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Dear Members,

The weather was just too good to spend the weekend inside compiling the newsletter, hence this slightly late and very brief missive!

Read on!

1. Upcoming SDC Events and Projects

SDC is driven by member ideas and volunteer man-power, so if you have an idea for an event or project you’d like SDC to run, or you’d like to run under the SDC umbrella, please let us know secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz. This section also signposts who to contact if you’re keen to help out with a particular event/project.

i) THIS Thursday October 28, 5.30pm – GREENDRINKS Dunedin, the Back Room of Filadelfios at the Gardens

GREENDRINKS Dunedin provides an opportunity for everyone interested in sustainability and the environment to meet in a relaxed setting. It is organised in Dunedin by the Sustainable Dunedin City Society and is part of GreenDrinks International, a social networking movement.

We meet on the last Thursday of each month at 5.30pm at Filadelfios. Each month a different community group hosts a theme. Everyone interested very welcome. Please bring a friend!

THEME THIS MONTH: – Transitioning our Community – update by the Transition Valley 473 folks

Our guest community group this month is Transition Valley 473 who are part of the Transition Town movement (www.transitiontowns.org.nz) and are based in North East Valley and its surrounding hills. TV473 will share the latest on their Community Orchard Project – 1000 Fruit and Nut Trees, plus their sustainable transport activities and visions for their community.

They’ve also got some free bike bells and vege seedlings to give away!

More About Transition Valley 473

Hi. We’re a group of residents from North East Valley, Opoho, Dalmore, Liberton, Pine Hill, Normanby and Mt Mera in North Dunedin. We’ve got together to help the Valley on our transition journey – coping with the climate, energy and economic changes that are coming.

We welcome local residents to join us – turn up at an event and introduce yourself, or you can email us at transitionvalley@king.net.nz for more information.

About GreenDrinks

GreenDrinks is an international movement to support informal networking among people who work in the environmental field. To find out more about GreenDrinks International go to www.greendrinks.org. To get on the GreenDrinks Dunedin elist – or to host a GreenDrinks – please contact Maureen on mhoward@slingshot.co.nz.

2. Food for Thought

Do you know of an amazing podcast everyone should listen to? An article or a blog or a site that would be of interest to all SDC members? Send me a short explanation and the link (dk.sk@xtra.co.nz), and we’ll add it in here. Links preferable to attachments, because they tend to fill up everyone’s inboxes.

Oil is “the lifeblood of modern civilisation”. This paper provides an overview of the global oil market. In particular, it examines the outlook for oil supply and demand over the next five years, and the economic consequences.

http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/ParlSupport/ResearchPapers/4/6/a/00PLEco10041-The-next-oil-shock.htm

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Tēnā koutou katoa,

Suze Keith (SDC’s newsletter compiler)

dk.sk@xtra.co.nz

Janet Brady (SDC’s secretary)

secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc.

http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/

PO Box 8061, North East Valley, Dunedin

Successful applications to Sustainable Dunedin City’s Big Green Challenge are listed below.

For more info see the Big Green Challenge website.bgc

Big Green Challenge – Recipients from first funding round

Group/organization: Students for Environmental Action

Category: Food

Project description: “Gardening Gangs” – small groups of student volunteers, armed with spades and seedlings, will be getting to work setting up small garden patches in neighbourhoods throughout Dunedin on 10/10/10.

Group/organization: Warrington School

Category: Energy

Project description: Used computers donated from tertiary institutions will be revamped, set up with open source operating software, and given way in the community, avoiding wastage of energy and resources.

Group/organization: Dunedin Rudolf Steiner School, Kindergarten Craft Group and Playgroup

Category: Food/energy

Project description: Construction of a grounds and garden plan, holistically designed according to permaculture principles – the first stage being a shelter belt with indigenous fauna feed species.

Group/organization: Queen’s Enviroschools Committee

Category: Food

Project description: Planting of a fruit forest and small vege patch on unused land at Queen’s High School, designed for minimal maintenance requirements, involving Year 9 students to see the project through.

Group/organization: Warrington Wellbeing Waterway (WWW)

Category: Water

Project description: Planting and fence construction in a riparian strip on farmland to filter agricultural run-off and prevent stock effluent entering the waterway, protecting a water source and area in which locals gather kai moana.

Group/organization: Karitane School and Karitane Gardening Group

Category: Food

Project description: Planting day at Karitane School, including fruit trees and potatoes.

