Dairy Farming Differently – with guest David Diprose

The dairy industry has profoundly changed our rural New Zealand landscape; replacing cows with sheep, extracting water to green the land, adding nitrates to waterways, and significantly contributing to New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions.  My guest David Diprose is a dairy farmer who is modelling better environmental practices with two herds in Southland. Better practices include riparian planting and fencing of waterways, no irrigation, less fertilizers and supporting family farms. Keen to share his perspectives, David is the Chair of the Purakinu Catchment Group, as well as a committee member of the Three Rivers Catchment Group and he has recently joined Te Ao Marama – a runanga created entity that looks at the water and land, and feeds advice on policy, procedures and perspectives to assist legislation. I caught up with David at the Permaculture Hui in Riverton on the 6th April 2019, at which he was one of the guest speakers.

Listen to this programme on DAIRY FARMING

DAIRY FARMING was first aired on the 11th April 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 at Treedom NZ

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David Diprose

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Travel by Freighter Ship – with guest Hamish Jamieson

Yes – travel by freighter ship is possible, and it’s a fascinating way to see the world and cross the ocean.

Plus here is a surprising statistic. Travelling as a passenger by freighter ship emits approximately 2% of the CO2 emissions as travelling as a passenger by aeroplane the same distance (Dr Inga Smith, Department of Physics, University of Otago).

If you want to leave New Zealand for a while to explore the world, this might be the way to go!

On this show, I chat with Hamish Jamieson of Freighter Travel NZ to find out what he loves about it, what you can expect, and what routes are possible to take. For more information about Freighter Travel NZ

Listen to this programme on FREIGHTER SHIP TRAVEL

FREIGHTER SHIP TRAVEL was first aired on the 4th April 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 at Treedom NZ

Hamish Jamieson and his wife on a return journey from Australia.

A Rocha: Caring for Creation – with Rev Dr Selwyn Yeoman

Are you a Christian who also cares for the earth?

This week our topic is a Christian perspective on caring for the earth, focusing on Dunedin‘s A Rocha group and my guest is Rev Dr Selwyn Yeoman, who is Minister of Church of Christ in Dunedin and a Minister of the Presbyterian Church in Dunedin.

Selwyn is also Chair of the Dunedin Branch of A Rocha, an international organisation whose purpose is environmental conservation.

“A Rocha Aotearoa New Zealand, is part of the A Rocha family of Christian environmental conservation organizations which currently operates in 20 countries around the world. As a family, we focus on environmental science and research, practical nature conservation, environmental education, creation care and advocacy through a variety of programmes and initiatives.” Aotearoa NZ A Rocha.

Selwyn believes that care of the Earth is an integral part of the concerns of christian theology, and he based his PhD on this topic which will be published later this year!

I’m keen to find out more about what A Rocha are up to in Dunedin, about Selwyn’s spiritual beliefs and how Selwyn expresses his environmental beliefs in his personal life.

For more information, go to A Rocha Dunedin.

Listen to this programme on A ROCHA

A ROCHA was first aired on the 29th March 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

Photo source: A Rocha

Milking goats – with guest Giles Pike, Goat Island Dairy

A few weeks ago I met up with Giles Pike at his stall at the Otago Farmers Market. Giles is co-owner of Goat Island Dairy out at Purakanui and they are selling milk and milk products from their flock of milking goats.

The dairy industry in New Zealand has significant impacts on our environment and Giles believes that goats offer a better alternative.

In this show I ask Giles some of the reasons for this, as well as discussing some of the health benefits of goats’ milk over milk from dairy cows.

For more information, go to https://goatislanddairy.nz/

Listen to this programme on GOAT MILK

GOAT MILK was first aired on the 22nd March 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

 

Giles Pike, co-owner of Goat Island Dairy

A perfect combination: Strawbale home with a masonry heater – with guest Stefan Reussenzehn

Join me this week as I find out more about  building a strawbale home, its heat trapping capabilities and how this can be effectively combined with a masonry heater to release and capture radiant heat throughout the house over a long period. Just like a woodfired wetback, a masonry heater can also your heat water!

To record the show I went to the strawbale home of Stefan Reussenzehn and his family in North East Valley, here in Dunedin, New Zealand. Their home is not finished yet, but it’s already looking beautiful, is warm and the family are living in it.

Listen to this programme on MASONRY HEATER HERE

MASONRY HEATER was first aired on the 14th March 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

 

Stefan Reussenzehn and their masonry heater

Gorse to Forest – with guest Hugh Wilson, Hinewai Reserve

Using gorse as a nursery plant to regenerate native forest is about working lightly with nature instead of toiling against it. To record this show I went to Banks Peninsula to talk to botanist Hugh Wilson, Manager of Hinewai Reserve near Akaroa. On the large, mostly grassed hills of Banks Peninsula, it is enlivening and enlightening to see the native blanket of forest that makes up Hinewai  Reserve. In this area, there is over 1000ha of bush with plenty of birds, lots of cicadas as you’ll hear, and gorse.

Gorse is Hinewai’s temporary visitor while it acts as a nursery plant to natives that come on wind and in bird droppings. Once natives comes through, they shade the gorse out and it dies. Except along paths and borders, no gorse needs to be burned, slashed or poisoned. And no natives need to be planted, or weeded.

Hugh tells me about what practices they use. This is one of New Zealand’s conservation stories that needs to be heard and replicated!

Listen to this programme on GORSE TO FOREST  HERE

GORSE TO FOREST was first aired on the 7th March 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

Along the Arboretum, this old gorse gets a sign to recognise its role as a natives nursery plant.

 

Hugh Wilson on Hinewai Reserve, Banks Peninsula.

Permaculture, the Hui and more! – with Nandor Tanczos, President of PINZ

The Permaculture Hui by PINZ (Permaculture Institute of NZ) will be held this year in on 4-7th April in Riverton, Southland.

Permaculture is all about working with nature rather than against it. As the PINZ website says, permaculture is a design system that mimics natures patterns and relationships to provide for local human needs.

In practice, we tend to think of permaculture as something that we do in the garden or on the land, but it can also be applied to social issues.

For today’s show I have Nandor Tanczos, President of PINZ,  to chat about how he got interested in permaculture and involved with PINZ, about his interest in applying permaculture to social issues such as the economy, and what we can expect from the Permaculture Hui this year.

For more information about PINZ go to http://www.permaculture.org.nz

Listen to this programme on PERMACULTURE HUI 2019 HERE

PERMACULTURE HUI 2019 was first aired on the 28th 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

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Nandor Tanczos, President of Permaculture Institute of New Zealand (PINZ)