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Details of upcoming events, submissions, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Friday 13 June 2014

Dear all – interesting date to send this out but apologies for lateness. Keep warm, enjoy the sun when it’s around, and make the most of winter by signing a petition (a coal port?? On the Great Barrier Reef??) and keeping up with consultations and reviews…

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 19 June
7.30 pm
(Third Thurs/ month)
GreenDrinks Port Chalmers, the Portsider in Port Chalmers
We had a good turnout and conversations on our inaugural night, and plan to get speakers, short docos as well as continuing with great conversation (and the odd chocolate stout…). Bring along your ideas and good company. Look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday 26 June 5.30pm
(last Thursday of month)
GreenDrinks Dunedin
THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts.

GreenDrinks Dunedin typically meet on the last Thursday of each month from 5.30pm. Everyone most welcome!

Topic this month: Have your Say – Special welcome to everyone – new and familiar, young and not-so-young ie nicely ripened! Come along, introduce yourself and share your news at our open session this month. This is our second Open Session this year as the last one in February was so enjoyable. Please note we always especially welcome students to come along to Green Drinks and this month we will have some free finger food for students available too! (Courtesy of SDC). So tell your friends and please come and join us.

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

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 www.oar.org.nz/podcasts.

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 lala.frazer@gmail.com

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 http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/ or contact: Lucy Hardy at lhardy@doc.govt.nz 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.

Monday June 16, 2-3 pm

The latest climate change assessments: What do they mean for our communities? – public lecture

Andy Reisinger and Judy Lawrence

Burns 2 Lecture Theatre, Albany St, Dunedin

“The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently released its Fifth Assessment reports on the science, the impacts, adaptation and vulnerability, and mitigation. Dr Andy Reisinger, co-ordinating lead author of the Working Group II Australasia chapter and Judy Lawrence from the NZ Climate Change Research Institute at Victoria University of Wellington will talk about what these new reports mean for us all.

Andy and Judy will outline the risks to New Zealand in particular from flooding, sea level rise and wild fire as these continue to change with changing climate. Adapting to climate change raises challenging questions about whether we simply need to do more of what we do now to manage risks, or whether and when more transformational changes might be needed.”

Thursday 19 June 2014, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Ecological drivers of seabird recovery after island restoration. Public seminar by Rachel Buxton

Centre for Innovation Seminar Room, St David St

Eradication of introduced mammalian predators as a method to restore islands has become increasingly common, with over 800 successful projects around the world. For her PhD Rachel explored the ecological factors that could impede or facilitate the recovery of seabird populations and tested the importance of these variables in driving seabird response.

Friday 20 June 1 pm

Consultation on priority waste streams for product stewardship intervention

Municipal Chambers, The Octagon, Dunedin

The Government is currently considering whether it should intervene to improve the management of four product waste streams: electronic and electrical equipment; tyres; agrichemicals and farm plastics; and refrigerants and other synthetic greenhouse gases.

Feedback is being sought on whether the four product waste streams identified are the right waste streams to be the focus of potential Government intervention and whether any of the four products should be declared priority products under the Waste Minimisation Act, requiring a product stewardship scheme to be developed and accredited.

All are welcome to attend the workshop. Please register your interest by phone: 474 3461 or email: Catherine.Irvine@dcc.govt.nz

Friday, 20 June
7:00PM

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. The Centre for Science Communication is hosting Jane Goodall during her 2014 tour. All profits will go to the Jane Goodall Institute. http://www.regenttheatre.co.nz/janegoodall.htmhttp://www.janegoodall.org/event/dunedin-new-zealand-jane-goodall-80

http://www.ticketdirect.co.nz/event/details/99948/the-centre-for-science-communication-presents-distinguished-communicator-jane-goodall

20 June 5 pm

Otago Regional Policy Statement Review submissions close

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…. See following and http://www.orc.govt.nz/Publications-and-Reports/Regional-Policies-and-Plans/Otago-Regional-Policy-Statement-Review/

