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_igp2022Dear all – apologies for the delays in getting this to you. Training to be a teacher is a time-consuming business!

Details of upcoming events, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links

1. Sustainable Dunedin City action

Thursday 27 September
GreenDrinks Dunedin: in the Back Room of Filadelfios at the Gardens
Michelle Richie – talking about Living Campus

Many thanks to all who contributed to the lively discussions last month on spirituality and planetary issues – please find notes from the sheets attached, as well as a discussion piece contributed by Marvin Hubbard
GREENDRINKS Dunedin provides an opportunity for everyone interested in sustainability and the environment to meet in a relaxed setting. It is organised in Dunedin by the Sustainable Dunedin City Society and is part of GreenDrinks International, a social networking movement. To find out more about GreenDrinks International go to To get on the GreenDrinks Dunedin elist – or to host a GreenDrinks – please contact Maureen on

Sustainable Dunedin City Society is made up of persons who are interested in the issues of climate change, declining energy security and sustainability, as they affect Dunedin City. The Society is not affiliated with any political party and aims to facilitate a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin City. For more information or to join go to or email

2. Other dates

Every Thursday:
Otago Access Radio 105.4FM: 2.30 – 3 pm
Eco Living In Action, a half-hour sustainable living show hosted by Maureen Howard. Maureen and her guests will inspire you with practical, everyday solutions that make a difference. If you miss the show, you can download the podcast at

On the 9th August, listen in to hear how to win tickets to a Film Festival movie Chasing Ice (Rialto Tues 14 August at 6.15pm). This is a visually beautiful movie showing the impacts of global warming on our receding glaciers. It’s got some really great reviews! eg

7 – 8pm
Sustainable Lens Radio, with Sam Mann, Anton Angelo and Shane Gallagher, which can also be accessed on

9 – 16 September
Love your parks DOC conservation week:

Monday 10 Sept
Last public submissions on the Climate Change Response Amendment Bill.

Tuesday, 11 September 7:30pm
OUDS Presents: The Great Green Debate
The Otago University Debating Society present: the Great Environment Debate. With a distinguished panel of commentators including Mayor David Cull and a team of world-class debaters contesting the moot “That the Environment should be our number one priority”, the Great Environment Debate promises to be an exciting and stimulating evening.
Where: Moot Court, Richardson Building

Wednesday, 12 September 12pm
Otago University Campus Garden Working Bee and Picnic, SEA Campus Garden, Cnr Albany and Anzac St
Students for Environmental Action (SEA) are hosting a free picnic and working bee for their campus garden. If you’ve ever wanted to help set up a garden as well as getting some free feed and meeting some cool people – pop along.

Wednesday, 12 September, 6 pm
What: New Zealand’s 100% pure clean, green delusion – lecture by Mike Joy
Where: Castle Lecture Theatre
Not to be missed talk by outspoken ecologist and academic, Dr Mike Joy.

Wednesday, 12 September, 7 pm
What: Film Screening: “Just Do It”
Where: The Lounge, 50 Dundas St (formerly the Church)
OUSA in conjunction with the Southern Anti-Coal Action group, are screening a movie about environmental direct action. Bring a gold coin donation and enjoy what promises to be an inspirational and enjoyable movie.

Thursday, 13 September, 3.30 – 5 pm
What: Inaugural INTS v PEAC debate: Non-violence has made war obsolete
Where: Commerce 2.22
Can nonviolent civil defence provide a realistic alternative to military-based national defence? … If violence is no longer viewed as acceptable at the domestic level, why does it remain a seemingly perennial feature of international politics? Come and hear the post-graduate students of the National Centre for peace and Conflict Studies and the Master of International Studies debate these and other important questions.

Thursday, 13 September, 5.30 pm
What: Holey Crap! Otago University’s Dirty Little Secret
Where: St David’s Lecture Theatre 1
Generation Zero and the Coal Action Network Aotearoa are hosting a presentation/expose about the Otago University’s use of lignite fossil fuel to power the campus. Come along and hear young people speak truth to authority and join in the campaign to shift the university away from this dirty fuel

Saturday, 15 September, 7pm onwards
What: Organic Festival 2012
Where: St. Martin’s Hall (5 Northumberland Street North East Valley)
Students for Environmental Action (SEA) Otago presents the 8th annual Organic Festival, to be held on Saturday the 15th of September at St. Martin’s Hall (5 Northumberland Street North East Valley). This night of mayhem brings everything organic in Dunedin together under one roof, so come and celebrate everything organic with beer, wine, food, community groups and music.
Tickets will cost $5 on the door, and each ticket purchased will include one free organic beer or glass of wine (limited to the first 300 attendees).

