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Browsing Posts published in September, 2014

Details of upcoming events, submissions, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Kia ora and welcome to the fortnightly Sustainable Dunedin City Newsletter.

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

The Big Green Challenge

Do you have a great idea for making your community cope better with the challenges of climate change and decreasing resources? Would a grant of up to $500 help make your project a reality?

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc. is giving ten grants of up to $500 to groups, schools, organisations or individuals for projects that can be completed this summer. Applications close 30 September 2014

For more information phone 0273235581 or http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/?page_id=2113

Thursday 25 September, (last Thursday of month)

GreenDrinks Dunedin

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

Topic this month: “What is happening at the Poly?”

The Otago Polytechnic has a vision of every graduate being a sustainable practitioner- what does this mean and how are people moving towards this vision? Jen Rodgers- Sustainable Practice Advisor will talk about her role, answer questions and share some good news stories from differing departments.

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 16th October, 7.30 pm

(Third Thurs/ month)

GreenDrinks Port Chalmers, the Portsider in Port Chalmers

Topic to be confirmed.

1.   Other new dates and activities

Wednesday 24th September’ 1:30 – 3:00pm

Life After Driving – panel discussion – Dunedin Visually Impaired Group

Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor, Dunedin Public Library

A panel of three active visually impaired people will talk about what driving meant to them, how and why they stopped driving, what they miss most about not being able to drive and how they cope now.

Thursday 25th September, 4:00 – 5:00pm

Integrated water management and research for sustainable farming: lessons from Canada

Seminar Room, Centre for Innovation, University of Otago

Elizabeth Soal, policy manager for the Waitaki Irrigators Collective Ltd (WIC)

Elizabeth travelled to Canada in July and August this year through a travel grant provided by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. She shares her observations on the similarities between Canada and New Zealand with regard to water management. The presentation will examine some of the provinces different approaches to water management, research and environmentally beneficial management practices and provide a comparison with water management approaches in New Zealand.

Saturday 27th September 10.15am – 4pm

Heritage Open Day on Quarantine Island/ Kamau Taurua

Hosted by members of the St Martin Island Community (SMIC) in preparation for the next stage of the conservation of the historic Married Quarters building.

Bring a picnic and take time to explore this special island, the heart of the harbour, and learn a bit about its history and ecology.

Boat transport will be provided by the charter launch, the Vivienne J.  Boats will leave Back Beach, Port Chalmers from 10.15am, approximately every 40 minutes, until 2.30pm. If there is sufficient demand, a boat will also pick up and return to the Portobello side. There will be regular boats back during the day, with the last boat leaving the island at 4.00pm.

Cost: $15 per adult; $10 for students (tertiary); $5 for children (school age) $5; preschoolers free. This covers return boat transport and a donation towards the restoration of the historic Married Quarters interior.  You are welcome to donate more!

Further information, and registration for boat transport can be made through the Island’s website quarantineisland.org.nz or by phoning Kristen Bracey on 473 9535. (Some berths may be available on the day, however, bookings will take priority).

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  dethomso@dcc.govt.nz

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

October

Madam Butterfly Workshops, Jacqui Knight Butterflies NZ Trust

As editor of BUTTERFLIES (official magazine of the Moths and Butterflies NZ Trust) and I have used butterflies in environmental education for over 30 years. The workshops would be centred on how to create habitat for butterflies and moths in that particular locality. The Monarch Butterfly would be used as an example of “typical metamorphosis” as so much information is known about this species and they are so user-friendly. But the workshops will also address local Lepidoptera species, host and nectar plants, pests and predators. Contact Jacqui Knight jacqui@monarch.org.nz<mailto:jacqui@monarch.org.nz> 095513383 0274814811

October (starts 14 & 15 see text for details)

Sustainable Living Courses in Kaikorai Valley and City

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

KAIKORAI VALLEY COMMUNITY EVENING COURSE Tuesdays 7-9pm Starts 14th October. Kaikorai Presbyterian Church Room, 127 Taieri Road

CITYWIDE EVENING COURSE Wednesdays 7-9pm Starts 15th October. Church of Christ Community Rooms. Corner of Filleul and St Andrews St

Facilitated by Maureen Howard, BSc Hons, PhD, Certificate in Permaculture Design, 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 mhoward@slingshot.co.nz

Starts beginning of term one, 2015, lasting the whole term.

