1.   Sustainable Dunedin City action

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

Thursday 27th Feb 5.30pm

GreenDrinks Dunedin

THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts. Please note the new venue – and that it is Friday, for this month only then will revert to Thursdays.

Topic this month: Have your Say – Special welcome to everyone – new and familiar! Come along and share your news at our open session this month. (For anyone who’s interested I will have news of my recent stay at the inspiring Koanga Institute in Hawkes Bay – where Kay Baxter and Bob Corker are based.  Among many activities, Kay has a really interesting ‘urban garden experiment’ aiming to grow enough food to feed a family a balanced diet on 200m2 – using permaculture principles and the biointensive method).

GreenDrinks Dunedin is part of the non-political international movement Green Drinks whose focus is to provide a relaxed space for people interested in sustainability and the environment to meet and get together.

Green Drinks Dunedin is hosted in Dunedin by Sustainable Dunedin City. For more information or to get on the mailing list please email Maureen Howard, GreenDrinks Dunedin Coordinator on mhoward@slingshot.co.nz


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Green Drinks Dunedin

Friday 28 February 5.30pm

The Bog – upstairs. Corner of George and London Streets

GreenDrinks Dunedin typically meets on the last Thursday of each month from 5.30pm. Everyone is most welcome! Please note the new venue and, for this month only, we are having GreenDrinks on Friday.

Topic this month: Have your Say – Special welcome to everyone – new and familiar! Come and share your news at our open session this month. Maureen Howard will share news of her recent stay at the inspiring Koanga Institute in Hawkes Bay, where Kay Baxter and Bob Corker are based.  Among many activities, Kay has a really interesting urban garden experiment aiming to grow enough food to feed a family a balanced diet on 200m2, using permaculture principles and the bio-intensive method.

Contact Maureen Howard – 473 9967 or email mhoward@slingshot.co.nz

Cloth Nappy Workshop

Saturday 1 March 11.30am – 1.30pm

Dunningham Suite Level 4 Dunedin Public Library

At the workshop, you will learn about the costs of disposable vs cloth nappies, the environmental effect of both options, some modern nappy options, all about the different styles of nappies, and about washing and caring for your nappies – plus you will receive a free pack of nappies valued at $100.

Cost is $22. Bookings online at www.thenappylady.co.nz.  Contact Kate 027 221 1242


1-9 March

Our fragile, finite taonga

Seaweek is an annual marine education, action and awareness event coordinated by the New Zealand Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE). Seaweek 2014 will call on people from all walks of life to celebrate Tangaroa’s realm, tackle issues such as marine pollution and learn about the positive effects of initiatives such as sustainable fishing and marine reserves to look after our seas for future generations. We all contribute to taking care of our oceans.

What’s new for Seaweek 2014?

Vote for your Ocean Champion to celebrate all those individuals, groups and organisations who work so hard to look after our seas and the marine life that lives in them. The Ocean Champion can be a group, school, student, local activist, or unsung hero. Anyone can be an Ocean Champion if they help to look after our oceans! www.seaweek.org.nz.

Seaweek 2014 posters (A3) and flyers (A5) are available to display in your school or to promote a school Seaweek event. If you would like posters, please contact Lucy Hardy, Otago Seaweek Regional Co-ordinator, with your name, postal address and quantity and the posters will be mailed directly to your school.

Coastal Clean Up

Sunday 2 March 10-4pm

Coastal clean-up plus Muddy Shore Marine Metre Square activities will be happening at various locations along the coast from Warrington to Taieri Mouth.  Spread the word, the more the merrier. Collected litter will be sorted into recyclable materials at St Kilda Beach. Anyone can get involved – check http://seaweek.org.nz/events/otago/ for more details.

Various coastal Otago organisations and community groups are planning Seaweek events, including film screenings, storytelling, beach clean ups, Marine Metre Square workshops and family beach days. Keep your eyes on the Seaweek Otago events page and in the local media to find out what’s happening.

For more information, contact Lucy Hardy at lhardy@doc.govt.nz or 474 7094.

Blueskin Community Market – 2 March

Gallery on Blueskin

First Sunday of every month

Food and coffee, plants and produce, arts and crafts, prints, pakoras, books, toys and more! Free stalls, DCC regulations apply to food stalls.

Phone Nathan on 027 214 8294 or Rudie 027 781 1799 for more information.

Forest and Bird Field Trip – Kaikai Beach via Heywards Point

Sunday 16 March 9am start

Leader Richard Reeve. Grade moderate plus. Strong footwear essential. Meet at the Botany Department car park, corner Great King and Union Streets.

Cost $10 (goes towards shared transport.)

Talk – Mosses grow fat in the wetlands – vegetation in wetlands is more than just sedges and pretty flowers.

Tuesday 18 March 5:30pm

Dr Peter Johnson, Research Associate, Landcare Research. Peter takes a look at the mosses that contribute to wetlands.

Contact Mark Hanger dunedin.branch@forestandbird.org.nz

Kiwi Conservation Club

Sunday 2 March 11am

Celebrate Seaweek with KCC at Brighton Beach.