Wednesday 19 September, 7.30 pm
Landmark Lecture – Seven Years with Superman! – How to win at Conservation – Rod
Morris, Dunedin-based naturalist, will talk about the legendary Don Merton and his battle
against the odds to save species such as saddleback, black robin and kakapo. The talk will be
illustrated with many of Don’s own photographs.
David Street Lecture Theatre.
Entry by banknote donation to Orokonui Sanctuary

15 – 28 September
Keep New Zealand Beautiful Clean Up Week(s)
We ask the public to take some time to remove litter from a favourite area.
Registered people/groups will receive gloves and specially marked bags which can be put out with your regular kerbside rubbish collection between September 17 and September 28. Remember to put recyclables in your own yellow wheelie bin and whole glass in your blue bin. This will save unnecessary waste going to landfill.
Register by:
-ringing Keep Dunedin Beautiful on 474 3401 or
-emailing Keep Dunedin Beautiful on
Available Tuesday to Thursday
Please include your name, number of bags required, address, day of kerbside collection and area you will clean.

21 September
Submissions close for the DCC Draft Social Wellbeing Strategy
The draft Social Wellbeing Strategy has been approved for public consultation and copies of the draft Social Wellbeing Strategy are available from DCC Customer Service Centres, Libraries or

Thursday 27 September
Submissions close for the Southland energy conference, with a theme of sustainable buildings
For more info go to

5-7 October
CHRISTIANITY & THE ECOLOGICAL CRISIS: Lament, Hope, Action. St John’s-in-the-City, Willis Street, Wellington. Hosted by the Centre for Theology and Public Issues (Otago), A Roche Aotearoa NZ, & Caritas.
Register on

26-27 October
THE COMMON GOOD.The Beehive, Wellington. Hosted by CTPI, Christian Lawyers Association (Wellington) & Catalyst. Keynote Speaker: Tim Costello, CEO, World Vision Australia.
Register on

3. Petitions
· We have until MONDAY 10th September to take action on by making submissions on the Climate Change Response Amendment Bill, in which the Government is proposing changes that weaken NZ’s already weak Emissions Trading Scheme. Go to

· Citizens Initiated Referendum on Asset Sales (particularly national energy assets). This petition requires 10 % of eligible voters in New Zealand to sign it in order for us to have a referendum on asset sales. This is a formal legal process, so requires actual signatures. Go to to download a copy of the petition to print out.

· MMP review. This year we all get the opportunity to have a say on changes we’d like to see on the way our MMP voting system works. This review comes out of the 2011 Referendum on the Voting System, when the majority of voters chose to keep MMP as our voting system.

· Coal Seam Gas (CSG) online petition….According to the Getup group, CSG industry’s just been caught blatantly lying about the safety of coal seam gas mining by Australia’s peak scientific body, the CSIRO. Part of a new multi-million dollar advertising campaign, the offending ad says: ‘CSIRO and government studies have shown that groundwater is safe with coal seam gas’. But that’s a lie and the CSIRO flatly rejects it. Go to

· Green energy revolution petition

· Yesterday, Energy Minister Martin Ferguson announced that the Government has abandoned its commitment to shut down some of Australia’s dirtiest power plants.

4. Food for thought and (good) fuel for action

· Join the Dunedin People’s Panel
The People’s Panel is an email-based panel which gives people with an interest in Dunedin an opportunity to have their say on a range of issues and to be a sounding-board for future policies and decisions.
Anyone can join the Panel at Panel members are sent an online survey every six to eight weeks. After each survey, Panel members are emailed a high-level summary of what other Panel members said, and what will be done as a result of the feedback from the Panel. The full results from each of the surveys will be available on the People’s Panel website.

· Potential candidates for DCC Elections 2103: As vacancies are likely to open up next year, SDC members should consider standing!

