Seaweek

Various Otago events listed at http://seaweek.org.nz/events/otago/


Sunday 26th February, 10.30am

Dunedin coastal clean-up

Venue: Meet at St Kilda Surf Club (other locations can be chosen for clean-up)
Part of Seaweek events – see http://seaweek.org.nz/events/otago/  for more information.


Saturday 22nd April

Orokonui Challenge – fund-raising walk or run

Pay an entry fee to run or walk the Orokonui Challenge and help fund takahe and kaka conservation work.
“The race is fantastic and beautiful all the way – it includes Orokonui’s protected forest, Orokonui estuary, Blueskin Bay and Doctors Point beach. Great views and great wildlife! Terrain varies from compacted gravel, grass, beach, asphalt and coarse gravel. The run includes 500-600m of climbing.

The walk includes Orokonui’s forest and Orokonui Estuary. Walkers can take their time and enjoy forest and estuarine wildlife. The walk includes 300m of climbing and the terrain is compacted gravel, grass and boardwalk.”

More information at https://orokonui.nz/About/Orokonui-Challenge/Event-Information



Other opportunities

Neighbourhood Food Harvest – Our Food Network Do you have food in your garden (fruit or veges) and know you won’t be able to consume it all? Do you want help to harvest and donate some food to your neighbours and/or local food banks? Do you want to get to know your neighbours and help them harvest any excess food from their own properties?
If you answer “yes” to any of these questions then please contact us at: ourfoodnetwork@gmail.com
Our “Ideas into Action Facilitator” (Niki Bould) is busy gathering names and addresses for our database so we can organise volunteers in each neighbourhood to harvest as much food as possible so it doesn’t go to waste. We will be running some volunteer workshops soon (on how to make “apple-pickers”, how to identify diseases in fruit, and providing some health and safety info) and hope this is a great way for neighbours to meet each other.

Valley Community Workspace is a co-working space for sustainable, innovative ventures and skill-sharing at 11 Allen St, North East Valley. Call in to see what’s happening on Saturdays between 10.30am -5pm or check our facebook page or website valleyworkspace.org  We are looking for new people/ventures who are interested in renting part of the space. Currently we have bikes, e-bikes, a welding workshop, Makerspace, and e-car conversions…



Good reading/listening

Eco Living in Action Dunedin’s radio show about living more sustainably. With host Maureen Howard, on Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Aired – every Thursday 2.30-3pm and repeated Mondays 8.30-9am. Podcasts available at www.oar.org.nz/event/eco-living-in-action/, Eco Living in Action website or iTunes. Eco Living in Action is sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City

RECENT PODCASTS
26th Jan – Make your own basic herbal remedies – Anna Hughes
2nd Feb – free range poultry production – Olive Elliott
9th Feb – Go to Tinker School! – Andrew Bowen

Sustainable Lens – radio show on Otago Access 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. They are building up a searchable archive of conversations with people from many different fields who are applying their skills to a sustainable future. In their conversations they 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). http://sustainablelens.org/



Petitions and consultations

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

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. For more information or to join the Society go to http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/

Contacts

Simonne Wood (Chair and newsletter editor) sustainabledunedincity@gmail.com

SDC secretary (Andy Barratt) secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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

Facebook page Sustainable Dunedin City

Please send all requests to go onto the mailing list or to be removed from it to sustainabledunedincity@gmail.com

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,
The new committee of Sustainable Dunedin City met last week and has started to think about the projects it would like to be involved in during the coming year, with a focus on building on our existing strengths and fulfilling needs not covered by other sustainability groups in Dunedin. Here are some of our thoughts:

    We will continue to promote engagement in local democratic processes, such as through submissions to the DCC and ORC, and hope to become more pro-active in advocacy in some areas, rather than simply responding to topics raised by local and national government in consultations.
    We aim to use our networks and communication channels to keep more people in Dunedin informed about sustainability and connected to each other.
    There is a strong possibility of running the Big Green Challenge again.
    We will also be reviewing our on-going relationship with Our Food Network in the next couple of months, to see how we can best work together to make both organisations stronger.

Thanks to all our committee members, new and continuing: Andy Barratt, John Cocks, Nicky Chapman, Mark Jackson, Injy Johnstone, Stuart Mathieson and Jenny Neilson. Andy has just taken over from Jenny as secretary, so particular thanks to Jenny for all her hard work in the past and to Andy for being willing to take on the role.

