Sustainable Dunedin City

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Browsing Posts published in November, 2010

Dear Members,

Thanks so much to the people who have sent in material this fortnight – we’re always pleased to receive your ideas and findings.

Our Co-Chair, Jocelyn Harris, and committee member Dave Tucker were able to attend the Signs of Change conference held last week. Here is Jocelyn’s report for you –signsofchangelogo

‘Change, or become irrelevant!’ was Susan Krumdieck’s catch-cry at her innovative e-conference, ‘Signs of Change’, held last week. Audiences round the country beamed in by video link to hear all this good news, saving thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide, accommodation costs, and disruption to their lives.

The short-term aim was to showcase local resources, and the long-term one to set up a database so that people could talk to one another.

* Here is what Susan said:
* Energy: we have enough, and can share and use less
* Transport: we can move ourselves
* Business: should be fair and ethical
* Money: we don’t live for it
* Health: a human thing based on care
* Cities: belong to people, not cars
* Waste: wealth from waste; also need to look upstream
* Environment: restoration not extraction
* Government: the right to govern comes from the governed!
* Youth: listen to them, as they will become us

I could only attend the first day, but was hugely cheered by a tightly-run programme 20-minute plenaries plus 10-minute presentations, followed by discussion from the video audiences.

Here are some of the signs of change presented by the enthusiastic and committed speakers. All were inspiring, but I think my favourite was the short-legged sheep!

* Lyttleton’s successful transition town, with community projects run by their ‘champions’
* The New Zealand for Sustainable Cities (Jan Logie), based at Otago, takes ideas from one council to another, to develop a spirit of competition
* Kennedy Graham’s private members’ bill requiring sustainability indicators in annual reports
* smart grids of the future operating now!
* Mana Recovery at Porirua, where mental health patients have developed a community recycling project
* Kiwi Taranaki, started with one farm, now spread to over 30, with everyone looking after ‘their’ kiwi
* Rob Bishop and energy savings at Reserve Bank of NZ, many of them unbelievably simple (so why not everywhere?)
* OOBY box food delivery (Out Of My Back Yard); 400,000 in UK
* Carbon mapping in Canada
* Sustainable Business Network, job opportunities in renewables
* Kaitaia turned waste into a mini-economic development; national average 650 kg per person, Kaitaia 300 kg
* Scouts in Adelaide make $9m p.a. out of container deposits and save 400,000 barrels of oil
* Resene’s industrial ecology programme, creates environmentally-friendly paints, recycles waste paint and constantly monitors its production processes
* Transition Towns NZ flourishing
* Earthsong Eco-neighbourhood in Waitakeres
* solutions to Auckland’s waste crisis
* waterway restoration habitat in Christchurch, bare ditches to handsome plant- and bird-filled wetlands
* log houses in Geraldine cost out at only 2 litres of petrol per square metre, as all-in-one insulation, cladding, gib board, paint, with no waste, and last for 1000 years!
* rapid success of Timaru Farmer’s Market, including a community stall where you can sell your jam and pick up clean bottles (Dunedin, take note?)
* Yealand’s winery saves $60,000 in diesel by using a special breed of short-legged, thick-necked sheep, who keep their heads down among the weeds and don’t eat the grapes!

Read on!

Jocelyn Harris,

Co-chair

1. Upcoming SDC Events and Projects

– THIS Thursday, March 19, 5.30pm – Monthly Committee Meeting

2. Upcoming Sustainability Events and Courses

i) THIS Tuesday, November 23, 6.30pm – Our Oceans Lecture Series – The Natural and Human History of Subantarctic Campbell Island

ii) THIS Wednesday, November 24 – Energy Future, Otago Energy Research Centre Symposium

iii) THIS Friday & Saturday – The Future of the Mackenzie Country Symposium

iv) THIS Thursday November 25, 12.15-1pm – Space2BSustainable Lunchtime Chat about

Sustainability in the Office

v) THIS Sunday November 28, 11am – Let’s Grow Native Picnic, Woodhaugh Gardens

vi) 350 EARTH

3. Dunedin Sustainability in Action!

– Port Chalmers Community Garden

– Starship Mobile Phone Recycling Appeal – Do Something Good with a Mobile Phone!

