Converting Grain Silos to Motel Units – with Stuart Wright-Stow of SiloStay

Tourism is a growing part of our country’s economy – and unfortunately our nation’s ecological footprint. Apart from travel, tourist accommodation can be excessive and often does not fit in with the local culture and the housing.

For this show I’ve come to Banks Peninsula to see tourist accommodation with a difference. Motel units that have been built out of grain silos by Stuart Wright-Stow their creator. You’ll see these silos all over Canterbury so they are a familiar sight on the landscape, I’m here to find out how Stuart has done it!

This show was recorded on the 12th December 2018.

Listen to this programme on SILOSTAY HERE

SILOSTAY was first aired on the 14th February 2019 through Otago Access Radio 105.4 FM and was supported by Sustainable Dunedin City with the assistance of New Zealand on Air. Eco Living in Action’s host Dr Maureen Howard is a Sustainable Practice Educator and Communicator at Treedom NZ

Some of the silos at SiloStay. This is a ccommodation on a small footprint. Unlike most modern housing on concrete pads, here the accommodation has flax and ferns are growing under and around them.

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Tanning a sheep hide – with guest Jennie Upton

For my show this week, I’ve stuck out my thumb and hitch-hiked a short way to the Kilmog, on the motorway just north of Dunedin City. I’m here to catch up with Jennie Upton who along with her partner have a lifestyle block. Jennie loves everything to do with sustainable living and especially with waste minimisation. She enjoys a challenge and her latest venture is learning how to tan a sheeps hide. Most of us have a vague idea how it’s done. As a kid, I remember preserving the skin of a ferret I found as roadkill – but I’ve done nothing like it since. Tanning is one of those traditional skills that many people would have known how to do. Tanning is a skill that has been largely lost in a short time. Relearning traditional skills enhances our resilience and often traditional skills are much lower in ecological footprint.

So what are the basics on tanning a hide? What did Jennie learn and how did she get on?

This show was recorded on the 2nd February 2019.

Listen to this programme on TANNING HERE

TANNING was first aired on the 7th February 2019 through Otago Access Radio 105.4 FM and was supported by Sustainable Dunedin City with the assistance of New Zealand on Air. Eco Living in Action’s host Dr Maureen Howard is a Sustainable Practice Educator and Communicator at Treedom NZ

Jennie Upton, with wool she will tease for spinning.

Still practicing. One of the two sheep hides that is a tad crinkly. Jennie is keen to hear from others with skills in this area.

New Directions for Sustainable Dunedin City – with guest Fiona Clements

Last year the organic shop Taste Nature was the sponsor of my show. This year I am very grateful again to have another iconic Dunedin organisation – Sustainable Dunedin City – as the sponsors of my show. SDC were my sponsors a while back. But things have changed. A new fresh focus of almost all new faces.

Today I’ve got the new Chair Fiona Clements in the studio. Fiona is also owner operator of Senorita AweSUMO, a clothing brand for zerowaste lifestyle eco-consumers.

I’m keen to find out about the new directions for SDC, why a city focused sustainability group is important? What changes across the city that Fiona would like to see happen!

Listen to this programme on SUSTAINABLE DUNDIN CITY HERE

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SUSTAINABLE DUNEDIN CITY was first aired on the 31st January 2019 through Otago Access Radio 105.4 FM and was supported by Sustainable Dunedin City with the assistance of New Zealand on Air. Eco Living in Action’s host Dr Maureen Howard is a Sustainable Practice Educator and Communicator at Treedom NZ

Fiona Clements, Chair of Sustainable Dunedin City

Sustainable Practices at the Good Earth Cafe – with guest Shar Wall

When you are on the go, it’s so nice to pop into a cafe and relax, eat, enjoy friends, have a good coffee! Unfortunately cafe and restaurant food generally have a larger ecological footprint than food that it is eaten at home.

But before you sigh and think – all this sustainability stuff is just no fun – bear in mind that here in Dunedin we’ve got some good choices. In today’s show I’m exploring perhaps the best known of them.

The Good Earth Cafe just like its name suggests has a range of practices in place that reduce its environmental footprint. Wisely, they cater to different dietary requirements – from gluten intolerant, dairy free, vegan, vegetarian and omnivorous.

Situated opposite the street from the St David St Lecture Theatre, the Good Earth Cafe was first opened in 2010. On the 3rd Dec 2018, it came under new ownership, but don’t panic – it will have the same management and direction. You’ll find out why on this show!