Ngā mihi,
Simonne Wood
(Chair, Sustainable Dunedin City)

Events listing

Ongoing
Hereweka Harbour Cone planting bees
Save The Otago Peninsula (more commonly known by our acronym, STOP), has been very busy on the conservation front over winter – mainly planting and trying to keep pest plants under control.  Smiths Creek Catchment Planting in particular has used 982 volunteer hours clearing gorse and planting just over 2,000 kanuka seedlings.
Now we are joining the Hereweka Harbour Cone Trust and Broad Bay School to plant a further 1,500 mixed coastal forest seedlings.  So we desperately need your assistance!
Working bees are every Tuesday from 9.30 to 12.30 and Sundays 10am to 1pm.  (Alternative times for groups can also be arranged.) Lots of different tasks according to ability – not just digging holes.
Meet at the end of Bacon St.
Contact Person: Lala Frazer 027 8756 020; Email <lala.frazer@gmail.com> Friday 14th October, 12.30 – 1.30pm

OERC Public Seminar: Taking stock of the local impacts of community renewable energy
Venue: Seminar Room, Centre for Sustainability, 563 Castle Street
Seminar given by Anna Harnmeijer, co-founder of a small Edinburgh-based consultancy in community energy (Scene Community), and recently completed a Marie Curie funded fellowship called ‘Careers for Sustainability Excellence’ (CASTLE). Her work thus far has spanned from quantifying project risk and barriers to community energy and environmental policy and innovation in the UK bioenergy sector, to renewable energy technology failure in rural areas of the developing world. The seminar takes a scholarly look at the potential for community-owned renewable energy projects to deliver environmental and local socio-economic benefits.More information at http://www.otago.ac.nz/news/events/otago620330.html

Tuesday 18th October, 4-6pm
Energy Efficiency in Practice (3rd Ahika Learning from the Leaders event)
Venue: Cadbury World Theatre, 280 Cumberland Street
Our 3rd event focus on efficiency in business. Hear from four speakers on the following topics:
• Energy + Sustainability = Good Business Sense: Martin McArthur & Judith Mair (Cadbury)
• How funding can drive energy efficiency: Peter van Meer (EECA)
• Planning is the first step towards identifying opportunities: Lloyd McGinty (Ahika)
• Energy supply with a difference: Chris Dawson (Pioneer Energy)
• Chocolate melting project: Visit to the mass melting room (Cadbury)
Each talk will be short & sharp with ample time for questions, discussion and networking.

NEW EVENT 19th of October, 4-6pm
ChargeUp Dunedin
Venue: G106, Otago Polytechnic

https://www.facebook.com/events/1126382154107845/. Roundtable meetings about all things EV in Dunedin.

Please note we only have 40 spaces for our third Learning from Leaders event.  So sign up with OSEA asap (Phone: 0508 656 757 Email: info@osea. org.nz). More information at http://ahika.co.nz/news/2016/9/26/our-3rd-lfl-event-energy-efficiency-in-practice-1 Thursday 20th October, 4-5pm
Seminar: “What if… we all drove electric vehicles?”
Venue: Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum

OERC and Centre for Sustainability seminar, presented by Alan Miller, who has worked in Europe, New Zealand, and Australia, in fields including: power quality monitoring; demand response; electricity pricing; telecommunications high-tech product development and marketing; and general management. He is currently director of the EPECentre and of the GREEN Grid project at the University of Canterbury.

Other opportunities
Valley Community Workspace is a co-working space for sustainable, innovative ventures and skill-sharing at 11 Allen St, North East Valley. Call in to see what’s happening on Saturdays between 10.30am -5pm or check our facebook page or website valleyworkspace.org  We are looking for new people/ventures who are interested in renting part of the space. Currently we have bikes, e-bikes, a welding workshop, Makerspace, and e-car conversions…
Good reading/listening

Eco Living in Action

Dunedin’s radio show about living more sustainably. With host Maureen Howard, on Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Aired – every Thursday 2.30-3pm and repeated Mondays 8.30-9am. Podcasts available at www.oar.org.nz, Eco Living in Action website or iTunes.

Eco Living in Action is sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City

RECENT PODCASTS
22 September – Fair Trade and Sustainability – Sara Walton
29 September – Buckwheat as a green manure crop – John McCormick
6 October – From Waste to Resource – Tom MacFarlane

Sustainable Lens – radio show on Otago Access 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. They are building up a searchable archive of conversations with people from many different fields who are applying their skills to a sustainable future. In their conversations they 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). http://sustainablelens.org/
Regular listings

Biodiversity monitoring on Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua
When: at our community open days (last Saturday of the month) and to suit visiting groups
COST: $15 pp for boat; $10-$15 if staying overnight in the Lodge. Subsidies sometimes available if there is financial hardship.
We are about to start an exciting project, monitoring biodiversity on the Island using different indicators, linked with a new predator control programme. We’re keen to involve the community, especially young people!
A range of monitoring methods will be used- tracking tunnels, chew cards, and seedling,/moth/bird counts prior to trapping, and then again once the traps are in place. We expect that we will see increases in biodiversity over time.
Get involved on a day visit, or stay overnight to ensure plenty of time to explore other aspects of the Island, including ecological restoration and heritage.Talk to the Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua Community’s Keeper, Phil Perrow, about options.
Phil Perrow; quarantineisland@gmail.com  478 0874  0276683773   quarantineisland.org.nz

