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Sustainable Dunedin City Inc. Newsletter

February 16 2009

Dear Members,

Check out what is coming up over the next month. Prior to helping with SDC’s newsletter, I had no idea of just how much of a hub Dunedin is for sustainability-related events. So get on your bike and see you there!

1. Upcoming SDC Events and Projects

– SDC’s Emission Trading Scheme submission

2. Upcoming Sustainability Events and Courses

– Bike Wise Month 2009 (lots on in February and March)

– Living Streets Meeting (NEXT Tuesday 24 February, 6pm)

– GreenDrinks (NEXT Thursday 26th February from 5.30pm)

– Sutherland Nursery Open Day (NEXT Saturday 28 February 2009 1

1. Upcoming SDC Events and Projects

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc. Newsletter

February 2 2009

Dear Members,

1. Upcoming SDC Events and Projects

– SDC Submission on the Emission Trading Scheme Review

2. Upcoming Sustainability Events and Courses
– Heartbeat: an art exhibition exploring sustainability (from THIS Thursday 5 February)
Cob workshops (THIS Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 February, register now)
– Sustainable Living Classes (starting NEXT Tuesday 10 February and Wednesday 11 February, register now)
– Sir Harry Kroto Talk: Science, Society and Sustainability (NEXT Wednesday 11 February)
– Transition Valley meeting: Dugald MacTavish on the Hampden experience (NEXT Thursday 12 February)
– Thieves Alley Market Day (NEXT Saturday 14 February)
– Waitati Edible Gardens Market Day (NEXT Sunday 15 February)

Bike Wise Mayoral Challenge (NEXT Sunday 15 February)
– Go By Bike Day (Wednesday 18 February)

– A FREE one-day workshop on effective Resource Management Participation for community groups (Thursday 19 February, but register now)
– Feet First Walk ‘n’ Wheel to School Week (Monday 2 to Friday 6 March, but register now)

3. Dunedin Sustainability in Action!
– HomeSmart Renovations project: call for participants
– Waitati Edible Garden (Weggies) events
– Best of luck to the Waitati Energy Project team with their Sustainable Management Fund bid!
Bike Wise Battle (all of February)
– End the Stadium March
– Dunedin’s cycling information
4. Food for Thought
– Talk Sustainability

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This section will also signpost who to contact if you’re keen to help out with a particular event/project. SDC is driven by member ideas and volunteer man-power, so if you have an idea for an event or project you’d like SDC to run, or you’d like to run under the SDC umbrella, please let us know – secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

i) SDC Submission on the Emission Trading Scheme Review

Thanks very much everyone for your input! Phil is finalising the submission on the basis of everyone’s suggestions and feedback. We will circulate the finalised version with the next newsletter.
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2. Upcoming Dunedin Sustainability Events and Courses
Another good calendar for sustainability-related events around Dunedin can be found at http://dect.org.nz/modules/extcal/calendar.php. We’d love to advertise your sustainability-related event or course – please send contributions in to dk.sk@xtra.co.nz.
i) Heartbeat: an art exhibition exploring sustainability (from THIS Thursday 5 February)

The exhibition’s works include reclaimed materials, hand ground pigments, low toxic printmaking and a celebration of tea.Venue: Dunedin Community Gallery, February 5 – February 15, 11am – 6pm
Artists include: Brian Wood, Cory Hughes, Julia Robertson, Max Bellamy, Sarah McKay, Kat Taiaroa, Petra Fersterer, Katie Whitefield, Emily Robertson and Rueben McKay.
Workshops will be running on Waitangi Day, February 6. Visitors can get a taste of screenprinting (cost $5), Elizabeth Marshall will offer visitors the opportunity to create a silver heart brooch from 2pm ($25, inquiries to whimsicalwire@hotmail.com), and free workshop running from 11am – 2pm will look at origami and woven hearts.


ii) Cob workshops – THIS Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 February, register now

All you need to know how to start your own cob building is $120. Workshops are running 9-5pm, February 7th and 8th, Harmony Farm, 239 Waitati Valley Rd.