· Please find attached a copy of an email from a visitor to Germany (posting to the lignite campaign discussion list)

· Obama makes climate change a real election issue Environment (, Friday 7 September 2012 11.21 BST on
Barack Obama chose the biggest night of his re-election campaign to acknowledge the dangers of climate change – and to take a swipe at Mitt Romney for turning global warming into a laugh line in his convention speech.
Obama thrilled Democrats when he accepted his party’s presidential nomination on Thursday with a blunt rebuttal to the climate change contrarians who now dominate the Republican party.
The president said he would continue to invest in wind and solar energy if he wins a second term, because the threat of climate change was real.
“And yes, my plan will continue to reduce the carbon pollution that is heating our planet because climate change is not a hoax. More droughts and floods and wildfires are not a joke. They’re a threat to our children’s future. And in this election, you can do something about it,” Obama said, to a roar of approval from the hall.

· The High court has ruled in favour of NIWA, rejecting a legal challenge of the Crown Research Institute’s national temperature record. (

· From the Post Carbon Institute: Is it possible to “relocalize” energy? This is a critical question that must be addressed if we are to achieve true global resilience. In our brand new book (September 4, 2012), Power From the People, energy expert Greg Pahl decisively argues that the answer is YES.

Do you have experience with conservation and children? We are looking for a new Kiwi Conservation Club Coordinator. The position involves organising regular trips for local KCC members and sending out a newsletter informing members of these trips and other relevant conservation information. There is also scope in the position to link up with schools and organise conservation-based activities. A financial honorarium is available. The position could well suit an ecologically minded parent, or several like-minded parents who wished to work together.
For further information, contact Jeni Pelvin, tel: 473 7921 or


Tēnā koutou katoa,

Nicky Chapman (SDC’s newsletter compiler)

Vivienne Bryner (SDC’s secretary)

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc.
Annual General Meeting 2011

Date: Wednesday 13th July 2011
Time 6:30 pm
Place Community Church, Cnr Filleul Street and St Andrew Street, Dunedin

Chaired by: Jocelyn Harris and John Cocks.

Apologies: Joan Parker, Jinty McTavish, Felicity Topp.

Present: Vivienne Bryner, Tony Sizemore, Mike Hazel, Peter McDonald, Louise MacKenzie, Nick Holmes, Suze Keith, Bob Lloyd, Jenny Neilsen, Judy Martin, Janet Young, Jennie Upton, Murray Grimwood, Eli Kerin, Peter Kennedy, David Tucker, Derik Onley, Rosemary Penwarden, Jocelyn Harris, John Cocks, Don Nicholson, Mark Jackson,

Confirmation of the Minutes of the Previous Meeting Held on 25 August 2010:
Dave Tucker moved a motion that the minutes be accepted as written, seconded by Michael Hazel.
The minutes were accepted.

Chairpersons’ Report on the Business of the Society:
Jocelyn Harris, in summarising the report she had written, highlighted the year’s successes. These included:
Dave Tucker’s success with getting Knox College to change from coal-fired heating.
Nick Holmes productively completing his year as a recipient of the Vodafone World of Difference grant. Janet Young started working with young people, with funding from Vodafone’s Gem scheme.
The Big Green Challenge was a great success.
Monthly Green Drinks at Filadelfio’s are still going strong.
SDC is actively planning a Futures Forum with DCC.
The newsletter continues to reach out to people.
Jinty got elected onto the DCC.
Paul Young attended the Cancun Climate talks as a United Nations Youth Delegate.
Dave Tucker, Jocelyn Harris, Suze Keith and Phil Cole have worked on submissions on behalf of SDC to the ORC and DCC annual plans.
Although Vaughan Matthews, of Vodafone, has thus far been unable to complete SDC’s Five Year Plan due to serious work issues. However, a very productive session with the committee had helped clarify SDC’s goals.
Jocelyn moved that the report be accepted. Bob Lloyd seconded the motion. Accepted.

DCC Community Resilience Committee Update
Since Jinty MacTavish has gone from being SDC’s representative on the Community Resilience Panel to now being the elected City Councillor chairing the panel, Dave Tucker now represents SDC on the committee. The Resilience Committee provides a link between the populace as a whole and the council, as other groups also have representatives. Dave thinks his input as SDC’s representative is having an effect.

Treasurer’s Report on the Finances of the Society, and the Statement of Accounts:
Felicity Topp, the outgoing Treasurer, was unable to attend the AGM to present her report so John Cocks did so in her place.
Financially SDC is doing well.
STD had some generous donations this year.

