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Browsing Posts published in November, 2012

princes_st_dunedinDetails of upcoming events, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
1. Sustainable Dunedin City action
THIS Thursday 29th November 2012
Tomorrow! GreenDrinks Dunedin: in the Back Room of Filadelfios at the Gardens
5:30 at Filadelfio’s, End of Year Celebrations
Bring a present you received in the past that you did not like. Wrap it up and give it to someone else. It’s just a bit of fun, and it promotes one of the 3 Rs (Re-use). Come and brainstorm what you would like to see happen next year with GreenDrinks. Maureen suggests we have about four GreenDrinks during the year that are Open Mike with no planned content so that new people can come and introduce themselves and get to know each other
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.
Report on Big Green Challenge grants from Janet Brady of the SDC selection panel
We were thrilled to receive so many great applications and it was really hard to decide who to give grants to. The panel was myself, Jocelyn Harris, the Co-Chair of Sustainable Dunedin City Inc and two other committee members. We are now really excited to see these projects take shape. There will be an event that all interested people can come along to and hear all about how the projects turned out next April.
We chose:
Generation Zero’s Housing Project: To establish a model flat in studentville to show students and their landlords that living a low carbon lifestyle “doesn’t need to cost the earth”.
Community Education for a Sustainable Future: To run a permaculture course
Karitane School: To harness the energy from compost to heat an out door shower at the beach.
Presbyterian Support Otago Family Works: To do two fruit tree harvests and hold four workshops on how to make preserves which will be shared among the participants, the tree owners and the food bank.
Permablitz Otago: Groups of keen permaculture gardeners will make edible gardens for community groups or individuals who are unable to make their own gardens.
Bud Law and friends: Making greenhouses and tunnels out of recycled plastic and timber to give to community groups.
St Leonards School Junior Class: to develop an orchard and do some native planting a the school.
Broad Bay School: To install a rainwater catchment system to be able to water the school gardens and the native plants being grown to regenerate the local stream.
La Leche League: To provide training for more volunteers to train as breastfeeding counsellors. Breastfeeding is an unrecognised “green” issue.
Be the Change Otepoti: Christopher Le Breton is a very experienced presenter of a course to motivate people to act on climate change which he will run for Dunedin residents.
Watch out for these projects as they are reported upon by The Star community newspaper!
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
Every Thursday: Otago Access Radio 105.4FM:
7 – 20:00 Sustainable Lens Radio, with Sam Mann, Anton Angelo and Shane Gallagher: http://sustainablelens.org/
Thursday 29th November

16:00 Education for survival, resilience and continuity: Mātauranga Taiao, Māori and IndigeneityCSAFE Seminar Room (547 Castle St)
Speaker: David McKay
Thursday 29th November
19:00 Caselburgh Trust fundraiser: Saving Macquarie Island , Broad Bay Hall, Otago Peninusla.
Dunedin filmaker and conservationist Claudia Babirat is passionate about the environment, and has devoted her life to sharing its beauty with others. In 2011 Claudia seized the opportunity to film and take part in the Macquarie Island Pest Eradication Project, which aims to rid rabbits, rats and mice from the Australian-governed World Heritage Site – making it the world’s most ambitious pest eradication programme in conservation history.Come and listen to what it’s like to live for a year on a remote island with a bunch of scientists, a lot of penguins, and being a tour guide to the occasional tourist ship while shooting film and rabbits!
Monday 3rd December
16:00 Sustainability assessment of an innovative technology: automatic milking in organic Danish dairy farms. CSAFE
CSAFE Seminar Room (547 Castle St)
Dr Frank Oudshoorn is a scientist and interim group leader at the Department of Biosystems Engineering at Aarhus University, Denmark Frank’s main research is in organic agriculture, focussed on emerging innovative technology and sustainability assessments where the three Ps (People, Planet and Profit) should be evaluated.
Monday 10th December
The Power of Neighbourhoods: workshops with Jim Diers of Seattle
Workshop 1: Building broad and inclusive community engagement, and the role of agencies in that process:
Workshop 2: Mapping and mobilising the community’s strengths:
Burns Hall (behind First Church) 415 Moray Pl
Workshop 1: 10:00 – 13:00
Workshop 2: 14:00-17:00
“Neighbours can generate tremendous power when they come together as a community. They can influence the actions of government, developers, and other external factors. They can also mobilise their own assets – their passion, knowledge, skills, and relationships – in support of caring communities, revitalised neighbourhoods, and a better world.”
Cost: $30 – $80 per person (details on flyer and registration form)
http://www.councilofsocialservices.org.nz/ai1ec_event/the-power-of-neighbourhoods-workshop-1/
” These are workshops not to be missed. This is open to all who have an interest in community, whether you live in a community and are interested in it or work for an organisation. Places are limited so RSVP quickly.”
7-9th December Power Shift summit in Auckland. This international event has already happened in the USA, Australia, India and the UK. It’s a huge youth climate summit which brings together young people from all walks of life to learn about climate change, get upskilled, meet other fantastic people, and work on how to tackle the biggest challenge of our generation.
The event will include high profile speakers, small workshops about leadership, organisation, communication skills, climate science and climate policy. In fact, we’ve been so overwhelmed with enthusiasm from awesome people interested in giving talks and workshops that we’ve had to close speaker registrations. We have speakers like Mayor Len Brown from Auckland, Lucy Lawless, Bill McKibben by video conference (the founder of 350), Jinty McTavish from the Dunedin City Council, and various politicians and other experts in campaigning and climate change. We are also bringing over attendees from the Pacific who are at the front lines of climate change.
For more information check out www.powershift.co.nz.
Please encourage any youngish (or youthful in outlook) people you know to check it out and get registered asap. The full programme is up now: http://powershift.org.nz/details/programme/

