SDC Newsletter, 11 November 2013

Dear All

The news in the Philippines shows us just how terrible the effects of climate change already are – as did the Australian bushfires. Let’s make this month a time of deep thought, compassion, commitment and action.

Details of upcoming events, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Monday 11 November 2013

Please send all requests to go onto to mailing list to me, Nicky Chapman, at
    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

Thursday 28 November

Green Drinks METRO – Downstairs (on Lower Stuart St), Dunedin PLEASE NOTE NEW VENUE

GreenDrinks Dunedin meet on the LAST Thursday of each month. Everyone most welcome! This month is at the later time of 6.45 so that people can also go to Jim Salinger’s lecture at 5.30 (see below).

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.

JOIN OUR NOVEMBER 2013 Fuel Economy Challenge – Sustainable Action Communities

Our November Challenge is to reduce our vehicle fuel consumption! As well as taking up the challenge it would be great to hear from you on the SAC website as you share your tips and experiences on this topic. I hope you decide to join in on this challenge – its fun to do it as a group. Before you start the challenge I suggest that you get an idea of your typical fuel consumption over the next few weeks so that you have something to compare it with when you start the challenge in November. Please check it out on the SAC website at www.sustainableactioncommunities.wordpress

Tuesday 12 Nov

Registration closes for the Otago Energy Research Centre  (OERC) Symposium 2013

The OERC links a diverse spectrum of researchers who share a common goal of assisting the transformation of New Zealand’s energy system to one which is efficient, secure, sustainable, and carbon neutral. The Symposium is our main, unmissable event, free, on 20 November, showing Otago research in these areas. Go to

Wednesday 13 Nov 7pm-9pm

Public meeting to launch Bus Go Dunedin – a local public transport support and lobby group

Public meeting to launch Bus Go Dunedin: Bus Users and Supporters Group Otepoti Dunedin seek founding members and elect officers to the organisation.

Former High Street School. High St, Dunedin

CONTACTS: Alex King <>


To get to the meeting: take No 65 bus from University Cumberland St 6.23pm, Octagon 6.30pm. (best be at University Cumberland St a few minutes early; they zip through here very quickly – give a very clear signal to the driver).

Thursday 14 November 4-5pm

Sofie Welvaert “Conversations with a Southern Man – Finding a Story in the MacKenzie Basin.”

Seminar room, 530 Castle Street, University of Otago

Sofie will share her process as a novice filmmaker, screen her film “Green or gold, it’s not black and white,” about dairying in the MacKenzie Basin, and invite discussion on how and why the film was made and its merits as a means of communicating the complexities of an issue like this.

Sat 16 Nov 10.30 am to 1 pm

Shetland St Community Gardens native propagation workshop

24 Shetland St, next to Arai te Uru Marae

Tutor garden co-ordinator Hendrik Koch

Sunday 17 Nov

Oil Free Seas Flotilla leaves from Dunedin (Greenpeace)

The Oil Free Seas Flotilla

Sunday 17 Nov 10 am to 4 pm

No Dig Permaculture Workshop

Bathgate Park School Community Garden, 213 Macandrew Road, South Dunedin.

During this workshop you will learn the basics of designing and implementing a No Dig Garden, by helping in designing and implementing this garden, and then using the techniques at home. Am & PM tea provided but bring own lunch. Cost Koha and time Bank. Info or Geoff on 4550662. Get in quick!

Mon 18 November

Nominations for Otago marine protection forum close

Dr Nick Smith is calling for “people on the 14-member forum with strong links to the southern marine region and who are able to negotiate, facilitate, compromise and work well with others. It’s important we get a wide representation of the various interested parties, as well as a good geographical spread.’

Nomination forms are available at  and  and at DOC and MPI offices in Otago, Southland and Canterbury.

Monday 18 November 4-5 pm

Sophal Chhun – “Public willingness to pay for socio-ecological aspects of near-short marine areas in New Zealand.”

Centre for Sustainability, Seminar room, 530 Castle Street, University of Otago

Sophal will present estimates of public willingness to pay for four socio-ecological attributes of near-shore marine areas (biodiversity, Maori cultural practices and recreational and commercial fishing practices) from results of a choice survey completed in 2012 by 1055 New Zealand householders. Sophal has recently completed his PhD thesis examining this topic.

Wednesday 20 Nov

Otago Energy Research Centre  (OERC) Symposium 2013

Arana College, University of Otago

The OERC links a diverse spectrum of researchers who share a common goal of assisting the transformation of New Zealand’s energy system to one which is efficient, secure, sustainable, and carbon neutral. The Symposium is our main, unmissable event will showcase current and potential research being conducted in Otago in the areas of energy use, efficiency and climate change.  (register by 12 Nov)

Thursday, 21 November, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Story, Emotion and Science

Mark Parker Seminar Room, University College, 315 Leith Street, Dunedin

A keynote address to the 2013 Psycolloquy by Dr Paul Trotman, MBChB (Otago), FDRHMNZ, Doctor, Writer, and Filmmaker.

