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Cleaning Up The Crap

Cleaning Up The Crap

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  • Sun 5 Jun ’16, 1:00pm – 3:45pm


Waiheke Library, 133/131 Oceanview Rd, Oneroa, Waiheke Island


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

Agri-Vet Alison Dewes on Where is farming at? What's keeping us in the crap? How do we clean up the crap?

Venue: Waiheke Library's Community Meeting Room
- 1pm-2pm Alison Dewes's presentation
- 2pm-3pm Q&A discussion
- 3pm-3:45pm Audience story circle

Yep. We have a crap problem in our wonderful Hauraki Gulf. We believe this isn't being given sufficient priority. Thus, the second speaker of our Hauraki Classroom-Waiheke Community Library winter lecture series policy-meets-story collaboration is Alison Dewes – a second generation veterinarian, fourth generation dairy farmer, sister of Dr Kate Dewes, who helped lead the team to the World Court to get nuclear weapons declared illegal, and won, and 2015 NZ Women of Influence's Public Policy finalist.

She created her own Tipu Whenua consultancy to marry environmental caring with profitability, and recently completed a masters: researching how some farmers in the upper Waikato are proving that profitability and economic resilience can sync with protecting and enhancing the health of land and waterways.

Alison will be articulating where farming is currently at in the multi-faceted sides of the appalling dilemma, what's keeping us in 'the crap;' then highlighting the positive alternative approaches that are assisting dairy farmers and their profitability while also supporting and improving the health of soil and waterways.

This winter lecture series is an experimental extension of the Library's Sunday morning Makerspace explorations in community outreach and digital outreach aspects of the Library's goal of encouraging intergenerational lifelong learning. Hauraki Classroom will be recording the series - as a resource for our community - to facilitate content creation in fostering an extended awareness of the cross-relationships between the policy-making impacting upon our Hauraki Gulf home and the stories that we tell ourselves.

Yes, this current state of things has taken over a century to get to where it is now. But without political priority from Auckland, its institutions and its constiuents: the situation is simply just going to get worse if we all politely look the other way. The Hauraki Gulf is both back and front yard for many of us. We need to take on board that the effluent catchment for our Gulf runs all the way back from Tirau and Putaruru townships by way of the Piako and Waihou rivers.

According to NIWA (NZ's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) - which has been researching the Firth of Thames for the past 15 years: however many marine reserves we establish in our gulf, however much we adjust our fishing take, only half of the problem will be remedied if we don't also address the sedimentation and effluent issues.

If you care about and enjoy our Hauraki Gulf waters for swimming, fishing, or general recreational well-being and want to find out more about what's happening to dairy farming within our Hauraki Gulf catchments, come and join us for Alison’s lecture and continuing conversation in Waiheke Library’s community room at 1pm on Sunday 5 June, with Q&A discussion at 2-3pm, followed by shared afternoon tea (all baking welcome!), then a continued sharing circle to tell your own story till 3:45pm.

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