Friday 18th January to Monday 21st January 2013 The 2013 Keep the Coal in the Hole Summerfest will be held from at Dolamore Park, a beautiful camping ground surrounded by bush about 10 minutes by car from Gore, very near the north-western corner of Solid Energy’s landholdings in the Mataura Valley. Register online: http://nocoalsummerfest.org.nz/

3. Petitions, consultations and submissions
DCC: http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on

• The Dunedin Amenities Society is concerned about the Dunedin City Council’s decision to review the District Plan. The Society have held strong concerns over aspects of the District Plan for some time, particularly over the way the Plan is integrated with management of public open space and reserves. Sites like the Town Belt are actually being hampered in their management by the imposition of the Urban Landscape Conservation Area rules, which fails to have regard for its status under the Reserves act 1977. The Minister of Conservations approved a management plan for the Town Belt in 2007, but what is the point if the District Plan overrides its principles.

The Society urges all members and people of Dunedin to consider how the reserve conservation areas that we have in Dunedin should be managed and how the District Plan should complement their management rather than impede it. For the full article, see
http://dunedin-amenities-society.org.nz/2012/11/23/the-town-belt-and-the-district-plan/ or visit www.dunedin-amenities-society.org.nz

ORC: http://www.orc.govt.nz/Meetings-Consultations-and-Events/Consultation/
• The ORC are considering investing in irrigation plans – Tarras Water Limited plans to build an irrigation scheme for the Tarras District, at an estimated cost of $39.2 million. It has asked the ORC to make an initial investment of up to $3.5 million in the scheme, through the purchase of redeemable preference shares. It has also asked the ORC to contribute approximately $2 million to fixed charges over a period of five years starting around September 2014, when the scheme is expected to be operational. Future sales or redemption of those shares is expected cover the initial purchase price and fixed cost contributions, along with an interest return on the investment.
A proposed amendment to the 2012/22 Long Term Plan has been prepared which provides details of the proposed investment, a risk analysis of investing in the scheme, and the financial implications of doing so.
Council would like to hear your views on the proposed amendment to the Long Term Plan.
http://www.orc.govt.nz/Meetings-Consultations-and-Events/Consultation/Proposed-amendment-to-the-2012–22-Long-Term-Plan—-Proposal-to-invest-in-a-new-Tarras-irrigation-scheme-/
http://www.odt.co.nz/regions/central-otago/235239/orc-mulls-investing-irrigation

