Greetings all and apologies for this ‘fortnightly’ newsletter being somewhat late! I have just spent a week in the Waitaki Valley with secondary students from various schools, looking at all the different, often conflicting uses for the river. It was an incredibly heartening experience to see the students develop such deep learning, leadership and teamwork, and their creative and thoughtful presentations of their learning. (
Details of upcoming events, submissions, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Monday 12 May 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 29 May 5.30pm

(last Thursday of month)

GreenDrinks Dunedin

THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts. Please note the new venue

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


Thursday 15 May 7.30 pm

(Third Thurs/ month)

Inaugural GreenDrinks Port Chalmers

Come along at 7.30 to the Portsider in Port Chalmers for our first get-together (out the back, unless half the town turns up then we’ll have to mingle throughout!). No agenda except to meet and chat and talk about things Port and sustainable. See also

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

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 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

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.


Sustainable Living Courses in Tomahawk/Ocean Grove and Citywide

This inspiring course will help you:

Support your chosen actions toward waste-free sustainable living

Meet like-minded people in your community

Learn and share planet-friendly tips specific to Dunedin


Tuesdays | 7pm – 9pm | Starts 13 May

Domain Hall, 309 Tomahawk Road, Ocean Grove


Wednesdays | 10am – 12noon | Starts 14 May

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


Wednesdays | 7pm – 9pm | Starts 14 May

Church of Christ community meeting room, corner of Filleul and St AndrewsStreet

These courses are free. Maximum 14 people per course. To register, please contact Maureen howard on 473 9967 or


“Maureen made it fun and was non-judgmental”

“Each session left me buzzing with new understanding, and motivated to make changes in my life.”

6pm, Tuesday 20 May

Dunedin Branch Forest and Bird AGM and Galapagos experience talk

Room 215, 2nd floor Zoology Benham Building, 346 Gt King Street

AGM – followed by a talk on their 2014 Galapagos experiences by Sue Maturin and Graeme Loh. Please be on time as we have to hold the door open. Note the 6pm start time as the room will be in use at 5-30pm.

Contact Janet Ledingham on 03 467 2960.

Friday, 23 May
1:00pm – 2:00pm

Seminar: “Getting warmer – 20 years of community energy action”
Ian McChesney, co-founder Community Energy Action Charitable Trust

Seminar Room, Centre for Innovation, Cnr St David and Castle Streets

9am-12 noon, Sunday 25 May

Tomahawk/Smaills Beachcare Trust Planting Day

Meet at the carpark near the bridge at the west (Lawyers Head) end of the Tomahawk Beach. for more information.

4th June 5.30pm

Kay Baxter of the Koanga Institute and a veteran campaigner for permaculture and the preservation of heritage fruit and vegetable varieties is in Queenstown at the Events Centre. Order tickets or learn more:
Doors open 30 mins before start time. For any further information please contact

5th June 6.30pm

Kay Baxter of the Koanga Institute in Dunedin:
Burns 1, Arts Building, Otago University

6th June 6.30pm –

Kay Baxter of the Koanga Institute in Invercargill:
Scottish Hall

6 June, midday

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

By Andy Barrett of Our Food Network

Thursday 12 June, 12.00 – 1.00 pm

‘Governing for the Future: Stewardship, sustainability and the tyranny of the present’ with Professor Jonathan Boston, (Professor of Public Policy, Victoria University School of Government).

Quad 3, Geology Building, University of Otago

Friday, 20 June

Jane Goodall at 80

Hear the world’s most famous field scientist talk about her life’s work and why she has reasons for hope. Help Jane achieve her 80th birthday wish of providing sanctuary for another 100 orphaned or vulnerable chimpanzees by attending one of her unforgettable community talks. All profits to the Jane Goodall Institute.

Friday 27 to Sunday 29 June

Foreign Policy School: Global Resource Scarcity

3. Petitions and consultations

Dunedin City Council (

Otago Regional Council (

Regional Policy Review: The Regional Policy Statement sets the direction for future management of Otago’s natural and physical resources. It provides the foundation for development of regional plans and district plans.

12 June 2014 Submissions close

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

· Solid Energy hopes to get back in profit by exploiting more land to mine for coal. ( Ask the National Government and Labour on which planet do they think this could be a good economic or environmental idea?? Where is the risk management??

o Minister for Climate Change Tim Groser:

o Minister for Energy and Resources Simon Bridges (and associate Minister for Climate Change:

o Minister of Finance Bill English:

o Prime Minister John Key:

o Labour commentator (Spokesperson for State Owned Enterprises):

· DCC to discuss public transport issues: At its 7 May meeting, the Otago Regional Council confirmed its belief the governance of public transport fitted more appropriately with the DCC. The ORC has written to the DCC offering to transfer responsibility for public transport planning and operations to the DCC. (

· Want to get involved in local conservation projects? Like ‘Conservation Volunteers Coastal Otago’ on Facebook and follow @DOCcoastalotago on Twitter for information about local conservation events and projects, or email:

· Intriguing site from our Permaculture Dunedin-ites:

· Curtain Bank Urgently requires Curtains (NOW). We have 190 families on our waiting list. Are you able to spread the word? WANTED URGENTLY – good condition curtains and material to make curtains. Drop to Dunedin Curtain Bank, 174 Princess Street

Mon-Wed 9am – 3pm or call 03 425 9678

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Nicky Chapman (SDC’s newsletter compiler)

Vivienne Bryner (SDC’s secretary)

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc.

Please send all requests to go onto to mailing list to me, Nicky Chapman, at

Please also let me know if you wish to come off this list.