SDC Newsletter, October 24, 2011

Dear Members,

Spring is such a fabulous time of year, and with it comes a bumper crop of things to do, places to go and stuff to read.

Thanks to all of you for sending material through.resilience_summit1

Read on!

1. Upcoming SDC Events and Projects

i) THIS THURSDAY, October 27, 5.30pm – GreenDrinks Dunedin

ii) Thursday, November 10, 7.30pm – Candidates’ Meeting

2. Upcoming Sustainability Events and Courses

i) Enrol NOW for a course beginning in October – SUSTAINABLE LIVING CLASSES COMING UP

ii) THIS THURSDAY October 27, 7pm-9pm – first of Otago Polytechnic Dunedin Election Forum series

iii) THIS SUNDAY, October 30, 9am – 3pm – Field trip to Leith Saddle

iii) Friday, November 4, 12 – 1pm – HortTalk – What’s Cookin?

iv) Saturday, November 19, 1pm – 5pm – Composting Made Easy, Mosgiel

3. Dunedin Sustainability in Action!

– From Rhys Millar – Otago Red Meat Survey

– Get to know your neighbours and beautify your street at the same time

– Celebrating and cherishing kowhai, Department of Conservation

– The Fresh Start for Fresh Water Clean-up Fund

– Garden Buddy Scheme

4. Food for Thought

– From the ODT – Warmth best answer to moisture

– From Pure Advantage – What’s Wrong with the Government’s Energy Strategy?

– Naomi Wolf: how I was arrested at Occupy Wall Street

– How the Guardian saw it – New Zealand oil spill: grounded ship threatens environmental disaster


1. Upcoming SDC Events and Projects

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 – This section also signposts who to contact if you’re keen to help out with a particular event/project.

i) THIS THURSDAY October 27 at 5.30pm – GreenDrinks Dunedin, Back Room of Filadelfios at the Gardens

GREENDRINKS Dunedin provides an opportunity for everyone interested in sustainability and the environment to meet in a relaxed setting. It is organised in Dunedin by the Sustainable Dunedin City Society and is part of GreenDrinks International, a social networking movement.

We meet on the last Thursday of each month at 5.30pm. Each month a different community group hosts a theme. Everyone interested very welcome. Please bring a friend!

THEME THIS MONTH: Sustainability Chat with David Clark, Labour Party Candidate for Dunedin North

This month our theme returns to our Dunedin North candidates. We have David Clark, Dunedin North candidate for the Labour Party to chat with us about environment and sustainability issues – for details watch this space! David will have 15 minutes followed by time for questions and discussion. This is a great opportunity to get to know David and find out about his views on sustainability and the environment in a relaxed environment.

Check out David’s blog at

To get on the GreenDrinks Dunedin elist – or to host a GreenDrinks – please contact Maureen on

ii) Thursday, November 10, 7.30pm – Candidates’ Meeting, Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum. Sponsored by Forest & Bird and Sustainable Dunedin City.

Come and throw curly questions at the Green, Labour, and National candidates standing for election! And please forward those curly questions to us beforehand, if you like, and we’ll add them to ours to forward to the candidates ahead of time.


2. Upcoming Sustainability Events and Courses

We’d love to advertise your sustainability-related event or course – please send contributions in to

i) Enrol NOW for a course beginning in October – SUSTAINABLE LIVING CLASSES COMING UP

Courses include – Community Courses for residents in Musselburgh and in the City Centre.

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. Facilitated by Dr Maureen Howard, c/o Water and Waste Services, Dunedin City Council


Musselburgh Community Evening Course, Start Date: Tuesday 25th October, Each Tuesday 7-9pm for 8 weeks, Venue: Musselburgh Primary School.

City Day Course, Start Date, Wednesday 26th October, Each Wednesday 10-12noon for 8 weeks, Venue: Church of Christ Community Hall (corner Filluel and St Andrews).

City Evening Course, Start Date, Wednesday 26th October, Each Wednesday 7-9pm for 8 weeks, Venue: Church of Christ Community Hall (corner Filluel and St Andrews).

Adult Community courses are free but a Koha/Donation is requested ($30 recommended). Courses are restricted to a maximum of 14 people. REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL. Registration or enquiries to Dr Maureen Howard, Course Facilitator, Phone 4739967, Email

The Sustainable Living Programme is brought to you locally by the Dunedin City Council

ii) THIS THURSDAY October 27, 7pm-9pm – first of Otago Polytechnic Dunedin Election Forum series

A series of public election forums for Dunedin parliamentary candidates is to be held at Otago Polytechnic, and broadcast live on Otago Access Radio’s Sustainable Lens programme. All local candidates have been invited to take part in the four-part series, which will focus on the role of sustainability in New Zealand’s future.

Sustainable Lens has organised the forums to provide an opportunity for the public to become better informed about the views and policies of the people vying to become MPs.

A regular panelist on Sustainable Lens, Otago Polytechnic’s Associate Professor of Information Technology, Samuel Mann, says the audience will also be able to question the candidates.