Central Govt: http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/SC/MakeSub/
4. Food for thought and (good) fuel for action
• The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is now on: http://unfccc.int/2860.php
• The World Bank warns of a 4 degrees hotter world: http://climatechange.worldbank.org/content/climate-change-report-warns-dramatically-warmer-world-century
• Oxfam NZ’s take on NZ stance at UN Climate Talks: ‘Backpedalling, Incoherent And Lacking Morality’ http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1211/S00365/un-climate-talks-new-zealand-backpedalling.htm
• Meanwhile, the Pure Advantage report looks at NZ could benefit from the growing green economy. http://www.pureadvantage.org/
• The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Jan Wright, has released her interim report on fracking in NZ. Her summary states ‘The high-level conclusion from the work done to date in this investigation echoes, and is broadly consistent with, the reviews of fracking that have been done elsewhere in the world. That conclusion is that the environmental risks associated with fracking can be managed effectively provided, to quote the United Kingdom Royal Society, “operational best practices are implemented and enforced through regulation”. But at this stage I cannot be confident that operational best practices are actually being implemented and enforced in this country.’
Read the full report on http://www.pce.parliament.nz/publications/all-publications/evaluating-the-environmental-impacts-of-fracking-in-new-zealand-an-interim-report
• Pipeline resistance in Canada – interesting reading not only with climate change relevance but also business ‘The Canadian government’s new deal with China, the Canada-China version of FIPA (the Foreign Investment Protection Agreement) effectively guarantees China’s investments’ (as may happen with coal and/or lignite here?) http://www.towardfreedom.com/home/environment/3042-community-corridor-halting-the-rise-of-pipeline-infrastructure-with-creative-radical-resistance
• Song of the Kauri ¬– if you missed this acclaimed doco in Dunedin, it will be on in Queenstown and Arrowtown this week: http://www.songofthekauri.com/screenings/new-zealand-screenings/
• Foodweb (www.foodweb.org.nz) is a local food resiliency network for Otago. We are always keen to hear from anyone interested in sustainable food production at any scale, from the backyard to the farm. If you are interested sign up to our email list on the ‘Contact Us’ page at www.foodweb.org.nz.
• Spring Seed List from Otepoti Urban Organics – our local seed savers and sharing scheme. Growing from local seeds, saving seed and sharing seeds is so important for local food resilience. Contact otepoti.urban.organics@gmail.com or check out the website at www.urbanorganics.org.nz/
Otepoti Urban Organics is also looking for people to ‘adopt a crop’, ie raise a certain type of vegetable crop, and later, collect the seeds for the seed exchange. They particularly need people to grow a particular variety of pumpkin seeds….
• Join the Dunedin People’s Panel – have your say on this email-based panel: www.dunedin.govt.nz/peoplespanel.
• Planning a biodiversity project next year? The DCC can help you. See http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/factline/issue-363/dunedin-biodiversity-fund
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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

This international event has already happened in the USA, Australia, India and the UK. It’s a huge youth climate summit which brings together young people from all walks of life to learn about climate  change, get upskilled, meet other fantastic people, and work on how to tackle the biggest challenge of our generation.
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> The event will include high profile speakers, small workshops about leadership, organisation, communication skills, climate science and climate policy. In fact, we’ve been so overwhelmed with enthusiasm from awesome people interested in giving talks and workshops that we’ve had to close speaker registrations. We have speakers like Mayor Len Brown from Auckland, Lucy Lawless, Bill McKibben by video conference (the founder of 350), Jinty McTavish from the Dunedin City Council, and various politicians and other experts in campaigning and climate change. We are also bringing over attendees from the Pacific who are at the front lines of climate change.
> For more information check out www.powershift.co.nz.

> Caselburgh Trust fundraiser: Saving Macquarie Island , 7pm Broad Bay Hall, Otago Peninusla.   It promises to be a treat.
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> Dunedin filmaker and conservationist Claudia Babirat is passionate about the environment, and has devoted her life to sharing its beauty with others. She’s hit on a winning combination, working for the Department of Conservation as Community Outreach Coordinator during the day, and producing award-winning documentaries in her spare time.
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> In 2011 Claudia seized the opportunity to film and take part in the Macquarie Island Pest Eradication Project, which aims to rid rabbits rats and mice from the Australian-governed World Heritage Site – making it the world’s most ambitious pest eradication programme in conservation history.
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> Claudia produces quirky, people-orientated films that guarantee the evening will be informative and entertaining. Come and listen to what it’s like to live for a year on a remote island with a bunch of scientists, a lot of penguins, and being a tour guide to the occasional tourist ship while shooting film and rabbits!
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> Claudia has agreed to premier her documentary and lecture as our fundraising “Art meets Science” event at Broad Bay Hall on Thursday 29th November at 7pm.
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Thursday November 22 to Sunday November 25