4. Food for Thought

– Bank of Real Solutions

– Mercury Elevated in Fish and Waters throughout Indiana

– Territorial Authorities and the Waste Minimisation Act

– From the ODT – Faith and reason: Prosperity lies not in GDP

– And to end on a lighter note . . . .

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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 November 25, 5.30pm – GREENDRINKS Dunedin, in 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: End of Year Festivities: Give Your Unloved Gifts a Happy Home! Get the Pressie you Always Wanted!*

Join us to celebrate the Festive Season and Plan for the Next

*not absolutely guaranteed

Sustainable Dunedin City Society are hosting this month’s end of year GreenDrinks with some celebrating, a bit of planning and some re-gifting and receiving!

This month we will create a year plan of the themes for next year’s GreenDrinks. Community groups – please bring your ideas and suggested activities. Don’t miss this great opportunity to profile your group with an appreciative and jolly audience in a relaxed setting.

Everyone – please bring a wrapped gift for the Green Man’s sack! It should be something that you were given and you did not want! This is your chance to allow it to clutter up someone else’s house! Of course they may love it, and you may love what you get. Such is the wonderful diversity of human taste!

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.

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2. Upcoming Sustainability Events and Courses

Another good calendar for sustainability-related events around Dunedin can be found at http://dect.org.nz/modules/extcal/calendar.php. We’d love to advertise your sustainability-related event or course – please send contributions in to dk.sk@xtra.co.nz.

i) THIS Tuesday, November 23, 6.30pm – Our Oceans Lecture Series – The Natural and Human History of Subantarctic Campbell Island, by Alex Fergus, Barclay Theatre, Otago Museum

New Zealand’s Southern-most landmass sits stoically in the Furious Fifties, 700 kilometres below Bluff. On this subantarctic refuge Royal albatross jostle with Elephant seals for a place amidst oversized, neon-flowered megaherbs. Such biotic bustle disguises the few remaining relics of 200 years of sealing, farming and meterological observation. Alex Fergus, a postdoctoral researcher on the upcoming Campbell Island Bicentennial Expedition, will describe the island’s natural and human history, and outline the projects of the upcoming expedition.

ii) THIS Wednesday, November 24 – Energy Future, Otago Energy Research Centre Symposium

The 2010 OERC Symposium being held at St. Margaret’s College will showcase recent, current, and potential research being conducted at the University of Otago in the areas of energy use, efficiency, and sustainability. This interdisciplinary event will include a diverse range of presentations from in and around New Zealand. The symposium offers networking and collaborative opportunities while illustrating the contribution of energy research to a sustainable future on our planet.

All attendees are invited to attend a dinner following the Symposium – tickets $14

For further information, please go to – www.otago.ac.nz/oerc

To register, please email Daniel Gnoth – oercadmin@otago.ac.nz

iii) THIS Friday & Saturday – The Future of the Mackenzie Country Symposium, Twizel Events Centre

EDS, in conjunction with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)/World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), and the Forest and Bird Protection Society presents a symposium on current and future options for the management of the Mackenzie Basin.

The aim of the symposium is to bring together key stakeholders and the local community to take a strategic look at current management issues and to identify options for establishing the way forward for the Mackenzie Basin.

The program will begin with a half day site visit around the Mackenzie Basin on the afternoon of Friday 26 November followed by dinner and keynote speaker. On Saturday 27 November the program will consist of a series of speakers and facilitated discussions. The Minister for the Environment, Hon Dr Nick Smith, has agreed to participate and will be a keynote speaker.

The program will include a stock-take of the values of the Mackenzie Basin, identification of current and future pressures, evaluation of the effectiveness of current management regimes including the RMA and identification of possible ways to strengthen the framework.

Ample opportunities for attendees to input into the discussion will be built into the program. We are especially keen to profile local views and to build a consensus about the way forward.

