SDC Newsletter, April 2017

This newsletter is circulated once every two to three weeks by Sustainable Dunedin City Society to publicise sustainability-related events, consultations, petitions and occasional news items relevant to Dunedin.

Kia ora,
Dunedin’s Big Green Challenge for 2017!

Sorry we’ve had a bit of a gap in the newsletter – we had some technical problems. Now we are back on track and very pleased to announce the launch of Sustainable Dunedin City’s Big Green Challenge 2017. We are offering ten grants of up to $500 each to groups or individuals with exciting projects and creative initiatives that will strengthen Dunedin’s community resilience and foster stronger sustainability principles. The grants are available to implement projects within the greater Dunedin area (within the D.C.C boundaries of Waikouaiti in the north, to Brighton in the south, and to Middlemarch in the west). So if you have a great idea, or know someone else who has one, check out all the details and find an application form at  We will be accepting applications up till 6 May in recognition that the closing date falling in school holidays may have made the challenge date tricky for some.

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

Events listing
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

Sunday 23 April 2017
Fossil Fueled Collusion; Industry, Media, People & Politics

Dunningham Suite, Dunedin Public Library
Hosted by OIL FREE OTAGO and SEA (Students for Environmental Action)

10am – Book presentation: Petroleum Development and Environmental Conflict in Aotearoa New Zealand – Texas of the South Pacific
Economic anthropologist Dr Terrence Loomis reveals how criticism and resistance activities by environmental activists, concerned citizens’ groups and some local authorities has had far-reaching effects on institutional relations and values between the state and the community sector.

11am – Debating deep-sea oil: dissent, disdain and solidarity
Dr Sophie Bond, lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Otago, explores how action for climate justice is enabled or constrained by neoliberalism and contemporary forms of governance. Research authors: Sophie Bond, Amanda Thomas and Gradon Diprose.

12-3pm – Shared lunch, discussion and play GO MINE
Dunedin artist Ruth Evans developed this table top card game for her Master of Fine Art programme at Otago Polytechnic. Based on New Zealand’s mineral extraction industries, Go Mine allows players to become corporate tycoons. Mine the planet. Exploit, extract, export. Bribe where you can. Have a go at changing the rules or making up your own. But beware. If the planet’s resources become exhausted – everyone loses! (Go Mine is available for purchase by individuals, schools or groups.)


21-25 April
Festival of Nature

The Wild Dunedin Festival of Nature offers more than 50 events that celebrate Dunedin as the wildlife capital of New Zealand.


Thursday 4th May, 5pm-6.15pm
Public talk by Rekindle founder, Juliet Arnott

Otago Polytechnic, G Block, Room 106

Juliet will talk about Rekindle, the social enterprise which diverts reusable resources from waste through skill and creativity. Rekindle’s original focus was on finding new uses for timber from residential demolition in Christchurch.


Nominations close Monday 1st May
Keep Dunedin Beautiful 2017 Awards

The Keep Dunedin Beautiful awards recognise the work of both groups and individuals.

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
Net Zero in New Zealand: this report on a carbon neutral New Zealand is available at

Leaving the past behind us Article by Colin Campbell-Hunt on the damage caused by coal-fired power.

What’s best for city’s rubbish? ODT article on changes to Dunedin’s landfill management.

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

Eco Living In Action – 06-04-2017 – Creating English Wildflower Habitats – Bryan Raines
Eco Living In Action – 30-03-2017 – Industries Embracing Clean Wood Energy – Lloyd McGinty
Eco Living In Action – 23-03-2017 – The Gift Economy – Mark Boyle – The Moneyless Man

Maureen chats with best selling author Mark Boyle – “The Moneyless Man”. She explains that “for three years between 2008 and 2011 Mark took the ambitious step of going moneyless – successfully living completely without money. Inspired by the teachings of Ghandi during his final year of a Business Degree, Mark decided to embark on a challenge of living completely without money. At first the challenge was just one year but he enjoyed it so much he did it for three years. Although no longer moneyless, Mark lives very simply on a smallholding with others. He is currently experimenting with living without technology. Mark has a lot to share on the topic of going moneyless and why he believes it is absolutely essential for a sustainable future.

To find out more about Mark’s fascinating story I recommend you read his book, The Moneyless Man (2010) which shares the fascinating story of his first year of living without money. I especially enjoyed his second book The Monelyess Manifesto (2012) which is a How-To manual to living without money. This book is free on His most recent book, Drinking Molotov Cocktails with Gandhi (2915) explores why we need to change our economic system if we are to avoid ecological collapse.”

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: Consultation on the 2017/18 Annual Plan is open until 1 May 2017.

Otago Regional Council: Submissions on the Otago Regional Council’s 2017/18 draft Annual Plan are open until 12 May 2017.
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


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