Details of upcoming events, submissions, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Wednesday 16 July 2014

Dear all – there are still a lot of things happening! Please note there are several tomorrow!

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 17 July

7.30 pm

(Third Thurs/ month)

GreenDrinks Port Chalmers, the Portsider in Port Chalmers

We are delighted to have Neville Auton, who was the DCC’s energy manager, and is now an energy consultant at Otago Polytechnic, to talk with us about Dunedin’s sustainable energy sources (not oil or gas!). Neville is inspiring, informative, creative – and practical!

Thursday 31st July 5.30pm

(last Thursday of month)

GreenDrinks Dunedin

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

Topic this month: Dunedin Cycleways – vision for a 21st Century Dunedin With speaker Robert Thompson from Spokes (Dunedin’s cycle advocacy group). From Robert: “Cycling and the Dunedin cycleways are common topics in the ODT these days and seem to generate an awful lot of heated debate. I’ll talk about the current state of cycling in Dunedin and what the future holds. I’ll also address the common questions of why we should care about cycling if seemingly so few people are doing it, why we should be building cycleways, and why we should be paying for them.”

You can find out more about Spokes at

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 new dates and activities

Sustainable Living Courses Coming up

This interactive eight-week course will assist you to

* 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

Facilitated by Dr Maureen Howard, c/o Water and Waste Services, Dunedin City Council.

These Adult Community courses are free. Maximum14 people per course. To register please contact Maureen Howard on 4739967 or email


Tuesdays 7-9pm Starts 22nd July

St Mark’s Presbyterian Church Hall, 304 Pine Hill Road, Pine Hill


Wednesdays 10-12noon Starts 23rd July

Church of Christ Community meeting room, Corner of Filleul and St Andrews Sts


Wednesdays 7-9pm Starts 23rd July

Church of Christ Community meeting room. Corner of Filleul and St Andrews Sts


“Maureen made it fun and was non-judgmental”

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

Thursday 17 July 3.30 – 7pm

DCC and ORC 2GP Natural Hazards feedback session

Otaru Room, Civic Centre, The Octagon

If you have not made it to a presentation in your local area you still have the opportunity to attend a presentation and general drop-in event: The presentation and questions will run from 3.30 – 4.30pm, after that the event will run as a drop-in session so please feel free to turn up anytime up to 6.30pm after which the Civic Centre doors are locked. Call in at the Customer Services Centre in the Plaza or look out for a guest host to guide you to the Otaru Room between 5 – 6.30pm.

Thursday 17 July, 4-5 pm

“The New Zealand Sustainability Dashboard: building cross-scale linkage for more resilient agriculture.”

Venue: Seminar Room, Centre for Innovation.

“This Thursday’s seminar will be presented by Centre for Sustainability senior researcher Professor Henrik Moller. ….His talk will look at resilient and sustainable production of food and fibre requires connection and communication between multiple ‘layers and players’: farmers and growers, rural and urban communities, industry and market agencies, researchers, policy makers, government and voters, and consumers.”

Thursday 17 July, 5.15 pm

‘Future Visions: Ecology, Economics at the End of the World’ with Dr Andrew Shepherd (Adjunct Lecturer in Theology)

Burns 2 Lecture Theatre,followed by the launch of Andrew’s book, The Gift of the Other: Levinas, Derrida, and a Theology of Hospitality (Eugene, OR:. Pickwick Publications, 2014).

Friday 18 July, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

‘Energy Policy from a Government Department perspective’

St David Seminar Room 1

EMAN410 Energy Studies Programme Seminar

Mr Sam Thornton

Senior Energy Analyst

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Friday 18 July – Sunday 20 July

Catlins Conservation Caper

Leaving: Dunedin 18 July, Friday evening and returning 20 July, Sunday evening.

Cost: $30 which covers food, accommodation and transport.

Accommodation: Tautuku Forest and Bird Lodge on Friday & Saturday night.

Join the Department of Conservation and Forest & Bird in a weekend of conservation in the Catlins.

Plant habitat for the captivating Yellow-eyed penguin/Hōiho at the Forest and Bird Te Rere Reserve. With no public access, this may be the only opportunity to visit this special reserve. In 1995, a devastating fire swept through the reserve, killing many penguins and damaging habitat. Since then, through the efforts of volunteers, the vegetation has nearly returned to its natural state.

Bust weeds at the Otanamomo Scientific Reserve. This reserve is an important remnant of coastal podocarp forest. Under the forest canopy, introduced weeds are threatening to cut the life of this forest short. This weekend has always been popular, so get in quick to book a space.

Contact:<> or phone (03) 4770 677.

Monday, 21 July 2:15pm – 3:45pm

Marilyn Waring in conversation with Professor Kevin Clements

Media Production Studio

Professor Kevin Clements will talk to Marilyn Waring, development consultant, academic, writer and former National Party MP who triggered the 1984 snap election when she refused to support her own government in the vote against an opposition-sponsored anti-nuclear bill. Her best known work, If Women Counted, also published under the title Counting for Nothing, describes how economic orthodoxies exclude most of women’s productive and reproductive work. In this conversation, Professor Kevin Clements will seek to explore what triggered Marilyn’s interest in peace, justice and human rights.

