SDC Newsletter, March 2019

Kia Ora Sustainable Dunedin City whanau,

My apologies for this first newsletter taking some time to reach you, logistics with changing things over have taken longer than expected and still not quite there yet but in progress.

However this doesn’t mean we have been sitting back and relaxing waiting for things to happen. As chair I have been attending many other groups meetings and workshops to ascertain what is already happening out there and where we are needed.

This may be a long newsletter so I’ve put the most important that need action at the top.

What’s coming up: DATES to add to your calender.

DCC Annual Plan Submissions are Due April 15th we are meeting next week April 2nd 5.30pm – 8pm Room D101 at D BLock Otago Polytechnic to Brainstorm a collective submission and we hope you can make it. Some Kai will be provided by SDC but you are welcome to bring something to share. If you cannot attend but wish to write something please email through to use DCC Annual Submission in your email title to help us filter.

We also want to speak to this submission at a Public Forum 6 – 8 May. Your attendance in support is welcome.

Facebook event:

Link to DCC annual plan:


GET TOGETHER: March 27th –  Environmental Groups Pot Luck – Knox Church – Heron Hall 6.30pm – 8.30pm, All Welcome, Please bring Kai to share in your own container, cutlery and plate, Koha for hall hire. Activities are planned as well as space for conversation.


MOVIE: Normal is Over April 8th 1.30pm – 3.30pm, Dunningham Suite, Dunedin Public Library, organised as a collaboration with SCAN. Please register via the facebook event below.

Facebook event :

Link to trailer :


Treating Our Societal Addiction to Growth – Free Seminar in Dunedin, Otago University, St David Lecture Theatre, 10th April, 6 pm


TALK: Future Living Dunedin Extensions: Nigel Cowburn – Natural Water Systems

Collaboration with SCAN and Generation Zero Dunedin, 18 May, 1.30pm – 4pm, Dunningham Suite

Currently a WIP.

ACTION: Rosemary Penwarden has submitted a letter to the Mayor asking for the NZ Minerals Forum from taking place on Council owned property. (May 26,27,28) We ask that the Dunedin City Council also vows that all venue bookings must align with the city’s environmental policies, via a Statement of Intent to Dunedin Venues Ltd.

This was co-signed by a few groups from Dunedin, when I put this to the committee we only had 2 resounding yes and some amendments we would love to make to be more constructive in the argument, we did not add our society’s name to it but would be willing too with an edit. Does anyone have time to rewrite this for us? I am happy to send it in more detail to those who wish to engage.


We are aware of a huge number of events happening around the city and know there are many more we don’t yet know of! To help with getting the word out, we’ve started a google calendar, with the hopes of have a ‘one stop reference’ for everyone to look and see what’s on. We are working on getting this up on our website.

Please check out the Calendar for any upcoming events, If you know of any events to put on the calendar please email the information through to please use Calendar in your subject title to help us filter.

LINK to SDC public events google calendar


Some current plans in progress for SDC:


  1. Sponsoring Maureen Howards ‘Eco Living In Action’ show on OAR. We have been able to budget to support this great show for 6 months.

  1. Te Ao Turoa application for a Dunedin City Map. As a further step towards making it easier for the Dunedin community to learn about all the amazing initiatives happening around us, we have put together a proposal to create a digital map of our area with details on all the various groups, community gardens, and contacts (see below for further details).

Application for Te Ao Turoa funding closes April 5th 5pm:

ACTION: We are looking for letters of support from the community for this project, if you are able to write a support letter for us, please get in touch ASAP.

ACTION: If you would like to give feedback on this concept please email it through ASAP to

Concept: Written by Annal Dhungana

Dunedin is moving towards its goal of being one of the world’s great small cities. The backbone of greatness is a vibrant community who comes together to share their happiness and sorrow. In the aftermath of the Christchurch attack, the role of the communities to prevent any such catastrophes will be discussed slowly. We as community organization believe that, if all the community organizations or projects are connected together, we can help develop a resilient society. Sustainable Dunedin City (SDC) has been working since 2007 on the issues of sustainability, climate change and environment. We want to bring together all the community groups and organizations working on the areas of our focus. We want to share success to inspire others from that success and we want to share failures to help others to not make the same mistake. In order to build a good network among the communities, we need to develop a database and a system that is easily accessible by all. To do this, we propose the following activities to build a resilient Dunedin City.

  1. All community groups/organizations/projects working directly and indirectly on sustainable development of Dunedin will be listed.

  2. A database on their capacity and their working areas including their outreach will be listed. For example, core working areas (Food, transport, energy, conservation etc), primary activities, postal address, contact details, place focus( whole city, North-East Valley, Mosgiel, Otago Peninsula etc), but not limited to this information only.

  3. An interactive map of the data collected will be developed including GIS technology.

  4. DCC will be asked help to host these data in their GIS portal after SDC develops the database and maps.

  5. All community members will be able to see and the key person of each member will be able to edit their updates in the portal.