Register now! Places are limited. http://www.eds.org.nz/events/upcoming.cfm

This event is supported by the Ministry for the Environment.

iv) THIS Thursday November 25, 12.15-1pm – Space2BSustainable Lunchtime Chat about

Sustainability in the Office, Space2B, corner of Filluel St and St Andrews (Church of Christ Community).

You are invited to come and chat over lunch about how to make our office workplaces more sustainable. This month, our guest speaker is Mark Jackson, Sustainable Operations Manager, Otago Polytechnic.

Mark will outline the Polytech’s story so far, from recycling to procurement, to energy management – with an emphasis on office related initiatives. Please bring your packed lunch. Fairtrade tea and coffee provided for a small donation.

This is a great opportunity to chat about issues relating to our office workplace sustainability in a relaxed setting and to get ideas for our own office workplaces. Cath Irvine, Waste Strategy Officer at the Dunedin City Council will also be present to advise on sustainable workplace actions.

Thanks to Space2B for providing this venue. Supported by the Dunedin City Council

v) THIS Sunday November 28, 11am – Let’s Grow Native Picnic, Woodhaugh Gardens

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!

Website: www.dunedin.govt.nz/biodiversity or contact Renee Gordon on telephone 4774000 or email: rgordon@dcc.govt.nz

vi) It’s time to try something different. Check out “350 EARTH”, the first-ever global art exhibit large enough to be seen from space – http://earth.350.org

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3. 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).

Port Chalmers Community Garden

It is with great sadness that we have been informed by the DCC and the ORC that our beautiful community garden is contaminated and must be abandoned. The contamination has only just come to light due to our preparations for a nut tree orchard this winter past. Obviously the initial soil tests we carried out at inception were all fine, if not in retrospect, extensive enough. The reserve is to be returned to grass, and will be managed by the ORC.

If you have any concerns regarding your own properties, especially those in the Albertson Ave area, we urge you to contact the DCC & the ORC.

We would like to thank anyone who has helped us, we have all met people that we now call friends, that we may not have found otherwise. We want to especially thank our neighbours, including the Port Chalmers Bowling Club, who allowed us to collect water off their roof, without who’s kindness, many plants would have died.

The DCC has offered to assist us in any way it can, but there is no reserve land that is suitable.

We will be continuing in some form, so watch this space!

Nicola Bould

Starship Mobile Phone Recycling Appeal – Do Something Good with a Mobile Phone!

Starship’s Mobile Phone Recycling Appeal is a fantastic and innovative way you can help support our national children’s hospital – without handing over a cent.

Starship Foundation can now help you safely dispose of your redundant mobile phones while helping care for our kids. But the best part is that it’s so easy.

All you have to do is pick up one of our ParcelPostTM Returns Freepost envelopes from any branch of ASB Bank , Barfoot & Thompson , Telecom, The Warehouse or Warehouse Stationery or Vodafone. Pop in your old phone, mail it to us and you’re done. Telecom NZ and Vodafone both have mobile phone drop off points in their stores.

We are happy to receive any make and model of mobile phone regardless of condition.

Phones in working order are refurbished and exported to places such as Hong Kong, China or to Eastern Europe, while those beyond repair are recycled through the correct environmental channels.

Find out more at – http://www.starship.org.nz/phone

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4. 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.

– Bank of Real Solutions

SDC Supporter, Tim Davis, sent us this link to a Radio New Zealand interview held Sunday, November 21 on the Ideas Programme at 11am.

The Bank of Real Solutions is a web-based initiative that aims to share the stories of grassroots projects around New Zealand that are helping their communities become more resilient, vibrant, healthier, happier, and better connected. Ideas talks to the website’s coordinator, Laurence Boomert; a Whanganui couple whose Stone Soup project, inspired by a fairy tale, is bringing a community together; visits Whanganui’s Green Bikes recycling scheme and the nearby Castlecliff conservation project; and hears about Lyttelton’s Time Bank and the part it played in helping the town deal with the aftermath of the recent earthquake.

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ideas

– Mercury Elevated in Fish and Waters throughout Indiana

Member Vicky Carthew thought you might find this article of interest.

