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Minutes from the 2013 AGM, held 6 November are available here as a PDF: SDC 2013_AGMv2

SDC Committee Meeting Minutes

20 September 2012

Otago Polytechnic, D Block, Harbour Terrace.

Room D101

1. Present: John Cocks, Ann Dennison, Jocelyn Harris, Mark Jackson, Bob Lloyd, with Chris Mein and Janet Brady in attendance.

2. Apologies: Louise MacKenzie, Vivienne Bryner.

3. Chris Mein explained his idea for tracking buses. He will submit a proposal about SDC acting as an umbrella organisation with not-for-profit charity status; the possibility of having SDC host a donations site; and SDC providing volunteers to track buses and increase patronage.

4. Minutes of previous meeting (23 August 2012): acceptance proposed John, seconded Jocelyn. Agreed.

5. Matters arising: see below.

6. Acting Secretary’s report (Jocelyn): letter to ODT re climate change denying printed 19/9/12.

7. Treasurer’s report (Louise): to come by email. $50 to be paid to Community Church for use of premises, as agreed at AGM.

8. Big Green Challenge (Janet): Janet showed us her impressive publicity and website for the Big Green Challenge. The Star published information today. Proposed John, seconded Bob, that Janet be paid $500.

9. Green Drinks (Maureen): in Maureen’s absence, Nicky has sent notices to Green Drinks and SDC members. Bob to host meeting on 25 October.

10. Newsletter (Nicky): all good.

11. Resilience Forum (Mark): report that Forum functioning well. Mark will send minutes to Nicky when they come to him.

12. Website (Mark): now up again on a different site with a world-class server after NZ host crashed. Appeal donation information now up for checking.

13. Environmental Appeal of Alan Mark and Dugald McTavish: (John & Jocelyn)

14. AGM Action points: $50 to Community Church.

15. Incorporated societies return and charities commission return: financial returns and rule changes to be sent. John and Louise have the matter in hand.

16. Other business:

· Vote of thanks to Jinty and Bob for their excellent presentation at the Rio meeting.

· $55 received in donations towards the hire of the Hutton Theatre. Ideas for better ways to reach interested people included Facebook.

· Committee urges everyone to think of people to stand for DCC elections.

· Committee urges members to write letters to papers and national journals.

· The meeting closed at 7 pm.

17. Next meeting: 5:30 pm Thursday 8 November 2012. Mark to book.

Otago Polytechnic, D Block, Harbour Terrace.

D block is opposite the Hockey fields, and is the low 3 storied building with the big ‘D’ on the side.

Entrance is straight off the street (Harbour Terrace).

Room D101 is the first room on the left, as you come in the front door.

in the Back Room of Filadelfios at the Gardens

Nicky Chapman and friends to talk about faith-based responses to the moral challenges of climate change, including the mailing list ‘faith communities for climate justice’.

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

Watch this space…

Bob Lloyd and Jinty MacTavish to talk about their experiences in Rio +20

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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


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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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Committee Meeting

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc.

Committee Meeting


Date:   Thursday, 21 January 2010

Time:  5:30 pm

Place:  3rd Floor, MWH, John Wickliffe House


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

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


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


Secretary’s report and matters arising:

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

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


Treasurer’s report and matters arising:

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

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

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


Local Government Elections 2010 – Joint Strategy

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

Ø      Jinty McTavish has been invited.

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


Climate Camp Report from Jess Holmes.

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

Ø      There was minimal press coverage of the camp.

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


‘World of Difference’ programme (Vodafone Foundation)

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

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

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

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


DSSCF – Update:

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

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


Green Drinks Initiative Update:

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

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


Transition Valley 474: Update.

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

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


SDC Plans for 2010: Nora Calvert’s Donation.

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

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

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

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

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

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


Meeting closed 7.05pm.


Next meeting – 18th February 2010




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