“We want this to be a community conversation,” he says. “We’ll include a section in each show for audience questions, and if members of the public can’t make it along they can visit our website to submit a question for the candidates.”

The first of the electorate-focused specials takes place on Thursday 27 October, 7pm-9pm. All of the discussions will be broadcast live on 105.4FM and 1575AM, and live-streamed from




Thurs 27 October, 7-9pm

Dunedin South candidates

Otago Polytechnic,

G Block, Room 106,

Union Street East,


Thurs 3 November, 7-9pm

Te Tai Tonga candidates

Thurs 10 November, 7-9pm

Dunedin list candidates

Thurs 17 November, 7-9pm

Dunedin North candidates

‘Sustainable Lens’ on Otago Access Radio 104.5FM broadcasts each Thursday from 7pm-8pm. Host Anton Angelo is joined by regular panelists Samuel Mann and Shane Gallagher. Each week the team takes a sustainability perspective on current topics in the world around us, drawing out threads of discussion with invited guests.

For further information, please contact:

Samuel Mann

021 735 493

iii) THIS SUNDAY, October 30, 9am – 3pm – Field trip to Leith Saddle (departing from the Department of Botany carpark on the corner of Great King Street and Union Street West)

Celebrate International Year of Forests with the Botany Department and the Botanical Society of Otago

The field trip will follow a well formed track from Leith Saddle up through mixed podocarp broadleaf forest that grades into Libocedrus forest that in turn gives way to mixed tussock/shrubland. This is perhaps the best piece of representative forest close to Dunedin.

This field trip is open to the public. For details contact David Lyttle, phone (03) 454 5470

The group will depart from the Dept of Botany Carpark, cnr Great King Street and Union Street (West).

iii) Friday, November 4, 12 – 1pm – HortTalk – What’s Cookin? – tips for cooking local produce, presented by Steve Ellwood, Catering Lecturer, Otago Polytechnic, Botanic Garden Centre

Now that we are growing vegetables-what are we gonna do with them? If you are growing and buying more local produce then Steve can demonstrate some great ways to prepare your food.

Contact 477 4000,

iv) Saturday, November 19, 1pm – 5pm – Composting Made Easy, Mosgiel

Hands-on workshop led by Michelle Ritchie of Organic by Design.

The workshop will include a talk about the basics of composting – ‘ingredients’, choosing a suitable site; length of time to compost in summer & winter; materials to hasten decomposition. A good part of the afternoon will be building a compost: Establishing a large ‘hot’ compost heap, and how to apply this technique to commonly used cold compost systems using commercially available composting bins and home-made boxes.

Michelle will demonstrate how a Bokashi bucket works and discuss the process from kitchen waste to nutrient-rich soil. How to make & keep a healthy worm farm will also be demonstrated and a variety of worm farming vessels will also be discussed.

Afternoon tea is a time for lots of discussion about the compost building, and what people are already doing on their properties.

Bookings are essential as there is a maximum 12 participants per course. Full details and location are confirmed on registration.

Contact 477 4000,


3. Dunedin Sustainability in Action!

This section is about some of the inspirational things happening in our community, as well as ‘sustainability’ volunteer opportunities in and around Dunedin. If you’ve got a project you need more hands for (or even a project that needs hands to get started!), or a group you think our members may like to join, send me a paragraph…and don’t forget your contact details. And if you’re doing something inspirational, or know of someone that is, let me know (

From Rhys Millar – Otago Red Meat Survey

The Otago Red Meat survey is part of a larger project that is aiming to determine the feasibility of a red meat production system which is underpinned by the “local food economy” concept.

The project team consists of proactive Otago sheep and beef farmers, as well as representatives of consumer groups of Dunedin and Wanaka who wish to investigate the feasibility of a different form of relationship between producers and consumers.

The first part of this project aims to quantify demand for local red meat food systems in two Otago areas (Dunedin and Central Otago), and seeks to understand the most important attributes of such a system to those consumers who support the concept.

You can participate in the survey by going here

All those who fully complete the survey may go in the draw for a range of food related prizes, as detailed on the website. There are 9 $50 prizes for people in our Dunedin sample and 9 $50 prizes for people in our Central Otago sample. Both groups are eligible for our main prize – a hamper from 63B Catering valued at $150.00.

Windshift is the Dunedin–based firm which is managing the research process.

If anyone has any enquiries about the project, please contact the Project Manager Rhys Millar (w. 03 4779242)

Get to know your neighbours and beautify your street at the same time

Most Improved Street Competition

Keep Dunedin Beautiful, in conjunction with The Otago Homeshow, are resurrecting street awards. For 2012 we will be looking for the most improved streets. (or part streets)

The contact person must take 5 photos viewed from the street before any tidying up commences and send them in by 15 December.

After photos, taken from the same location for comparison, are required by February 21st.


Streets with up to 10 homes

Streets between 10 and 20 homes (or sections of larger streets)

What judges will be looking for?