Friday 27 to Sunday 29 June

Foreign Policy School: Global Resource Scarcity

You can register and find out more about this event here: http://www.otago.ac.nz/otagofps/

Saturday 28 June 7am

Orokonui Ecosanctuary Matariki Events

See the Matariki constellation with Kane Holmes, walk the valley track listening to Orokonui’s dawn chorus, experience a powhiri at Te Whare Arohanui in Waitati, a packed lunch for the Orokonui café then make a koauau/traditional flute. Cost $45. Bookings essential.

Wednesday 2 July 5.00pm

Closing date for priority waste products for product stewardship intervention discussion document

(see above and following)

Tuesday, 8 July

5:30pm – 6:30pm

Is the present the key to the past? Lessons from Antarctica and the Southern Alps. Inaugural Professorial lecture

Archway 1 Lecture Theatre

Professor Sean Fitzsimons’s main area of research activity lies at the interface of Geography and Geology where he seeks to develop studies of contemporary geomorphological processes to enhance our ability to understand and reconstruct ancient environments.

Thursday 17 July, 5.15 pm

‘Limitless Living, Exploring the Global Ecological Crisis’ with Dr Andrew Shepherd (Adjunct Lecturer in Theology)

This will be followed by the launch of his book, The Gift of the Other: Levinas, Derrida, and a Theology of Hospitality (Eugene, OR:. Pickwick Publications, 2014). The venue for the lecture is to be confirmed.

3. Petitions and consultations

Dunedin City Council (http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on)

Otago Regional Council (http://www.orc.govt.nz/Meetings-Consultations-and-Events/Have-your-say/)

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.

http://www.orc.govt.nz/Publications-and-Reports/Regional-Policies-and-Plans/Otago-Regional-Policy-Statement-Review/

20 June 2014 5 pm Submissions close

Government consultations (http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/make-submission/)

Priority waste products for product stewardship intervention discussion document.

“The Government is currently considering whether it should intervene to improve the management of four product waste streams: electronic and electrical equipment; tyres; agrichemicals and farm plastics; and refrigerants and other synthetic greenhouse gases.

Feedback is being sought on whether the four product waste streams identified are the right waste streams to be the focus of potential Government intervention and whether any of the four products should be declared priority products under the Waste Minimisation Act, requiring a product stewardship scheme to be developed and accredited.

Further information, including how to have your say, is included in the Priority waste products for product stewardship intervention discussion document.

The closing time and date for submissions is 5.00pm Wednesday 2 July 2014.

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

Coal companies want to build a giant coal export terminal on the Great Barrier Reef. Will you help stop it by sending a message to UNESCO urging them to protect The Reef? www.350.org/reef

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Nicky Chapman and Ann Denniston (SDC’s newsletter compilers) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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

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

Please send all requests to go onto to mailing list to me, Nicky Chapman, at newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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

Details of upcoming events, submissions, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Sunday 25 May 2014

Dear all – a rather brief newsletter as want to get this out to all you tonight, so that you know about the talk by the authors of The Spirit Level tomorrow night in the College of Education Auditorium Union Street East, Dunedin. Not to be missed, despite inclement weather!

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 29 May 5.30pm

(last Thursday of month)

GreenDrinks Dunedin

THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts.

GreenDrinks Dunedin typically meet on the last Thursday of each month from 5.30pm. Everyone most welcome!

TOPIC THIS MONTH: A Green Economic Base for Dunedin? A Perspective from the Chamber of Commerce. Our guest this month is Scott Willis,Chair of the Energy Committee with the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce, PLUS a Director on the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees. Scott will talk to us about the Energy Committee’s work, what a green economic future for Dunedin could look and how we might get there. (Yes – this is the same Scott Willis who is part of BRCT! A multi-talented – and very busy man!)

