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Browsing Posts published in June, 2012

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Hi all – hope I’ve covered the main events (impossible to do all). Keep well and warm!

Details of upcoming events, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
1.   Sustainable Dunedin City action

Thursday 28 June 5.30pm

GreenDrinks Dunedin: in the Back Room of Filadelfios at the Gardens

NO SPEAKER THIS MONTH:  Instead a wonderful opportunity to meet and get to know each other! Maureen writes:

As part of the feedback I received from you, some of you expressed that you would like to have NO set speaker so that you can mingle and chat more easily. So please come – and meet some interesting people you haven’t met before! And there is always the good beverages and food to help us feel welcome. If this appeals to you – please do make a special effort to come!.

We will be back to Speakers/Topics in following months as we are already fully booked with speakers for rest of year. Next year we can look at having more “no speaker” GreenDrinks if several of you want that.

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. 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.

Sustainable Dunedin City Society is made up of persons who are interested in the issues of climate change, declining energy security and sustainability, as they affect Dunedin City. The Society is not affiliated with any political party and aims to facilitate a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin City. For more information or to join go to www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz or email secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz
2.   Other dates

5 Apr – 17 Jul 2012

2012 Otago Wildlife Photography Exhibition

Otago Museum. Free entry.

16 June – 8 July

Puaka Matariki Ōtepoti/Dunedin 2012

For event details go to http://www.matarikidunedin.co.nz/

Wednesday 20 June

6 pm

Pine Hill Pot-Luck Community Dinner in the Pine Hill School Hall

Pine Hill folk, come and join your neighbours over great food! Peter, from Transition Valley 473, will be there with bike parts, so if you have a bike that needs basic repairs, bring it along!

21st Jun 2012

7:30am-3:00pm

Octacan

Presbyterian Support Otago foodbank appeal in the Lower Octagon

Thursday 21 June

4.00 – 4.45 pm

Dr Judy McGregor (see below) in conversation with Laura Black, Chief Executive of the Methodist Mission

AV Studio, 2nd Floor, Owheo Building, 133 Union St East.

To reserve your place at these events, contact Jill  on 03 471 6458 / jill.rutherford@otago.ac.nz or watch online, at: www.otago.ac.nz/its/services/teaching/otago029235.html

Thursday 21 June 5.15 pm – 6.30 pm

Aspects of Aged Care: Crisis, Costs & Compassion

AV Studio, 2nd Floor, Owheo Building, 133 Union St East.

Featuring Dr Judy McGREGOR, the Human Rights Commission’s equal opportunities officer, and author of the report Care Counts – a damning look at the aged care industry and how poorly trained, over-worked and underpaid many workers are. See http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/6998289/Resthome-spy-hails-saint-like-workers

Joining Judy is an excellent panel of guest experts:

Gillian BREMNER (CEO, Presbyterian Support, will focus on the key issue of rising costs)

Susan DAVIDSON (Director, Age Concern, Dunedin; Who ultimately is responsible for the care of the elderly?)

Dr Richard EGAN (Dep’t of Preventive and Social Medicine; researcher on the role of spirituality in medical care)

Shayne WALKER (Dep’t of Social Work;  the experience of Maori elders today, traditionally valued place of Kaumatua)

Thursday 21 June

RSVP ghazelto@dcc.govt.nz for free participation in design workshop for the Warehouse Precinct, south of Queens Gardens, building on last year’s draft Central City Plan workshop with Urbanism Plus.

26 June, 53 Crawford St, 5 – 7.30 pm design workshop

Saturday 23June

9.30 – 12 pm

Next Working Bee at the NEV Community Garden – (The upper field above NEV School on North Rd)

Working bees are held fortnightly at the moment, alternating between Saturday mornings from 9.30 am- 12pm and Sunday afternoons from 1.30pm – 4pm.

To get on the Community Garden email list, contact garden@northeastvalley.org

Tuesday 26 June

26 June, 53 Crawford St, 5 – 7.30 pm design workshop for Warehouse Precinct.

Saturday 30 June

5.30 – 7

Little fat Soltice Feast and lantern parade – pot-luck tea and story-telling inside.

Waitati Hall

Contact Lucy or Waitati Edible Gardeners (waitati.edible.gardeners@gmail.com) if you want to help.

Free (bring food to share)

8 pm – feast

8.30 – music

BIG Fat SOLSTICE FEAST

Waitati Hall

Wonderful local musical talent, including Taha and Rosa Cameron with their new (as yet unnamed) band, Swampy, Kill Martha, Manthing.

$10 entry

Saturday 30 June

RSVP re one-day workshop (see following) to DCC’s Sustainability Advisor, Maria Ioannou:maria.ioannou@dcc.govt.nz

Tuesday 28th August in the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, from 10am-5pm, with lunch included.

“The Impacts of Climate Change on Urban Infrastructure & the Built Environment Toolbox” hosted by NZPI and IPENZ. The full programme willl be circulated once it has been confirmed.