John Cocks moved that the report be circulated by email for all those interested in reading it. Suze Keith seconded the motion. Accepted

Annual Plan:
SDC is planning
to collaborate with the DCC on a Sustainability Summit/Futures Forum of representatives from local government, educational institutions, business and the community to identify the knowledge and experience held by each organisation on the effects of climate change and peak oil, and feed the results into the DCC 10-year plan
to hold another Election Forum before the general election in November.
Continuing work with youth through Janet Young’s work, and members’ involvement with
Another Big Green Challenge.
A membership drive.
A campaign against the proposed lignite mining in Southland. Jocelyn has written to the Australian organisation, Get Up, to suggest they mount one of their campaigns against this
Giving some support for Rhys Millar’s scheme for certifying local meat production.

Jocelyn Harris moved the adoption of the Annual Plan. Dave Tucker seconded it. Adopted.

Elections of Office Bearers and Committee Members

Nominated by
Seconded by
John Cocks
Jocelyn Harris  
Felicity Topp
Vivienne Bryner
Janet Brady
Felicity Topp
Louise MacKenzie
Felicity Topp
John Cocks
Newsletter Editor
Suze Keith
Janet Brady
Janet Young
Committee Members
David Tucker
Felicity Topp
Jocelyn Harris
Janet Young
Jocelyn Harris  
John Cocks
Vivienne Bryner
Jocelyn Harris
Heidi Pina-Gasca
Heidi Pina-Gasca
Jocelyn Harris
John Cocks
Bob Lloyd
Dave Tucker
Janet Young
Phil Cole
John Cocks
Jocelyn Harris
Maureen Howard
John Cocks
Janet Young
Nick Holmes
John Cocks
Felicity Topp
Mark Jackson
Jocelyn Harris
John Cocks

John Cocks moved that the nominees be accepted, seconded by Nick Holmes. All were elected. Vivienne Bryner, who is already a member of the committee, expressed her willingness to be co-opted as secretary.

General Business:
Bob Lloyd proposed a vote of thanks to Janet Brady, as the outgoing secretary, Felicity Topp, as the outgoing treasurer, and to all the committee for their hard work over the last year. Seconded by Jocelyn Harris.
Thanks were also given to:
the Community Church for use of their hall.
Nick Holmes and Janet Young for their work
Vodafone for their backing of Nick and Janet Young.
Paul Young for the successful organisation of the Big Green Challenge.
Forest and Bird for their support in holding a Local Bodies Election Forum last year.
Nora Calvert and the Positive Futures Trust for their generous donations

Membership Drive:
Measures will be taken to try and get lapsed members to renew, and to increase the membership overall.
As the new Treasurer, Louise is willing to maintain the membership list

Bob Lloyd then spoke about the future of coal as an energy source, showing disquieting graphs about the climate change impacts of coal and lignite. Lively discussion followed his presentation.

There being no further business the meeting was declared closed at 7.25 pm.

SDC Committee Meeting June 2011

Held on Thursday 23 rd June at 5pm in the Humanities Common Room, 1st Floor, Burns Building, Univesity of Otago Campus, Albany Street.

Present: Jocelyn Howard, David Tucker, Mark Jackson, Janet Brady, Heidi Pina Gasca, Felicity Topp, Vivienne Bryner, John Cocks, Janet Young

Apologies: Maureen Howard, Nick Holmes,

Minutes of the Last Meeting and Matters Arising: There were no matters arising. Jocelyn proposed the motion that they be accepted as written, Felicity seconded the motion.

Treasurer’s Report: Comments:
Felicity reported that there was a long lag for ACC to send invoices, so these levies had only been paid up to 31st March last year.
Nick’s not handed in his summaries of expenses yet. .Janet Young is keeping a record of expenses but has yet to give this to the treasurer. Jocelyn will write to them both to remind them to get them into the treasurer.
Felicity will forward Annual Treasurer’s Report to John when she has completed it.

Secretary’s Report: Invoice for PO box received, and has been passed to treasurer.

