Smaills_NightDetails of upcoming events, submissions, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Tuesday 8 April 2014


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

Thursday 24th April 5.30pm
GreenDrinks Dunedin
THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts. Please note the new venue
Guest speaker: Dr Sue Bidrose, CEO of the DCC
GreenDrinks Dunedin typically meet on the last Thursday of each month from 5.30pm. Everyone most welcome!
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
2. Other dates and activities

Eco Living in Action, Thursdays, 2.30-3pm. On Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Tune in or check out previous shows on the OAR website at

STOP (Save The Otago Peninsula) Inc Soc regular working bees on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the Broad Bay area.

One is a freshwater creek enhancement project and the other is in a DOC Scientific Reserve. There is sometimes transport available from town on the Thursday morning. Other working bees are held as required in the evenings in summer and in the weekend. For more details, contact Lala Frazer, phone 478 0339, or text mobile 021 20 999 74, or email

Quarantine Island Open Weekend last Saturday every month (26 April)

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: last Sunday of the month (27 April): help with releasing the native plants from rank grass and weeds at the Orokonui Scenic Reserve, an important area for whitebait and wading birds. We aim to transform the low-lying rank pasture into a thriving natural wetland, as it was over 150 years ago. To find out more go to or contact: Lucy Hardy at or 03 474 7094.

Blueskin Community Market first Sunday of every month (4 May)

Gallery on Blueskin

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.

Applications for the Dunedin Biodiversity Fund available. Closes 2 May.

The purpose of the fund is to maintain a network of viable habitats and ecosystems in Dunedin by encouraging and supporting those landowners who are committed to protecting, enhancing and managing indigenous biodiversity. The April 2014 funding round has $30,000 available for allocation in the form of grants on a cost-sharing basis (50% landowner 50% Council). The maximum grant is $5,000 per project. Copies of the fund criteria and on-line application forms can be obtained from or by phoning 477 4000

Monthly challenge is to go zero-waste! Join the Sustainable Action Groups to try to meet this DCC vision!

Now to 30 June

Warm Dunedin Programme or phone 477 4000

Wed 9 April 1 pm

The presentation of the The WISE response appeal to Parliament.

Parliament grounds, opposite Seddon Statue.

The WISE appeal for a New Zealand risk assessment: economic, energy & climate, business continuity, ecological security, genuine wellbeing. ‘Symptoms to serious to ignore’

Thursday, 10 April 2014 , 12:00 – 13:00

Managing interactions between carbon pricing and energy policies: Dr Christina Hood – International Energy Agency (IEA)– public lecture

Burns 7 Lecture theatre – University of Otago

Carbon pricing is a cornerstone of energy sector decarbonisation, but should be supplemented by targeted energy policies ….However these polices can interact, supporting or undermining one another. …This talk will focus on three case studies – the European Union, Chile, and South Africa – to examine how real-world carbon pricing proposals interact with existing energy policies, and suggest how this could better be managed.

Dr Hood is a climate change policy analyst at the IEA. She has worked as climate change and energy advisor to the NZ Minister, a private consultant, and as an advisor on mitigation and adaptation issues in local government. She holds a PhD in experimental physics, and BSc(Hons) in physics from Otago.

Thursday, 10 April

12:00pm – 1:00pm

“Disarmament: The Balance Sheet” Public lecture hosted by the Faculty of Law, Department of Politics and the National Centre for Peace and Conflict studies.

Archway 2, University of Otago

Angela Kane, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs for the UN talks about disarmament challenges and successes.

4-5 pm

Effects of irrigation and effluent dispersal on earthworms and soil chemical properties, Bonface Manono.

Seminar Room, Centre for Innovation

Bonface, a PhD student at the Centre for Sustainability, recently submitted his PhD and is currently on a writing scholarship before returning to his home country, Kenya.

Friday 11 April 12pm

WESTPAC: Dump Coal or we’ll dump you! Mass account closing action.

Westpac, Moray Place, Dunedin

Part of the national week of action. Westpac is the main financier of Bathurst Resources, the Aussy mining company that wants to turn the rare and pristine Denniston Plateau into a massive open cast coal mine which would be the biggest new climate changing project in Aotearoa.

Meet at high noon. Existing Westpac customers will go into the branch together and queue up to close their Westpac accounts. They will then gather outside for group photos and/or a video of everyone cutting-up their Westpac Eftpos/debit/credit cards.

Non Westpac customers also needed to hold banners, hand out flyers, talk to public etc.

Sign this letter to Westpac:

Friday 11 April 7pm

“What’s on Your Fork?” Public meeting with Green MP Steffan Browning on the labelling of GE food

Taste Nature , 131 High St. Dunedin

Saturday 12 April

7pm til late

Adios Anadarko party

Waitati Hall

Waitati branch of Oil Free Otago would like to invite ALL supporters, ready response team members and anyone else unhappy at the prospect of further oil or gas seismic testing, exploration or drilling in our seas to come and celebrate – Anadarko has gone! … Bring Kai and Koha, and your own liquid refreshments. And don’t forget your dancing shoes. Let’s give that two-bit Texan a great send-off!”

