Sustainable Dunedin City

Looking to Dunedin's Future
The Brainstorming session for the Annual Plan Submission last week resulted with this list that SDC will be submitting as a community.  Please feel free to adapt and use what you like for your own submission. Below is also the link to do so.

Sustainable Dunedin City values the long term security of our planet and works to protect the environment through advocacy, workshops, education and collaboration.

We want Dunedin to be a zero waste carbon neutral, equitable and resilient city. We want members of our community to be happy, healthy and be able to access high quality key services that are currently substandard.

We encourage the DCC to be a fair employer( including contractors), a transparent organisation who engages with their community and a zero waste and energy efficient organisation.(2 points form each section that we want to prioritize for speaking to submission, 5 mins max then questions)


  1. We support the DCC having more control over the buses.

  2. We support higher frequency and accessibility of public transport.

  3. We support the DCC subsidising buses.

  4. We support a car free central city.

  5. We support the DCC introducing road user charges on fossil fuel powered vehicles.

  6. We support the DCC lobbying central government to amend the land transport and management act in order to transfer governance to the DCC, and to create the choice for local authorities to own their own public transport operators.

  7. We encourage the DCC to adopt and implement the GPS on land transport and prioritize active and public transport now rather than in the coming years.

  8. We support the DCC creating a free bus loop in the central city.

  9. We support the Queenstown model of public transport funding to be adopted, specifically using increased parking revenue to subsidise public transport fares.

  10. We support increased EV charging stations.

  11. We support the DCC to review tourism impacts such as cruise ships and bus tours on the local environment.

  12. We support the DCC implementing cycle ways and ongoing education for vehicle drivers and cyclists to enhance safety for lower carbon modes of transportation.

  13. We support the DCC to expand the bus fleet to cover a wider Dunedin area such as Waitati/Waikouaiti and Middlemarch.

  14. We support the DCC utilising more rail for passenger transport.

Recycling/Resource Recovery/Waste Minimisation

  1. We support a city upcycling centre and repair cafe.

    1. Assist community-based recycling, and facilitate the better disposal and upcycling of green waste.

    2. Including allowing community groups who pay rates such as churches to have access to yellow lidded recycling bins.

  2. We support the DCC providing compost and green-waste bins and continue to evaluate the efficacy and proliferation of these services.

  3. We support the DCC investing in community based waste management.

  4. We support the DCC providing more community recycling centres than currently budgeted.

  5. We support the DCC moving away from using black plastic rubbish bags.

  6. We support the DCC utilising recycled material solid bins instead of black plastic rubbish bags.

  7. We support the separation of recyclable material.

  8. We support the DCC upholding the zero waste status we have had since 1999.

  9. We support the DCC increasing city recycling and resource recovery centres and introducing a city compost programme.

  10. We support the DCC lobbying central government, local business such as supermarkets and those who are engaging in that sector to uphold Dunedin’s zero waste status.

  11. We support the DCC creating a local bylaw around removing single use disposable take away items in our city.

  12. We support the DCC engaging the community on this issue.

  13. We support the DCC to educate Dunedin Citizens on best practice in regards to waste management and minimisation with a goal towards zero waste practices.

  14. We support the DCC looking into innovative ways of reusing wasted resources such as plastic in roading infrastructure.

  15. We support the DCC to engage more business in services such as foodshare, rideshare and composting.

Staffing and Resources

  1. We support the DCC paying contractors a living wage.

  2. We support the DCC upholding Health & Safety practices for all contractors.

  3. We support the DCC investing in the local community and providing a Universal Basic Income.

  4. We support the DCC subsidising zero waste construction projects, including the proper sorting of construction waste.

  5. We support the DCC to engage local contractors to build the local economy.

  6. We support the DCC to use a social procurement strategy that encourages local business who are doing good for the local community, such as living wage employers and social enterprises.

  7. We support the DCC to lobby central government to do the same.

Health and Wellbeing

  1. We support improving local mental health infrastructure through investment in places such as Moana House and others and to talk to the SDHB to support funding EPS.

  2. We support the DCC investing in community mental health groups.

  3. We support increasing community gardens investment.

  4. We support more active transport options and outdoor gym areas in order to improve physical well being.

  5. We support the DCC to engage local groups in social connection such as sharing intergenerational knowledge, skills and time.

