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Details of upcoming events, submissions, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Monday 25th May 2015

Kia ora,
As many readers of this newsletter will be aware, Maureen Howard has been coordinating Green Drinks on behalf of Sustainable Dunedin City for several years. She has recently given up this role to spend more time on her many other activities in the community. SDC chair, John Cocks, writes:
“Maureen has organised and convened Green Drinks since 2009. She has organised venues and arranged speakers, and facilitated discussions about sustainability issues relating to climate change, energy, biodiversity and planning – to name but a few. Many people have attended over the years, sharing views, becoming more aware, and learning practical solutions. In this role, and with her passion and commitment to sustainable living, Maureen’s leadership has been outstanding.”
Maureen will be a hard act to follow – but we are sure there is someone out there who can do it! If you think you might be interested, please get in touch with one of the Sustainable Dunedin City contacts listed at the end of this newsletter.
One piece of urgent action for you all this week – if you have not done so already, please make your submission to the Government’s consultation on New Zealand’s post-2020 climate change contribution by visiting the Ministry for the Environment consultation web page . The closing date is Wednesday 3rd June. It was very encouraging to see the large, engaged turn-out for the two meetings in Dunedin on this subject last week.
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 www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Thursday 28th May
5:30 pm
(last Thursday of month)GreenDrinks Dunedin
THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts.
Topic: Discussion of possible actions arising from the Climate Change consultation meetings in Dunedin last week

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. While we are looking for a new coordinator, please feel free to email one of the SDC contacts mentioned at the bottom of this newsletter if you have any questions about Green Drinks.

Thursday 18th June
7:30 pm
(Third Thurs/ month)
GreenDrinks Port Chalmers
The Portsider in Port Chalmers
Topic: To be confirmed
Facebook

2. Other new events

Thursday 28th May 5.30pm

How Do You Do…? : Bee Keeping
Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor Dunedin City Library
Another in a series of monthly talks over the winter giving you a chance to try something new.
May’s talk is presented by Bee Keeper and owner of Blueskin Bay Honey, David Milne, who will let us in on the secrets of honey bees and offer insights as to why bees are disappearing, how we can help honey bees thrive and the effects of varroa mites on New Zealand’s bee population. David discusses the essential question of whether we will all die without bees, and the magic or myth behind Manuka honey. Booking essential – RSVP: 03 474 3690 or library@dcc.govt.nz
Saturday 30th May

Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua monthly Community Open Day
TIME: Boat leaves Back Beach (Port Chalmers Yacht Club) at 9:30am sharp. Pick up from the Portobello Aquarium jetty also possible by prior arrangement. Departure from the Island is around 3.30pm
All welcome! As usual, there will be time to explore and relax, and volunteering opportunities. Seed collecting from the regenerating native bush, planting and weeding around the young trees are the main activities this time, but there are other ‘jobs’ too. Members of our Community care about global environmental, economic, social justice and health; we are aware submissions are due on NZ’s carbon emissions targets by 3rd June. Writing submissions alongside each other often ensures we find the time for this important activity and can share ideas.
TO BRING: Wear your old/comfortable work clothes and be prepared for any sort of weather, bring some yummy homemade food to share for the potluck lunch, $10 for the boat and your koha for the Island.
Contact Don on 4780874 or at quarantineisland@gmail.com by Thursday 28th to book your place on the boat.
Various dates and locations

FREE Homemade Cleaners Workshops

Make your own eco-friendly and cost-effective cleaners!
Reduce unnecessary packaging and harmful chemicals in your home
Share tips and recipes for cleaning your home with your own homemade cleaners!