Mercury contamination in water and fish throughout Indiana has routinely exceeded levels recommended to protect people and wildlife. About 1 in 8 fish samples tested statewide had mercury that exceeded the recommended safety limit for human consumption. The causes include mercury in the rain and mercury going down the drain, according to a recently released federal study. Please read on at http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=2638

– Territorial Authorities and the Waste Minimisation Act

Committee Member John Cocks thought you might like to read about the role Territorial Authorities are expected to play under the Waste Minimisation Act. Here is a link to a summary – http://www.mfe.govt.nz/publications/waste/waste-management-and-minimisation/waste-management-and-minimisation-print.pdf and a link to the newly launched Community Environment Fund.

There will be two opportunities each year for community groups to apply for funding of between $10,000 and $300,000. The initial allocation is $2.1 million this financial year growing to $3 million in future years as existing commitments phase out. Applications for the first round of funding close on 14 February 2011 and the second round opens in June 2011.

The Community Environment Fund of $3 million a year will sit alongside the more specialist Waste Minimisation Fund of $12 million a year, the Environmental Legal Assistance Fund of $800,000 a year and the Contaminated Site Remediation Fund of $1.8 million a year. For information on the Community Environment Fund, go to: http://www.mfe.govt.nz/withyou/funding/

While we’re on waste minimisation, DCC are proposing changes to how Dunedin charges for dealing with trade waste. The Council’s Finance and Strategy Committee in September this year decided to fully implement its Trade Waste Bylaw 2008, by suggesting changes to how trade waste is consented for and charged, ensuring businesses that produce it are managing their waste and paying fairly for its treatment – see more at –

http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/news/november-2010/trade-waste-changes-proposed

And the first 4340 of 45,000 yellow-lidded DCC wheelie bins, to be used in the city’s new recycling service, are here. The wheelie bins will be used in conjunction with residents’ existing blue bins hoping to provide an easier and more extensive kerbside recycling system beginning next year – http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/news/november-2010/first-recycling-wheelie-bins-arrive-in-dunedin

– From the ODT – Faith and reason: Prosperity lies not in GDP

It is received, standard wisdom that the only way out of our economic doldrums is to grow the economy. More must mean better: more money, more output, more jobs, more spending, more profits, more tax revenue to fund more government services – read more at –

http://www.odt.co.nz/opinion/opinion/135922/faith-and-reason-prosperity-lies-not-gdp

– And to end on a lighter note . . . .

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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/

Dear Members,

Once again, it is remarkable how many interesting events are going on in Dunedin this month. Each and every organiser wants to see YOU there – so get out your diary and join in.

And if you have any sustainability-related event that you are involved in or sustainability-related piece of information you think other members would enjoy, please let us know. All and any feedback is welcome.

Read on!

1. Upcoming Sustainability Events and Courses

i) THIS Tuesday 9 November, 6.30pm – Our Oceans Lecture Series – The Mighty Tasman Sea

ii) THIS Saturday November 13, 9am – 3pm – Artisan Market, Pioneer Hall, Port Chalmers

iii) Monday November 15, 5.15pm – Launch of Dunedin’s Biodiesel Consortium

iv) Tuesday, November 16, 6.30pm – Our Oceans Lecture Series – Encounters with the Southern Right Whale

v) November 21 – 25 – New Zealand Ecological Society Conference, University of Otago

vi) Tuesday, November 23, 6.30pm – Our Oceans Lecture Series – The Natural and Human History of Subantarctic Campbell Island

vii) Wednesday, November 24 – Energy Future, Otago Energy Research Centre Symposium

viii) Sunday November 28, 11am – Let’s Grow Native Picnic

ix) February 10 & 11, 2011 – Biochar Workshop – Announcement and call for Contributions

2. Dunedin Sustainability in Action!

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

3. Food for Thought

– Jeanette Fitzsimons: Keep coal in the hole, or green efforts will remain futile