> Where: Various locations
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> When: Various dates
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> https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/LocalisingFoodTourDunedin
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> Current overview of Presentations / Workshops – NB, you don’t have to be a facebook user to view these…
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> Thurs 22nd November – The Politics of Food Security – https://www.facebook.com/events/135327896614664/
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> Fri 23rd November – Empowering Local Food Resilience – https://www.facebook.com/events/177582325713093/
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> Sat 24th November – Localising Food Self Resilience – https://www.facebook.com/events/553486148001833/
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> Sun 25th November – Food Forest Workshop – https://www.facebook.com/events/372087089549591/
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Thursday 29 November 2012

> GreenDrinks Dunedin: in the Back Room of Filadelfios at the Gardens
>
> 5:30 at Filadelfio’s, End of Year Celebrations
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> Bring a present you received in the past that you did not like. Wrap it up and give it to someone else. It’s just a bit of fun, and it promotes one of the 3 Rs (Re-use). Come and brainstorm what you would like to see happen next year with GreenDrinks. Maureen suggests we have about four GreenDrinks during the year that are Open Mike with no planned content so that new people can come and introduce themselves and get to know each other
>
> 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.
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> 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

port_chalmersDetails of upcoming events, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links

1.Sustainable Dunedin City action

Thursday 29th November 2012    GreenDrinks Dunedin: in the Back Room of Filadelfios at the Gardens
5:30 at Filadelfio’s, End of Year Celebrations
Bring a present you received in the past that you did not like. Wrap it up and give it to someone else. It’s just a bit of fun, and it promotes one of the 3 Rs (Re-use). Come and brainstorm what you would like to see happen next year with GreenDrinks. Maureen suggests we have about four GreenDrinks during the year that are Open Mike with no planned content so that new people can come and introduce themselves and get to know each other
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

Every Thursday: Otago Access Radio 105.4FM:
7 – 20:00    Sustainable Lens Radio, with Sam Mann, Anton Angelo and Shane Gallagher, which can also be accessed on
http://sustainablelens.org/
Thursday 15th November, 16:00:  Shifting realities: entrepreneurship and social enterprise in Samoa – CSAFE seminar
CSAFE Seminar Room (547 Castle St)
Thursday 15th November, Informal get-together. Contact Peter for details if you are interested in Time Banking:  peterd0n@clear.net.nz
Friday 16th November,19:00: Science Communication Film Premiere
Regent Theatre, Octagon, Dunedin
Sunday 18th November, Energy Eco Centre Talk
Renewable Energy Production. DIY 5 Solar and Renewable Energy projects to do
Tim Bishop – SHAC coordinator, The Fitting Shop, Dunedin Gasworks Museum, Braemar Street, South Dunedin. Sunday 18th November 14:00
Watch the web site www.gasworksmuseum.org.nz/energycentre
Thursday 22nd November to Sunday 25th November
What: Localising Food Tour of Dunedin
Where: Various locations
When: Various dates
https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/LocalisingFoodTourDunedin
Current overview of Presentations / Workshops – NB, you don’t have to be a facebook user to view these…
Thurs 22nd November – The Politics of Food Security – https://www.facebook.com/events/135327896614664/
Fri 23rd November – Empowering Local Food Resilience – https://www.facebook.com/events/177582325713093/
Sat 24th November – Localising Food Self Resilience – https://www.facebook.com/events/553486148001833/
Sun 25th November – Food Forest Workshop – https://www.facebook.com/events/372087089549591/
Saturday 24-Sunday 25th November    Keep our Assets Petition Final Push