All materials provided. Bring food to keep your energy up, and to share for lunch. Walk barefoot in the weeks before this workshop to toughen up the soles of your feet!

Bookings: Txt David Baillie: 0211-22-0910 or www.gemstonetherapy.info/courses.htm Student Internships also available at times to suit: www.gemstonetherapy.info/volunteering.htm
See attached information sheet for more information about Cob.

iii) Sustainable Living Classes – starting NEXT Tuesday 10 February and Wednesday 11 February, register now
This interactive adult community education eight-week course will assist you to – a. Learn and share practical tips that make a difference and can save you money b. Meet others in your community who are interested in living more sustainably c. Gain support for introducing lifestyle changes you want to make Facilitated by Dr Maureen Howard, c/o Water and Waste Services, Dunedin City Council. Course Content Week 1: Introduction – Sustainability in the home. Personal action. Week 2: Energy – Powering Down: Minimising loss. Heating. Renewables Week 3: Waste – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Composting methods Week 4: Shopping – Consumer choices. Make your own cleaners Week 5: Sustainable Backyards – Gardening, Attracting wildlife, Keeping Chooks. Week 6: Water – Collecting, Conserving, Keeping waterways clean Week 7: Transport – Treading lightly on the planet Week 8: Final – Community Focus and Action Upcoming courses RAVENSBOURNE – Daytime Course (8 Weeks) Start Date: Tuesday 10 February Each Tuesday: 10.30am-12.30pm Venue: Renaissance Gallery MACANDREW BAY – Evening Course (8 Weeks) Start Date: Tuesday 10 February Each Tuesday: 7-9pm Venue: MacAndrew Bay Primary School MOSGIEL – Daytime Course (8 Weeks) Start Date: Wed 11 February Each Wednesday: 10.15am-12.15pm Venue: Mosgiel Library KAIKORAI VALLEY – Evening Course (8 Weeks) Start Date: Wed 11 February Each Wednesday: 7-9pm Venue: Kaikorai Valley College (register with school) Enrollment and costs All courses are free but a Koha/Donation is requested ($25-35 recommended) Courses are restricted to a maximum of 14 people. REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL Registration or enquiries to Maureen, Phone 4739967, Email mhoward@slingshot.co.nz

iv) Sir Harry Kroto Talk: Science, Society and Sustainability – NEXT Wednesday 11 February

Professor Sir Harry Kroto (Nobel Prize Chemistry, 1996) Wednesday 11 February, St David Lecture Theatre, University of Otago, 6.30pm. University of Otago public lecture as part of the AMN4 conference.

v) Transition Valley meeting: Dugald MacTavish on the Hampden experience – NEXT Thursday 12 February

Is our community resilent enough to stand up to energy, climate and economic shocks? Transition Valley is a group of locals who are keen to build skills within the communities of

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc. Update

January 26 2009

Dear Members,

A couple of important events that have just arrived in my inbox…(and don’t forget GreenDrinks, this Thursday from 5.30pm at St. Lees!) Also, Phil has drafted a submission on the Emissions Trading Scheme Review, and is asking for feedback.

1. Sustainable Dunedin City Events and Submissions
– SDC Submission on the Emission Trading Scheme Review (comments by THIS Friday 30 January please)
2. Upcoming Sustainability Events
– Walk for the Planet meeting (THIS Wednesday 28 January)
– End the Stadium march (THIS Saturday 31 January)

1. Upcoming SDC Events and Projects
This section will also signpost who to contact if you’re keen to help out with a particular event/project. SDC is driven by member ideas and volunteer man-power, so if you have an idea for an event or project you’d like SDC to run, or you’d like to run under the SDC umbrella, please let us know – secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

i) SDC Submission on the Emission Trading Scheme Review (comments by THIS Friday 30 January please)

Refer below for the terms of reference. Phil Cole has kindly drafted a submission on behalf of the society, which he would love comment on (please find this attached), but before Friday if possible. Email: phillipgcole@yahoo.com. He has tried to draft it from the society’s point of view, but readily admits some may be personal opinion, and is quite happy to change the draft to represent the majority’s feelings!