Group/organization: Port Chalmers Community Garden Trust (“The Patch”)
Category: Food

Project description: Educational day to teach local community members (kids and adults) about growing their own food, using the community gardens to demonstrate all the different stage of the process.

Group/organization: Port Chalmers School

Category: Food

Project description: Development of a “native garden” within school grounds, beginning with a planting of native and edible plants in the shape of a “350” – highlighting the importance of this number in relation to climate change (see 350.org) – on Friday 24th September.

Big Green Challenge – Recipients from second funding round

Group/organization: Dunedin Locavores

Category: Food

Project description: A beehive-making workshop where 5-10 “top bar” hives will be constructed. The intention is to establish an ongoing initiative with periodic workshops into the future to provide for more urban beekeepers and bolster local bee populations.

Group/organization: Opoho Primary School

Category: Water

Project description: Installation of a rainwater storage system for use in irrigation of the school’s organic vegetable garden, reducing mains water usage and hence electricity usage for water pumping.

Group/organization: Dunedin Rudolf Steiner School, Kindergarten Craft Group and Playgroup

Category: Transport

Project description: Construction of a walking track from the Maia bus stop to the school (5 mins walk) to provide a safe and attractive pedestrian option and encourage walking and bus usage.

Group/organization: Blueskin Low Oil Commuting (BLOC)/ Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust (BRCT)

Category: Transport

Project description: The BRCT is coordinating the Blueskin Bay 10/10/10 Climate Hikoi – a fossil fuel free trip from Waitati to Woodhaugh Gardens and back, with a picnic at Woodhaugh. This event will serve as the launch of the BLOC, a new group set up to provide a practical support network for Blueskin Bay residents wanting to commute more by cycle and ride-share.

Group/organization: Celia and Michelle’s Seasonal Food Fiesta!

Category: Food

Project description: Production of a guidebook/calendar to encourage and celebrate growing, buying and cooking of local, seasonal, low-carbon food. A stall will be run in a public place on 10/10/10 giving out free food samples and copies of the guide.

Dear Members,

We are SO proud of our founding committee member – Jinty McTavish and her fabulous achievement in the weekend. We wish her well for her new role on Council and look forward to a Sustainable Dunedin City.
350-2010
Some places had to cop some bad weather on 10/10/10 and it just so happened it was poor old Dunedin! Many refused to have their spirits dampened though, and braved the elements in the name of a liveable climate.

Amongst the many activities and achievements of the day, some of the most notable were the SEA Gardening Gangs, who worked through wind, rain and hail to dig and plant vege patches at 15 Dunedin homes over the day, including that of Mrs “Carbon” Miles shown in the photo. Massive effort!

I biked out to Waitati in the morning to join a small crew who rode over to the Local Food Picnic and then home again… including one Paul Cardno on a unicycle! The wind and rain were really something up on Mt Cargill, but this was a group not to be deterred by a challenge…

At DNI school hall, Transition Valley 473 hosted a very successful bike fixup, where over 30 bikes were repaired. Following on from this was the indoors picnic, with over 150 people coming to enjoy some delicious food, great live entertainment from King Leo, Kaitrin McMullan and Bell Campanita, and other activities like face-painting by Chrissy Hamill and Ham and Katie Davidson, shown in the photo.

In spite of the awful weather just riding in for 10/10/10 to rain on our parade, many rose to the challenge, refused to have their spirits dampened, and got out there

Paul Young, SDC Committee

http://www.biggreenchallenge.co.nz/

Read on!

1. Upcoming Sustainability Events and Courses

i) Enrol NOW for a course beginning in October 2010 – Sustainable Living Classes

ii) THIS Thursday, October 14, 4pm – 5pm – Put me back on my bike

iii) THIS Saturday October 16, beginning at 10am – Cash Free Market, Pioneer Hall, Port Chalmers

iv) THIS Saturday October 16, 1pm – Composting Made Easy

v) Thursday October 28, 5.30 – 7.30 pm – Dunedin Biodiversity Forum (DCC)

vi) Thursday, October 28, 6.30pm – Trade Aid Dunedin Annual General Meeting

vii) November 15 & 16 – Signs of Change – A national e-conference showcasing transition

viii) November 21 – 24 – New Zealand Ecological Society Conference, University of Otago

ix) Sunday, November 28, 11am – Let’s Grow Native Family BBQ picnic

2. Dunedin Sustainability in Action!

– Dunedin City Council Futures Forum – opportunity to provide feedback

– Coast Road Market

– Working Bee at the Patch – Every Sunday, 11.30am, Port Chalmers Community Garden

