SDC Newsletter, June 2017

Dunedin’s May 2017 Aurora

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,

with the official start of winter we have information on garlic planting as well as decidedly indoor events such as the upcoming Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival!

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

Events listing

Thursday 8 June to Sunday 18 June

Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival

Rialto Cinemas, Dunedin

The festival offers the chance to see movies such as Can You Dig This? on urban gardening in Los Angeles and Gaming the Real World which asks about the potential of computer games such as Minecraft to help in city planning.

3pm-5pm, Sunday 18 June 2017

Our Climate Declaration Launch

Centre for Sustainability, Otago University, Castle St

The organisers invite you to join them for the launch of the Climate Declaration which aims to “bring people together around a short, simple narrative describing a future New Zealand that protects the climate. We aim to stimulate a national movement, supporting concerned citizens to develop climate action plans in their groups for work, learning, leisure and worship. It outlines the bad stuff we have to stop doing and the good things we have to pursue. We believe that with the force of numbers, we can achieve a secure future for Aotearoa/New Zealand.”

Livestreaming details to follow at


10am -2pm, Saturday 24th June 2017
Open Day and Garlic Planting
Kowhai Grove Permacuture Farm, 289 Factory Road, Mosgiel

Bring a plate to share!


7pm Sunday 25 June 2017

An evening with Dr Jane Goodall

This event will consist of a 20-minute lecture by Dr Goodall, followed by a 40-minute conversation between Dr Goodall and a special guest host, and an audience question and answer session. Tickets cost between $59-$249.

Regent Theatre, Dunedin


If you are in Wellington you may be interested in supporting…

26-28 June 2017

Climate Court Case

Wellington High Court
The New Zealand Herald reports that law student Sarah Thomson “has taken Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett to court over what the 26-year-old claims is a lack of action over the issue.” Organisers hope to see as many supporters in court as possible. For more information, see the full Herald story at:


Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July challenges you to join people around the world who will “choose to refuse” single-use plastic packaging for the month of July. Visit their website to join up and see the different options and solutions for going plastic-free:

High Street Cohousing Townhouses for Sale

Organisers describe the project as “unique family living” in a “new kind of neighbourhood”.

“The last four of 22 architecturally designed, German ‘passiv haus’ certified* townhouses are for sale in the cohousing development in High Street, Dunedin.

They are individually titled and self-contained with private outdoor living space yet will
maintain a temperature of 20-22 degrees all year round, and need virtually no heating.
Owners and their families will also enjoy shared ownership of recreational grounds,
gardens and rooms including meeting, dining, office, laundry, guest and recreational
Enquiries over $550,000

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

Our Fresh Water 2017, Ministry for the Environment.

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 – 25-05-2017 – Inner City Perennial Polyculture – Rory Harding
Eco Living In Action – 18-05-2017 – Organic Growing In A Polytunnel – Hans Wieland
Eco Living In Action – 11-05-2017 – Walking the South Island – Becky Cameron

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)

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