Litter and graffiti free streets, footpaths and frontages

Fences, letterboxes, garages/carports tidy and in safe condition

Tidy gardens and/or trees/hedges/lawns

Use of frontages.

In short improvements should not be costly, just may take a bit of muscle power and cooperation to clean up. Keep Dunedin Beautiful can supply bags and gloves for litter collection. The DCC CARS department will reimburse the contact person the cost of one trailer load of litter to the landfill. We are negotiating with some businesses to offer discounts of materials.


The Otago Homeshow will supply a plaque and trophy for winning streets plus a gift for each household involved in the winning street.

Using a donation from Thruwindoz Keep Dunedin Beautiful will supply a street party/bbq after consultation with the organizer.

Winners will be announced at the Otago Homeshow on March 4 2012.

For more information or entry forms contact Keep Dunedin Beautiful

Darlene Thomson

p 474 3401 fax 4743451 available Tuesday to Thursday.

Celebrating and cherishing kowhai, Department of Conservation

Project Gold is a Department of Conservation initiated project dedicated to the protection and enhancement of kōwhai trees in Otago. It was launched during Conservation Week and has two main objectives:

1) Encourage Otago people to grow and look after their own kōwhai trees

2) Strengthen enthusiasm for dryland forest restoration

The project is about gathering seeds, growing seedlings and planting a new generation of kōwhai. Community and other volunteer support is vital to its success. We’re working with organisations, communities and individuals throughout Otago, providing resources and information and ensuring locally sourced trees are available for local projects by landowners, community groups and schools.

A highlight will be the widespread planting and maintenance of kōwhai along the length of the Otago Central Rail Trail.

Want to be involved? We need help at all stages of the process from propagating seeds, to pricking-out and potting-on seedlings, and finally planting young plants in their new homes. This could be on your farm or station, in your backyard, your school grounds or at your local park or reserve. You could join a volunteer group to help with mass plantings of kōwhai.

If you want to grow your own kōwhai trees, pick up a kit from your local DOC office. It contains a 6-cell plastic punnet, eco-sourced kōwhai seeds, sandpaper and instructions. Please visit for more info and resources.

The Fresh Start for Fresh Water Clean-up Fund

The Fresh Start for Fresh Water Clean-up Fund will provide $15 million in funding over two years to help communities clean up waterways that are affected by historical water quality issues. Six million dollars of this has been allocated to Environment Canterbury and Ngāi Tahu for the Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere project. The Ministry will administer one funding round to allocate both years of funding. Applications are open now and close 5pm, 31 October. For more information, see

Garden Buddy Scheme

For anyone who wants some advice to help start a vegetable gardening, or has experience to share. Contact: Kristen on 473 9535,


4. Food for Thought

Do you know of an amazing podcast everyone should listen to? An article or a blog or a site that would be of interest to all SDC members? Send me a short explanation and the link (, and we’ll add it in here. Links preferable to attachments, because they tend to fill up everyone’s inboxes.

From the ODT – Warmth best answer to moisture

When things are wetter inside the house than outside, it’s time to take action. But is a dehumidifier the answer? Tom McKinlay reports.

So much water was running down the window panes during the winter months that Meridian Energy popped by to assess the flow for hydro-electric potential. Mould spores found the children’s bedroom so convivial you thought of redecorating in black to complete the effect.

From Pure Advantage & Rob Morrison – September 9, 2011

What’s Wrong with the Government’s Energy Strategy?

In a country that promotes and relies upon its clean and green image as much as New Zealand does, and arguably more than any other country, it simply isn’t logical to assume that we can invest heavily in fossil fuel extraction and not damage our brand and suffer the economic consequences of that damage.

Naomi Wolf: how I was arrested at Occupy Wall Street, Wednesday 19 October

Arresting a middle-aged writer in an evening gown for peaceable conduct is a far cry from when America was a free republic

Naomi Wolf is arrested during the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York. Photograph: Mike Shane

Last night I was arrested in my home town, outside an event to which I had been invited, for standing lawfully on the sidewalk in an evening gown.

How the Guardian saw it – New Zealand oil spill: grounded ship threatens environmental disaster, Warren Murray, Sunday 9 October

Penguins rescued from slick amid fears Rena could break up and dump 1,700 tonnes of oil into prized Bay of Plenty

A container ship is grounded and leaking oil into New Zealand’s pristine Bay of Plenty, with international crews scrambling to limit the environmental damage and refloat the vessel before it breaks up.

The 47,000-tonne Rena ran aground on Astrolabe Reef on Wednesday. An oil leak from the Liberian-flagged freighter has spread over an area of three miles, according to the BBC. There are estimates of 30 tonnes of oil spilled so far out of the 1,700 tonnes that could be dumped into the ocean if the Rena is wrecked in one of New Zealand’s most prized areas of natural beauty.


Tēnā koutou katoa,

Suze Keith (SDC’s newsletter compiler)

Vivienne Bryner (SDC’s secretary)

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc.