SDC Newsletter, 7 January 2014

Details of upcoming events, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Tuesday 7 January

   Dear Everyone, I hope you all are having/had a peaceful time – in our soothing rain…

    Many thanks for all the information you send and the feedback you give. It is hugely appreciated even if I don’t always respond personally.

The major information for this newsletter is the Oil Free Otago events this weekend. I hope you can support them. Go to or
    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

GreenDrinks Dunedin will begin again in 2014. At a new venue TBC – if you know of somewhere quietish, large enough for up to 35 seated, provide drinks and food, and of course free, then contact Maureen as 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

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.”



Friday 10 Jan Opening 5 – 8 pm

Oil on Canvas Exhibition and Auction, Community Gallery

From Oil Free Otago: People of Otago organising to prevent deep-sea oil drilling off our coasts

The exhibition will run as a blind auction, with all pieces for sale. The auction will run from 5pm on the opening night, 10 January until the 12 January at the Community Gallery. (Saturday and Sunday 10 – 5pm.) A second auction of unsold works will run afterwards at Gallery on Blueskin, Waitati. (For further information see

16th February

Workshop on Biochar– Dennis Enright . Details TBC

19th February

26th March

23rd April

21st May: 5.30

Permaculture Dunedin meetings for 2014

THE APARTMENT upstairs from The Malcalm Trust,

174  Princes Street (enter from upper Dowling Street)

    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

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:

Help our Oz neighbours:

Our Food Network aims to stimulate the production, distribution and consumption of local food and in that way contribute to the building of a resilient and prosperous community. It’s open to anyone or any groups with an interest in local food. If you, or the group you are in, support the strengthening of aspects of local food production, consumption and distribution, we’d be keen for you to be part of the network. If you wish to be an active member of the group, or simply receive the emailed newsletters, we invite you to join by emailing Andy Barratt

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

·         A deeply felt and thought piece from Rosemary Penwarden about Christmas, consumerism and carbon:

·         And while we’re on the ‘economy’: The Guardian  reports from former BP geologist who warns of grim future of ‘recession’ driven ‘resource wars’ at University College London lecture:

·         The Sixth National Communication on Climate Change and First Biennial Report can be found at

Media statement from Minister Tim Groser on (13 Dec 2013)

·         WWF says NZ’s emissions climbing and govt is doing nothing: (17 Dec 2013)

·         Dunedin Bike Library – Call for donations of bikes

A partnership of city stakeholders, including the Dunedin City Council (DCC), is planning a pilot bike library scheme at a school in South Dunedin. This bike library scheme entails the recycling and restoration of bikes donated by people in the community, for people in the community. The bike library scheme will make bikes available to children who have participated in the Dunedin City Council Cycle Skills Training Programme.

We are looking for donations of second-hand bikes. If you have a used bike in good condition sitting gathering dust in your garage, put it to good use again by donating it to the community bike library scheme pilot project. The following types of bikes are being sought:

•        Children’s bikes which have gears (No bmx’s please).

•        Adult bikes which have gears. All sizes.

Please do not donate second hand helmets as due to safety requirements, we will not be able to use these for the pilot project.

We can arrange pick-up of the bikes within the Dunedin area. Please email Rose Dovey (Dunedin Bike Library Pilot Project Manager) on if you would like to donate a bike or if you have any questions.

See also:


Tēnā koutou katoa,


    Nicky Chapman (SDC’s newsletter compiler)

    Vivienne Bryner (SDC’s secretary)

    Sustainable Dunedin City Inc.


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