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)

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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

For more information:

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

Backyard Biodiversity – with guest Clare Cross

Recently I was in Wellington, New Zealand visiting family and while I was there I went walking in the Otari Wilton Nature Reserve. It’s a lovely place and I had two beautiful experiences there – meeting some Red Crowned Parakeet, and most special of all, spending time gazing at a wild kaka while it rooted away at a dead tree for grubs. These two species are only there because the Zelandia Eco Sanctuary is spilling biodiversity over its fence. I’m excited by the hope that we can have the same here in Dunedin someday, with kaka taking up residence in North East Valley!

The group OpenVUE also has this vision. And is taking actions to help make NEV a more inviting place for native birds to live, along with other native wildlife.

In the studio today with me to share news about OpenVUE and the value of encouraging biodiversity in our backyards is Clare Cross, contracted through Orokonui Ecosantuary as the Educator and Community Coordinator for Open Valley Urban Ecosanctuary (OpenVUE).

By Maureen Howard, Sustainable Practice Educator and Communicator at Treedom NZ

First aired on Otago Access Radio  on 2nd August 2018. Supported by Taste Nature

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Community Based Water Catchment Groups – with Rhys Taylor

I love the idea of communities united through the rivers and tributaries that they share – in other words through their water catchment. Every piece of land on earth is part of a water catchment. Where does the rain that falls in your garden end up? Unless it is whisked directly away to the ocean by a stormwater drain, it will eventually make its way to a stream or river on the downside of your property.

Community Catchment Groups have been set up in South Canterbury in New Zealand. They comprise of members of the community who live around a particular river and its tributatries, who share a desire to protect that water and its natural environemt.

Rhys Taylor is the Community Engagement Coordinator for the South Canterbury River Catchment Groups, supported by Canterbury Regional Council.

Join me, as I ask Rhys about how these groups were set up, how they are benefiting their communities, what their participants are learning and what they are achieving.

This show was recorded on the 27th February 2018.

To listen to this programme about COMMUNITY CATCHMENTS please click on http://www.accessradio.org/Player.aspx?eid=858339c7-5bb7-41cc-b80b-1e8dea3d01b1. If the link is not working – please let me know and I’ll fix it. We also endeavour to re-air our older popular shows on request.

For more information –

This show was originally broadcast on the 2nd March 2018 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM and sponsored by Taste Nature – Dunedin’s organic shop.

Eco Living in Action is hosted by Dr Maureen Howard, Eco Action Educator

 

Rhys Taylor (Community Engagement Coordinator for the South Canterbury River Catchment Groups). Pictured here at a photo-competition on South Canterbury rivers, holding the framed winning photo of Wainono lagoon, near Waimate.

Members of the Waihi Catchment Group by the Waihi River bridge in Geraldine. Rhys is currently facilitator for this group.

Members of the Waihi Catchment Group on a recent visit to a deer farm where they learned about management of deer to reduce silt loss to waterways.

 

Managing Setbacks in Urban Restoration – with Hendrik Koch

With more than 50% of New Zealanders living in cities, and cities encroaching on rural and wild spaces, incorporating nature into our urban design is becoming increasingly important. Indeed, nature can ameliorate many of our urban problems. Trees and green space reduce stormwater run off. And they reduce the temperatures in concrete dominated cityscapes. Just as important, spending time in nature make us happier. Nature improves the mental and physical health of us and our children.

And of course we have a duty to make space for the other species we share this planet with.

My guest on this show is Hendrik Koch, Activities Coordinator with The Dunedin Environment Centre Trust. Hendrik has a background in successful urban restoration particularly in the Kaikorai Valley area of Dunedin. If you have been to the Shetland Street Communtity Gardens or to the Kaikorai Wetland Reserve across the road you will know what a special place this area has become. I loved it so much, I used to run the sustainable living field trips there for the SLP class participants.

Unfortunately there has been a big setback, with a new sewerage renewal project that is going to impinge significantly on the area. I asked Hendrik to tell me more.