– Top Bar Beehive Workshop

3. Food for Thought

– New Guide to Freshwater Management launched

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1. Upcoming Sustainability Events and Courses

We’d love to advertise your sustainability-related event or course – please send contributions in to dk.sk@xtra.co.nz.

i) Enrol NOW for a course beginning in October 2010 – Sustainable Living Classes

Courses include – Daytime and Evening Sustainable Living Community Courses (City wide).

The Sustainable Living Course is an interactive eight-week course which will assist you to learn and share practical tips that make a difference and can save you money, meet others in your local community who are interested in living more sustainably, and gain support for introducing lifestyle changes you want to make. Facilitated by Maureen Howard, c/o Water and Waste Services, Dunedin City Council.

COURSE DETAILS – City Community Daytime Course, Start Date: Wednesday 20th October, Each Wednesday 10am-12noon for 8 weeks, Venue: NEV Community Development Project, 248 North Road.

City Community Evening Course, Wednesday 20th October, Each Wednesday: 7-9pm for 8 weeks, Venue: Space 2B (corner Filluel and St Andrews).

Adult community courses are free but a Koha/Donation is requested ($30 recommended). Courses are restricted to a maximum of 14 people. REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL. Registration or enquiries to Maureen, Phone 4739967, Email mhoward@slingshot.co.nz.

The Sustainable Living Programme is brought to you locally by the Dunedin City Council.

ii) Thursday, October 14, 4pm – 5pm – Put me back on my bike, Public lecture, Room 033, Department of Preventative and Social Medicine, ground floor, Adams Building.

Presented by Professor Alistair Woodward, School of Population Health, Auckland University

Between 1988 and 2007, New Zealanders spent more time travelling, in every mode of transport, except one – cycling. In the same period, serious injury rates per hour on the road fell for every mode of transport, except one – cycling.

Regional comparisons point to a powerful “risk in scarcity” effect, and adverse trends are most marked for children and young adults.

At the same time recreational cycling is booming. The lycra brigade is challenging motorists’ sense of entitlement to road space and novel initiatives to bring bikes back to school are picking up momentum.

There is robust evidence of the benefits of shifting short trips from car to bike for energy efficiency, pollution and health, but this won’t happen unless there are serious changes in pricing, politics, highway engineering and road user psychology.

Contact: catherine.adamson@otago.ac.nz

iii) THIS Saturday October 16, beginning at 10am – Cash Free Market, Pioneer Hall, Port Chalmers

The HACK Team (Pioneer Hall Activities Committee) are organising and promoting this event as an opportunity for people to bring their no longer needed but still possibly desirable and even useful things – clothes, the never to be done craft activities, things at the back of cupboards, things on top of cupboards, things unearthed during spring cleaning. It is an opportunity to swop these pre loved treasures or give them to a good home. There is a gold coin donation to enter the Hall and everything must be taken away at the end.

HACK are also planning 2 pre Christmas Artisan Markets for people who make, bake and grow saleable goods to sell their wares – November 13 and December 11 from 9am – 3pm. It is $5 a stall and tables are available. Contact Judy Ringland-Stewart 472 8476 or 0274728477

box9portchalmers@gmail.com

iv) THIS Saturday October 16, 1pm – Composting Made Easy, Pinehill and Opoho

Michelle Ritchie from ‘Organic by Design’ is taking this hands-on workshop. Cost per participant is $10.00. Afternoon tea provided. Workshops take place in people’s gardens, where a compost is built by participants & Michelle. Bring gardening gloves & shoes. Max 12 participants. Regular composting, bokashi and worm farms will all be covered in the sessions.

Price: $10.00, contact Jenny Neilson 474 3634 or at jneilson@dcc.govt.nz

v) Thursday October 28, 5.30 – 7.30 pm – Dunedin Biodiversity Forum (DCC), DCC Plaza Conference Room in the Civic Centre building (adjacent to the escalators).