Virtual Great Walks Competition, Department of Conservation (DOC)

DOC thinks all kids should be excited about the magic of Aotearoa’s beautiful backyard, so are running a competition for young people that requires groups of 15 people or less to pick one of the nine Great Walks to learn about while ‘virtually’ walking it. To enter the grand prize draw to win the ultimate Great Walks experience for kids, including air travel to a Great Walk for the group (with extra seats for adult helpers), groups will need to answer certain questions about their Great Walk in the presentation method of their choice, e.g. video clip, PowerPoint, poem. or poster etc. Please fill in the survey questions to help us plan the competition so everyone can get the best out of it. Let’s get started!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VGWcomp

2.   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 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: Karen Connor at kconnor@doc.govt.nz or 03 4770 677.

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.

3.   Petitions and consultations

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

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

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

Current consultation on draft Arts and Culture Strategy  http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on/current-consultations/draft-arts-and-culture-strategy closes 3rd October.

Note in particular page 13 of draft strategy: “The strategy also supports enhancing the sustainability of arts, culture and creativity in the city, from taking practical steps around work practices to the use of arts and culture to promote economic and social wellbeing and promote resilience.”

 

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

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! https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/2270

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Simonne Samuelson newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Jenny Neilson (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 newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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

Here’s a video clip of Bud Law’s successful project to build cloches out of recycled timber & plastic, then distribute them to schools and other community gardens:

Details of upcoming events, submissions, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links

Kia ora – greetings from your new newsletter compiler! My name is Simonne Samuelson and I arrived in Dunedin from the UK with my Kiwi partner, Graham, last December. Having been involved for many years with the fair trade movement and various environmental organisations back home, I am delighted with this opportunity to get more involved with the environmental scene here and to support the flourishing community of Dunedin residents interested in sustainability and climate change.

Many thanks to Nicky Chapman for her work on the newsletter over the last few years and for a really well-organised handover.

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

The Big Green Challenge

Do you have a great idea for making your community cope better with the challenges of climate change and decreasing resources? Would a grant of up to $500 help make your project a reality?

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc. is giving ten grants of up to $500 to groups, schools, organisations or individuals for projects that can be completed this summer. Applications close 30 September 2014

For more information phone 0273235581 or http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/?page_id=2113

Wednesday 10 September, 5.45 pm

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc. AGM followed by:

Generation Zero an update

Rm D101, Otago Polytech, Dunedin.

All welcome.

Thursday 18 September,  7.30 pm

(Third Thurs/ month)

GreenDrinks Port Chalmers, the Portsider in Port Chalmers

Two days before the election… the plan is to ask local candidates to speak – TBC.

Confirmations for GreenDrinks for the rest of the year:

Thursday 16 October: Lani Evans, environmental activist extraordinaire, who may just talk about her training work with Al GoreThursday 12 November: Dr Sue Bidrose, CEO, DCC

Thursday 25 September

(last Thursday of month)

GreenDrinks Dunedin

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

[Topic to be confirmed]

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 new dates and activities

Thursday 11 September, 4-5pm

A better life with a small footprint? Understanding happiness, satisfiers and nature’s contribution

Centre for Innovation Seminar Room, University of Otago

Dr Lin Roberts, a senior lecturer in sustainability and environmental management at Lincoln University, will present on the concept of ‘Ecosystem services’ which was developed to increase awareness and understanding of the benefits people obtain from ecosystems.

Website http://www.otago.ac.nz/csafe

Thursday 11 September, 5.00pm

Climate Change – updated findings of the IPCC and implications for New Zealand

Burns 1 Lecture Theatre, University of Otago

Dr David Wratt QSO CRSNZ Emeritus Scientist, NIWA, and Adjunct Professor, New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute, Victoria University, Wellington

This talk discusses key findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) most recent assessment, evidence supporting these findings, and some implications for New Zealand.

Sunday 14 September, 9am – 12 noon

Tomahawk/Smaills Beachcare Trust – Planting Day

Car park next to the Ocean Grove Play Ground.

Bring gloves, and a spade if you have one. Some extra spades will be available. Please wear warm clothing and closed in footwear. We will end the morning with BBQ and soup. For more information contact: Gaileen – 021 08541409 or email manager-beachcare@hotmail.com<mailto:manager-beachcare@hotmail.com>  www.facebook.com/TSBCT

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  dethomso@dcc.govt.nz

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

Tuesday 16 September, 7pm (meeting) 7:30pm Social evening

Co-housing Otepoti/Dunedin information and social evening

WINZ community Link Building, Waipori Room, entrance Castle Street.