This show was recorded on the 15th June 2017

To listen to this programme about MANAGING SETBACKS IN URBAN RESTORATION please click on http://www.accessradio.org/Player.aspx?eid=61821466-3b68-499c-ac3a-66d20535a003

(If you want to listen to this show and the link is not working – please let me know! We endeavour to re-air our older popular shows on request.)

This show was originally broadcast on the 6th July 2017 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Eco Living in Action is sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.

Hendrik Koch, Activities Coordinator with the Dunedin Environment Centre Trust (DECT)

 

Look out for the bridge leading to the community gardens

The Kaikorai Common Reserve is just across the road from the community gardens – on Shetland Street

Starting a Community Garden in Dunedin – with Lynn Vare

Dalmore Reserve Community Garden – better known as the Dalmore Reserve Bandit Gardeners is one of the newer community gardens to pop up in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Every community garden of course is run a little differently depending on the desires of the people putting in the work as well as the needs of the wider community. If you are thinking of starting up a community garden, or getting involved with one, then today’s show should provide you with good food for thought!

In early June 2017, I spoke (via internet) to my guest Lynn Vare, resident of Dalmore in Dunedin, and Librarian at Otago Boys High School. Lynn is currently leading the Bandits, following the considerable achievements of founder Kelley Allen.

I’m keen to find out some of the essentials for getting a community garden up and running here in Dunedin. What were some of the challenges faced by this Community garden? What have been some of the expected and unexpected rewards? And what motivates Lynn to commit her energy and efforts to making this garden a success.

To listen to this programme about The Community Garden at Dalmore Reserve please click on http://www.accessradio.org/Player.aspx?eid=5e759e87-a96a-4037-abf9-ec61131769f8

(If you want to listen to this show and the link is not working – please let me know! We endeavour to re-air our older popular shows on request.)

For more information –

  • On facebook – Dalmore Reserve Bandit Gardeners
  • Email – Gardenersdalmorecommunitygarden@gmail.com

This show was recorded on the 2nd June 2017 and originally broadcast on the 8th June 2017 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Eco Living in Action is sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.

Lynn Vare, currently leading activities at the Dalmore Reserve Community Garden.

Dalmore Reserve – site of the Bandit’s Dalmore Resesrve Community Garden

Flowers have been planted to attract beneficial pollinators

Healthy spray free veges growing. Views of Dunedin Harbour in the background

All this plant profusion requires some work! Everyone is a volunteer at the Dalmore Community Gardens

And of course everyone efforts are rewarded with fantastic produce to share among volunteers.

Green Politics in Northern Ireland – with Cllr Dr Georgina Milne

On Eco Living in Action I’m usually pretty focused on the practical actions that we all can take to transition to a sustainable future. But politics, whether we enjoy it or not, is a critical part of our transition.

In the past, Northern Irish politics has been dominated by the nationalist-unionist divide, sidelining big issues  that affect us all – such as biodiversity loss, climate change and the state of our environment. Things have improved a little but there is much progress to be made.

Join me  as I chat with Cllr Dr Georgina Milne who is the Green Party’s representative in the Ormiston district in Belfast City Council. Georgina works as a research scientist at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute based in Belfast. We talk about the state of Green politics in Northern Ireland, how she is finding life as a politician, and what Northern Ireland needs to focus on to transition to a sustainable future.

This show was recorded on the 26th May 2017.

To listen to this programme about GREEN POLITICS IN NORTHERN IRELAND please click on http://www.accessradio.org/Player.aspx?eid=d58ffea8-3fa5-476a-bc97-074dcf0fe36f

(If you want to listen to this show and the link is not working – please let me know! We endeavour to re-air our older popular shows on request.)

For more information –

This show was originally broadcast on the 8th June 2017 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Eco Living in Action is sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.

 

Cllr Dr Georgina Milne, Green Party representative for the Ormiston District in the Belfast City Council