There will be no charge for this workshop, and it is open to all interested organisations.  Please forward this invitation to those in your networks that may find this workshop useful.

If you have any questions about the workshop, please don’t hesitate to give Maria a call on 474 3742.

Saturday 7 July

1 – 4 pm

(8 July if rain on 7)

Winter fruit tree pruning workshop: young and old trees, berry bushes if interest, all hands-on learning! Cuppa after.

$10. Bookings essential. Phone Jason Sutherland on 482 2626 or Jason@sutherlandnursery.co.nz

Bring warm clothes, gloves, secateurs, saw

Saturday 21 July

Fruit tree pruning workshop with local arborist Peter Waymouth on 21st July, organised by Transition Valley 473. Email transitionvalley@king.net.nz to find out more about TV473.

Tuesday 28 August

“The Impacts of Climate Change on Urban Infrastructure & the Built Environment Toolbox” hosted by NZPI and IPENZ

Dunedin Public Art Gallery, from 10am-5pm, with lunch included.
3.   Petitions

·         Citizens Initiated Referendum on Asset Sales (particularly national energy assets). This petition requires 10 % of eligible voters in New Zealand to sign it in order for us to have a referendum on asset sales. This is a formal legal process, so requires actual signatures. Go to http://www.greens.org.nz/koa to download a copy of the petition to print out.

·         MMP review. This year we all get the opportunity to have a say on changes we’d like to see on the way our MMP voting system works. This review comes out of the 2011 Referendum on the Voting System, when the majority of voters chose to keep MMP as our voting system. http://www.elections.org.nz/voting/mmp/mmp-review.html

·         Protest against fossil fuel subsidies. Why are we giving hundreds of billions to the industries wrecking the climate? Join the global call demanding that world leaders end all fossil fuel subsidies at the Rio Earth Summit. Why are we giving hundreds of billions to the industries wrecking the climate? www.350.org/rio

·         The pristine area of Fiordland National Park could be dug up for a private-use tunnel — join Patricia’s petition to stop the proposal going forward. Click here to sign her petition.

·         Deep Sea Oil Drilling off Otago. In October 2012, the United States based Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in partnership with Australian based Origin Energy intend to start deep-sea oil-drilling in the Canterbury Basin about 60km off the coast of Dunedin. To save our coast, oceans (and climate) sign the no drilling petition at: www.oilfreeotago.org

·         Time is running out to stop the mining of the Denniston Plateau. Sign the petition below to John Key and Minister for Conservation Kate Wilkinson and stop Bathurst Resources from destroying the Denniston Plateau before it’s too late: http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/No_coal_mine_on_the_Denniston_Plateaux/?vl

Another international petition to sign is: Care2Causes: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/339/133/078/new-zealand-dont-allow-coal-mining-in-denniston-plateau/
4.   Food for thought and (good) fuel for action

Pure Advantage’s report New Zealand’s Position in the Green Race is a call to action for leaders seeking a role in shaping New Zealand’s green growth future. Go to http://www.pureadvantage.org/PUA0018_GREEN_RACE_REPORT.pdf

Kay Weir, editor of The Pacific Ecologist, writes ‘… climate change is exacerbating hunger and poverty in the third world and often enough the policies of the rich world (including NZ)  to resolve climate change are causing more poverty and hunger in the 3rd world.’ So we can still drive our cars, others starve. See the attached editorial.

See also the Pacific Institute of Resource Management http://www.pirm.org.nz/submissions.html and The Pacific Ecologist  on http://www.pacificecologist.org/

The times may be a-changing …. see this article on the US getting over its love affair with the car: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jun/12/america-motor-car-transport?CMP=EMCENVEML1631

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Tēnā koutou katoa,

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

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

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

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Deep Sea Oil Drilling off Otago. In October 2012, the United States based Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in partnership with Australian based Origin Energy intend to start deep-sea oil-drilling in the Canterbury Basin about 60km off the coast of Dunedin. To save our coast, oceans (and climate) sign the no drilling petition at: www.oilfreeotago.org

Protest against fossil fuel subsidies. Why are we giving hundreds of billions to the industries wrecking the climate? Join the global call demanding that world leaders end all fossil fuel subsidies at the Rio Earth Summit. Why are we giving hundreds of billions to the industries wrecking the climate? www.350.org/rio

MMP review. This year we all get the opportunity to have a say on changes we’d like to see on the way our MMP voting system works. This review comes out of the 2011 Referendum on the Voting System, when the majority of voters chose to keep MMP as our voting system. http://www.elections.org.nz/voting/mmp/mmp-review.html

Citizens Initiated Referendum on Asset Sales (particularly national energy assets). This petition requires 10 % of eligible voters in New Zealand to sign it in order for us to have a referendum on asset sales. This is a formal legal process, so requires actual signatures. Go to http://www.greens.org.nz/koa to download a copy of the petition to print out.

Fruit tree pruning workshop with local arborist Peter Waymouth on 21st July, organised by Transition Valley 473. Email transitionvalley@king.net.nz to find out more about TV473.

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