Subscriptions and Membership.
There are only 32 active subscriptions although there are over 150 on the list. It was decided that instead of just putting a reminder about subs being due in the newsletter, that a separate email be sent out instead. Balance date for accounts is the 31st March, so that should be the date they are due (1st April)
It was suggested SDC needs some sort of software to manage membership information although with such small numbers Phil’s Excel Spreadsheet should still be sufficient. Procedures still need to to be sorted out. John will talk to Suze about this.
The idea of having a life membership option was discussed. Some people might prefer to pay once and not have to keep renewing their subscriptions annually. It was pointed out that there would need to be a change to the constitution to be able to sdo this.
Membership forms and pamphlets are still in need of updating. This had been delayed because the person from Vodafone was going to do a redesign of the website but this is no longer going to happen. Mark will update them.

Jocelyn may or may not be here for this due to uncertain travel plans. She said that the Big Green Challenge reports were really positive. These will be included in the annual report. Jocelyn will send out the annual report by the 31st.
Mark said there was a need for someone to help with the website. It was suggested a student could be paid to maintain this, and possibly the membership database too. The Futures Forum will have its own website which Vivienne is going to do. Mark will write a job description and will send to Suze for the newsletter.

Nomintations for Committee:

Position: Nomination: Nominated by: Seconded by:
Co-Chairs John Cocks. Felicity Topp Janet Brady
Jocelyn Harris Vivienne Bryner FelicityTopp



Newsletter Editor: Suze Keith Janet Brady Janet Young

Committee Members: David Tucker Felicity Topp Jocelyn Harris
Janet Young Jocelyn Harris John Cocks
Vivienne Bryner Jocelyn Harris Heidi Pina-Gasca
Heidi Pina-Gasca Jocelyn Harris John Cocks
Bob Lloyd David Tucker Janet Young
Phil Cole John Cocks Jocelyn Harris
Maureen Howard John Cocks Janet Young
Nick Holmes John Cocks Felicity Topp
Mark Jackson Jocelyn Harris John Cocks

Jocelyn to send email to Lizzie Rudd to find outs if she wants to continue on the committee.
Felicity Topp is unable to continue as Ttreasurer. (Since the meeting, a member has come forward for nomination, Louise Mackenzie, and Janet Brady has decided not to continue as Secretary.)
The next newsletter has requests for nominations. These are to be sent to the Secretary by 8th July.
John will put an advertisement into the ODT for next Wednesday, and also into The Star.
The committee will all bring a plate for supper. John will bring milk, tea, and coffee.

Futures Forum Update:
Jocelyn and Suze attended the DCC’s Resilience Commitee to talk about SDC’s proposed Futures Forum. They reported back that they were making considerable progress, the one thing that was not clear was what was to be the outcome. Nicola Johnstone is concentrating on the DCC’s 10 Year Plan, but for SDC getting all the particpants in the same room and talking with each other is the more important objective. It was noted that these were not incompatabile aims.
Suze has done a timeline for the Forum. The proposed date is October.
The DCC is willing to put in $2000 for venue, food etc.
After some discussion of potential venues the Art Gallery was suggested.
Various people, such as Rod Oram and Jim Salinger were suggested invitees, but it was considered preferable to limit participation to locals. Such speakers could bookend the event, but it is not intended to be a talkfest, rather, it is to be a conversation.
More suggestions of possible invitees are needed.
Discussion of acilitation style: Will there be facilitators or experts, or both? Good note-takers who can summarise quickly will be needed too. The website will provide pre-forum information.
The website will provide information beforehand for participants to familiarise themselves with ideas before the forum.
Ways of getting participants to see other groups ideas: “Bus stop”, “World Cafe”. Write on table. Design tick-box forms of already proposed ideas.
Heidi will write a summary of these techniques to show Nicola.

Vodafone Gem Position Update:
Janet Young said that the work was going well with the exception of one hiccup: the preserving of donated produce is taking longer than expected. Amanda Brown, of Presbyterian Support, expressed interest in continuing this project as an annual event through PS. Half the preserves are to be given to the people who donated the fruit. She sought ideas on what to do with the remaining preserves.
Janet has held four workshops in schools so far. (Two composting, a gardening, and a preserving workshop.) She will hold another at Kavanagh College in a fortnight.