The Dunedin Biodiversity Forum is open to all groups/organisations with an involvement in the protection and management of biodiversity in Dunedin City. Two forum meetings were held in late 2009 and this is the first forum for 2010. The forum will include a report back on the survey results of previous forum attendees as to what form/focus the forum should take and a discussion of where to from here for the forum, and there will be a presentation on the DCC habitat mapping project. Held in

If you have any suggested agenda items please contact Debbie Hogan dhogan@dcc.govt.nz or 477 4000

vi) Thursday, October 28, 6.30pm – Trade Aid Dunedin Annual General Meeting, Room 6 of the OUSA Clubs and Societies building, Albany Street

All supporters of Trade Aid are welcome to attend, as well as our wonderful volunteers, and those interested in finding out more about what we’ve achieved and how you can get involved.

Selwyn Yeoman, 03 477 0315, 021 922 122, dunedin@tradeaid.org.nz, www.tradeaid.org.nz

vii) November 15 & 16 – Signs of Change – A national e-conference showcasing transition

Press Release

1 Country, 2 Days, 50 Signs of Change!

History will be made in November when people in six cities attend a national conference, without traveling! They will go to a venue, meet people, listen to thought-provoking speakers, discuss with others over tea and muffins, ask questions, and contribute to a dialogue. But they will only have to travel to their nearest university to participate. The organisers are expecting at least 400 participants around the country with an emissions savings of 22 tones of CO2 by attending locally while participating nationally.

The theme we have chosen for this event is Signs of Change. We have not invited international experts to tell us how big the problems are, and what we must do (most of which we can’t do). The problems of unsustainable use of resources and impacts on the environment have been discussed at length in many forums. This national conference is a showcase for changes in a sustainable direction. We will learn about the future by hearing short reports from New Zealanders from all walks of life who are exploring in a positive direction.

Agriculture, Environment

Energy, Transport

Society, Health, Youth

Governance, Law, Business

Education, Architecture

The new HD323 bridge technology will be used for the first time to host a public event. The technology will allow participants in lecture theatres in Auckland, Dunedin, Wellington, Hamilton and Palmerston North to see the speaker and view the power point slides from the theatre in Christchurch. The robust national dialogue via modern technology will be a sign of change in itself. There will also be locally made videos aired and discussion groups.

This conference is the brain-child of Associate Professor Susan Krumdieck, from the Mechanical Engineering Department at University of Canterbury. “I was going to go to an international conference on sustainability in Europe, but it was going to be the same old thing – we must reduce our emissions, we must switch to renewables, we must get new economic theories – blah blah. I thought, I’d rather find out if there are people actually making changes that reduce what is unsustainable. I had the idea that I could use the funds I would have spent for one academic to go to one overseas conference and host a national ‘converence’ about a new direction.” Dr. Krumdieck put her idea to the Engineers for Social Responsibility and they agreed to support the event as their national conference. A network of academics has been volunteering some time to work with their universities and IT specialists to set up the conference. “The response from the public has been overwhelming” says Dr. Krumdieck. “I even had someone recommend to me the other day that I should attend this Signs of Change conference they heard about… that is awesome!”

Registrations are now open and more information can be found on the conference website (which cost roughly the same as 2 nights in a hotel in Vienna to have built). www.signsofchange.org.nz

viii) November 21 – 24 – New Zealand Ecological Society Conference, University of Otago

Landcare Research Manaaki Whenua, University of Otago, Department of Conservation and Wildland Consultants Ltd combine to organise five days of talks, fieldtrips and public events.

Registration is open to all so come along and attend this stimulating conference.

NZ Ecological Society Conference 2010 Logo Design Competition

For more information, please go to www.nzes.org.nz or contact Wilson at wilsond@landcareresearch.co.nz

ix) Sunday, November 28, 11am – Let’s Grow Native Family BBQ picnic, Woodhaugh Gardens, George and Duke Streets

Dunedin’s Mayor invites you to this community picnic and presentation of prizes for the Let’s Grow Native Garden Competition winners.

Dress as your favourite flora or fauna!

Find out more at www.dunedin.govt.nz/biodiversity or call Renee Gordon on 4774000, rgordon@dcc.govt.nz

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2. Dunedin Sustainability in Action!

This section is about some of the inspirational things happening in our community, as well as ‘sustainability’ volunteer opportunities in and around Dunedin. If you’ve got a project you need more hands for (or even a project that needs hands to get started!), or a group you think our members may like to join, send me a paragraph…and don’t forget your contact details. And if you’re doing something inspirational, or know of someone that is, let me know (dk.sk@xtra.co.nz).