  6. We support the DCC to enhance the interaction of diverse communities.

  7. We support the DCC’s collaboration with local artists in all aspects of projects.


  1. We support the DCC prioritising natural wastewater systems.

  2. We support the DCC to implement stormwater catchment of rubbish.

  3. We support the DCC to implement long term solutions for better drainage systems.


  1. We support the DCC lobbying to increase housing standards.

  2. We support the DCC providing social housing.

  3. We support the DCC incentivising better housing through subsidisation of maintenance.

  4. We support the DCC prioritising education around healthy homes.

  5. We support the DCC reaching out to community groups and the wider community to engage on housing matters.

  6. We support the DCC being adequately staffed from a diverse range of groups.

  7. We support the DCC removing profit motives from investments.

  8. We support the DCC to subsidise retro fitting to energy efficient standards.

  9. We support the DCC to bring in Green Building strategies to be the new normal.

  10. We support the DCC to lobby central government to implement a change in housing standards to those of Green Building standards.

  11. We support the DCC reviewing and updating the resource consents around houses that will allow alternative sustainable ways of building and living ie off grid and tiny homes.

Community engagement and transparency

  1. We support the DCC engaging with Mana Whenua on all aspects of council.

  2. We support the DCC to shift “business as usual” to regenerative practices such as utilising frameworks like the Donut Economy designed by Kate Raworth.

  3. We support the DCC to identify mechanisms in which the DCC can transition to a circular economy without using fossil fuel based infrastructure and resources which are scarce.

  4. We support the DCC remunerating the significant work done by volunteer organisations around the city.

  5. We support the DCC to collaborate with local organisations and community groups on local projects.

  6. We support the DCC in reviewing the current consultation approach with the community to one which involves actively visiting diverse communities, and includes more time for the consultation process.

  7. We support the transparency of the DCC to create interactive council meetings utilising tools such as live streaming.

Climate change

  1. We support the DCC finalising the climate mitigation plan this year.

  2. We support the DCC creating and implementing work under the Compact of Mayors with implementation starting in the first quarter of 2020 regarding climate change and adaptation.

  3. We support the DCC adequately funding and resourcing policy teams tasked with climate change mitigation and adaptation.

    1. In addition to yearly carbon budgets for the DCC we request that the DCC publish a report examining what actions have been taken to mitigate and adapt to climate change and the efficacy of these actions, for the sake of transparency and accountability.


  1. We support adaptation planning being prioritized in Te Ao Turoa’s work plan.

  2. We support the community being engaged from this year on adaptation planning.

  3. We support DCC working with insurance companies to understand the risk posed to those who will not be able to afford insurance and will not be able to gain insurance in the near future.

  4. We support the DCC prioritizing infrastructure created out of materials that do not produce significant emissions ie not concrete.

  5. We support the DCC engaging with not only landlords and homeowners but renters in affected areas.

Nature and Biodiversity

  1. We support the DCC implementing their own recommendation to minimise the removal of trees.

  2. We support the DCC planting more native and productive trees around the city.

  3. We support inclusion of integrating trees and plants into the built environment eg, living walls, permaculture, community gardens, berms beautification and enhancing the Town Belt.

  4. We support the DCC in using their local government power to lobby against big polluters such as the oil and gas industries from operating in this region, and supporting adjacent councils to do the same.

  5. We support the DCC in lobbying central government to implement the same country wide.

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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


How to keep in touch and up to date with SDC:

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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.


The Big Green Challenge has been concluded for 2017 with a great array of projects and community involvement.

The work leveraged from the grants has been impressive.

PDF’s of presentations from some groups are available to download here:

BGC 2017 OGHS Report

Dunedin Big EV Day Out BGC Report 2017

Caversham Community Orchard BGC Report 2017

NEV Insulation Test Box BGC Report 2017


NEV Cosy Homes Project

The Cosy Homes test box is a model for testing the effectiveness of different forms of secondary window glazing. It is part of a wider project to help families living in the North East Valley have warmer and drier homes.

Inside the test box there are two lightbulbs that heat the space. There is a gap that perspex frames containing different kinds of window glazing can be inserted into. There is a digital thermometer inside the test box and we are hoping to add a more sophisticated multimeter in the coming weeks. We have an infrared app installed on an ipad that we will use to show how heat is dispersed within the test box. We are aiming to be able to demonstrate the benefits of different forms of secondary glazing and help our local families find the most cost-effective solution for their homes.

Burns Lodge

The Soil to Plate program has begun with the planting of fruit trees and building of planting boxes.


Burns Lodge introduces ‘soil-to-plate’ programme

Mosgiel-based social enterprise, Burns Lodge, is introducing an alternative approach to food
resilience and self-sufficiency by working with people with mental and physical disabilities in
the local community. In partnership with Community Care Trust and through support of the
Dunedin Big Green Challenge, Burns Lodge is building raised garden beds and planting these
with vegetables as part of its ‘soil-to-plate’ project.