Meeting Closed: 6.30pm
Next Meeting: AGM, 1Wednesday 13th July at the Community Church, 6pm

Sustainable Dundedin City
Committee Meeting Minutes
15.00pm, May 9th 2011
Room ???, Burns Building, Albany Street
Chair: Jocelyn Harris

Apologies: John Cocks, Maureen Howard, Phil Cole, Suze Keith

Present: David Tucker, Jocelyn Harris, Janet Brady, Nick Holmes, Vivienne Bryner, Felicity Topp, Bob Lloyd

Minutes from the last Meeting: Jocelyn moved that these be accepted as a true and correct record . Vivienne seconded the motion. Accepted.

Treasurer’s Report:
Jocelyn suggested putting an ad in The Star to get new members.
Felicity suggested it be useful that Jocelyn be made an account signatory. and it was agreed that it would be. Jocelyn proposed a motion to this affect, Vivienne seconded it. Carried.

Felicity said that she would be unable to continue as Treasurer after the AGM as she was too busy. It was agreed that we should start advertising for a replacement before the AGM in the newsletter. She will write something to make the position sound as attractive as possible and send to Suze.

How to spend money:
Big Green challenge?
Fighting lignite mining in Southland?
Mark suggested we send speakers to groups more engaged.
David requested reimbursement of attending ?? Conference last November?

Big Green Challenge:
Apply for additional funding?
Nick said the last one was aimed at the community, maybe the next one could be for schools.
Earmark some money for the BGC. $2000?
Nick to arrange continuing hosting the website with Mark.
Was worthwhile because it generated “warm fuzzies”
Jocelyn requested the reports and she would read them and acess whether she thought it was an event worth repeating.

James Hansen reactions:
Should we use money for trying to stop lignite mining?
Bob says we could probably stop it if we could mobilise 10, 000 people locally.
Will make it our major issue. Have a public talk on the subject in conjunction with the AGM. Get a speaker.
We need a NZ version of AVAAZ or Australia’s Get Up. We could at least tap into their social network.Jocelyn will write to AVAAZ re lignite.
Coalition with CANA (Coal Action Network Aoteoroa) Greenpeace, Oxfam,

13th July. Jocelyn will book the communtiy church in Filleul Street.
Two parts: AGM business, and then talk on lignite mining open to anyone interested afterwards.

Resilience Panel Update: David will send out an extract from the minutes and email to the committee.
Next meeting is 22nd June.
The DCC were interested in SDC’s proposed “Sustainability Summit” but they want more information. Jocelyn will make an expanded description of the proposal from Vivienne’s revised notes. If she’s not away at the time of the next meeting she could go along to the meeting and present it .

Submission Update:
ORC submission: Jocelyn attented to lend support to ???
DCC Submissions: Apparently there was an enorumous number of submissions relating to sustainability issues.

Rhys Miller’s Sustainable Farming proposal. Scheme for verifying local products. Has list of partners already: should SDC make a donation? Sparked debate on SDC’s purpose: Should we have our own agenda or as was decided about our core aims, be an umbrella organistaion facilitatating other groups
Someone said. People made donations for us to carry out our agenda rather than passing on to other groups.
Jocelyn will write to Rhys and offer $500 . Need to include SDC’s logo. Nick requested we suggest making comment about soil improvement.

Meeting Closed:6.20pm
Next meeting: 23rd June

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc.


Committee  Meeting 5.30pm 20th August 2009, MWH office, Wickliffe House.


Present: Jocelyn Harris, Phil Cole, Maureen Howard, Janet Brady, Nick Holmes, Jess Holmes, Mark Jackson, Paul Young, David  Tucker,

Apologies: Ella Lawton, Tracey Willmott, Jinty Mactavish, Suze Keith, John Cocks.


Minutes of last committee meeting. Motion to accept the minutes, Jocelyn Harris, seconded by Phil Cole. Carried.

Secretary’s report and matters arising: There has been no mail this past month.


Local Government Elections 2010:

·        Jess Holmes put forward a suggestion from the Green Party that SDC and similar organisations working for sustainability should work together to develop a joint strategy to promote certain pro-sustainability candidates at next years local body elections.

·        It was pointed out that constitutionally SDC must be non-partisan, and can’t be seen to endorse any one candidate. However, SDC can indicate which candidates’ policies are in accordance with SDC’s aims, and also it could sponsor a candidates forum as it did at the last election.


Community Sustainability Panel.