Limited seating will be available in the Media Production Studio. Please phone 479 4546 to reserve a seat. The conversation will be livestreamed.

Monday, 21 July

7 – 9pm

Additional Mosgiel presentation on Natural Hazards

Mosgiel Coronation Hall, 97 Gordon Road, Mosgiel

The Preferred Options presentation to the Mosgiel -Taieri community was held on 25 June, however given the low attendance at that meeting, and the importance of having local input into these provisions while they are being developed, we are holding a second presentation in Mosgiel.

Tuesday 22 July

Sustainable Living Courses begin: see above

Saturday 26th July 10a.m.

Permaculture Dunedin Polytechnic Living Campus visit – (meet @ D Block carpark) – Please get in touch with Jeanette ( or phone: 021422034) if you have any questions regarding the event. If the weather turns out to be bad that day the bad weather day is likely to be the Saturday after (yet to be confirmed!),

Monday 28 July, 5:30pm

The Politics of Climate Change: An Election Debate

Archway 2 Lecture Theatre, University of Otago

What are YOUR questions about responses to climate change that you would like our main political parties to answer?

Hon. Dr. David Clark from the Labour Party and Green Party co-leader Hon. Metiria Turei will be discussing their parties’ stance on climate change, and their strategies and policies to mitigate and adapt to climate change in New Zealand.

This is an election special debate not to be missed!

Please send your questions to before 15 July.

Proudly brought to you by the Labour Party, the Green Party, Otago Climate Change Network (OCCNet), Centre for Sustainability (CSAFE) and Otago Energy Research Centre (OERC)

Tuesday 29 July, 1 pm

Launch of Jobs after Coal

Otago University Centre for Sustainability

Jobs After Coal: a substantial document, of over 50 pages with 82 references … Talk of a carbon bubble is now gaining traction as people begin to understand the idea that we have only a small ‘budget’ of carbon we can afford to emit to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius. …Coal is a sunset industry, and fossil fuel investments will be left as stranded assets.


Tuesday 29 July, 5.30pm

“Reinvigorating the Economy – clean-tech jobs and low carbon opportunity” Jeanette Fitzsimons, Scott Willis

Jeanette Fitzsimons has been walking the talk on sustainability through public office and rich community involvement, with the adjunct of expertise in energy issues. Few other New Zealanders can provide such integrated, big picture analysis, in such a succinct and clear cut way. Co-hosted by the Otago Chamber of Commerce and the Otago Energy Research Centre, this presentation looks at future trends and the opportunity therein: “Society and business are in a transition to a different kind of future. Most of the fossil fuels already discovered must stay in the ground if we are to keep global warming below 2 degrees and avoid dangerous levels of climate change. Coal prices have collapsed and mines are closing, while renewables are becoming cheaper than fossil energy. Think tanks everywhere are planning new scenarios – the “low carbon future”, the “clean tech revolution”, the “green economy”. But communities who have always relied on resources now known to be unsustainable are rightly scared about their future. What jobs will there be for their kids? What will drive prosperity in their community? Where will NZ’s exports come from? Is there an “energy gap” we need to fill? Jeanette Fitzsimons will outline the opportunities this brings for business and communities, drawing on research recently published by Coal Action Network Aotearoa, in its report Jobs After Coal. A very positive future is there for us if we grasp it now, but the penalties for being last are considerable.” To register, contact the Otago Chamber of Commerce’s Events Coordinator Sarah on or by calling 479 0181, or by visiting the OCC website and selecting events for the month of July. Places are limited.

Wednesday 30th July 5.30 – 6.30pm

Public Lecture with Guest Speaker Professor Gerald Torres: Litigating Climate Change

Moot Court, 10th Floor Richardson Building

Climate change cases are already being handled by USA courts. The most prominent are the atmospheric trust cases currently being brought by youth and supported by James Hansen and other scientists. These cases are asking the courts to compel government to take meaningful action to protect the atmosphere for current and future generations. There have also been liability suits suggested – and at least one filed – over the effects of climate change. Professor Torres will discuss the range of cases being brought and suggested in the USA, focusing on the atmospheric trust litigation and the public trust doctrine which underlies it.

Wednesday 30 July

Launch of Jobs after Coal in Invercargill

Federated Farmers Meeting Room

potluck tea ⇨ 6:30pm

networking ⇨ 7:30pm

presentation ⇨ 8:00pm

Contact: Jenny Campbell:

31 July – 17 August

New Zealand International Film Festival showing Hot Air by renowned documentary maker Alister Barry

“Hot Air is the story of twenty years of political struggle between politicians, scientists and activists wanting to reduce New Zealand’s emissions, and corporate leaders and their lobbyists working to protect profits and commercial advantage.”

The film addresses the question: “is it possible for a small modern democratic nation to address the greatest political challenge of our age?”

Festival dates and screening information for the NZIFF is at Rialto Cinema.

Wednesday 27th August, 5.30

Permaculture Dunedin: Seed swap of the year

The Apartment upstairs from The Malcalm Trust, 174 Princes Street (enter The Apartment from Dowling Street).

