Dunedin Mid-Winter Carnival

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 lot of interesting events coming up over the next few weeks, ranging from electric cars to power from waste wood. Also the launch of the Love Food Hate Waste initiative and the New Zealand International Science Festival. Hope you can get to some of them!

Best wishes,
Events for June

Thursday, 23rd June, 4 – 5pm
Seminar: Current research in sustainability and human computer interaction
Venue: Centre for Sustainability, 563 Castle Street
Dr Michelle Scott is a Research Fellow working on the Energy Cultures 2 project at the Centre for Sustainability. Michelle has an academic background in psychology with experience in computer science and interaction design. Her current research is around  transportation – looking at how drivers respond to smart phone efficiency feedback and whether New Zealand driver aspire to be more efficient drivers. In her seminar Michelle will take a broad look at current research in sustainability and human computer interaction.
Saturday 25th June to Sunday 3rd July
New Zealand Garden Bird Survey
Birds are important indicators of the health of New Zealand’s environment, and to help us discover and learn more about NZ garden birds, participate in this citizen science project. This year’s survey includes lots of new activities to keep everyone entertained. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/science/plants-animals-fungi/animals/birds/garden-bird-surveys

Thursday 30th June, 6 – 8.30pm
Love Food Hate Waste Cook Up with Judith Cullen
Venue: Kitchen Things, 218 George Street

Celebrate the launch of Love Food Hate Waste in Dunedin with an evening hosted by Judith Cullen.
Learn how your family save can over $500 a year! Judith Cullen offers handy tips and hints to reduce your food waste, make the most of leftovers and save money.
Sample dishes prepared by Judith, enjoy a drink and take part in prize draws throughout the evening. Tickets $25 (limited availability, cash sale from Kitchen Things) – all proceeds to Foodshare. Enquiries to Cath ph: 474 – 3556

Love Food Hate Waste is a New Zealand-wide initiative, being launched in Dunedin this month and supported by Dunedin City Council as part of its sustainability education remit. More information here.
Events for July
Saturday 2nd July, morning
Love Food Hate Waste stall
Venue: Otago Farmers Market (by the railway station)

A LFHW NZ stand will be in place providing details of the food waste issue in NZ, the LFHW NZ campaign and what we can do in our own homes to avoid food waste. Come learn more about the issue and hints and tips for reducing food waste in the home.
Sunday 3rd July, 2-5pm
Documentary: Who killed the electric car?
Venue: Otago Museum

This 2006 documentary about electric cars, hybrids, hydrogen and the future of transportation is currently touring New Zealand under the auspices of the Better NZ Trust. It will be followed by a Question and Answer session with Chelsea Sexton, electric car advocate and advisor. Hosted by the Better NZ Trust. Cost $20. More information here.
Monday 4th July, 12 – 1pm
Seminar: Who killed the electric car?

Venue: Centre for Sustainability Seminar Room, 563 Castle Street

Visiting electric vehicle advisor and advocate, Chelsea Sexton, from California, will comment on the changes to the electric vehicle industry over the last 10 years, internationally and now in New Zealand, and what remains to be done to ensure we have an electric future. Hosted by The Better NZ Trust. Free entry.

5th July, 4 – 6pm
Learning From Leaders Event – how waste wood can power Dunedin

Venue: Centre for Sustainability, 563 Castle Street

Hear from four speakers on these topics:

The University’s transition to wood energy: Hilary Phipps & Hans Pietsch (University of Otago)
Maintaining a continuous fuel supply: Eduard Ebbinge (Spark Energy)
Local policy supporting wood energy: Bill Frewen (DCC)
Wood energy experiences from Europe and its application to Dunedin: Lloyd McGinty (Ahika)

Each talk will be short and sharp with ample time for questions, discussion and networking.
Registration is with OSEA (Otago Southland Employers Association) by phone: 0508 656 757 or email: info@osea.org.nz

8th – 16th July
New Zealand International Science Festival

This week long festival includes a number of family-friendly events related to the environment and sustainability. See programme for details.

Thursday 14th July, 4 – 5pm
Seminar: A time-geographic approach to study energy use in everyday life

Venue: Centre for Sustainability Seminar Room, 563 Castle Street

Professor Kajsa Ellegard, Department of Thematic Studies – Technology and Social Change, Linkoping University, Sweden, examines some basic concepts in the time-geographic approach and applies them to show how a deep understanding of energy use in everyday life can be gained.
Other opportunities
An opportunity has become available to be involved in an exciting new project entitled How safe is my cat?  A part of the Beyond Orokonui project, ‘How safe is my cat?’ is a project which seeks to involve school children and their parents in a science-based study into the safety of their domestic cats that might roam into areas where traps are being used to catch pest animals as part of a conservation project, the Halo Project.

Recently, the Landscape Connections Trust (LCT) were successful in obtaining funds from the Ministry for Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) funded Participatory Science Platform, managed locally by the Otago Museum.  The grant is to be used to purchase hardware for this project (namely camera traps and GPS collars) and to pay wages for a contracted environmental educator.