…how you can use the dark arts of commercial television to communicate your research to colleagues, funding agencies and the public.

Thursday 21 November 4-5 pm

Frances Fahy – “Communicating Sustainability Research – challenges, opportunities and dissemination strategies”

Centre for Sustainability, Seminar room, 530 Castle Street, University of Otago

Over the past two decades there has been increasing pressure on academics to demonstrate the value and impact of what they do. Frances will consider to what extent the desire to be policy relevant requires researchers to compromise in terms of their theoretical outlook, conceptual orientations, methodogical approaches employed and dissemination strategies.

Thursday 28 November 4-5 pm

Angga Dwiartama – Agri-food system resilience: what does it mean? Insights from two theories and two case studies”

Centre for Sustainability, Seminar room, 530 Castle Street, University of Otago

Angga will examine the notion of resilience within the context of agrifood studies by bringing two contrasting perspectives that have been a source of debates within resilience thinking using two case studies – Indonesia’s rice agricultural system and the New Zealand kiwifruit industry.

Sunday 1 Dec 10 am to 4 pm

Food Forest Workshop

Bathgate Park School Community Garden, 213 Macandrew Road, South Dunedin,

There are many key features of woodlands that can be applied to food forests. The workshop will cover inspiration (what is, the possibilities, examples), theory (how to achieve), and practical practice of design (both on paper and with stakes etc on the land), and discussion of the participants’ designs. With Jason Ross of Sutherland Nurseries. Koha and timebank. Further info on or Geoff on 455 0662

Fri 6 Dec

Dunedin Separated Cycle Lane Proposal submissions close. Go to

Friday 10, 11 to Sunday 12 January 2014.

Oil Free Otago are hosting Aotearoa New Zealand’s first OIL FREE FUTURE Summit in Dunedin, to coincide with Anadarko’s planned deep sea exploratory well off our coast.

“It will be a weekend of art, socialising, talking and action. Friday evening will include an art exhibition by local artists: “OIL ON CANVAS”. Saturday will be a day of talks from experts and those closest to the issue, nationally and internationally. The famous “MESS WITH TEXAS” gig will rock the town on Saturday night. Sunday will be a family day of action on our beautiful Otago harbour.

The summit is our contribution to the national campaign against deep sea drilling in NZ. If you can help, we would be stoked! Please email us with any offers of assistance, from funding to organising, or if you would like to get involved in planning, have some cool ideas or just want to find out more, we’d love to hear from you.”


If you’re interested in creating an artwork for the exhibition, check here


    3.   Petitions, consultations and submissions

The WISE response appeal to Parliament for a New Zealand risk assessment: economic, energy & climate, business continuity, ecological security, genuine wellbeing. Go to

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.

Timeline for developing the DCC Energy Plan:

The timeline for this plan has been extended – go to

DCC Second Generation District Plan some consultation is finished but work ongoing:

Protest against Westpac financing the Denniston mine: e Westpac to call in its loan and end its other financing of Bathurst Resources. You can add your signature to a letter to Westpac here:

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.

350’s Go Fossil Free:

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

·         Lack of Govt action on climate change puts NZ at risk WWF press release on

·         Leaked IPCC report links climate change to global food scarcity according to The Guardian

·         Why ‘investing’ in destroying our future is bad economics:




·         Westpac’s response to the campaign to remove their financial support from Bathurst Resources Ltd, was to say that they are committed to a lower carbon economy but that ‘this requires a balanced approach’ (ie financing a new open cast coal mine which will hugely increase NZ’s carbon emissions.

·         Note: CANA and 350 Aotearoa are running a joint campaign to persuade Westpac to call in their loan to Bathurst Resources, and withdraw other financial support they provide Bathurst Resources, who are trying to set up a major new coal mine on the Denniston Plateau. Part of this campaign – which has already caught Westpac’s attention at senior levels – is a sign-on If you have not already done so, please sign on to the letter and share it with friends and networks – via the social media sharing buttons on that page, or by forwarding this email. We’re not far from the 1000-signature mark, and it would be great to get there soon!

·         Pure Advantage today announced that the first two of its seven green growth work streams are now underway, backed by major financial institution Kiwibank and Z Energy, New Zealand’s largest retail fuel supplier.

·         Unpackit best and worst awards 2013:

·         Warm Dunedin programme is again available at or phone 477 4000


Tēnā koutou katoa,

Nicky Chapman (SDC’s newsletter compiler)

Vivienne Bryner (SDC’s secretary)