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 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. For more information or to join the Society go to http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/

Contacts

Simonne Wood (Chair and newsletter editor) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

SDC secretary (Andy Barratt) secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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

Facebook page Sustainable Dunedin City

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,
We were pleased with the turn-out of mayoral candidates and audience members for our environmental election forum on 7th September, especially considering the horrible weather that evening. We hope that those who attended found it a useful contribution to the democratic process. Many thanks to Forest & Bird and Wise Response Society for co-hosting the event, to Otago Polytechnic for kindly letting us use the excellent venue and to Mark McGuire for chairing the event so well. Thank you also to those of you who put posters up or circulated details of the event amongst your networks. For people who weren’t able to be there, or who would like to refresh their memory of what the candidates said,  some summary notes of the main points made by the candidates are available as a PDF here: Dunedin-Mayoral-Forum-Notes. There was also coverage in the ODT.

While organising the event I realised that Sustainable Dunedin City’s Facebook page has been rather dormant for the last few months, so I’m planning to post a few more items there from time to time. If you are into Facebook, please like the page and share things that are of interest; if you are not into Facebook, don’t worry – this newsletter will still be our main way of communicating!

Ngā mihi,
Simonne Wood

Surveying interest in an electric car sharing scheme for Dunedin.
We’ve been asked to publicise a survey to test interest in an electric car sharing scheme for Dunedin at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TLD6LJ7

The Government, through energy efficiency agency EECA, has a low emission vehicles contestable fund, to support the uptake of low emission vehicles. One of the things it is looking for is proposals for car sharing schemes. Car sharing schemes offer the prospect of reducing car numbers, and therefore emissions, particularly if the cars are electric, while supporting active and public transport, and providing a way to address equality of access to a new low emission transport option. Transport emissions are the best part of 20% of New Zealand’s overall CO2 emissions, and one the most easily addressed areas, according to the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment. If you are not familiar with car sharing schemes you might like to watch a couple of short YouTube videos before filling out the survey. This is a good one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mt23cJL5E70. And this is one for a Vancouver scheme called Modo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAY7TPtuA0A. It doesn’t involve an electric car, but describes how such schemes work. Thanks for taking the time. If you have any further inquiries please contact Tom at tandpmckinlay@xtra.co.nz

Events listing

Now until 18th September
DOC’s Dirty Dozen Competition
Help DOC record the location of invasive weeds across New Zealand using NatureWatchNZ website. See DOC website for more information. Part of Conservation Week.

10th – 18th September
Conservation Week
See the website for events happening locally and around the country.

16th to 25th September
Great Kererū Count
The Great Kererū Count was set up to help us get a better understanding of kererū numbers and distribution across New Zealand. The Great Kererū Count is an annual citizen science project and the more people who participate, the better the understanding we will get on how kererū are doing across the country. Over a number of years, scientists from Victoria University of Wellington and Lincoln University will use data from the Great Kererū Count and build a more accurate picture of kererū numbers, distribution as well as key kererū behaviours. This will help us understand how best to protect kererū. Find out how to participate at http://greatkererucount.nz/#intro

Sunday 18th September, 10am to 1pm
Hereweka Harbour Cone Planting Bee
This is to invite you to the first planting on the Hereweka Harbour Cone Block organised by the Hereweka Harbour Cone Trust (HHCT). Save The Otago Peninsula (STOP) has of course been busy planting on both the Smiths Creek and the Stewarts Creek Catchments for several years, but this is the first Hereweka Harbour Cone Trust planting.
Smiths Creek. Meet at the end of Bacon St, Broad Bay at the beginning of the Bacon St Track or walk along to the second gate on the Track.
BRING: Stout shoes, a spade and gardening gloves if you have them – but they will be supplied.
CONTACTS:
Paul Pope 027 4668 446
Lala Frazer 027 8756 020

Anyone welcome! Sunday 18th September
Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua – special open day for Conservation Week
Come over to explore the island’s biodiversity, marine and terrestrial!
The boat departs from Back Beach, by the Port Chalmers Yacht Club at 10am and can do a pick up on the Peninsula side by prior arrangement.
$15 return per person. Bookings essential (by Friday 9th September). Return boat at 4pm. Contact quarantineisland@gmail.com or 478 0874
Bring a picnic lunch, warm clothes and sturdy footwear. A koha for the island is always appreciated.
More information about the island, including staying overnight in the Lodge in case you’d like to do this too on the ‘Visit’ page of our website quarantineisland.org.nz Sunday 18th September, 1 – 5pm
Better soil for better crops – a seminar for beginners
Venue: Community Rooms, North East Valley Normal School, North Road, Dunedin

Although everyone knows that the key to success in growing healthy produce on any scale is to “get the soil right”, it is no easy matter to comprehend the vast amount of information available on the subject.
The purpose of this seminar is to provide a thorough, practical introduction to the theory and practice of soil management in language that can be readily understood.
The seminar will be in three parts:

Know your soil – explaining how to evaluate your soil type and understand its advantages and limitations.
Understand your soil – covering the physics, chemistry and biology of the soil and the connections between them (the “soil food web”).
Manage your soil – surveying the many practices you can employ to make your soil as healthy and productive as possible.