Tuesday 15 April 5 pm

DCC Draft Annual Plan submissions close.

The draft annual plan sets out the Council’s proposed annual budgets and performance measures for 2014/15 and updates the information for the 2014/15 year that in contained in the Council’s ten year plan or Long Term Plan (LTP) which was put in place last year. Please tell us whether you agree or disagree with spending priorities for 2014/15 outlined in the draft plan by making a submission.

Tuesday 15 April 5.30pm

Forest & Bird indoor meeting: legacy of introduced animals on Auckland Islands

Room 215, 2nd floor Zoology Benham Building 346 Great King Street. (Please be on time as we have to hold the door open.)

Dr Geoff Rogers – Department of Conservation will give a talk on how introduced animals have modified the vegetation of the Auckland Islands: a look at the legacy of human settlement and their grazing animals on the vegetation of Auckland and Enderby Islands

Contact Mark Hanger

Friday 18th April 9.30 a.m. to lunch Mon 21st April 2014

Changing the Dream: Quakers Address the Spirituality of Climate Change and Sustainability

The Quaker Settlement, 76 Virginia Road, Whanganui

This workshop is open to all interested people.

We aim to inspire each other to work with other groups to find practical solutions for issues of sustainability and climate change. There will be the opportunity of forming groups to provide on-going mutual support and/or undertake collective action.

The seminar will follow the Easter theme, which traverses despair and grief to renewed conviction, hope and action.

Register at

Saturday 19 – Sunday 20 April

Forest & Bird field trip: Explore the upper Taieri scroll plain and Canadian Flats wetland area.

Travel to Patearoa Saturday pm and overnight there. on Sunday, go up to the end of the road and walk up to the Canadian Flats wetland. Leader Janet Ledingham, 467 2960. Grade easy. Cost to be advised. Please advise intent to come by 1 April so we can secure accommodation.

Thursday 24 April 7:30pm

Otago Herb Society

St Patrick’s Centre 32 Macandrew Road, South Dunedin

Demonstration of Turkish food featuring herbs used. Visitors and new members are welcome. For further details, phone Liz on 4774-910

Saturday 26th April 10am-2pm

Community apple juice-making day and preserves tasting/swapping at the NEV Community rooms, 262 North Rd

Bring any end of season apples you’d like to make into juice, (plus a clean empty soft drink bottle if you want to take some juice home), and help put them through the ‘apple press’. Or bring preserves you’d like to share a taste of, along with the recipe; or excess preserves and fresh produce you’d like to swap. Cuttings for swapping are also welcome. This event has been timed to co-incide with the NEV Community Garden working bee and open morning. Take time to visit this impressive garden just above the NEVN School and find out more about getting involved.

30 April

Entries close for the Green Agriculture Innovation Awards (Gaia) NZ

See and

6 June, midday

Botanic Gardens’ Hort Talks series: “Local Food: Passing Fad or Secure Future?”

By Andy Barrett of Our Food Network

June TBC

Kay Baxter of the Koanga Institute and a veteran campaigner for permaculture and the preservation of heritage fruit and vegetable varieties is planning a nation-wide tour. For more information about Koanga, visit

Friday 2 May 2014 5 pm

DCC Biodiversity Fund applications for funding close

Mother’s Day, 11 May at 11am

Trees for Babies – Celebrating Families

Roseneath Reserve, District Road, Roseneath

Join others to plant a tree of your choice from a variety of natives for someone special (such as a new family member, birthday, anniversary, or passing of a loved one) and receive a certificate in their name. Pre-registration is required. Trees cost $20.

Contact Keep Dunedin Beautiful Co-ordinator, (03) 474 3401

Friday 27 to Sunday 29 June

Foreign Policy School: Global Resource Scarcity
3. Petitions and consulatations

Government consultations (

· 11 Apr: Health & Safety Reform Bill

· 17 Apr: Environmental Reporting Bill

· 17 Apr: Energy (Fuels, Levies, and References) Amendment Bill

· 17 Apr: Kaikoura (Te Tai-o-Marokura) Marine Management Bill

· 30 Apr: Education Amendment Bill (No 2)

Public submissions on the DCC’s 2014/15 Draft Annual Plan close at 5pm on 15 April. Submit early, and online if possible (see also above)


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

· IPCC 5th assessment report:

· Expert comment on IPCC report on climate impacts and adaptation:

· Dominion editorial:

· TED talk: Dave Meslin: The antidote to apathy

· Block offer for offshore drilling:

· Climate Crime Scene declared as Simon Bridges announces Block Offer to oil industry:

· ‘Living with climate change’:


· “Facing the Future: Towards a Green Economy for New Zealand’ by the Royal Society.



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Tēnā koutou katoa,

Nicky Chapman (SDC’s newsletter compiler)

Vivienne Bryner (SDC’s secretary)

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc.

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