  • An interactive portal of the community organizations/groups/projects of Dunedin city that is working in the conservation, community development, sustainability, building resilience and climate change sector.

  1. Website update is a Work In Progress (WIP) and we are getting the calendar live on the current version so it is accessible for all to use. We have identified what we want the new version to look like and are working through the process of updating as we can.

  2. Collaborating with SCAN and Generation Zero on community engagement projects and the continuation of Future Living Dunedin conversations. Look out for more updates.

Other submissions coming up/open now:

  1. George St Renewal, Thanks to Gen Zero quick submit form below. Closes 7 April

  1. Or DCC direct submission here

  1. Dunedin Town Belt survey Submissions Due 20/4/2019

Public Forums:

A public forum will be available at the beginning of each Council agenda. Those wishing to speak should advise the Governance Support Officer (phone 477 4000), by 4.00 pm on the Thursday prior to the meeting.

And please e-mail ( ) or text (021532396) whenever You’re going to be addressing us through a Public Forum. Marie Laufiso


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Profiles of New Committee Members



Fiona Clements

B.Des (Fashion), G. Dip Sus Prac

Pakeha, Kai Tahu, Clan Gordon, Craftivist, Zerowaste Practitioner.


Fiona grew up in Waitati, Dunedin. Connected closely with nature and environmentally minded, her beliefs are reflected in her textile design under the label Senorita AweSUMO, she has received awards for her work through Keep Dunedin Beautiful.

Graduate of Otago Polytechnic Bachelor of Design (Fashion) and Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Practice passing with merit in July 2018. Fiona is a voluntary member of the Permanent External Advisory Committee at the Otago Polytechnic School of Design. Fiona was recently appointed to the Fashion Revolution working committee for Australia and New Zealand.

Fiona is the co-founder, and current Chair of Just Atelier Trust (known as Stitch Kitchen) and Bags For Good project co-founder. Fiona also sits on the Executive Committee of Dunedin Designed Inc, the Incorporated Society that runs the Guild Dunedin project.

Linked In Profile:



Fiona Jenkin

Creative social entrepreneur with a passion for local solutions to global problems.

Bachelor of Consumer and Applied Sciences (Otago), Clothing and Textile Sciences with Design, Education and a raft of supporting Arts papers; 3 years working in design/manufacturing industry; over a decade in fashion retail; 7 years solo-entrepreneur as a Personal Image Coach (personal branding); Since 2015, Co-founder Just Atelier Trust (Stitch Kitchen), working in community education and engagement on textile arts and waste reduction, (current Trustee, Secretary and Project Coordinator); Co-founder and coordinator of Bags For Good project.

Linked In profile:

Annal Dhungana

An environmental science graduate from Nepal with a decade long research and consulting experience on resource management and climate change. I have worked in diverse areas – Community Resilience; Sustainability; Climate Change Adaptation; Ecosystem Services; Disaster Risk Management; ISO 14001:2004 etc. In these subject areas, I have experiences in communication materials development (IEC materials, magazines, booklets, manuals, etc.), capacity building ( training, seminar and workshops), and research/study implementation (proposal writing, field work and reporting). I moved to NZ in January 2018 and currently working remotely on different community resilience researches of Nepal and involved as a volunteer in different conservation and sustainable development initiatives in Dunedin.

Linked In profile:



Lyeta Payet

Made her home here in Dunedin after almost 3 years in Christchurch. Has been in Dunedin for almost three years.

She has a Bachelor of Science majoring in Environmental Science. Currently self-employed. Dunedin based Consulting company called Monnaie Consulting Ltd.

Asbestos Surveyor (IP402), Asbestos consultant, licensed Asbestos Assessor (NZ and Australia).

Competent person for mould assessment, investigation and mould validation.

Passionate about the welfare of the environment and wants to be part of the active progress to making a change in the human impact to the environment and especially Dunedin.

Linked In profile:

Janet Young

Janet Young is a dual Canadian/New Zealand citizen. She fell in love with New Zealand and specifically Dunedin while on University exchange in 2006 and shifted permanently to New Zealand promptly upon graduation. Janet has worked for five years in the environmental education sector, first an Enviroschools Facilitator in Dunedin and then as a Sustainability Advisor at Sustainability Trust in Wellington. After traveling the Americas by motorcycle, she has returned to Dunedin to have her first child, settle down and enthusiastically return to the Enviroschools programme at the Dunedin City Council.

Linked In profile:

Murray Grimwood

Murray has been around NGO’s for a long time – Environment Access, Solar Action etc. He was a County Councillor 1986-9, has written a column (Lifestyle Block magazine, ex-Growing Today) about sustainability issues for a decade, lives off-grid and semi-sustainably with partner Jennie and Zeb the dog, on the Kilmog. He is currently writing a book about sustainability as it applies to New Zealand, and his ‘thing’ is assembling submissions.