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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.



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


Simonne Wood (Chair and newsletter editor)

SDC secretary (Andy Barratt)

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc

Facebook page Sustainable Dunedin City

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Dunedin’s Big Green Challenge 2017 is funding the following projects over the next 5 months:

Congratulations to all the successful applicants and we wish you the best in completing and sharing the stories of your projects.

Thanks to Otago Polytechnic for providing funding for this year’s Big Green Challenge.

Bayfield High School Envirogroup
– Envirogroup students are planning to implement a 3 bin recycling system outdoors at the school to improve the school’s waste management system

Burns Lodge at Holy Cross Centre
– to assist with the first stage of the Lodges ‘Soil to Plate’ program aiming at using education to teach food resilience to individuals through a comprehensive program empowering people to grow and use their food.

Plastic Free Dunedin
– to assist with the Bags for Good project which aims to provide in store kiosks of well-designed cloth bags to combat plastic bag use and support other groups to do likewise.

Caversham Community Group
– to establish a fruitful community space at Caversham Reserve with plantings of organically grown heritage fruit trees.

Dunedin North Intermediate
– for materials for DNI school children to make cloth bags for community use

Dunedin EV Owners
– to support an event in Dunedin for “Drive Electric” week in September 2017 to promote electric cars and bikes

Peninsula Playcentre Playgroup
– to transform the playcentre grounds by planting fruit trees with a view to teaching the children to nurture the trees and use the fruit

North East Valley Community Development Project
– to support the Cosy Homes project to educate Valley residents in the benefits of window insulation, develop a display unit and provide insulation materials

Otago Girls High School
– Enviroschools Students are planning to build raised beds with a view to creating and using compost to grow veges at the School

Columba College
– Columba College Environmental Club members are planning to start a Community Garden with raised beds with a view to involving the Junior School and Boarding House.

SDC BGC Poster 2017_300pxSustainable Dunedin City Inc. proudly presents

Dunedin’s Big Green Challenge for 2017!


We will be accepting applications up till 6 May in recognition that the closing date falling in school holidays may have made the challenge date tricky for some.

Sustainable Dunedin City members are pleased to announce the launch of this year’s Big Green Challenge. We’re on the lookout for exciting projects and creative initiatives that will strengthen Dunedin’s community resilience and foster stronger sustainability principles – great ideas that can be put into practice, and which will inspire others to participate in building resilient local communities. Projects might be in the fields of food production and distribution, ecological restoration, water, waste, transport, energy, community building or any other areas that support the vibrancy of our wonderful small city and its future.

We are offering ten grants of up to $500 each to groups and to individuals.

These grants are available to implement projects within the greater Dunedin area (within the D.C.C boundaries of Waikouaiti in the north, to Brighton in the south, and to Middlemarch in the west).

A poster advertising the event is available as a PDF here: SDC BGC Poster 2017

You want to apply?  Great!

Applications are now open and will close on 6 May 2017.

Successful applicants will be advised and funded by mid-May.
Projects are to be completed by the end of October 2017.
You’ll be asked to send in regular updates of how your project is going to the BGC co-ordinator at
We encourage our participants to join our Facebook page “Dunedin’s Big Green Challenge” and to contribute photos, clips and news of their project as it develops.
A closing event to showcase all our projects will be held late November 2017. All participants are invited to attend this celebratory event, where a representative from each project will give a brief presentation on their work and achievements.

A podcast from Otago Access Radio explaining the Challenge is available here.

Applications require the following

1.  Your name, the name of your group and a brief description of the activities you/your group are involved in.

2.  Your contact details – include email address, phone number and postal address.

3.   An explanation of how your project will contribute to the resilience and sustainability of your local community and/or the greater Dunedin area.

4.   A description of your project’s implementation and its expected timeline. (We need the “who/when/where and how” details).

5.   A budget, outlining your expected costs. (If there are additional costs, please explain how you intend funding this part of your project).

6.  A statement that you agree to complete your project by the end of 31st October at the latest.

7.  A  statement that you agree to have information about your project posted on the Sustainable Dunedin City website.

8.  An acknowledgement that a representative/s will attend the closing event and give a short presentation on what your project has achieved.

9.   If a successful applicant/group would like a mentor, please state this clearly on your application letter and we’ll endeavour to connect you up with an appropriately skilled person.

Email applications as an attachment to:
or post to:

Dunedin’s Big Green Challenge
11 Northfield Avenue,
Dunedin 9010

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Projects which received funding in Dunedin‘s previous Big Green Challenge were:

* Caroline Davies & Daniel Buchanan
– Plan B: Bee Nurturing (establishing hives and sharing nuclei to for pollination)

* Corstorphine Community Hub
– towards establishing Corstorphine Community Garden (tools and resources for creating 4 x raised beds)

* Generation Zero
– for workshops in 2015 to attract & retain students active on climate change issues

* Grubby Angels (Southern DIvision)
– to establish a Southern Dunedin Garden Network (set up vegetable gardens for 5 x local households)

* Karitane Krew
– to purchase a water tank for the Karitane School gardens

* NEVEY (North East Valley Enterprising Youth Collective)
– for materials for OSCAR children to create a scale model and for youth to build a prototype for waste management on local land

* Ocean Grove Community Trust
– towards the establishment of the Ocean Grove Community Garden (soil testing, water installation, rental & fencing)

* QUACK (Queen’s High School envirogroup)
– for further development of the school garden

* Volunteering Otago
– towards preserving and baking workshops in the free School Holiday programmes in 2015

* Wakari School Garden Group
– for purchase of a shed to store tools for the school garden

At the presentation of the Big Green Challenge cheque event Volunteering Otago Manager, Anna Clere, spoke with Andrew Bowen about the possibility of working together.  Andrew has offered to host workshops at the Bathgate Park school technology lab to coincide with our preserves workshops, recycling what we don’t use.   Andrew and I planned to meet on Wednesday 26 November but have rescheduled the meeting for 10 December

Anna also spoke with the Grubby Angles at the event, and featured them in Volunteering Otago’s newsletter.

Several attempts have been made to find a suitable meeting date and time for representatives from the Dunedin Food Harvesting Group, Otago Presbyterian Support, Volunteering Otago and Carisbrook School.  It is challenging to coordinate meetings with people with varied work and family commitments.  It is much easier to organise individual meetings with representatives of each organisation.

We were to all initially meet on Thursday 23 October but at the last minute not everyone was able to meet at the same time.  I have since met with Amanda Reid of Otago Presbyterian Support who is keen to set dates for workshops.  Amanda looks forward to having support from Volunteering Otago and the other community organisations to deliver workshops and share resources.  Annika and I will now meet on 9 December to discuss facilitating the preserves workshops.  We will then report back to representatives from Otago Presbyterian Support etc.

Through email I have set proposed dates with Annika and Andrew for four preserves and recycling workshops to be held on 7 December, 14 December, 21 December, and 28 December through Volunteering Otago’s Free School Holiday Programme.   To date, 18 young people have registered to participate in the programme.  Volunteering Otago has had a positive response from community volunteers who are keen to assist in delivering the preserves and recycling workshops and to share their knowledge and skills.

Heather Moore

Youth Volunteering Co-ordinator


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