January 2010 SDC Committee Minutes

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc.

Committee Meeting

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc.

Committee Meeting


Date:   Thursday, 21 January 2010

Time:  5:30 pm

Place:  3rd Floor, MWH, John Wickliffe House


Apologies: Jinty MacTavish, Paul Young, Nick Holmes, Suze Keith, Tracey Willmott, Mark Jackson

Present: Phil Cole, Jesse Holmes, Lizzie Rudd, John Cocks, Jocelyn Harris, David Tucker, Janet Brady, Maureen Howard.


Minutes of last committee meeting. Motion that these be accepted. Moved Phil Cole/Jocelyn Harris. Accepted. No matters arising.


Secretary’s report and matters arising:

Ø      An email had been received from Phil Scadden of GMS offering to give a presentation on Sustainable Energy – not a lot of hot air – a New Zealand Perspective.  

Ø      Janet would email him and ask for a short synopsis on his proposed talk.


Treasurer’s report and matters arising:

Ø      Phil pointed out that the bank balance didn’t show the $5000 donation received before Christmas because he and John were still investigating the possibility of getting SDC registered as a charity.

Ø      Charitable status would mean not having to pay tax on the donation and would also confer a few other benefits. As the process could be slow it was agreed that they would attempt to get it done while the cheque was still current.

Ø      John will email out the forms of application for charitable status to each committee member to fill in.


Local Government Elections 2010 – Joint Strategy

Ø      There is to be another meeting of this ad hoc group at Greens office on Feb 4th at 7.15pm.

Ø      Jinty McTavish has been invited.

Ø      It was suggested they should make contact with the Greater Dunedin group that also has similar aims to avoid splintering support for sustainability-friendly candidates.


Climate Camp Report from Jess Holmes.

Ø      Jess attended the Climate Camp for environmental activists held in Wellington in December to coincide with the climate change negotiations in Copenhagen.

Ø      There was minimal press coverage of the camp.

Ø      She came away with a better understanding that all roles in actions are equally important.


‘World of Difference’ programme (Vodafone Foundation)

Ø      John and Phil have signed contracts between Vodafone and SDC, and after consulting with a solicitor on employment and tax issues, have drawn up an employment contract for Nick Holmes. Nick to sign when he returns from holiday.

Ø      John and Phil to go through IRD procedures and set up SDC as an employer.

Ø      Discussion about bank accounts and the best way to manage the money that Vodafone will pay out in full to SDC at the start of the project to pay Nick and cover expenses incurred.

Ø      David suggested SDC look at using SPS as he had found them very helpful with another community group. But it was pointed out that Credit Union, which SDC currently has its account with is wholly Otago-owned. David/Phil will look into this.


DSSCF – Update:

Ø      Lizzie reported that the group had not be so active in 2009 as in 2008 but with Nick Holmes involvement this year there will likely be a lot more interest, and activity in 2010.

Ø      Regeneration Otago, part of a national initiative run by Enviro Schools) was becoming a charitable trust. It also has plans for networking with the community and spreading the idea around the country.


Green Drinks Initiative Update:

Ø      About 30 attended a lively Sustainable Christmas-themed drinks in December. A student from the Otago University Design School demonstrated the board game based around sustainability and peak oil he had designed.

Ø      This month’s host is Dunedin Veggie Growers Club and they are presenting their “Top Ten Tips for Winter Gardening”.


Transition Valley 474: Update.

Ø      They have received money from HEHA for funding to plant fruit trees in the area.

Ø      They’ve held stalls, two garden tours and have a local energy initiatives tour planned.


SDC Plans for 2010: Nora Calvert’s Donation.

Ø      Jocelyn has proposed using this to fund a winter series of lectures.

Ø      6 weekly lectures, on a Tuesday evening at 5.30pm at the Hutton Theatre subject to availability is proposed for July/August and a day workshop for the DCC and ORC staff after this.

Ø      Possibility of bringing international speakers who are already travelling to NZ but Jocelyn was particularly keen on making it a showcase for local experts at the university to speak to a wider audience, and also to foster a link between the DCC and ORC and the abundant expertise at the university.

Ø      A theme along the lines of “How Dunedin will have to Adapt to Climate Change and Peak Oil” proposed for speakers to relate to their area of expertise.

Ø      Jocelyn, Bob and Maureen will assemble a list of possible speakers for the committee to consider.

Ø      A forum for Local Body candidates to present/ be quizzed on their sustainability-related policies is also intended to be held before the Local Body Elections later in the year


Meeting closed 7.05pm.


Next meeting – 18th February 2010