All welcome at meeting, and social/information gathering after. We will be showing film examples of co-housing in other countries. Bring a plate of finger food and non-alcoholic beverages to share. And bring a friend

For more information, contact Jacky Tate, 481 7971

Wednesday 17 September, 5.30-7.00pm

New Zealand Sea Lion Trust AGM

Dunningham Suite, 4th floor, Dunedin City Library

Stefan Meyer, Otago University Zoology Dept: “The Future of the New Zealand Sea Lion- Population Modelling explained”

Followed by an update on our local sea lion population by Trust Scientist Shaun McConkey and Chairman Steve Broni. Light refreshments available from 5pm

Contact: sealiontrust@clear.net.nz<mailto:sealiontrust@clear.net.nz>

21 September:

The Global People’s Climate March https://secure.avaaz.org/en/join_to_change_everything_rb/?bofkUdb&v=41497

Tuesday 23 September, 5.30pm

Reintroduction Biology: Restoring species in a changing world
Professor Philip Seddon’s Inaugural Professorial Lecture

Archway 1 Lecture Theatre, Union Street East. All welcome.

October

Madam Butterfly Workshops, Jacqui Knight Butterflies NZ Trust

As editor of BUTTERFLIES (official magazine of the Moths and Butterflies NZ Trust) and I have used butterflies in environmental education for over 30 years. The workshops would be centred on how to create habitat for butterflies and moths in that particular locality. The Monarch Butterfly would be used as an example of “typical metamorphosis” as so much information is known about this species and they are so user-friendly. But the workshops will also address local Lepidoptera species, host and nectar plants, pests and predators. Contact Jacqui Knight jacqui@monarch.org.nz<mailto:jacqui@monarch.org.nz> 095513383 0274814811

October (starts 14 & 15 see text for details)

Sustainable Living Courses in Kaikorai Valley and City

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

KAIKORAI VALLEY COMMUNITY EVENING COURSE Tuesdays 7-9pm Starts 14th October. Kaikorai Presbyterian Church Room, 127 Taieri Road

CITYWIDE EVENING COURSE Wednesdays 7-9pm Starts 15th October. Church of Christ Community Rooms. Corner of Filleul and St Andrews St

Facilitated by Maureen Howard, BSc Hons, PhD, Certificate in Permaculture Design, 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 mhoward@slingshot.co.nz

Starts beginning of term one, 2015, lasting the whole term.

Virtual Great Walks Competition, Department of Conservation (DOC)

DOC thinks all kids should be excited about the magic of Aotearoa’s beautiful backyard, so are running a competition for young people that requires groups of 15 people or less to pick one of the nine Great Walks to learn about while ‘virtually’ walking it. To enter the grand prize draw to win the ultimate Great Walks experience for kids, including air travel to a Great Walk for the group (with extra seats for adult helpers), groups will need to answer certain questions about their Great Walk in the presentation method of their choice, e.g. video clip, PowerPoint, poem. or poster etc. Please fill in the survey questions to help us plan the competition so everyone can get the best out of it. Let’s get started!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VGWcomp

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 www.oar.org.nz/podcasts. Tomorrow Maureen is chatting with Colin Fitzpatrick about Topbar beekeeping (a type of more natural beehive).

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.

4.   Petitions and consultations

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

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

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

Education for a Sustainable Future: election manifesto: Policy priorities for candidates in the 2014 New Zealand General Election and for an incoming Government by NZ Association for Environmental Action, Sustainable Living Aotearoa/NZ, Forest & Bird: Education for a rapidly changing world…Education is an investment in a future with improved social and economic prosperity. http://www.enviroschools.org.nz/news_and_events/Election_manifesto_July_2014.pdf

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: http://www.climatevoter.org.nz/  NB: this action has been defined as ‘electioneering’ by the Electoral Commission, and this definition is to be challenged in court. (see eg http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/249733/climate-voter-court-challenge)

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! https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/2270

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Simonne Samuelson newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Jenny Neilson (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 newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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

Sustainable Dunedin City’s AGM will be held Wednesday, 10th Sept.

Nominations for Committee 2014/2015

Nominations Received (nominations closed on 5 September 2014)

 

 

Position Nomination Nominated by Seconded by
Co-Chairs Jenny Neilson

John Cocks

Mark

Jenny

John

Mark

Secretary
Treasurer
Newsletter Editor Simonne Samuelson Nicky John
Other committee members Mark Jackson Jenny John
Bob Lloyd John Jenny
Ann Dennison John Jenny
Nicky Chapman? Jenny John

 

Dunedin’s Big Green Challenge is delighted to be receiving interesting and worthy applications.  

Remember that you only have until September 30th to apply for funding of up to $500 for your project to create a more sustainable and resilient community.

Here’s the link to the Channel 39 Nightly Interview with our co-ordinator:

http://www.dunedintv.co.nz/content/nightly-interview-fran-bolgar

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