Terms of reference
for Review Panal
* hear views from trade and diplomatic experts on the international relations aspects of this issue
* consider the prospects for an international agreement on climate change post Kyoto 1, and the form such an agreement might take
* require a high quality, quantified regulatory impact analysis to be produced to identify the net benefits or costs to New Zealand of any policy action, including international relations and commercial benefits and costs
* identify the central/benchmark projections which are being used as the motivation for international agreements to combat climate change; and consider the uncertainties and risks surrounding these projections
* consider the impact on the New Zealand economy and New Zealand households of any climate change policies, having regard to the weak state of the economy, the need to safeguard New Zealand’s international competitiveness, the position of trade-exposed industries, and the actions of competing countries
* examine the relative merits of a mitigation or adaptation approach to climate change for New Zealand
* consider the case for increasing resources devoted to New Zealand-specific climate change research
* examine the relative merits of an emissions trading scheme or a tax on carbon or energy as a New Zealand response to climate change
* consider the need for any additional regulatory interventions to combat climate change if a price mechanism (an ETS or a tax) is introduced
* consider the timing of introduction of any New Zealand measures, with particular reference to the outcome of the December 2009 Copenhagen meeting, the position of the United States, and the timetable for decisions and their implementation of the Australian government
* and report to the House accordingly.

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2. Upcoming Dunedin Sustainability Events and Courses
Another good calendar for sustainability-related events around Dunedin can be found at http://dect.org.nz/modules/extcal/calendar.php. We’d love to advertise your sustainability-related event or course – please send contributions in to dk.sk@xtra.co.nz.


i) Walk for the Planet meeting (THIS Wednesday 28 January)
Dunedin’s Christian community is involved in the organisation of the Christian World Service’s Walk for the Planet. They will be joining parts of the walk from Rakiura (Stewart Island) to Poneke (Wellington) along State Highway One, between Lent and Easter (Feb 25 – April 12, 2009), and are very keen that all people that share their concern and hope, join in too – a fantastic action to be supporting.

The next meeting will be 5pm, Wednesday 28 January in the Upper Room, University of Otago Campus. For more information, or directions, contact Marvin Hubbard on marvinh@orcon.net.nz.

Of the walk, organisers say ‘there is something wrong with our human relationship with God’s wider creation. Around the world churches are hearing the call from God, through the groaning of the earth, for an urgent restoration of right relationship with the earth. The Creator is calling us to live with creation rather than against it. We see signs of ecological destruction in Aotearoa New Zealand, and believe it is time that Christian communities bear witness to the need for justice for all of creation. It is an opportunity for people during Lent to express concern for the well-being of planet Earth, and to share hope for the future. We will share stories of hope and raise awareness with each community we journey through.


For more information, visit http://www.walk4theplanet.org.nz/.
ii) End the Stadium March (THIS Saturday 31 January)
12 noon, Saturday 31 January
Assembly outside the Dental School
At it’s last AGM, SDC members voted that the organisation should oppose the spending of ratepayers money on the stadium, because of the financial state it will leave the city in – it will render the city unable to invest as it needs to infrastructure that will allow us to move towards more sustainable, secure, low carbon future.
On Monday, February 9, the DCC will consider whether the Carisbrook Stadium Trust has made acceptable progress on a set of previously-defined conditions, and on the basis of that, will decide whether or not to proceed with their planned funding of the Stadium.
Of this decision, Stop the Stadium says – ‘The councillors have abundant reason to choose the rational option

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc. Update

January 21 2009

Dear Members,

A couple of mistakes in the January 19 newsletter.

SDC presentations to the one day symposium are available here as PDF’s.
The text of the talk is here.(PDF 84KB)
The overhead slides are here.(PDF 0.6MB)

SDC has surveyed prospective Councillors and hosted a public meeting to which all candidates for the local body elections were invited. Candidates were questioned on their views regarding sustainability (including climate change and peak oil). Results from this survey are summarised in a press release available here. (PDF 18KB)

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