You can contact Scott at blueskinenergy@gmail.com or 0274888314

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

Thursday 19 June

7.30 pm

(Third Thurs/ month)

GreenDrinks Port Chalmers, the Portsider in Port Chalmers

We had a good turnout and conversations on our inaugural night, and plan to get speakers, short docos as well as continuing with great conversation (and the odd chocolate stout…). Look forward to seeing you there!

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 www.oar.org.nz/podcasts.

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 lala.frazer@gmail.com

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 http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/ or contact: Lucy Hardy at lhardy@doc.govt.nz 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.

TOMORROW Monday 26 May 5.30 pm

‘Inequality, sustainability and well-being’ by the authors of The Spirit Level

College of Education Auditorium Union Street East, Dunedin. All welcome.

The University of Otago presents a special lecture by Professor Richard Wilkinson (Emeritus Professor of Social Epidemiology) and Professor Kate Pickett (Professor : Inequalities in Health at University of York)

“We shall first present the evidence showing that reducing the income differences between rich and poor is crucial to achieving higher levels of sustainable well-being in the future. We shall then go on to suggest the policies which can ensure that greater equality becomes deeply embedded in our societies”

Have a look at their Guardian article updating their views:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/09/society-unequal-the-spirit-level

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/element-magazine/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503340&objectid=11250375

Wednesday 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: www.koanga.org.nz
Doors open 30 mins before start time. For any further information please contact rachel@koanga.org.nz

Thursday 5th June 6.30pm

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

Friday 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
7:00PM

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.

http://www.janegoodall.org/event/dunedin-new-zealand-jane-goodall-80

http://www.ticketdirect.co.nz/event/details/99948/the-centre-for-science-communication-presents-distinguished-communicator-jane-goodall

Friday 27 to Sunday 29 June

Foreign Policy School: Global Resource Scarcity www.otago.ac.nz/OtagoFPS

3. Petitions and consultations

Dunedin City Council (http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on)

Otago Regional Council (http://www.orc.govt.nz/Meetings-Consultations-and-Events/Have-your-say/)

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.

http://www.orc.govt.nz/Publications-and-Reports/Regional-Policies-and-Plans/Otago-Regional-Policy-Statement-Review/

12 June 2014 Submissions close

Government consultations (http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/make-submission/)

“Priority waste streams for product stewardship intervention: A discussion document”: The Government is currently considering whether it should intervene to improve the management of four product waste streams: electronic and electrical equipment; tyres; agrichemicals and farm plastics; and refrigerants and other synthetic greenhouse gases.

http://www.mfe.govt.nz/publications/waste/priority-waste-streams-may14/index.html

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

· Stanford University and our own DCC – both leaders in divestment from the fossilised fuel industry! https://louis.passle.net/blogpost/536fbc003d947412ac2eb017/stanford-the-first-major-university-to-begin-divestment-from-fossil-fuels

· See attached for Sir Alan Mark’s graduation address and words on the WISE response

· Akina (formerly the Hikurangi Foundation) is “looking for 10 inspiring business ideas that address a social or environmental problem in New Zealand. Once we’ve selected the teams, we’ll take them through an intensive six-month coaching programme and help them transform their ideas into thriving, self-sustaining businesses.” For more info, go to www.akina.org.nz

· Tell France’s biggest bank to get out of mountaintop removal for coal: http://act.ran.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=9870&First_Name=Mike&Last_Name=Finlayson&Zip=0441&Email=mcfinn7@gmail.com

· Bill McKibben in Rolling Stone calls for mass demonstrations in New York to demand action on climate change: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/a-call-to-arms-an-invitation-to-demand-action-on-climate-change-20140521#ixzz32ihYo1qZ

· 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: volunteerscoastalota@doc.govt.nz

· Intriguing site from our Permaculture Dunedin-ites: http://www.wildfermentation.com

· 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) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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

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

Please send all requests to go onto to mailing list to me, Nicky Chapman, at newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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

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