This newsletter is circulated once every two to three weeks by Sustainable Dunedin City Society to publicise sustainability-related events, consultations, petitions and occasional news items relevant to Dunedin.

Kia ora,
A short newsletter this week, as Dunedin seems to be saving up its energies for the start of the academic year and not many sustainability events are scheduled. However, Port Chalmers Green Drinks is starting up again, with an opportunity to plan its activities for the year, and Seaweek offers plenty of events around Otago at the end of the month. There are also a few petitions and consultations to consider.

Hopefully some of you, like me, are enjoying the fruits of this summer now – our tomatoes are at last ripening and we will be extracting honey from our hives tomorrow. I’ve also been getting to know my new chooks this week, who are very appreciative of our overgrown silver beet!

Best wishes,
Simonne

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 18th February, 7.30pm
Green Drinks – Port Chalmers
Venue: The Portsider, Port Chalmers

First green-drinking of the year – to discuss the format for the year! Shall we continue Green Drinks with guest speakers? Without? Go out and DO things instead? If so, what? (Gardening blitzes, learning events, deplasticising Port…)  All welcome to this discussion, with Jennie Upton of the DCC who will also update us on the Sustainable Living Programme.

For more information about the group see their Facebook page.

Green Drinks – Dunedin City
No regular meetings scheduled currently
Events for February
Saturday 27th February – Sunday 6th March
Seaweek Activities

Celebrate New Zealand Seaweek with a variety of activities around Otago and elsewhere: see http://seaweek.org.nz/events/otago/ for details.

Includes:
Saturday 27th February – 12pm
Dunedin Coastal Clean-up
Venue: meet outside St Kilda’s Surf Life Saving Club.

Gloves, bags and light refreshments provided for volunteers. Event details on Facebook or email info@osof.org

Saturday 27th February
Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua

Seaweek activities, as well as the usual opportunity to volunteer, explore and relax. Come across at 10am for the day, returning at 3.30pm or bring your sleeping bag and stay overnight. There is a second chance to come over at 3pm on Saturday for those wanting to stay overnight. Bring some food to share for a potluck picnic. If it’s your first visit to the island check the ‘visit page’ of our website http://quarantineisland.org.nz/

The boat departs promptly from Back Beach, by the Port Chalmers Yacht Club at the times listed above and can do a pick up on the Peninsula side by prior arrangement. The boat is operated by the Monarch and costs$15 return per person. A koha for the island is always appreciated.

Bookings required. Contact quarantineisland@gmail.com or 027 779 5481 to book a place on the boat.
Regular activities

Eco-living in action radio show Otago Access Radio 105.4FM.

Hosted by Maureen Howard and sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.

As many of you know, Maureen Howard is travelling in South America at the moment (having travelled by freighter to avoid air travel) and is not able to broadcast regularly, but she is writing a fascinating blog at www.ecolivinginactiondunedin.wordpress.com and uploading radio shows when she can.

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 lala.frazer@gmail.com 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 kconnor@doc.govt.nz or 03 4770 677 or visit http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/

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

Petition to reinstate bus service between Green Island, Concord and Costorphine
Sign the #70LocaltoDunedin petition to get a local “stopping all stations” bus service reinstated between Green Island, Concord, Corstorphine, Caversham and South Dunedin. Can be signed at several places in Green Island, including the Fresh Choice supermarket, and at the Coffee Post Green Island. Affected bus users and residents preferred as signatories please. Forms may be downloaded from busgodunedin.wikia.com

Dunedin City Council: No sustainability-related consultations at present (except for responses to submissions on the 2nd Generation Plan – limited rights to submit – see https://2gp.dunedin.govt.nz/2gp/submissions.html)

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

New Zealand Government:
Resource Legislation Amendment Bill. Click here for details of the proposals and how to make submissions. Deadline for submissions Monday 14th March. This is a complicated Bill, proposing major amendments to the Resource Management Act, Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf Act, the Environmental Protection Authority Act, the Reserves Act, the Conservation Act and the Public Works Act. The bill was introduced in early December and it seems as if not many environmental groups have had time yet to publish their views on it – there are 180 pages of amendments to existing legislation and 38 pages of explanation to work through! However, the Green Party has already said that it is opposing the Bill:
“Though we support parts of the Bill, including the increased recognition of the importance of managing natural hazards, most of the good proposals in the Bill appear to be vastly out-weighed by changes that consolidate power around the Minister, lock out local voices, and weaken environmental safeguards.” (Green Party press release)
Likewise, the November-December issue of ECOlink, the newsletter of the Environment and Conservation Organisations of New Zealand, raises concerns:
“The Bill proposes changes to several Acts that would constitute major threats to the environment and to local democracy. Like the proposals that preceded this Bill, there are many moves to favour economic development over other interests.”

Marine Protected Areas Act consultation. Forest and Bird link to submission forms below
http://mfe.govt.nz/publications/marine/new-marine-protected-areas-act-consultation-document
http://www.forestandbird.org.nz/node/109417

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 http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/
Contacts

Simonne Wood (formerly Samuelson) (newsletter editor) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Jenny Neilson (SDC secretary) secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/