Dunedin city – Wednesday 10th June: Daytime course 10-12 noon or Evening course 7-9pm, both at Church of Christ Community, corner of Filleul St and St Andrew St
Mosgiel – Tuesday 16th June, 7-9pm, Arahina House, 2 Perth St, Mosgiel
Waikouaiti – Thursday 18th June 7-9pm, East Otago Events Centre, Waikouaiti
Places on this FREE workshop are restricted to 14 and by RSVP only. To book your place please contact Maureen Howard on 473 9967 or mhoward@slingshot.co.nz Brought to you by the Dunedin City Council

3. Ongoing activities

Eco living in action radio show. Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Hosted by Maureen Howard. Supported by the Dunedin City Council.
Recent topics have included ‘Greening the Rubble’ in Christchurch, organic raw milk and passive houses.
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 www.oar.org.nz. 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 http://ecolivinginactiondunedin.wordpress.com
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 lala.frazer@gmail.com
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.
East Otago Market, Fortnightly, Saturdays 9am – 12pm
Waikouaiti Events Centre carpark and garden entrance off Main Road, through garden archway
Local fruit and vegetables, eggs, flour, coffee, honey, small goods, clothing, cosmetics, bric – a – brac, baking, jams, preserves, food stalls, haircuts and more! All stall holders welcome. Be part of our vibrant community market that showcases the best of East Otago produce and goods. The more the merrier!! $5 per stall. Please contact us for a vendor pack. Free Community Cake stall. Please contact us to get on the roster: Robin 027 440 4844eastotagomarket@gmail.com. Facebook

4. Petitions and consultations

Government consultation on Climate Change – details in introduction above.
The Guardian newspaper has started a campaign for divestment from fossil fuels by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust, the largest and second largest charitable trusts in the world, working in the fields of development and health. To learn more and sign the petition, see Guardian Climate Change Campaign.

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

Details of upcoming events, submissions, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Thursday 7th May 2015
Kia ora,
There are several interesting events on in the next few weeks, boosted by Fair Trade fortnight and the Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival.
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 www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Thursday 28th May, 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 mo4planet@gmail.com (new contact details to be confirmed)

Thursday 21st May, 7:30 pm, (Third Thurs/ month)
GreenDrinks Port Chalmers
The Portsider in Port Chalmers
Topic: To be confirmed
Facebook

2.   Other new events

Saturday 9th May
9:00 – 10:00am

Sustainable Living (Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival)
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Octagon, ticketdirect.co.nz — Service fees will apply $18/$15
Join University of Auckland’s Associate Professor of Psychology Dr Niki Harré in discussion with Dunedin’s Dr Maureen Howard about issues of sustainability, values and political activism. In particular, Harré will be discussing her 2011 book Psychology for a BetterWorld which focusses on engagement with people in order to create a more sustainable and equitable society.
Saturday 9th May 10:15 – 11.15am

Fishy Business (Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival)
Dunedin Public Art Gallery
In his book, The Catch, investigative journalist Michael Field delves into the world of foreign fishing vessels in New Zealand’s waters engaging in modern slavery. As well as the terrible human misery, Field also explores dubious, wasteful, and environmentally damaging fishing practices. Chaired by Maritime Union Communications Officer and poet – Victor Billot. Service fees will apply, $18/$15
Saturday 9 May 11am

Trade Aid and World  Fair Trade Day – ‘Be an agent of change’
Opening the day at 11am with a waiata and 4 more musical performances throughout the day. Talk to be given by 1 of 4 trained community educators. Contact Lou Clifton -dunedin@tradeaid.org.nz          Facebook
Sunday 10 May 5:50pm and 7:50pm

DOCUMENTARY SCREENING: Inhabit, a permaculture documentary
Metro Cinema
This documentary will be premiered in Dunedin at the Metro Cinema. Tickets are $13, cash at the door, no eftpos. Inhabit offers solutions in restoration agriculture, focusing on ecological design and positive footprint. http://inhabitfilm.com/
To book for either screening contact Nick Holmes – saltwaterimages@gmail.com  0210 228 2668 with desired session, number of seats, name and contact phone number. Seats are limited.