Thursday 29th November    Caselburgh Trust fundraiser:Saving Macquarie Island , 19:00 Broad Bay Hall, Otago Peninusla.   It promises to be a treat.
Dunedin filmaker and conservationist Claudia Babirat is passionate about the environment, and has devoted her life to sharing its beauty with others. She’s hit on a winning combination, working for the Department of Conservation as Community Outreach Coordinator during the day, and producing award-winning documentaries in her spare time.
In 2011 Claudia seized the opportunity to film and take part in the Macquarie Island Pest Eradication Project, which aims to rid rabbits rats and mice from the Australian-governed World Heritage Site – making it the world’s most ambitious pest eradication programme in conservation history.
Claudia produces quirky, people-orientated films that guarantee the evening will be informative and entertaining. Come and listen to what it’s like to live for a year on a remote island with a bunch of scientists, a lot of penguins, and being a tour guide to the occasional tourist ship while shooting film and rabbits!
Claudia has agreed to premier her documentary and lecture as our fundraising “Art meets Science” event at Broad Bay Hall on Thursday 29th November at 19:00.
7-9th December    Power Shift summit in Auckland. This international event has already happened in the USA, Australia, India and the UK. It’s a huge youth climate summit which brings together young people from all walks of life to learn about climate  change, get upskilled, meet other fantastic people, and work on how to tackle the biggest challenge of our generation.
The event will include high profile speakers, small workshops about leadership, organisation, communication skills, climate science and climate policy. In fact, we’ve been so overwhelmed with enthusiasm from awesome people interested in giving talks and workshops that we’ve had to close speaker registrations. We have speakers like Mayor Len Brown from Auckland, Lucy Lawless, Bill McKibben by video conference (the founder of 350), Jinty McTavish from the Dunedin City Council, and various politicians and other experts in campaigning and climate change. We are also bringing over attendees from the Pacific who are at the front lines of climate change.
For more information check out www.powershift.co.nz.

3.Petitions

•Support coal plant protestors in China http://www.thepetitionsite.com/356/062/925/support-coal-plant-protestors-in-china/?z00m=20441802#taf

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

•350 worldwide activities …We’ll have plenty more news to share in the weeks and months ahead — including some more ways to get everyone involved, regardless of where you live. For today, watch this short video I recorded and share the news of these important efforts with your networks: www.350.org/nov2012
•Sustainable food systems – see the Facebook page for feedback from the discussions on the 26th October: https://www.facebook.com/events/417944528259213/
•Fernhill Community Garden – Dunedin’s newest community garden!
Where? Palmyra Reserve (off Stafford Street, just above Melville St)
What? A space of ground that anyone can come and help cultivate, and anyone can harvest from.
More information? Join our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/491840194169293/ or email us on fernhillcommunitygarden@gmail.com
•Foodweb – Increasing Local Food Resiliency and Sustainability
Foodweb (www.foodweb.org.nz) is a local food resiliency network for Otago. Founded in 2010, it has been collecting information about food and farming in Otago and viewing it in the context of the latest research into food systems from around the world.
It aims to facilitate and promote the growth of a more resilient and sustainable local food system in the Otago region, by helping farmers, backyard gardeners, community groups and other local businesses and organisations access the resources they need to be as effective as possible in all aspects of local food production.
We are always keen to hear from anyone interested in sustainable food production at any scale, from the backyard to the farm. If you are interested sign up to our email list on the ‘Contact Us’ page at www.foodweb.org.nz.
Spring Seed List from Otepoti Urban Organics – our local seed savers and sharing scheme. Growing from local seeds, saving seed and sharing seeds is so important for local food resilience. Thanks to Bart Acres for initiating and continuing this important initiative. Contact Bart at otepoti.urban.organics@gmail.com or check out the website at www.urbanorganics.org.nz/
Otepoti Urban Organics is also looking for people to ‘adopt a crop’, ie raise a certain type of vegetable crop, and later, collect the seeds for the seed exchange. See their website or facebook page for details. They particularly need people to grow a particular variety of pumpkin seeds….
•Join the Dunedin People’s Panel
The People’s Panel is an email-based panel which gives people with an interest in Dunedin an opportunity to have their say on a range of issues and to be a sounding-board for future policies and decisions.
Anyone can join the Panel at www.dunedin.govt.nz/peoplespanel.  Panel members are sent an online survey every six to eight weeks.  After each survey, Panel members are emailed a high-level summary of what other Panel members said, and what will be done as a result of the feedback from the Panel.  The full results from each of the surveys will be available on the People’s Panel website.
•Potential candidates for DCC Elections 2103: As vacancies are likely to open up next year, SDC members should consider standing!
•Planning a biodiversity project next year? The DCC can help you. See http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/factline/issue-363/dunedin-biodiversity-fund
•    http://dunedin-amenities-society.org.nz/2012/11/02/the-recent-john-wilson-drive-decision-reveals-councillors-more-interested-in-living-in-the-now-rather-than-thinking-of-the-future/
•Jocelyn reports that Helen Clark’s talk here about her role at the UN on 14th October was hugely inspiring. For her Stanford talk on climate change, see http://news.stanford.edu/news/2012/november/clark-climate-change-111212.html
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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

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