Presenter Andy Barratt is a certified organic grower. He and his wife live on a small farm outside Karitane where they grow fruit and vegetables.
COST:  $30 (Otago Organics Associates – $25)
REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL
To register, email Andy at asbarratt@gmail.com or phone/text 021 890 048.

Tuesday 20th September, 1.30 – 3.30pm
Film: The Wisdom to Survive
Venue: Dunningham Suite Dunedin Public Library

An hour long film, followed by discussion and a cuppa. The film explores how unlimited growth and greed are destroying the life support system of the planet, the social fabric of the society, and the lives of billions of people. Will we have the wisdom to survive?

https://www.facebook.com/events/315771815438919/

Wednesday 21 September
Environment day – Southern Labour Centenary Exhibition
Venue: Dunedin Community Gallery, 20 Princes Street

There will be two documentary screenings throughout the day:
“Thin Ice: The Inside Story of Climate Change” at 11am
“Hot Air: The politics of climate change in New Zealand” at 1pm

Panel discussion on “Labour and Climate Change” at 5.30pm – with panel members Professor Liz Slooten, Emeritus Professor Colin Campbell-Hunt, Labour MP David Parker, and panel chair Jocelyn Harris.
All welcome. This is part of the Southern Labour Centenary Exhibition.

Other opportunities

Valley Community Workspace is a co-working space for sustainable, innovative ventures and skill-sharing at 11 Allen St, North East Valley. Call in to see what’s happening on Saturdays between 10.30am -5pm or check our facebook page or website valleyworkspace.org  We are looking for new people/ventures who are interested in renting part of the space. Currently we have bikes, e-bikes, a welding workshop, Makerspace, and e-car conversions…
Good reading/listening
Report from the recent “Rethinking how we value food” event on 30th August.

WellSouth’s Low Cost Food and Transport Map – Provides information on community gardens, fruit and vegetable coops, community orchards and cycling facilities in Dunedin.

Eco Living in Action

Dunedin’s radio show about living more sustainably. With host Maureen Howard, on Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Aired – every Thursday 2.30-3pm and repeated Mondays 8.30-9am. Podcasts available at www.oar.org.nz, Eco Living in Action website or iTunes.

Eco Living in Action is sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City

RECENT PODCASTS
25th August – “Our Endangered Birds” – with guest Sophie Fern, of Dunedin, host of the OAR radio show Natural History Show
1st September – “Creating Living Willow Sculptures” – with guest Clive Lyttle, of Northern Ireland, Basket Maker and Traditional Craftsman
8th September – “Making your own fruit wine organically” – with Heiko Vermeulen, of Northern Ireland, permaculturalist and forager.

Sustainable Lens – radio show on Otago Access 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. They are building up a searchable archive of conversations with people from many different fields who are applying their skills to a sustainable future. In their conversations they 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). http://sustainablelens.org/
Regular listings

Biodiversity monitoring on Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua

When: at our community open days (last Saturday of the month) and to suit visiting groups

COST: $15 pp for boat; $10-$15 if staying overnight in the Lodge. Subsidies sometimes available if there is financial hardship.

We are about to start an exciting project, monitoring biodiversity on the Island using different indicators, linked with a new predator control programme. We’re keen to involve the community, especially young people!

A range of monitoring methods will be used- tracking tunnels, chew cards, and seedling,/moth/bird counts prior to trapping, and then again once the traps are in place. We expect that we will see increases in biodiversity over time.

Get involved on a day visit, or stay overnight to ensure plenty of time to explore other aspects of the Island, including ecological restoration and heritage.Talk to the Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua Community’s Keeper, Phil Perrow, about options.

Phil Perrow; quarantineisland@gmail.com  478 0874  0276683773   quarantineisland.org.nz

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 consultations at present.

New Zealand Government: International Treaty examination of the Paris Agreement. Closing date 2nd September. I haven’t had time to look at this yet, but I think the National Interest Analysis would be worth a read.

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. For more information or to join the Society go to http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/

Contacts

Simonne Wood (Chair and newsletter editor) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

SDC secretary (Jenny Neilson) 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

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