SDC Newsletter, July 2017

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

Kia ora,
First of all, apologies for the sporadic newsletters over the last few months. We are still looking for a new newsletter editor, so if anyone is interested in this, please do get in touch. It is probably five or six hours’ work a month and is a great way of getting to know what is going on in the city. As you can see from this edition of the newsletter, there is an amazing selection of interesting talks and events in Dunedin.

In the meantime, I am going to experiment with one substantial newsletter a month and a quick update halfway through the month with any significant new events which can’t wait until the next month. Do let me know how you feel about this.

We are delighted to have 10 winners of our 2017 Big Green Challenge, covering a great range of activities, including re-usable bags, electric cars, fruit tree planting and recycling. You can see the full list of winners here and keep in touch with the progress of their projects over the next few months on our website and on the Big Green Challenge Facebook page.

Finally, you are all warmly invited to SDC’s AGM on Wednesday 16th August at 5.30pm (venue listed below). This is a chance to hear about what SDC has been doing over the past year and, most importantly, contribute to planning what we should be doing next year. We need more members to join the committee, so if you are at all interested in getting involved, please do contact myself or the secretary to discuss it. It doesn’t need to be a huge commitment – though the more we can put into it, the better it will be! Nominations need to be in by Friday 11th August. The AGM is also a good chance to meet Ruth Zeinart, the Dunedin Food Resilience Coordinator, who will be giving a short talk after the formal part of the meeting.

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

Events listing
Tuesday 25th July, 5.30-7pm

“Sustainability snapshots”
Venue: Valley Community Workshop, 11 Allen Street, North East Valley

Valley Community Workshop members will share some of the community resilience/ sustainability projects they are involved in, and are keen to hear about others – actual or potential!
Informal 5 min. talks on: an app for identifying sources of draughts, solar gains, and dampness in homes; tiny homes & low cost innovative heat transfer & storage; low-cost insulation ideas, electric vehicles and infrastructure; electric-bikes, community solar; hot-desking;.and more.  There will also be a short AGM. Soup & bread; tea, coffee provided.

The Valley Community Workspace is a co-working space for sustainable, innovative ventures, skill-sharing, creativity and community led education and development, based at 11 Allen St., North East Valley. We have a community bike workshop, Makerspace, electric and recumbent bikes, welding workshop, electric car conversions, and more.
Friday 4th August, 12pm

HortTalk: “Predator Free Dunedin: the latest”

Botanic Garden Information Centre (by duck pond) 12noon

A group of community-based entities has signalled its commitment to build on the biodiversity of Dunedin and surrounds. Hear about this contemporary, collective approach to controlling predators and allowing native ecology to thrive. For further information contact Clare Fraser phone 477 4000
Sunday 30th July, 3pm

“BAG IT” movie

Venue: Dunedin Curtain Bank, 174 Princes Street

Organised by Dunedin Curtain Bank and Bags for Good as a Plastic Free July event. All welcome. Koha to Bags for Good. Information about the film at ___________________________________________________________________________________
Closing date: Monday 7th August

Bags for Good logo competition
Bags for Good is a local project to overcome current barriers to adoption of reusable bags; such as quality, convenience and cost, for both retailers and consumers.

Bags for Good seeks to engage local pride and community involvement in all aspects of this project; from the logo design and branding to production of the bags, to supporting participating retailers. Shoppers at supermarkets, local grocers, convenience stores and markets will soon be able to ‘borrow a bag’ instead of purchasing, and return it when no longer needed. Retailers will be able to show their support for local community and the environment through their participation.
In the shared folder linked below, you will find:

Posters to promote the competition – please let us know if you would like printed copies delivered
The design brief, and introduction to the project and competition terms
Web and social media assets for the project
Key info:

Prizes: $100 + prizes for the main winner, plus special young designer prizes, including a professional development opportunity with Craig Scott, head of design at the Otago Museum
Comp opens 1 July, closes 7th August.

Wednesday 16th August, 5.30pm

Sustainable Dunedin City AGM, followed by talk by Ruth Zeinart – Dunedin Food Resilience Coordinator

Where: Room D101, D Block, Otago Polytechnic (access from Harbour Terrace)

All welcome. Hear about SDC’s work over the last year, share your ideas for the future of SDC and elect officers for the coming year.

Thursday 24th August, 12.00 – 12.50pm

Panel on the New Zealand election

Where: Burns 7 Seminar Room, University of Otago

Panellists: Prof. Jonathan Boston (Victoria University of Wellington), Prof. Hugh Campbell (Dept. of Sociology, Gender and Social Work), Prof. Janine Hayward (Dept. of Politics).
A discussion on public issues in relation to the upcoming election. What are the issues that need more attention? All welcome.
Thursday 24th August, 12.10 – 1.00pm
Healthcare without harm? Visioning the Dunedin hospital for future generations in the context of climate change
Where: Room 033/036, Department of Health and Preventative Medicine, University of Otago.