This project will begin community conversations about the place of cats in our environment. Participating school students will be involved in all aspects of this project in conjunction with the project team. Together they will first look at why cats and other pests are a problem for NZ’s native wildlife, the importance of cats to individual and family wellbeing, why it is so difficult to manage cats in the context of predator control programmes and wildlife management, and how this project will help people design ways to keep cats safe.

The LCT is looking to appoint someone who can implement the ‘How safe is my cat?’ project and seeking Expressions of Interest from interested people.  This  self-motivated person will need a good understanding of both ecology and pest management, and have experience in working with school children. Closing date 1st July, 5pm. Job description

Valley Community Workspace is a co-working space for sustainable, innovative ventures and skill-sharing at 11 Allen St, North East Valley. Call in to see what’s happening on Saturdays between 10.30am -5pm or check our facebook page or website valleyworkspace.org  We are looking for new people/ventures who are interested in renting part of the space. Currently we have bikes, e-bikes, a welding workshop, Makerspace, and e-car conversions…
Good reading/listening
Limits to Growth Revisited – a recent report by an all-party parliamentary group of UK MPs.

Good governance: designing democratic institutions for a sustainable future   podcast of talk at the University of Otago (12 May 2016) by Prof. Jonathan Boston of Victoria University, Wellington
Regular activities

Eco-living in action radio show Otago Access Radio 105.4FM – a radio show about ‘the everyday things that make a difference’. Eco living in Action is aired on Otago Access Radio each Thursday from 2.30-3pm and repeated on Mondays 8.30-9am on 105.4FM. The host, Maureen Howard is travelling from NZ to Northern Ireland by land and sea. Each week she brings a show from her travels or via Skype to the Otago Access Radio studio. Join Maureen and her guests each week. Check out previous podcasts at www.oar.org.nz.

“Arcosanti – an architecturally unique eco-community in Arizona” – Arcosanti was established in the 1970s by innovative sustainable architect Paolo Soleri. Listen in to hear guest Laura Banks, resident of Arcosanti, talk about some of this community’s design features that facilitate sustainable living. View photos at www.ecolivingindunedin.wordpress.org

“Beyond Orokonui – The Halo Project” – with guest Rhys Miller, Manager of Landscape Connections Trust. In this show, Rhys chats about Beyond Orokonui’s new initiative ‘The Halo Project’ recently endorsed by the North Coast of Dunedin community to protect and enhance the biodiversity of this area.

“Transition Town Peterborough” – with guest Cheryl Lyon, Secretary of Transition Town Peterborough. TTP is the 1st Transition Town in Canada, initiator of the green dollar system (the Kawartha Loon), publisher of the successful green magazine Greenzine, and seasonal event organiser for the popular Purple Onion Day and Dandelion Day! Listen in to hear Cheryl talk about some of the secrets to their group’s success.

“Environmental Education at Orokonui Sanctuary” with guest -Tahu Mackenzie, Environmental Educator. In this show, Tahu talks about environmental education, how she engages young people, and the many benefits that connecting with nature brings us all.

Eco living in Action is supported by Sustainable Dunedin City.
Sustainable Lens – radio show on Otago Access Radio. Each week Shane Gallagher and Samuel Mann take a sustainable perspective on current topics in the world around us. Regular features aimed at drawing out connections lead into an extended discussion with invited guests. They are building up a searchable archive of conversations with people from many different fields who are applying their skills to a sustainable future. In their conversations they try to find out what motivates them and what it means to see the world through a sustainable perspective, through their sustainable lens.
Podcast and live on Otago Access Radio (Thursday NZ  7-8pm 105.4FM/1575AM in Dunedin). http://sustainablelens.org/

STOP (Save the Otago Peninsula Inc Soc)  – STOP has a large planting project at Smiths Creek on the Hereweka Harbour Cone property starting in June, and needs as many helpers as possible. Planting Bees Sunday 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th June 2016. If you have them, bring spade, gardening gloves, and an old knife (that’s for making holes in the jute weed mats), and wear stout shoes. Gathering point will be either at the end of Bacon St or the end of Frances St (both in Broad Bay).
To be notified of which venue, and have your cell phone recorded for cancellations, email Lala lala.frazer@gmail.com or text tree planting to 027 8756 020.
Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua monthly open day Saturday 25th June 9.30am-3.30pm
Boats to the Island leave Back Beach, Port Chalmers at 9.30 and return at 3.30pm. Contact us if you can help with carpooling to Back Beach or need a ride (A few days notice is helpful!) A boat pick up is also possible on the Peninsula side by prior arrangement.

Cost: $15pp for boat. Bring something to share for the pot luck lunch, and a koha for the Island if you can.
As we head into winter, our focus will be tree planting, but if you have other skills and interests, please talk to us!

Groups are welcome to arrange to visit the Island and stay in the Lodge at other times. See our website for details http://quarantineisland.org.nz

Contact quarantineisland@gmail.com or 4780874 to book a place on the boat.

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

Dunedin City Council: No sustainability-related consultations at present.

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


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