Generation Zero speak at NZ Risk Assessment Launch More detail @

Generation Zero speak at NZ Risk Assessment Launch. More detail @

Dear Everyone – please note the meetings this week. Submission on the RMA is crucial, as submissions close just after Easter!

Details of upcoming events, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links

1.   Sustainable Dunedin City action
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. For more information or to join go to or email

Appeal for a National Risk Assessment on Friday 8th March

This was well attended – update to follow.

Appeal Highlight Video:

Thursday 21st March

A public forum exploring the potential local impact of proposed changes to the Resource Management Act
Burns Hall, 415 Lower Moray Place, Dunedin
Facebook event –
All welcome.
The Government has announced proposed changes to the Resource Management Act. The RMA is a critical piece of legislation that helps our community manage outcomes for both our natural and built environment. Changes to this document will affect everyone, and the Government wants our feedback on their plans by 2nd April (
Under the proposed reforms:
•         The protection given to landscapes, biodiversity, freshwater fisheries, heritage and recreation is likely to be reduced.
•         The ability for concerned or affected people to take part in RMA processes that affect them will be reduced in some areas, but increased in others.
•         Constructive central guidance and leadership is promised, but there are worrying proposals to remove decision making power from local councils.

Three experts will explain the potential impact of the proposed changes:
•         Rod Oram, political commentator (see also
•         Maree Baker-Galloway, environmental lawyer
•         Eugenie Sage MP, former regional councillor and environmentalist

Key agencies have also been invited to offer their thoughts on the proposed changes, and respond to your questions:
•         Dunedin City Council and Otago Regional Council
•         Niall Watson, Fish and Game
•         Sue Maturin, Forest and Bird

Thursday 28th March 17:30.    Green Drinks Dunedin Back room of Filadelfios.

GreenDrinks Dunedin meet on the LAST Thursday of each month from 17:30. Everyone most welcome!
Our Topic this month: Community Food Resilience
Jon Foote, a Permaculture Design Consultant based here in Dunedin will talk about Community Food Resilience. What does this really mean? And what will it take for us to create a truly resilient community food system? Covering the full range of food production systems this will be a chance to see where we fit into the wider community food system and how we can make an impact, however big or small that may be.
To contact Jon Foote,  BareFooteGardener,BFG Consulting Ltd
M: 027 5151 227
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

Wednesday 3rd April 19:30    Big Green Challenge Update
. (See list of recipients at end of newsletter)
NEV Baptist Church in North Road
The grant recipients of SDC’s second Big Green Challenge have been busy over the summer working on projects to make their local communities more resilient. Now, somebody from each project will give a short presentation about their projects. (See page 5 of The Star 14th March re Gen Zero’s cleaning up the grottiest flat, and garden, with BGC funding)
There will be a chance to meet the project representatives and ask more questions over a cuppa afterwards. It is rumoured that Janet Brady will provide some of her fine baking too! Anyone interested is welcome to come along.”
2.   Other dates
Every Thursday:    Otago Access Radio 105.4FM:
2.30- 15:00    Eco Living in Action Dunedin’s Sustainable Living weekly radio show. Check out the latest podcasts on

7 – 20:00    Sustainable Lens Radio, with Sam Mann, Anton Angelo and Shane Gallagher:

Wednesday 20th March 19:00    Public meeting proposal by the Ministry of Primary Industry to open up areas from Smaills Beach to Cape Saunders for Inshore Commercial Paua Harvesting.
SouthCoast Boardriders Club in St Clair (Esplanade- next to St Clair Surfclub)
If  the proposal is successful the harvesting will begin from 1 Oct 2013, and there are concerns about the long term implication for recreational harvesting. Other concerns include the possible conservation implications of putting extra pressure on this species as well as food resilience implications at the local level here in Dunedin.
For more info, contact Rhyse Bartlett at
Deadline for submissions is 19th April. Copies of the consultation documents on:  or

Wednesday 27th March
12-15:00    Hordur Torfason speaking on democracy (see info following)
The School of Art at Otago Polytech
Wednesday 27th March
17:00 – 18:00    Doing Democracy in the 21st Century: How one man took on the banks and politicians and won!
St Paul’s Cathedral, The Octagon, Dunedin
A conversation with Hordur Torfason, the Icelandic activist who inspired his fellow citizens to take action after the economic crash of 2008 leading to the resignation of the entire government, the nationalisation of the banks, the imprisonment of two senior bankers and the re-writing of the Icelandic constitution. We are excited that he can be here!
Hordur will be discussing his campaign and its implications with Dr Andrew Shepherd of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues.
Thursday 28th March
13:00    Hordur Torfason at Otago University
Burns 1
Sunday 21st April    Waitati Harvest market
3.   Petitions, consultations and submissions
Friday 29th March

Tuesday 2nd April    Feedback required for the Government’s proposed changes to the Resource Management Act. (

Monday 8th April     Freshwater proposal closes:

Tuesday 9th April    DCC submissions for annual plan close
Friday 19th April    Submissions on Regulatory Controls for Inshore Fishstocks Proposal. See the consultation documents on:  or

4.   Food for thought and (good) fuel for action
•         Become part of the current Constitutional Conversation. The panel particularly want to hear about the pros and cons of having our constitution written down in a single document; the role of the Bill of Rights Act 1990 in our constitution; the role of the Treaty of Waitangi in our constitution; Maori representation in local and national government; and electoral issues such as the size of Parliament and the length of its term.
You may also have other matters you want to see included, for instance environmental issues or the role of women in local and national government. The address for submission is
See the website at  for further information.
•         The Ministry for Primary Industries attributes the drought to climate change. See
•         Join100% Possible: a collaborative campaign between Generation Zero and 350 Aotearoa and supported by WWF-NZ to catalyse action towards a safer, healthier and thriving Aotearoa that has moved beyond fossil fuels.
•         Warm Dunedin Pilot Programme:
•         Please take the online fuel poverty survey at . A national campaign has been launched by the Community Energy Network (CEN) to highlight the issue of fuel poverty in New Zealand and the actions needed to address it.
•         While on the subject, Univeristy of Otago research shows that “Prepayment electricity metering leaves children in the cold’
List of Sustainable Dunedin City’s Big Green Challenge recipients:
•         Generation Zero’s Housing Project: To establish a model flat in studentville to show students and their landlords that living a low carbon lifestyle “doesn’t need to cost the earth”.
•          Community Education for a Sustainable Future: To run a permaculture course
•         Karitane School: To harness the energy from compost to heat an out door shower at the beach.
•         Presbyterian Support Otago Family Works: To do two fruit tree harvests and hold four workshops on how to make preserves which will be shared among the participants, the tree owners and the food bank.
•         Permablitz Otago: Groups of keen permaculture gardeners will make edible gardens for community groups or individuals who are unable to make their own gardens.
•         Bud Law and friends: Making greenhouses and tunnels out of recycled plastic and timber to give to community groups.
•         St Leonards School Junior Class: to develop an orchard and do some native planting a the school.
•         Broad Bay School: To install a rainwater catchment system to be able to water the school gardens and the native plants being grown to regenerate the local stream.
•         La Leche League: To provide training for more volunteers to train as breastfeeding counsellors. Breastfeeding is an unrecognised “green” issue.
•         Be the Change Otepoti: Christopher Le Breton is a very experienced presenter of a course to motivate people to act on climate change which he will run for Dunedin residents.
Tēnā koutou katoa,
Nicky Chapman (SDC’s newsletter compiler)
Vivienne Bryner (SDC’s secretary)