Live in the studio with me today I’ve got Shar Wall, who is owner of the Good Earth Cafe. I’m keen to find out from Shar what kinds of things she and her team of staff are doing to treat the earth well.

Listen to this programme on GOOD EARTH CAFE HERE

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GOOD EARTH CAFE was first aired on the 24th January 2019 through Otago Access Radio 105.4 FM and was supported by Sustainable Dunedin City with the assistance of New Zealand on Air. Eco Living in Action’s host Dr Maureen Howard is a Sustainable Practice Educator and Communicator at Treedom NZ

The Good Earth Cafe. Cnr of Cumberland & St David Streets,
North Dunedin 9016

Shar Wall. Owner of the Good Earth Cafe

Landscape for Resilience – with guest Nigel Cowburn

Every day we hear and read news that makes us realise we live in a changing world. The key to being able to cope with change is – resilience. And by this I mean being able to withstand external shocks and still be able to function.

In this show my guest Nigel Cowburn and I are looking at how we can make the landscapes we live in more resilient.

Nigel Cowburn is a Landscape Architect for GrowPlan Ltd. He works primarily in Otago and Southland as well as further afield. He has a Batchelor in Landscape Architecture and a Postgraduate Diploma in Rural Studies. His passion is sustainability and creating resilient landscapes.

Listen to this programme on RESILIENT LANDSCAPES HERE

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RESILIENT LANDSCAPES was first aired on the 17th January 2019 through Otago Access Radio 105.4 FM and was supported by Sustainable Dunedin City with the assistance of New Zealand on Air. Eco Living in Action’s host Dr Maureen Howard is a Sustainable Practice Educator and Communicator at Treedom NZ

Nigel Cowburn, Landscape Architect with show host Maureen Howard

 

Living with New Zealand Sealions – with guest Jim Fyfe, DoC

Are you hoping to encounter a New Zealand Sealion at the beach this summer? I can’t think of a more impressive creature on our beaches than this majestic animal. The males can get up to 450kg – that is a mighty mass of muscle and blubber! But behind their appearance, they are an intelligent and socially complex species. If you live here you will know that Dunedin in New Zealand is a great place to come to see  NZ Sealions. This is because Dunedin is one of their few mainland breeding sites.

This show is essentially about sharing our space with these magnificant creatures as well as other wildlife.

How are NZ sealions faring as a population and how are they doing here in Dunedin? What can we do to give them the best chance of thriving, whilst also enjoying being able to see them? How should we behave around them?

On today’s show I have Jim Fyfe live in the studio with me. Jim is a Biodiversity Ranger for the Department of Conservation and is based here in Dunedin. For 20 years Jim has been heavily involved with the day to day protection of marine species around our coastline.

Listen to this programme on NZ SEALIONS HERE

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NZ SEALIONS was first aired on the 10th January 2019 through Otago Access Radio 105.4 FM and was supported by Sustainable Dunedin City with the assistance of New Zealand on Air. Eco Living in Action’s host Dr Maureen Howard is a Sustainable Practice Educator and Communicator at Treedom NZ

© NZ sealion pup with her mother. Taken by Maureen Howard near Allens Beach, Dunedin.

 

Keeping rubbish out of our waterways with a LittaTrap – with guest Rosemary Clucas

Lately Dunedin, here close the bottom end of New Zealand has been very wet. In fact, this November was the wettest November on record for this part of the world. One of the implications of this is that a lot of rubbish as well as water will have been heading down our stormwater drains and out into the ocean. Cigarette butts, plastics – quite a few of those small things that end up in the gutter – make their way to the sea where they can pollute and may get into the stomachs of our marine life.

So what can we do about this? There are solutions. And one solution that is underway is being promoted bv Rose Clucas from Pūmanawa Wai who with the support of the Dunedin City Council and the Otago Regional Council have been installing some LittaTraps, a type of in-drain filtering device.

My guest Rose Clucas is a self-employed consultant ecologist, with a background in environmental management advocacy and cultural awareness. In August, nominated by Te Rūnaka o Kāi Tahu, Rose was appointed to one of the New Zealand Governments Conservation Boards. Rose is a very valuable person to have living here in Dunedin!

You can listen to this programme on LITTA TRAPS HERE

LITTA TRAPS was first aired on the 20th December 2018 through Otago Access Radio 105.4 FM and was supported by Taste Nature  with the assistance of New Zealand on Air. Eco Living in Action’s host Maureen Howard is a Sustainable Practice Educator and Communicator at Treedom NZ

Dr Rose Clucas from Pūmanawa Wai

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