Sunday 16 March 9am

Visit remote and fabulous Kaikai beach with Dunedin Forest & Bird

Contact Tiff Stewart – 03 487 9752, 021 141 0895, or dunedin@kcc.org.nz.

An Evening At Sea: A Film Screening for Seaweek 2014

Friday 7 March, 5.30pm, Otago Museum

The University of Otago Centre for Science Communication and Otago Museum present a selection of short student documentaries, showcasing the science, conservation, and love of the sea.

Gold coin donations to the NZ Sealion Trust gratefully received http://www.sealiontrust.org.nz/.

Trustpower Community Awards

Volunteers are the backbone of every New Zealand community, dedicating more than 270 million unpaid hours each year to non-profit organisations up and down the country. Trustpower understands that, and celebrates and reward volunteers through the Trustpower Community Awards programme.

The Awards cover five categories: Heritage and Environment; Health and Wellbeing; Arts and Culture; Sport and Leisure; Education and Child/Youth Development.

The Dunedin Regional Nominations close on Friday 7 March. You can nominate at http://www.communityconnect.co.nz/.

Composting Made Easy Workshops

Sunday 16 March 1-5pm

Dunedin North Intermediate School

Explore the benefits of various composting techniques to build your soil health and feed your plants. Learn how to build a hot compost heap, use a Bokashi composting system, and start your own worm farm.

Cost $10. Contact Michelle Ritchie to register your interest – 029 771 0212 or michelle@organicbydesign.kiwi.nz.

Botanical Society of Otago Talk – Botanising in the Miocene

Wednesday 19 March 5.20pm-7pm

Zoology Benham Building, 346 Great King Street, Benham Seminar Room, Rm. 215, 2nd floor.

Jennifer Bannister, Research Associate, Botany Dept, Otago University

Learn about the warm, temperate/subtropical rainforest in early Miocene Otago based on Jennifer’s interpretation of fossil leaves, flowers, pollen, fruits and insects found in a maar lake deposit. Be on time or you will be locked out!

Contact David Lyttle djlyttle@ihug.co.nz phone (03) 454 5470.

Botanical Society of Otago Field Trip

Saturday 22 March 9am – 5pm

Hands-on Botanising in the Miocene!

Paleogeologist Daphne Lee and paleobotanist Jennifer Bannister will take us to collect fossil leaves from a Miocene forest at a site in Central Otago.

Meet at the Botany Department car park, 464 Great King Street to car pool. Bring hand-lens, a pocket knife, chisel or rock hammer, protection from the sun, lunch and plenty to drink. Rain date Sunday 23 March.

Contact Allison Knight alli_knight@hotmail.com or phone (03) 487 8265.

Sustainable Living Course

At this interactive eight-week course you will:

–    Meet like-minded people living in the community

–    Learn and share the latest in planet friendly tips specific to Dunedin

–    Support your chosen actions toward waste free sustainable living

Caversham Community Evening Course

Tuesdays 7pm – 9pm starts 25 February

Carisbrook School, 217 South Road, Caversham

Citywide Day Course

Wednesdays 10am – 12 noon starts 26 February

Church of Christ Community meeting room, corner of Filleul and St Andrews Streets

Citywide Evening Course

Wednesdays 7pm – 9pm Starts 26 February

Church of Christ Community meeting room, corner of Filleul and St Andrews Streets

These adult community courses are free. Maximum of 14 people per course and to register please contact Maureen Howard on 473 9967 or email mhoward@slingshot.co.nz.

Brought to you locally by the Dunedin City Council.

Otago Herb Society

Thursday 27 March 7.30pm

St Patricks Parish Centre, 32 Macandrew Road South Dunedin

Neville Stewart will be presenting ‘Landscaping around Dunedin’, from his early beginnings as a landscaper to the present day.  It should be an interesting evening and visitors are most welcome.

For further information, please phone Liz on 477 4910.

DCC Community Grants Scheme

The Dunedin City Council makes funds available twice a year through the Community Grants Scheme, to help organisations that are benefiting the wider community. It is aimed at non-profit organisations that serve the social, educational, cultural and environmental wellbeing and development of the community.

The next deadline for funding applications is Friday 28 March. To find out more, have a look at the DCC website http://www.dunedin.govt.nz

Quarantine Island Open Weekend

Sunday 29 March

Everyone is welcome to the St Martin Island Community open weekends on Quarantine Island on the last Saturday of every month. Join us in releasing the (relatively) newly planted native trees, sharing conversations, passion and action in this beautiful island haven.

The boat leaves Back Beach at 9.30am and returns about 4pm. You can also stay overnight. Bring $10 for the boat and a contribution towards a shared lunch (and swimming togs if you’re feeling brave!).

Make sure to let the new keepers Candy and Gordon Douglas know that you intend to come – (03) 478 0874.

Living Legends at Waitati

Sunday 30 March (last Sunday of the month)

We need many hands on deck to help with releasing the native plants from rank grass and weeds at the Living Legends restoration site near Waitati.