Burns Lodge’s Business Manager, Clinton Chambers, is confident that the pilot project is just
the start of an exciting programme which will help the disabled share their experiences with
food, value nutrition and learn life-long skills. “Our raised raised vegetable garden bed and
fruit orchard projects are the first steps of our soil to plate programme which aims to
regenerate a community spirit in Mosgiel by bringing our people back in touch with the land
and with each other.

“Our raised garden beds are specifically designed for people with disabilities including
accessibility for those in wheelchairs. The next stage of the project is to get the community
to plant and grow vegetables. We will be going a step further though by training our
community gardeners on how to work with healthy recipes and by creating menus with food
which they also like to eat. We’ll then create a seasonal planting chart according to which we’ll
plant vegetables according to the growth season in accordance to menus designed by the
gardeners themselves.

“Burns Lodge’s Chef will also be volunteering his time to train our gardeners in our commercial
kitchen on menu planning and the best ways to prepare and cook meals as planned in the
planting. All these initiatives are aimed at making our ‘soil to plate’ programme a huge success
and we are looking forward to a groundswell of local support for the initiative,” says Chambers.

Burns Lodge is also currently embarked on a drive to further beautify its gardens and by
opening up more walk-throughs to the public. The Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board
supports this collaborative pilot program as a local initiative that is accessible to local
residents and individuals with physical and mental disabilities which aims to empower
communities to lead healthy lives.
Burns Lodge is a social enterprise based in Mosgiel, operating a successful and sustainable
business. The enterprise invests its profits to improve the quality of people’s lives. Together
with its partners, Burns Lodge aims to build a social monument with a double bottom line:
generating a financial return to advance its social mission of personal empowerment and the
social re-integration of disadvantaged individuals.


Dunedin North Intermediate
Pupils have featured with their cloth bags in the ODT
Caversham Community Group – Community Orchard Project

Parks and Reserves, Urban Planning, Good Food Dunedin and Jason Ross meet with the Caversham Community Group to discuss planting options. The soil has been tested in the location agreed upon, these tests have come back good. Eleven Heirloom Fruit Trees have been purchased with the Big Green Challenge Grant, thank you once again. Next week the holes will be dug for the fruit trees on Wednesday and the planting ceremony will be the following day as long as the weather holds.

The planting day was held 11 August and is covered in the ODT here.


Peninsula Playcentre – Fruit Tree Project

The Peninsula Playcentre in Portobello had our Community Planting Day on 13 August. We were recently awarded a Sustainable Dunedin City ‘Big Green Challenge’ grant to help transform the grounds by planting fruit trees, with a view to teaching the children to nurture the trees and use the fruit.

We used our grant money to source plants and supplies specifically chosen for our unique site. We were lucky enough to have the expertise of Jason Ross from Habitate to help inform our orchard design plans.

We got really lucky on the day with the weather, and our local community turned out on what was a beautiful sunny afternoon to work together to get the plants into the ground.

We shared food together and we planted new apples, pears, loganberry, thornless blackberry, and chilean guavas, as well as relocated a few existing trees into better locations and generally gave the whole site a lot of concentrated TLC.

A fantastic community effort, captured on the day by the wonderful Isabella Harrex Photographer (and garden expert!).



Otago Girls High School – Raised Garden Beds Project

OGHS have advised the wood has been ordered for the raised beds.

Bayfield High School

The Envirogroup at Bayfield High School received money from Sustainable Dunedin’s Big Green Challenge to help fundraise for our three-way bin system. We have bought six sets of three bins to place around our school, with the aim of reducing the amount of waste going to landfill from Bayfield. Currently, we are working to implement the system and introduce it to Bayfield students.


Columba College

Planter boxes have been built . We have also decided to build a herb garden as well which is a bonus! The students are also having a work bee soon.


Dunedin EV Group – Drive Electric Week Event

We have two major events planned for the week. Dunedin Big EV Day Out and record attempt on Sunday 10th September, at the Forsyth Barr Stadium and a panel forum on Thursday 14th September in the Dunningham Suite of the Dunedin Public Library. During the week there will also be several other activities based at Dunedin Public Library including lunchtime talks and videos playing on the Gigacube as we celebrate 100 years of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in NZ and look into NZ’s EV future.

Dunedin EV Big Day Out!
SUNDAY 10th September, 2017
Forsyth Barr Stadium Harbour Carpark and ODT covered stand area.

From 11AM – 12

RECORD ATTEMPT – We will be having an attempt at the NZ record for the most EVs in one place at the same time, currently held by Christchurch (100). Dunedin has 200 plus EVs so we think this is achievable. Otago currently has the 2nd most EVs per 1000 capita in NZ. We would like everyone of those 200 plus EV owner to come to this part of the event for the record attempt and photo. While e-bikes will not be included in the official tally we welcome all e-bike owners to participate in the photo as well.