– Alan Webber on Radio New Zealand – Better Business

– EDS gives cautious welcome to new Coastal Policy Statement

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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) THIS Tuesday 9 November, 6.30pm – Our Oceans Lecture Series – The Mighty Tasman Sea, Barclay Theatre, Otago Museum, by Neville Peat

Join renowned local author Neville Peat for the remarkable life story of the mighty Tasman Sea – from its origins 85 million years ago to its dynamic cocktail of currents, eddies and water masses, and astonishing array of fish and other marine life. As for its interaction with people, the Tasman Sea casts a spell on all who venture into it.

ii) THIS Saturday November 13, 9am – 3pm – Artisan Market, Pioneer Hall. Port Chalmers

If you make, bake or grow and want to SELL, ring Judy 472 8476. Tables available. If not mark it in your calendar and come to BUY.

iii) Monday November 15, 5.15pm – Launch of Dunedin’s Biodiesel Consortium, Ozone Lounge, Maanaki Block, Otago Polytechnic, Harbour Terrace, Dunedin

You are invited to attend the launch of Dunedin’s Biodiesel Consortium:

* Dunedin Sustainable Business programmes
* Specialist qualifications in Sustainable Practice
* Solar Hot Water Demonstration Trailer on display

For more information contact steve.henry@op.ac.nz

iv) Tuesday, November 16, 6.30pm – Our Oceans Lecture Series – Encounters with the Southern Right Whale, Barclay Theatre, Otago Museum by Dr Will Rayment

Driven to the brink of extinction by commercial whaling, Southern right whales now seem to be making a slow comeback. Join Dr Will Rayment of Otago University’s Marine Science Department as he explains how current research in the Auckland Islands could provide clues to aid the whales’ recovery around the mainland. Lucy Rowe, Research and Interpretation Coordinator – Natural Sciences, will also contribute on the Otago Museum’s involvement.

v) November 21 – 25 – 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.

Find out more at www.nzes.org.nz or email wilsond@landcareresearch.co.nz

vi) Tuesday, November 23, 6.30pm – Our Oceans Lecture Series – The Natural and Human History of Subantarctic Campbell Island, by Alex Fergus, Barclay Theatre, Otago Museum

New Zealand’s Southern-most landmass sits stoically in the Furious Fifties, 700 kilometres below Bluff. On this subantarctic refuge Royal albatross jostle with Elephant seals for a place amidst oversized, neon-flowered megaherbs. Such biotic bustle disguises the few remaining relics of 200 years of sealing, farming and meterological observation. Alex Fergus, a postdoctoral researcher on the upcoming Campbell Island Bicentennial Expedition, will describe the island’s natural and human history, and outline the projects of the upcoming expedition.

vii) Wednesday, November 24 – Energy Future, Otago Energy Research Centre Symposium

The 2010 OERC Symposium being held at St. Margaret’s College will showcase recent, current, and potential research being conducted at the University of Otago in the areas of energy use, efficiency, and sustainability. This interdisciplinary event will include a diverse range of presentations from in and around New Zealand. The symposium offers networking and collaborative opportunities while illustrating the contribution of energy research to a sustainable future on our planet.

All attendees are invited to attend a dinner following the Symposium – tickets $14

For further information, please go to – www.otago.ac.nz/oerc

To register, please email Daniel Gnoth – oercadmin@otago.ac.nz

viii) Sunday November 28, 11am – Let’s Grow Native Picnic, Woodhaugh Gardens

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!

Website: www.dunedin.govt.nz/biodiversity or contact Renee Gordon on telephone 4774000 or email: rgordon@dcc.govt.nz

ix) February 10 & 11, 2011 – Biochar Workshop – Announcement and call for Contributions

Please see attached newsletter for more information.

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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).

– 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). Occasionally, 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

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.

– Jeanette Fitzsimons: Keep coal in the hole, or green efforts will remain futile

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10684627

– Alan Webber on Radio New Zealand – Better Business

From November 6 Kim Hill show – http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/saturday

– EDS gives cautious welcome to new Coastal Policy Statement

http://www.eds.org.nz/content/documents/pressreleases/Coastal%20Policy%20Statement%20101028.pdf

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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

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