Public seminar. For more information, contact
Saturday 26th August, 10am – 12pm
Responses to Climate Change and the challenges facing churches

Where: St Patrick’s Community Centre, 40 Macandrew Road

A conversation on climate change to explore the challenges facing communities and the churches. The conversation will include a presentation by Prof Jonathan Boston (Victoria University of Wellington), which will address the need to reduce emissions and adapt to climate change. All welcome. More information from
Monday 28th – Wednesday 30th August, 9am – 5pm

International Symposium – Active Living and Environment: Towards a healthier and more sustainable future

The goal of this symposium is to facilitate and grow an international, multidisciplinary and multi-sector dialogue related to Active Living and Environment.

Symposium themes include Health, Transportation, Environment and Sustainability.

Creating active living environments requires expertise and sharing knowledge from multiple disciplines. This symposium will bring together international and national experts from multiple sectors including academia, government, public health, urban design, transportation and environment.

See list of invited speakers

Register today

Organised by the University of Otago Active Living Laboratory, School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences. Contact details
9th – 17th September

Drive Electric Week

A range of events are planned, including an attempt to break the NZ record for the most EVs in one place on Sun. 10th Sept. So, look out for the full programme, and if you have an EV, mark that date in your calendar!

Regular events
Quarantine Island/Kamau taurua There are regular open days on this beautiful Island and public Recreation Reserve in Otago Harbour. You can come over to relax and explore, or to help with one of the many projects: weed control, planting and caring for native seedlings, biodiversity monitoring, maintenance. You can also book a water taxi, or the Lodge, for your own island getaway. See the Quarantine Island website for details. Next weed control working bee: Thurs. 27 July 9.30am -2.30pm (postponed if rainy). Next open day Sat. 29 July 9.30-3.30pm. See the Quarantine Island website for details, including booking information for the boat. Events are also listed on the Quarantine Island Community facebook page.
Other opportunities
Organic compost: Annika Korsten writes: “I am seeking expression of interest of people who are interested in buying certified organic compost in bulk. We have already started selling it (as a pilot) and I am interested what the taste for it is in the Dunedin market. This is a social enterprise for Kowhai Grove with all proceeds going back into the initiative. The cost is $120/m3.

If anyone is out there who is good in conducting surveys that might give me a better idea than this form of communication I’d appreciate help with it too 😉

Please email to express your interest or any pointers with regards to the project.”

Valley Community Workshop Shared Workspace and Community Test Bed: Use a hot desk in the VCW’s co-working office space and electronics lab with free wifi and occasional printing.  Access starts at $30 per week or $10 per day.
VCW are promoting their Community Test Bed to emerging scholars – VCW’s collection of keen volunteers  are interested in assisting university and polytechnic research projects that touch on themes of sustainability or low-carbon societies.
Contact Tim at

Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust
What: free Cosy Energy Advice, Cosy Homes Assessments and Healthy Rental Certification
When: Mon-Fri, 9am – 5pm
Who: Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust in support of the Cosy Homes Trust.
About: Together with Cosy Homes and the Dunedin Curtain Bank we are working on making homes in Dunedin warm, healthy and more energy efficient. If you have any questions related to the thermal efficiency of your house call the Cosy Energy Advice line Tel: 929 1323 for FREE advice. We also offer Cosy Homes Assessments, which give you a more detailed plan on how to make your house warmer, healthier, and more comfortable – some solutions can be much cheaper than you think, and have a long lasting positive effect on your whole family.
 The Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust also offers bulk log delivery for firewood (must be seasoned for use in 2018) and affordable quality Mammoth insulation for DIY.

What: “How to Make a Place – of our Lands and Towns”
When: online now at
Who: Chris Perley
About: The Vogon Technocrat and reimagining our space…

The Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust creates collaborative climate solutions. Our patron is Jeanette Fitzsimons and we are a local NGO with our office based in Waitati, Blueskin Bay (
Contact us:
Tel: 4822048
Address: 1121 Mt Cargill Road, RD2 Waitati (in the old dental clinic at Waitati School)
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

6th July – Managing setbacks in urban restoration – Hendrik Koch
13th July – Cycling for cleaner air in Belfast – Sustrans
20th July – A non-violent protector for the climate – Rosemary Penwarden (repeat)

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).

You can hear me (Simonne Wood) being interviewed about Sustainable Dunedin City and various other things on the 22nd June podcast.

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


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