Tuesday 12 May 5:30-7:30pm
Fair Trade Farmer Talk
Ground Floor, Dunedin Public Library
People will have the opportunity to meet, hear from and speak with Daniel Kinne, a Fair Trade coffee farmer from Papua New Guinea. Contact Sze-En – sze-en.lau@otago.ac.nz
Friday 15th May 5:00pm

Celebration of the international year of the soils and Food Revolution day
Dunedin North Intermediate School, 34 North Road

Stories and activities for children incorporating how important healthy soils are to us and the importance of clean and healthy food and snacks
Potluck feast serenaded by Delgirl
Communal toast of freshly squeezed mulled apple juice, to be fiddled into the hall
Short modified Pecha Kucha, “passion pitches” by soil and gardening enthusiasts
Barn dance with Cat gut and Steel
Tips for healthy soils and healthy food and some prizes

Thursday 28 May 5.30pm

How Do You Do…? : Bee Keeping
Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor Dunedin City Library
Another in a series of monthly talks over the winter giving you a chance to try something new.
May’s talk is presented by Bee Keeper and owner of Blueskin Bay Honey, David Milne, who will let us in on the secrets of honey bees and offer insights as to why bees are disappearing, how we can help honey bees thrive and the effects of varroa mites on New Zealand’s bee population. David discusses the essential question of whether we will all die without bees, and the magic or myth behind Manuka honey. Booking essential – RSVP: 03 474 3690 or library@dcc.govt.nz
Various dates and locations

FREE Homemade Cleaners Workshops

Make your own eco-friendly and cost-effective cleaners!
Reduce unnecessary packaging and harmful chemicals in your home
Share tips and recipes for cleaning your home with your own homemade cleaners!

Dunedin city – Wednesday 10th June: Daytime course 10-12noon or Evening course 7-9pm, both at Church of Christ Community, corner of Filleul St and St Andrew St
Mosgiel – Tuesday 16th June, 7-9pm, Arahina House, 2 Perth St, Mosgiel
Waikouaiti – Thursday 18th June 7-9pm, East Otago Events Centre, Waikouaiti
Places on this FREE workshop are restricted to 14 and by RSVP only. To book your place please contact Maureen Howard on 473 9967 or mhoward@slingshot.co.nz Brought to you by the Dunedin City Council

3.   Ongoing activities

Eco living in action radio show. Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Hosted by Maureen Howard. Supported by the Dunedin City Council.
Recent topics have included ‘Greening the Rubble’ in Christchurch, organic raw milk and passive houses.
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 www.oar.org.nz. 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 http://ecolivinginactiondunedin.wordpress.com
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 lala.frazer@gmail.com
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 keeper@quarantineisland.org.nz. See http://quarantineisland.org.nz/ 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 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.
East Otago Market, Fortnightly, Saturdays 9am – 12pm
Waikouaiti Events Centre carpark and garden entrance off Main Road, through garden archway
Local fruit and vegetables, eggs, flour, coffee, honey, small goods, clothing, cosmetics, bric – a – brac, baking, jams, preserves, food stalls, haircuts and more! All stall holders welcome.  Be part of our vibrant community market that showcases the best of East Otago produce and goods. The more the merrier!! $5 per stall. Please contact us for a vendor pack. Free Community Cake stall. Please contact us to get on the roster: Robin 027 440 4844 eastotagomarket@gmail.com. Facebook

4.   Petitions and consultations

There are no government or council consultations on sustainability issues at present.
The Guardian newspaper has started a campaign for divestment from fossil fuels by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust, the largest and second largest charitable trusts in the world, working in the fields of development and health. To learn more and sign the petition, see Guardian Climate Change Campaign.

 
5.   Food for thought and (good) fuel for action
The Coal Action Network of Aotearoa has just published an updated version of its significant report ‘Jobs after Coal’ – a timely read, after the announcement today of 113 job losses at the Stockton mine.
On the bright side, Community Fruit Harvesting Dunedin have completed another successful harvest, picking fruit from about 80 trees around the city, food that would otherwise go to waste. The fruit has been used fresh or turned into preserves and juices for the Food Bank and other support agencies. Congratulations to all those involved in making this scheme such a success.
Finally, there is a new(ish) free electronic magazine available, Down in Edin, focussing on Otago and some alternative aspects of life here. Although not a sustainability magazine, it does have articles that will be of interest to SDC readers, and anything that helps us appreciate more of the riches of our local area is to be welcomed.

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

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