SDC Newsletter, 12 Feb 2017

Kia ora,
Here are some interesting events for February, plus a look ahead to NZ Seaweek and a fund-raising event for Orokonui in April.

Ngā mihi,
Simonne Wood
(Chair, Sustainable Dunedin City)

Events listing

Tuesday and Wednesday 21 and 22 February

Short course: Creating Living Buildings

Venue: Otago Polytechnic

This is a two day block course on the Living Building Challenge and Integrated Design for people who want to transform their practice of sustainable construction and deliver restorative projects.The course is offered to architects, construction professionals, design professionals, engineers, product suppliers, clients and community workers enabling diverse and rich dialogue whilst learning to create authentic sustainable projects and outcomes.
The course offers deep understanding and practice of:

  •     How can we live sustainably on this planet?
  •     The Living Building Challenge goals as drivers for positive change of our buildings and communities
  •     Lots of case studies
  •     The challenges and solutions to achieving the goals in NZ
  •     How do we work together to create the best outcomes for the budget, time and quality constraints?

See for more information, registration and fees.

Friday 24th February, 12-1pm

Joint Otago Energy Research Centre & Centre for Sustainability Seminar

Venue: Seminar Room, Centre for Sustainability, 563 Castle Street

Seminar presented by Professor Tadj Oreszczyn, Director of The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources (BSEER), Director of the RCUK Centre for Energy Epidemiology (CEE) and Professor of Energy and Environment at the UCL Energy Institute, University College London. Prof Oreszczyn is also the Director of the RCUK Centre for Energy Epidemiology based at the UCL Energy Institute. This centre undertakes research to help the UK reduce its energy demand in buildings and transport and is one of six government funded research centres in energy demand. The centre is currently leading the establishment of an International Energy Agency Annex (70) in building energy epidemiology. Prof Oreszczyn has for 34 years undertaken energy and building research with a particular focus around the performance gap between theory and practice and the unintended consequences (health, comfort, etc.) of building energy efficiency.  http://

Tuesday 28th February, 6.15-7.15pm

“How should we value nature in a human-dominated world?” Royal Society of New Zealand lecture.

Venue: St David Lecture Theatre, University of Otago

Lecture given by Dame Georgina Mace, British ecologist and conservation scientist, Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystems and Director of the UCL (University College London) Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research. More information on the Royal Society website. Lecture is free but registration is required.

Saturday 25th February to Sunday 5th March

New Zealand Seaweek

Various Otago events listed at

Sunday 26th February, 10.30am

Dunedin coastal clean-up

Venue: Meet at St Kilda Surf Club (other locations can be chosen for clean-up)
Part of Seaweek events – see  for more information.

Saturday 22nd April

Orokonui Challenge – fund-raising walk or run

Pay an entry fee to run or walk the Orokonui Challenge and help fund takahe and kaka conservation work.
“The race is fantastic and beautiful all the way – it includes Orokonui’s protected forest, Orokonui estuary, Blueskin Bay and Doctors Point beach. Great views and great wildlife! Terrain varies from compacted gravel, grass, beach, asphalt and coarse gravel. The run includes 500-600m of climbing.

The walk includes Orokonui’s forest and Orokonui Estuary. Walkers can take their time and enjoy forest and estuarine wildlife. The walk includes 300m of climbing and the terrain is compacted gravel, grass and boardwalk.”

More information at

Other opportunities

Neighbourhood Food Harvest – Our Food Network Do you have food in your garden (fruit or veges) and know you won’t be able to consume it all? Do you want help to harvest and donate some food to your neighbours and/or local food banks? Do you want to get to know your neighbours and help them harvest any excess food from their own properties?
If you answer “yes” to any of these questions then please contact us at:
Our “Ideas into Action Facilitator” (Niki Bould) is busy gathering names and addresses for our database so we can organise volunteers in each neighbourhood to harvest as much food as possible so it doesn’t go to waste. We will be running some volunteer workshops soon (on how to make “apple-pickers”, how to identify diseases in fruit, and providing some health and safety info) and hope this is a great way for neighbours to meet each other.

Valley Community Workspace is a co-working space for sustainable, innovative ventures and skill-sharing at 11 Allen St, North East Valley. Call in to see what’s happening on Saturdays between 10.30am -5pm or check our facebook page or website  We are looking for new people/ventures who are interested in renting part of the space. Currently we have bikes, e-bikes, a welding workshop, Makerspace, and e-car conversions…

Good reading/listening

Eco Living in Action Dunedin’s radio show about living more sustainably. With host Maureen Howard, on Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Aired – every Thursday 2.30-3pm and repeated Mondays 8.30-9am. Podcasts available at, Eco Living in Action website or iTunes. Eco Living in Action is sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City

26th Jan – Make your own basic herbal remedies – Anna Hughes
2nd Feb – free range poultry production – Olive Elliott
9th Feb – Go to Tinker School! – Andrew Bowen

Sustainable Lens – radio show on Otago Access Radio. Each week Shane Gallagher and Samuel Mann take a sustainable perspective on current topics in the world around us. Regular features aimed at drawing out connections lead into an extended discussion with invited guests. They are building up a searchable archive of conversations with people from many different fields who are applying their skills to a sustainable future. In their conversations they try to find out what motivates them and what it means to see the world through a sustainable perspective, through their sustainable lens.
Podcast and live on Otago Access Radio (Thursday NZ  7-8pm 105.4FM/1575AM in Dunedin).

Petitions and consultations

Dunedin City Council: No sustainability-related consultations at present.

Otago Regional Council: No sustainability-related consultations at present.

New Zealand Government: No sustainability-related consultations at present.

Sustainable Dunedin City Society aims to facilitate a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin City and is made up of people who are interested in the issues of climate change, declining energy security and sustainability. The Society is not affiliated to any political party. For more information or to join the Society go to


Simonne Wood (Chair and newsletter editor)

SDC secretary (Andy Barratt)

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc

Facebook page Sustainable Dunedin City

Please send all requests to go onto the mailing list or to be removed from it to