Sunday Sept 7th 2014 1-4pm

Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop

Dunedin North Intermediate School North East Valley, (34 North Rd).

(Transition Valley 473, the Dunedin Permaculture group and Jason Ross from Habitate). Take grafts now in July when trees are fully dormant. You can collect your own from a favourite fruit tree, or we will have a great range of heritage apple cuttings to choose from on the day. Instructions on how to collect scion wood will be sent when you register.

The cost of the workshop is $30p.p. This covers the cost of an apple rootstock, potting mix, scion wood and tuition. If you just want to learn the techniques, but don’t want a rootstock, it is $20p.p. The workshop will be held in the school hall at:

Contact Kristen to register: 473 9535 or 027 779 5481 Places are limited.

14 to 26 September

As part of Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week, Keep Dunedin Beautiful and the DCC are asking residents to beautify their favourite part of our city by ridding it of litter.

Registered participants will receive gloves and specially marked plastic bags which can be put out with your regular kerbside collection between September 15th and 26th.

Register by ringing Keep Dunedin Beautiful on 474 3401 or emailing

Your bag(s) and gloves can either be picked up from the Civic Centre Customer Services ground floor at an arranged time or be mailed to you.

Information we require:

· Name (if group – number of participants would be helpful)

· number of bags required

· area you will clean up

· address for kerbside collection

· day of your kerbside rubbish collection

· your email address and phone number

3. Ongoing 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.

4. Petitions and consultations

Dunedin City Council (

2GP Preferred Options – Natural Hazards

The feedback for the Preferred Option Natural Hazards consultation has now opened. The closing date is 1 September 2014

Otago Regional Council (

Government consultations (

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

NZ Herald: Generation Zero wants ‘carbon budgets’, but minister opposes world-leading stance:

See also:

Our own Tarsh Turner has been selected as one of six young kiwis to attend the UNFCCC COP20 Climate Change Negotiations in Peru this December as part of the New Zealand Youth Delegation. Tarsh initiated a community campus garden on the Otago University campus, helped to build community through my involvement with events like Organic Festival, restoration trips, workshops, movie screenings and free public lectures, helped Southlanders oppose plans to mine lignite, held co-leadership of Students for Environmental Action at uni, and sat on the inaugural OUSA Environment Committee. Last year she studied abroad to gain an international perspective on the environmental crisis and is more fired up than ever to see New Zealand become a leader on the world stage in addressing this issue. She now needs money for her airfare to Peru so if you can help you can transfer directly to: N J Turner 38-9009-0719098-01 or her Paypal account. She promises all donors a hand written post card from Peru (please identify yourself to her), and everyone will be able to follow the trip via our website.

Climate Voter NZ: A coalition of NGOs has launched “Climate Voter NZ”, a site on which you can sign up to say that you’ll use your vote in the coming General Election to get real action on climate change. You can sign up here: NB: this action has been defined as ‘electioneering’ by the Electoral Commission, and this definition is to be challenged in court. (see eg

Shift or get off the pot: A new report (compiled by experts from 30 international institutions) prescribes detailed actions for 15 of the world’s largest economies that could help keep the world from warming more than 2º Celsius. The report is the first of its kind because it addresses each country specifically, with recommendations crafted from data on electricity supply, transportation and shipping, and building codes. See the Guardian

The Turning Point: New Hope for the Climate: It’s time to accelerate the shift toward a low-carbon future by Al Gore, JUNE 18, 2014:

The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) is a collaborative initiative to understand and show how individual countries can transition to a low-carbon economy …a transition we call “deep decarbonization

Shrinking the Footprint is the Church of England’s national environmental campaign.

The Global People’s Climate March 21 September:

Jobs After Coal – a report looking at sustainable alternatives to coal.

See also a US approach:

The Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust (BRCT) is working on developing a small community wind farm through its company, Blueskin Energy Ltd. BRCT also provides energy advice, home performance assessments, climate change planning, solar advice and more. We’re dedicated to building community resilience and providing an example for others. We want to walk the talk at our own office and demonstrate simple clean-tech solutions. They just need a little more money to complete our project of Solar Panels to turn our building into its own little power station!

Petitioning Progressive Enterprises Ltd: Introduce a 10 cent plastic bag levy across all your major supermarket brands View the petition

ThankYou Payroll Charitable Trust Grants (NOW)

“Have you got an awesome idea for making a positive difference in your community? Need some funding? Whatever it is you want to do, Thankyou Charitable Trust wants to help. Thankyou Charitable Trust has four grant rounds in 2014. Grants are between $100 and $1000 for projects that contribute to community wellbeing, resilience or sustainability. Stay tuned, get in touch, or like the Facebook page to find out when a grant round is in your neighbourhood. For more information, check out

NB: If you attended the CSAFE talk on using financing to create a sustainable economy, and are interested in more information can email (the email address given to some attendees was incorrect).

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Nicky Chapman and Ann Denniston (SDC’s newsletter compilers)

Jenny Neilson (SDC’s secretary)

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc.

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