There has been a request from Tony Avery of the DCC for SDC to have a representative on the above the Community Sustainability Panel to being formed to look at the longterm. . .Fliss Butcher is to chair and Stains, Wilson and Cull to represent the council, and three members from community groups


The Age of Stupid” showing:  

  • A number of the committee to attend the screening immediately after the meeting.
  • Janet and Jess pointed out that it will be showing four times a day for the next week and to encourage everyone to get a long to see this very important film. It has had good press coverage so far.
  • Janet requested more STD membership forms to put out at the display table at the screening. Jocelyn agreed to get these to her.


DSSCF “Plastic Bags aren’t free” day – Sat 15th Aug: 

  • Paul Young reported that this had been a success. Of all the retailers contacted only two took part in charging for plastic bags on the day and making a donation.
  • Shoppers were receptive to exchanging their plastic bags when offered one of these at the various location.


Labour Party – latest moves about Climate Change: Jocelyn reported on a recent meeting of hosted by the NEV Labour Party branch to discuss policy ideas with the three local Labour MPs.


Speights Brewery Environment Fund:

  • David Tucker arrived directly from attending the function to announce this.
  • He reported that Speights has announced a $25,000 annual fund to support local environmental projects in the Dunedin area.
  • Jocelyn is to write a letter in support of this initiative. update – 24th October 2009: Nick Holmes gave the lastest news on the progress of organising this event. Otago Polytech as well as the DCC have now agreed to support this event.


Green Drinks Initiative: Maureen said that a new location  was being considered because Filadelfio’s had proved too noisy a location to have speakers.


Co-option of New Committee Members:

  • Jocelyn Harris who was returned to the committee at the AGM was nominated to return to the Co-Chair position by Phil Cole, seconded by Maureen Howard.
  • Jess Holmes, Nick Holmes and Ella Lawton’s names were put forward for the committee after the official nominations for election of members closed but it was suggested that they be co-opted to the committee.
  • Jess Holmes was nominated by Jocelyn Harris, seconded by Janet Brady.
  • Nick Holmes was nominated by Mark Jackson, seconded by Paul Young.
  • Ella Lawton was nominated by Phil Cole, seconded by David Tucker.
  • It was agreed unanimously to co-opt all four.





Meeting Closed: 6.05pm.

Next meeting: 17th September


Sustainable Dunedin City Inc.

Committee Meeting, 22nd October 2009.



Apologies: Dave Tucker, Phil Cole, Maureen Howard, Tracey Willmott, Jocelyn Harris,


Present: Mark Jackson, Jess Holmes, John Cocks, Janet Brady, Nick Holmes, Paul Young, Jinty MacTavish, Suze Keith, Ella Lawton.


John Cocks kindly agreed to Chair the meeting as both Co-Chairs were unable to attend.


Minutes of Last Meeting:

John moved that the minutes of last committee meeting accepted, Mark Jackson seconded.


Secretary’s Report:

There has been no significant correspondence in the past month.


Treasurer’s Report:

John read through the report on Tracey’s behalf. There were no matters arising from it.


General Business:

Local Government Elections 2010 – Strategy

Further to last month’s discussion on supporting sustainability-minded candidates it was agreed that SDC would facilitate a forum before the local body elections to for candidates to present their views on sustainability. 

Ø      SDC has been approached by the Green Party, and welcomes talks with other groups wanting to support candidates with good sustainability policies.


Community Sustainability Panel.

Phil Cole forwarded his report  – along with copies of the minutes  – from the first meeting of the Community Sustainability Panel on Monday, 14th September at The Mayoral Offices.

Ø      The goal of the committee is to envisage Dunedin in fifty years time and to make plans to deal with climate change and peak oil over that time. It is a steering committee of  councillors, council staff and invited community group representatives. The committee may invite specialists in sustainability issues to present to it.

Ø      Now that Jinty MacTavish is back in Dunedin she will take over as SDC’s representative and will attend the next meeting on 9th November.

Ø      Jinty reported she had attended her first meeting of the Biodiversity Strategy Forum, on behalf of Enviroschools but could also represent SDC. The forum is made up of members of the public, not DCC or O.R.C councillors.


SDC Meeting at the Green Party HQ

At the Green Party’s invitation to SDC to meet with its Co-Leaders, Phil Cole, Paul Young, Maureen Howard, Janet Brady and Nick Holmes met Metiria Turei  and Russell Norman on the 30th September.