The Orokonui Scenic Reserve is the location for the North Otago Living Legends planting site. The site is a 28-hectare tidal estuary at the base of Orokonui Valley. It is an important area for whitebait and wading birds, and provides a peaceful recreation area for residents of Waitati.

It is envisaged that the Living Legends project will transform the low-lying rank pasture into a thriving natural wetland, resembling what it might have looked and sounded like more than 150 years ago.

Organised working bees take place regularly on the last Sunday of every month but if you or a group are keen to help out at other times, please get in touch.

To find out more go to http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/  and to help with the local Living Legends project, contact Lucy Hardy at lhardy@doc.govt.nz  or 03 474 7094.

New ‘Four Senses’ Guided Tour

Orokonui Ecosanctuary
A new tour for the blind and their sighted friends and families. Experience the sounds, tastes and feel of the special protected Orokonui Forest with a friendly and knowledgeable guide. In the absence of pests, the birdsong is delightful, the tastes of edible native plants surprising and the aroma of the lush old growth forest soothing. Walking tracks are graveled and mostly level. Guide dogs welcome.

Cost: $30 per person; minimum four people, maximum 10.
Duration: 1½ hours (self-guided walking after tour is included in price)
Bookings essential: time and day by arrangement

Contact: Orokonui Ecosanctuary 482 1755, www.orokonui.org.nz

STOP (Save The Otago Peninsula) Inc Working Bees

9am to 12 noon

Tuesday mornings at Smiths Creek at the end of Bacon Street in Broad Bay – weed matting plants and cutting (with loppers and pruning saws) broom and gorse.

Thursday mornings at another reserve, often transport from town is available. Extra volunteers welcomed. Contact Lala Frazer lala.frazer@gmail.com  , phone 478 0339 or text 021 20 99974.

Eco Living in Action – Dunedin’s Weekly Sustainable Living Show

Otago Access Radio 105.4FM

Thursdays, 2.30pm – 3pm

Tune in or check out previous shows on the OAR website at www.oar.org.nz/podcasts. Check out the latest shows below.

2014-01-09 – Eco Living – Co Housing – Catherine Spencer (26 mins)

2013-12-19 – Eco Living – Composting Teas – Kim Thomas – Horticulture Otago Polytechnic (26 mins)

2013-12-12 – Eco Living – Save Our Seals – Dr Susan Wilson (27 mins)

2013-12-05 – Eco Living – Food Co-op – Lala Frazer (27 mins)

2013-11-28 – Eco Living – James Higham – Reduce Our Flying Carbon Footprint (27 mins)

Dunedin Bike Library – Call for donations of bikes

We are looking for donations of second-hand bikes. If you have a used bike in good condition gathering dust in your garage, put it to good use by donating it to the community bike library scheme pilot project. The following types of bikes are being sought:

–    Children’s bikes which have gears (No BMXs please).

–    Adult bikes which have gears. All sizes.

Please do not donate second hand helmets as, due to safety requirements, we will not be able to use these for the pilot project.

We can arrange pick-up of the bikes within the Dunedin area. Please email Rose Dovey (Dunedin Bike Library Pilot Project Manager) on rose@motum.co.nz  if you would like to donate a bike or if you have any questions.

Mainly for Schools

Seaweek Coastal Clean-Up

Sunday 2 March

St Kilda Surf Club

You are cordially invited to help us with sorting and auditing the litter that is collected from the Coastal Clean-up at St Kilda Beach. We will have all the gear to do this – you just need to turn up and offer to help. See you there!

Contact Jennie Upton – jupton@dcc.govt.nz.

Quarrantine Island Enviroschools Senior Secondary Students Hui

7-9 March

A weekend of planning, action, power mapping, sharing kai, making friends and having fun will be had by students from across a number of Secondary Enviroschools.

Contact Anna Hughes ajhughes@dcc.govt.nz

Enviroschools Otago Farmers Market Stall

Saturday 29 March

We have space for 3 schools to sell their produce and/or sustainable wares. Get in early to secure a place, make some money and promote your school.

Contact – Jennie Upton jupton@dcc.govt.nz

Marine Studies Centre

NEW  Sandy and Muddy Shore Guides are available now. Just released in time for Seaweek!  Northern and Southern New Zealand versions available.  Order your FREE class sets now (postage and packing applies).  Email marine-studies@otago.ac.nz for details, or download the order form from the website www.marine.ac.nz

The NZ Marine Studies Centre has also produced new guidelines for carrying out Marine Metre Squared (Mm2) surveys on Sandy and Muddy shores.  This is an ideal activity for Seaweek.  Find out more at www.mm2.net.nz

Jennie Upton

Education and Promotions Officer and Enviroschools Regional Coordinator

Water and Waste Services

Dunedin City Council
50 The Octagon, Dunedin; PO Box 5045, Moray Place 9058, New Zealand
Telephone: 03 474 3634; Fax: 03 474 3468
email : jupton@dcc.govt.nz

Please note my days of work are Tuesday to Friday