PHOTO – We will be taking a group photo of the EV park-up and families in Dunedin to document this milestone of early EV adoption in Dunedin’s EV history. Something to show our children and grandchildren in 2050!

Nuts and bolts – EV Owners to arrive from 10.30 for vehicle park-up. See marshalls in the car park for directions. There will be spot prizes for participating EV owners.


Meet local EV owners and talk to them about their experience of EV ownership in Dunedin and the wider Dunedin area. Nine models of Electric Vehicles will be available for test rides and test drives.* There will also be electric bikes on display and available for test rides and live music, science demonstrations, remote control cars, face painting and food vendors. Myth busting, charging demonstrations, EV apps, spot prizes and more! Family friendly FREE event.

See NZ’s oldest electric car still in use, the 1904 Baker Electric alongside the most modern of electric vehicles on the market as we celebrate 100 years of EVs in NZ. In addition there will be a scratch-built Roadster and a variety of made-in-Dunedin electric car conversions.

*Nissan LEAF, Renault Zoe, Nissan van, iMEV, Hyundai Ioniq, Audi e-Tron, e-Golf, BMW i3



EV Panel and public discussion

EV expert panel topics will include:

Charge.Net – NZ’s Rapid highway
Air NZ – Electrifying the ground fleet
E-ideas from Shanghai
Flip the Fleet
Charged As – the Dunedin EV scene
In addition there will also be local Dunedin EV owners and small business owners discussing how they use their EVs for work, family and pleasure.


International Drive Electric Week is a worldwide celebration to heighten awareness of today’s widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles. Started in 2011 as National Plug In Day in the United States with the simple idea to hold simultaneous events across the country on the same day, by popular demand it was expanded to an entire week of grassroots events. In 2015 it became an international event with invitations to EV groups in other countries to participate. “International” Drive Electric week now more accurately represents its coverage and importance.


Bags for Good – Cloth Bag Project

– We have a logo competition running which ends on the 7th of August, winner to be announced on the 10th.
-This Sunday, we have a screening of the ‘Bag It’ movie, where we will also have Steve from the Clutha district council speaking about the Koha bags project that has been happening down there, and most critically, we will have sample bags and packs with our pattern and fabric (if it is needed) to give out for the production of bags to begin. At present we are really focused on making bags for our trails which are starting at Taste Nature and in a North East Valley location in September. Info about this event is here.

– We’re building the first iteration kiosk and planning a system for surveying the stores and customers in the trial
– We’re in talks with a local screen printing company about partnering with us to screen print the logo on the bags in environmentally friendly inks
– We have a few public workshops for making bags coming up – the next one is on the 5th of August at The Valley Project in NEV.
– We’re very busy fielding interest from all over the city! Yay!
– We’re setting up a website so the pattern and info is available online, we do also currently have a Facebook page
– We’ve just had our first set of ‘care labels’ delivered which can go into the bags and have some info about the project
– We’re looking at more funding opportunities to cover costs such as the screen printing, cotton, volunteer expenses, etc.

Attached is a picture of the bag and it’s features. Obviously over time we are super keen to have more bags in the project, but for now, we’re trying to keep things simpler (and sustainable for us time-wise) with the one. We have developed the pattern with lots and lots of input and feedback over a few iterations, to try and satisfy most needs for a reusable bags, predominantly for grocery shopping (although of course, you can use it however you like!)

Our aim is to run the trials over the month of September, and then begin to branch out into more stores and more communities from there. At the moment we are also super keen for more hands on deck in our smaller BagsforGood committee, we all work and life is busy, more people to come along to our meetings and share the load would be amazing!

We have also had lots of connections and words of support from all over the country and have been added to national mailing lists of groups doing similar things across NZ. This issue has become very “current” of late.



Notice of Meeting  – Sustainable Dunedin City Inc. AGM

Wednesday 16th August 2017 at Otago Polytechnic, Rm D101 starting 5:30pm.  Followed by a talk by Ruth Zeinart, Dunedin Food Resilience Coordinator.

Agenda and reports are attached as a PDF (1MB).

Please come to our AGM! We have had a year of consolidation and settling a new committee in and now need you, the people who share our vision of a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin, to let us know what you think SDC should be doing and how. We also need some of you to offer to help, either by being on the committee or contributing in other ways.

If you are interested in being on the committee, but are not sure about what it involves, feel free to contact me at

There will be some necessary formal business at the AGM, but the main purpose of the meeting will be to set a direction for SDC for the coming year and beyond. It is also a great opportunity to hear about some of the activities Ruth Zeinart, the Dunedin Food Resilience Coordinator, is involved in.

We hope to see you there.

Simonne Wood – Chair, Sustainable Dunedin City.

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