Ø      They were keen to find out what SDC has been involved with to date, and of future plans.

Ø      They enquired about local body election strategies planned and it was explained that as a apolitical organisation SDC couldn’t back specific candidates but that it intends to facilitate a forum for candidates on sustainability issues.


SDC Submission to the Climate Change Response

Ø      Jinty MacTavish made a submission on Emissions Trading Scheme on behalf of SDC. She didn’t ask to speak to it.

Ø      Paul was in Wellington and spoke on behalf of Solar Action’s submission. He spoke by phone for his personal submission but didn’t get asked any questions. He noted for future submissions that it seemed worth making the effort to appear in person.


Vodafone Foundation’s ‘World of Difference’ Programme: Nick Holmes Application Update:

Nick has been to Auckland for the next round of the selection process and felt his application had been well received. Check with Nick – my understanding is that he was awarded the engagement?

Ø      If he is selected he will hold brainstorming session with SDC on ideas to engage Dunedin’s youth with sustainability issues.


DSSCF – Update.

Members have been focussing on the Spring Food Festival.

Ø      They were very disappointed to hear that all South Island New World supermarkets have dropped the 5 cent charge for plastic bags.


Stall at the Spring Festival.

Details relating to organising a gazebo, table and display were discussed. It was agreed that having a presence at the festival was sufficient and that it was best to keep it simple.

Ø       Duncan Kenderdine will deliver, assemble and take the gazebo away afterwards.

Ø      Janet Brady will get the laminated signs from Maureen, and print out copies of recent submissions, articles and newsletter to demonstrate SDC’s work.

Ø      Janet will set up stall and make sure there is always at least one person on the stall for the duration of the festival.  Jess Holmes, David Tucker, Maureen Howard, Suze Keith will all take a turn on stall. Update on 24th October 2009:

Ø      Nick and Jinty reported that approximately 100 schools around the country have events planned for the 23rd.  

Ø      On the 24th there are over 150 events registered throughout New Zealand and that Dunedin is likely to be the biggest in NZ.

Ø      Among events planned are the bike ride with Kashi Leuchs, the group surf at St Clair, TV473 is creating a human scale in Baldwin Street. Workshops will be held in the afternoon and six bands are confirmed to play on the main stage.

Ø      The amount of sponsorship had been overwhelming. This includes the donation of 1000 eco-bulbs to be given away to people who sign the sail that is being by taken to Copenhagen by the youth delegation.

Ø      Nick asked if SDC would donate $300 to purchase fruit trees to give as prizes to the top 10 eco-heroes nominated along with certificates. Mark moved the motion, Jess seconded it. Motion passed. Maureen Howard will present the prizes on the day.


Green Drinks:

Next drinks to be next Thursday 29th October, at Filadelfios at 5.30. This month Oxfam’s “Water for Survival” group will give a talk.


Possibility of SDC Endorsement of Submission on Gambling:

Ø      Jess asked whether SDC could make a submission on gambling. While it was generally agreed that this was an important aspect of community sustainability and although it was not the core business of SDC, it was agreed that healthy communities are fundamental to sustainability. 

Ø      Jess to prepare a draft submission based on SDC objectives etc, and circulate it to the committee for comment.


Ø      Jess to write a personal submission and circulate it to the committee for comment. Janet, my recollection is that the committee was happy with an SDC endorsed submission provided it was founded on SDC objectives and created a strong link between the submission and SDC objectives etc.


Possible Public Talk by Rod Oram:

There might be a possibility of holding a public talk by Rod Oram when he is in Dunedin for the Media and the Environment Forum on 6th November. 

Ø      It was suggested it might be easier just to promote the forum but the cost would exclude people who couldn’t afford to attend. .

Ø      After discussion it was decided that John would approach the organiser of the forum, Geoff Craig, about the possibility of organising a talk open to the public..


Sustainable Businesses Group.

Ella Lawton mentioned that the Centre for Sustainable Practice is organising a group for businesses interested in sustainability.  

Ø      So far 20 businesses have indicated their interest.

Ø      If anyone knows of other businesses interested to let them know of a meeting 12.30, (date????) at the Ozone Lounge.



Meeting closed: 7.22pm

Next meeting: Thursday 19th  November.




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