Kia ora,
There are two significant events to participate in this month – the Climate Change Vigil on 22nd November and the Global Climate Change March on 29th November. Both are in preparation for the Paris Climate Change talks which start on 30th November. There’s also an interesting looking film – Thin Ice – on at the Rialto this week, which promises to give an insight into the process of scientific research into climate change.

More locally, there is still time to comment on the Second Generation Plan (District Plan) for Dunedin – deadline 24th November. It is a long, detailed document, but Sustainable Dunedin City believes that even making a few, focussed comments on key areas is worthwhile for keeping the Council aware of the number of people concerned about sustainability in the city and for supporting councillors and council officers when they propose positive measures for the environment.

SDC members have also been asked by Blueskin Energy to comment favourably on the Resource Consent application for their proposed wind farm at Blueskin Bay. Links to more information are in the Consultations section below.

Ngā mihi,

Green Drinks
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.
Thursday 19th November, 7.30pm (third Thursday of the month)
Green Drinks – Port Chalmers
Venue: The Portsider, Port Chalmers

Topic – A friendly get-together for the last meeting of the year.

For more information see their Facebook page.

Thursday 26th November, 5.30pm (last Thursday of the month)
Green Drinks – Dunedin City
Venue – The Bog – upstairs. Corner of George and London Streets.

Topic – to be confirmed

For more information contact or

Other events/announcements for November
This week
Thin Ice – The Inside Story of Climate Science (film)
Venue: The Rialto Cinema (see website for times)

“Simon Lamb takes us on a unique exploration of the science behind global warming and an intimate portrait of a global community of researchers racing to understand our planet’s changing climate. THIN ICE is an engaging foray into humanity’s greatest challenge in the twenty-first century.” For more information see
Tuesday 17th November, 7.30pm
How vulnerable is South Dunedin to coastal flooding and ocean inundation?
Venue: St Peter’s Church, Caversham (Parish Lounge – entrance off Hillside Road)

Emeritus professor Blair Fitzharris will give a presentation on the potential vulnerability of Dunedin to coastal flooding and ocean inundation as a result of global warming, and on what can be done about it. The talk will also address the issue of the high water table and porous soils of South Dunedin. This is the third in the series of Caversham lectures for this year. All welcome.

Wednesday 18th November 3.30-4.30pm
Marine Science Summer Series: Infographics at Sea – Gala Hesson, HEDC, University of Otago
Venue: NZ Marine Studies Centre, Portobello Marine Lab, Hatchery Road, Portobello

Discover how a bit of visual storytelling can get your message across, whether it be for teaching, research or presentation. Combining creativity with a meaningful message, Gala covers some key communication design principles for the effective presentation of data.

Free return van transport provided from the Marine Science Department 310 Castle St, Dunedin at 2.30pm Contact or phone 03-479 5826 to book a seat

Sunday 22nd November, 7.00pm – 10.30pm
Love the Earth – a vigil on climate change before the Paris Climate Change talks (30th November – 11th December)
Venue: Meet in the Octagon and proceed to St Paul’s Cathedral and Crypt

An invitation to share our love of the earth through poetry, prayer, song and dance, reflection and contemplation. All are welcome. Includes a time for children to express their love of the earth through song and art: 7:00-8:30pm.

Contact for more information or see us on Facebook Wednesday 25th or Thursday 26th November, 7-9pm
Green Cleaning on a Budget
Learn how to make your own eco-friendly and household friendly cleaners. Join a two hour evening workshop with Dr Maureen Howard, Sustainability Educator.
Cost $5/$10. In the Church of Christ Community Room.

REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL. For more information or to register, please contact Maureen. Spaces limited so get in quick! Tel 4739967 or 021 235 0068 or email

Supported by Environmental Education Trust Otago (EETO)

Sunday 29th November, 1pm (assemble 12.45pm)
Global Climate March
A global day of action is planned prior to the start of the Paris Climate Summit. For general information see

On Sunday 29th November we assemble at the Dental School, 310 Gt. King St, Dunedin from 12.45pm ready to march at 1pm along George St to a rally in the Octagon. In the Octagon we will have speakers and entertainment. Our march will be peaceful and whanau friendly. It is a call for climate justice and peace, while celebrating the beautiful planet we share with all other living beings. We welcome banners that identify community and faith groups as well as individual messages for a low carbon future. We expect to finish about 3pm. CONTACT Pat Scott · · 0274896025

RSVP to let us know you can make it and we will keep you up to date with details.
Regular activities
Otago Access Radio – sustainability programmes
Eco-living in action radio show Otago Access Radio 105.4FM.
Hosted by Maureen Howard and sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.

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 a DOC Scientific Reserve. Other working bees held as required in the evenings in summer and at weekends. For information contact Lala Frazer (phone 478 0339, email or text 022 437 0799.

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 contact Karen Connor at or 03 4770 677 or visit

Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua – 2015 Open Community Days
The next open days are:
Sat. 21st November 9.30am -3.30pm Come for the day with a picnic and help us release the young trees so they don’t get smothered by long grass!
TIME: The boat leaves Back Beach, by the Port Chalmers Yacht Club in Port Chalmers at 9:30am sharp – and can do a pick up from the Portobello Aquarium jetty on the peninsula side by prior arrangement. The return boat leaves the Island at about 3.30pm. BOOKING: Please contact Don on 478 0874 or at to book your place on the boat
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, $15pp for the boat. A koha for the Island is always put to good use.

Sat. 12th December. End of year celebration and dedication of St Martin Lodge. Put the date in your diary!

Contact 03 478 0874 or 027 7777 874 or See for more information about the island and the Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua Community which looks after it.

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.
Petitions and consultations
Dunedin City Council: consultation on the Proposed 2nd Generation Plan Closing date for submissions 24th November.
Also, there is a Resource Consent Application for a community wind farm initiated by Blueskin Energy – submissions invited by 2nd December. See for details.

Otago Regional Council: No sustainability-related consultations at present.

New Zealand Government: No sustainability-related consultations at present.
Sustainable Dunedin City Society aims to facilitate a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin City and is made up of people who are interested in the issues of climate change, declining energy security and sustainability. The Society is not affiliated to any political party. As well as production of this newsletter, current activities of the the Society include organising the Big Green Challenge and hosting Green Drinks in the city centre and Port Chalmers. For more information or to join the Society go to
Simonne Samuelson (newsletter editor)

Jenny Neilson (SDC secretary)

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc

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