– Dunedin City Council Futures Forum – opportunity to provide feedback

A number of our committee members joined in with the Council’s consultation in June and are interested in providing some feedback to the Council prior to the next meeting in February. Did you attend the consultation? If you are interested in being part of this feedback, please let me know by October 15 via dk.sk@xtra.co.nz, and I’ll send you some questions, the answers of which will be collated and sent to the Council organisers.

– Coast Road Market

Coast Road Market is alive and well! The market hasn’t skipped a beat since it began in August 2008 (except when it coincided with Easter Sunday!)

The market is held on the first Sunday of every month, rain or shine, in the grounds of Coast Road Retreat, alongside The Art Shed from 11am until 2pm.

Experience a unique blend of food, coffee, craft, clothes, local produce, plants, preserves, pakoras, prints, patches, portraits, paintings, bric a brac, books, toys and more!

It’s a free market so if you would like to have a stall, come along before 1am to set up. Or you can phone us first on 027 7811799 with any queries

– Working Bee at the Patch – Every Sunday, 11.30am, Port Chalmers Community Garden

Don’t be too put off by the ‘Working’ part, we tend to chat quite a bit, and snack on our lunches (which sometimes includes food grown at the Patch). Occassionally, there’ll be a talented musician or two.

Kids are always welcome, plenty of room to kick a ball around, nibble on the delicious white strawberries, or help in the garden. Wonderful area for lazing around, or joining in on the fun.

* Usual activities include:
* Composting
* Weeding
* Digging
* Meeting people
* Sharing tips / advice
* Eating
* Playing

No need to stay for the whole 4 hours either. Bring snacks and drinking water.

The garden is in Albertson Avenue in Port Chalmers – keep an eye out for the signposts.

Contact: Dallas Henley 472 8050 or 021 266 0414, dallas-h@clear.net.nz

– Top Bar Beehive Workshop

Top Bar beekeeping is a relatively new way of keeping bees in New Zealand, it is ideal for the hobbyist not difficult, expensive or time -consuming. Top bar hives are cheaper and easier to make than standard hives and while they do produce less honey they are varroamite resistant and promote healthy disease resistant hives. Bees are essential for our biodiversity, their contribution to plant health via pollination is invaluable. In the last 10 years levels of backyard beekeepers have dropped.

Cost, time investment and pests like the varroamite have all been a part of this decline. Top bar beehives are an ideal solution and they are also a great source of honey!

The workshop will take place over a weekend, the date has not yet been set pending a venue being established. The attached form is to register interest and get on board with the project, while we have some funding from Sustainable Dunedin City and The Big Green Challenge there will be some cost involved. The workshop will be done in two tiers, people who want to walk away with a completed hive will pay in part for materials ($60approx) and those who want to come to learn and take the skills away. ($10approx)

Contact Sian Hannagan at sian@ihug.co.nz and 034531051

3. Food for Thought

Do you know of an amazing podcast everyone should listen to? An article or a blog or a site that would be of interest to all SDC members? Send me a short explanation and the link (dk.sk@xtra.co.nz), and we’ll add it in here. Links preferable to attachments, because they tend to fill up everyone’s inboxes.

– New Guide to Freshwater Management launched

EDS’s new guide has just been launched. It’s titled Managing Freshwater: An EDS Guide. The Guide is co-authored by EDS Senior Policy Analyst Raewyn Peart and EDS lawyers Kate Mulcahy and Natasha Garvan.

The Guide describes how human activities are impacting on New Zealand’s rivers, lakes, aquifers and wetlands. It explains how these impacts are currently managed. It also identifies how members of the public can become involved in decision-making processes to seek better environmental outcomes for freshwater.

“New Zealand has a diverse range of spectacular freshwater bodies including fast flowing mountain streams, extensive braided river systems, slow meandering rivers and numerous lakes,” said the publication’s co-author Raewyn Peart.

The guide is available in electronic format from the EDS e-Books section on their website or you can purchase a hard copy for $39.95 plus $3.50 post and packaging or email them here.

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Tēnā koutou katoa,

Suze Keith (SDC’s newsletter compiler)

dk.sk@xtra.co.nz

Janet Brady (SDC’s secretary)

secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc.

PO Box 8061, North East Valley, Dunedin

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