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Sustainable Otautahi Christchurch Newsletter: 2 May 2019

Wednesday, May 08, 2019   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, Community Groups, sustainability, Climate Change, event, environmental health, meeting, Fundraiser

Welcome to the latest news from Sustainable Ōtautahi Christchurch (SOC).

Community, Council and Climate

Share your views on climate change to help inform our city targets and actions.

Take the Christchurch Climate Change Survey. The survey only takes about 5 minutes and is open until midnight on Friday 31st May 2019.

Find out more about the Christchurch Climate Change Survey.

Sustainable Ōtautahi Christchurch AGM

Date and Time: Thursday 20th June 2019, from 6.30pm.
Location: Canterbury WEA (59 Gloucester Street).

Come along to the preceding Fabian Society/ SOC partnership meeting on “Critiquing the Well-being Budget”. Special guests TBC.

You can join SŌC in time for the AGM by sending a cheque for the $15 membership fee to: PO Box 1796, Christchurch 8140. Please put your name and contact details in with the cheque.

Contact SOC Treasurer Dave Evans for details on paying the membership fee by internet banking (dave.evansii[at]

Sustainable Ōtautahi Christchurch Garage Sale

Date and Time: Saturday 18th May 2019, from 8am.
Location: 25 Rowses Road (Aranui).

Contacting SOC if you wish to donate goods and to arrange delivery or pick-up (info[at]

Speaking 4 the Planet

The Speaking 4 the Planet event creates the space for Intermediate and High school students to show case their passion for our planet, and their talents in public speaking, spoken word and visual art.

Sustainable Ōtautahi are leading this with the local branch of NZ Assoc for Environmental Education. We have an amazing number of schools participating - we currently have 13 schools eager and already supporting their students to be involved.

Students will bring their best skills in persuasion, communication and style to address global issues linked to the UN’s World Environment Day themes (#airpollution and #beatplasticpollution) before their peers and judges.

Be part of the audience and support the students!

Date: Friday 7th June 2019.
Time: 9.30am to 4pm. Year 7 to 9 students will speak in the morning and Year 10 to 13 students from 1.30pm.
Location: TSB Space at Tūranga - Central City Library.

You’re welcome to pop in anytime and the visual art exhibition is open for viewing all day. We are also putting out a special request to all SŌC members to spread the word by sharing on social media.

Contact SOC Event Manager Michelle Whitaker if you or someone you know well are in a position to sponsor some prizes for the winning students (michelle[at]

We would like to acknowledge the brilliant supporters we have so far:

  • Sustainable Initiatives Fund;
  • Ara Institute;
  • Christchurch City Libraries;
  • Christchurch Arts Festival;
  • Sustainability Office of University of Canterbury;
  • Orana Wildlife Park;
  • The Rubbish Whisperer;
  • Remix Plastic; and
  • EarthSeaSky.

Restoring Nature in Christchurch

How far have we come and how far do we still have to go? Come along to this panel discussion featuring:

  • Colin Meurk (conservation ecologist);
  • Peter Wells (Ōtākaro Orchard project co-ordinator) and
  • Colleen Philip (Chair of Sustainable Ōtautahi Christchurch).

It's a really important topic which the City Council is currently grappling with, so come and hear from the experts on what they advise.

Date and Time: Thursday 16th May 2019, from 7.30 to 9pm.
Location: Canterbury WEA (59 Gloucester Street).

Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch