Details of upcoming events, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Monday 9 September 2013

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1.   Sustainable Dunedin City action

5:30pm Wednesday, 11 September 2013 Sustainable Dunedin City AGM. Otago Polytechnic, Room D101, those nominated for committee are on attachment.  Followed by talk Local Food Network  – an update by Andy Barratt
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

Thursday 26 September 5.30pm
Green Drinks METRO – Downstairs (on Lower Stuart St), Dunedin PLEASE NOTE NEW VENUE
GreenDrinks Dunedin meet on the LAST Thursday of each month from 5.30pm. Everyone most welcome!
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

2.   Other dates

Every Thursday:
Otago Access Radio 105.4FM:
2.30- 3 pm
Eco Living in Action Dunedin’s Sustainable Living weekly radio show. Check out the latest podcasts on

7 – 8pm

Sustainable Lens Radio, with Sam Mann, Anton Angelo and Shane Gallagher:
1st Sunday of month

Warrington Community Market is held in the grounds of Warrington School from 11am to 1pm. This friendly market features local arts, crafts, produce, pakoras and more! Free stalls are available, ph 027 214 8294 for more information.

8-15th Sept 2013

Conservation Week

14-15th Sept 2013
TimeBank Expo – Community Gallery in Princes Street, Dunedin To showcase the amazing possibilities and opportunities that timebanking provides the community. .  Contact Liz Carroll-Lowe,  477 4175 ext 5

11am- 1pm 15th Sept 2013
Permaculture workshop and lunch, “Switchback Farm” Cath Belsey’s farm, Palmerston. Register with Peta ( ) and let her know if you can offer carpooling.

7pm 17th Sept 2013
Meet the ORC and DCC Candidates evening Castle 1 Lecture Theatre, Otago University.  Each candidate will reply to some pre-announced questions, and then the floor will be open for more. Bring your concerns and your friends! Organised by Sustainable Dunedin, Generation Zero, Otago Fish & Game and Forest & Bird

1pm-2pm 18th Sept
Talk: Valuation of Ecosystem Services: A toolbox or paradigm shift? by Marjan van den Belt Director/Associate Professor at Ecological Economics Research New Zealand, Massey University.  5N4, Geography Dept, Richardson Building, University of Otago

16-27th Sept 2013
Keep New Zealand Beautiful Clean Up Week(s) Registered people/groups will receive gloves and specially marked bags which can be put out with your regular kerbside rubbish collection between September 16 and September 27. Register by: -ringing Keep Dunedin Beautiful on 474 3401 or -emailing Keep Dunedin Beautiful on Please include your name, number of bags required, address, day of kerbside collection and area you will clean

11:30-1:30, 28th Sept 2013
Nappy Lady Workshop – Dunningham Suite, Level 4 Dunedin Public Library, cost $22 and bookings are essential –

Starts Thursday, 3rd Oct 2013
New Four Season Organics Course. Contact Michelle Ritchie, on 03 465 7712 or by e-Mail

15-16th October, 2013
Sustainable Living Courses start – Enrol now

The Sustainable Living Course for Communities is an interactive eight-week course which will assist you to learn and share practical tips that make a difference and can save you money, meet others in your local community who are interested in resilience and sustainable living, and gain support for introducing lifestyle changes you want to make. This course is tailored to accommodate your specific interests with facts and opportunities specific to Dunedin provided on each topic. These adult community courses are free – maximum 14 people per course. Contact Maureen Howard on 4739967 or email

Mornington evening course, start date: Tuesday 15 October, 7pm -9pm, Mornington Methodist Community Room

City course, start date, Wednesday 16 October, 7pm-9pm, Church of Christ Community Room (corner Filleul and St Andrew Streets).

17-18 Oct 2013
Conservation Inc., with pre-conference workshops on 16 October. Registration is open for conference and spaces are filling fast. Register on-line at

3.   Petitions, consultations and submissions

RMA: our people, our place The Government is proposing some changes which will make planning simpler and more consistent across the country. But it is also pursuing proposals described as “radical” by the PCE and others – to rewrite the Act’s core principles, weaken environmental protection, and further limit people’s participation. Instead, the balance of power will shift towards Ministers, developers, and private land owners. Learn more on our website about Forest & Bird’s concerns, and what you can do to take action, before it’s too late.

Constitutional review:

Timeline for developing the DCC Energy Plan:

9 August – 9 September, 2013
Draft Energy Plan public consultation

7 October, 2013
Energy Plan is endorsed by the DCC

Feedback on the DCC Second Generation District Plan is beginning. Check out roadshows and submission forms here.

World Heritage Area protection. Please sign:

Greenpeace Get Free campaign again deep sea drilling  Click here to Join The Movement!

Avaaz petition to ‘save the world in the next 30 months’ (until the 2015 UN Summit on Climate Change in Paris):

Avaaz petition to ‘Stop the Great Barrier Reef Train Wreck’. Plans are underway to build a giant coal complex in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef.

4.   Food for thought and (good) fuel for action

·         Cohousing Opportunities: An urban co-housing project is going ahead in Dunedin.  A site within walking distance from the Octagon, which is flat, green and sunny, on a bus route and has local shops and medical centre just around the corner is being purchased by the group and we are needing more people to be involved both a future cohousers and or as ethical investors. If you are interested and would like to talk to someone about it, please phone Catherine Spencer at 453 6043. Visit the Earthsong website,  or google “cohousing” for general information about cohousing.

·         Global report highlights climate shifts 2012 was among the 10 warmest years on record according to the latest State of the Climate report released this week by the American Meteorological Society the peer-reviewed 260-page report.An interactive map of extreme events in 2012 was released alongside the report, available here.

·         Climate impacts for NZ outlined What does a changing climate really mean for New Zealand? A new report from the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Prof Sir Peter Gluckman. You can read the full report here, and a round up of media coverage is available on the Science Media Centre website.

·         Get the overall picture of the Denniston plateau legal battles:

·         New book: SNAKE OIL: How Fracking’s False Promise of Plenty Imperils Our PCI Senior Fellow Richard Heinberg, SNAKE OIL casts a critical eye on the environmental impacts of new oil and gas production and on the industry hype that has hijacked America’s energy conversation.

·         See also:











In Istanbul, 500 climate activists from 134 countries came together for “Phase 1” of Global Power Shift. See this inspiring two-minute video:

Now we’re starting “Phase 2” of Global Power Shift: sparking a new wave of climate action all over the planet. see watch and share the video

From 350 Aotearoa Team

We’ve been working on the details of our new Go Fossil Free campaign. We’re asking big institutions to do the right thing and divest our money from fossil fuels. This campaign is already proving successful around the world – universities, cities and institutions are committing to divest from fossil fuels. It is time to make it happen in New Zealand.


Tēnā koutou katoa,

Nicky Chapman (SDC’s newsletter compiler)

Vivienne Bryner (SDC’s secretary)