Details of upcoming events, submissions, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Thursday 12th February 2015
Kia ora
Here is our latest set of listings of sustainability-related events and activities in and around Dunedin. Please note in particular the fossil fuel divestment event in the Octagon tomorrow, Friday, at 12pm.
Ngā mihi, Simonne

1.   Sustainable Dunedin City news and events
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. Alongside producing this newsletter of sustainability-related events, the Society also organises the annual Big Green Challenge and hosts Green Drinks (see below). For more information or to join go to

Thursday 19th February, 7:30 pm, (Third Thurs/ month)GreenDrinks Port Chalmers
The Portsider in Port Chalmers
Topic: Ideas for future meetings
Thursday 26th February, 5:30 pm, (last Thursday of month)
GreenDrinks Dunedin
THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts.
Topic: TBC
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 events
Friday 13th – Saturday 14th February
Global Divestment Day – a global day of action to encourage institutions such as places of worship, universities and governments to withdraw investments in fossil fuels. See more information and or for details of an event in the Octagon at 12pm on Friday to persuade the DCC to divest from fossil fuels.

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd February
Community Fruit Harvesting and Preserving
Carisbrooke School, South Road, Caversham
Saturday 10am for harvesting; Sunday 10am – 4pm for preserving workshop. See Ongoing Activities section for more information about this project.

Thursday 26th February, 4 – 5pm
“Improving the energy efficiency of the housing stock: evidence from the UK.” CSAFE Seminar
Seminar Room, Centre for Innovation, corner of St David and Castle Streets
Presentation by Aimee Ambrose, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University. Aimee will look at two ways of tackling the issues of dangerously cold housing conditions and fuel poverty in UK homes, following two UK studies which looked at different aspects of these two approaches.
Aimee has a background in sociology, planning and architecture and has combined these disciplines in her studies of user responses to low energy building and carbon reduction interventions.

Wednesday 1st – Friday 3rd April
Beyond Organic New Zealand tour.
This New Zealand wide tour featuring the Canadian permaculture orchardist Stefan Sobkowiak has several events in and near Dunedin from Wednesday April 1 to Friday April 3. For details including booking requirements please check here:

3.   Ongoing activities
Otago Organics Mentoring Programme
The Mentoring Programme provides a link between interested members of the local community and experienced Otago Organics growers and administrators. The Programme is open to anyone wishing to acquire hands-on experience of practical organics. Specifically (although not exclusively) it is designed to meet the needs of:

Home gardeners keen to deepen their understanding of organic systems
Community gardeners wishing to guarantee the safety of the food they produce
Lifestyle block owners looking for organic land use opportunities
Graduates of organic education courses seeking on-farm experience

Contact: Ann Broadfoot – or Rayna Dickson – for more information.
Community fruit tree harvesting and preserving
Do you have fruit trees that you don’t harvest or need help to pick? Do you know how to preserve the fruit, or would you like to learn?
The Dunedin Community Fruit Harvest Group and other volunteers are teaming up again to do some community fruit-picking, baking and preserving. The aim of the community initiative is to reduce waste, make the most of local food and share skills. Volunteers and tree owners will get to keep a little produce themselves, with fresh produce going to the Food Bank or being used in skill-sharing workshops or turned into delicious fresh apple juice. Contact Amanda on 4700813, or email if you would like to offer your fruit, help pick or get further information. Please also follow them on Facebook on the Community Food Harvesting Dunedin page.
Eco living in action radio show. Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Hosted by Maureen Howard. Supported by the Dunedin City Council.
Just some of the programmes over the last few months include Hagen Bruggemann – Converting your car to electric, Laura Lewis – Making a Sourdough Starter, Sarah Fenwick – Mulches and Craig Salmon – Holidaying in his electric car (Telsa).
The show runs every week – each Thursday 2.30-3pm on 105.4FM and is repeated each Monday 8.30-9am. To hear all of the shows please go to the Otago Access Radio website at Or download the shows via iTunes – to come to you every week!   You can also check out photos to go with some past shows on the 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 022 437 0799, or email
Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua – 2015 Open Community Days are usually held on the Island on the last Saturday of each month. Come for the day or overnight. Help with the tree re-vegetation, maintenance and other projects. Enjoy good company and food in beautiful surroundings. Cost: $10 for the boat and a contribution towards the shared lunch.
Contact 03 478 0874 or 027 7777 874 or See for more information about the island and the St Martin’s Island Community which looks after it.

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: Karen Connor at 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.

4.   Petitions and consultations
Government consultations ( – no sustainability-related consultations at present. However, the Quaker Futures Committee has circulated the following message:
We would like to alert you to the opportunity of contributing to the government’s climate change commitment statement which is due end of March.

You are probably aware that the recent UNFCCC Lima conference agreed that nations should make a statement about their INDC (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions to containing global temperature increases in the period after 2020). This is to be submitted by the end of March 2015 if the nation is capable of doing so. The outcome document “Lima Call for Climate Action” is available at
Note that the objective is to hold temperature increase to 2C or 1.5C.

The Ministry for the Environment reported that it has not yet been decided if there will be a public consultation, but it will probably not be until March or April if they do. In the meantime, anyone may write to the Minister, Hon Tim Groser <> with whatever points they wish to make.

Other relevant addresses are:

Simon Bridges, Associate Minister, <Simon>
Megan Woods, Labour Party Spokesperson
Russell Norman, Green Party Spokesperson, <>
Dunedin City Council consultations: – no sustainability-related consultations at present.

Otago Regional Council consultations: – Draft Otago Southland Regional Land Transport Plans 2015 – 2021. Closing date Friday 6th March 2015 at 5:30pm.

South east Otago Marine Protection Forum: first round of consultation by this newly created body set up by the Government to consider marine protection in Otago. See questionnaire and more information at

5.   Food for thought and (good) fuel for action
There is positive news that a combination of science and political action can win over short term financial interests, with two fracking-related examples from the USA and the UK. See and

Simonne Samuelson
Jenny Neilson (SDC’s secretary)
Sustainable Dunedin City Inc.

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