Sustainable Dunedin City

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Browsing Posts published in April, 2010

The DCC has released the report commissioned from Professor Blair Fitzharris

The report is available here.dcc-climate-change-impacts-report-1

A pdf of SDC’s submission is available here.

Dear Members,

It looks to be the season for consultations and submissions – starting with SDC’s submission to the DCC addressing their draft Annual Plan 2010 / 2011 – please see the previous post.

Thanks to Jinty McTavish for her hard work on this one.

Read on!

1. Upcoming Sustainability Events and Courses

– THIS Week – Orokonui Easter Eggstravaganza

– THIS Wednesday April 14, 11am at the Octagon – Our Wheels for the World Rally

– July 6 – 11- New Zealand International Science Festival, Dunedin

2. Dunedin Sustainability in Action! YOUR chance to ‘Have Your Say’

– Dunedin City Council’s current consultations

– DCC Strategy to Breathe New Life Into South Dunedin Retail Area

– Have your say on Otago Regional Council’s 2010/11 Draft Annual Plan

– Green Values Business People Wanted

– Celebrate Biodiversity throughout 2010 – the International Year of Biodiversity

3. Food for Thought

– Trade Aid has just launched its new website

– Wild The City


1. Upcoming Sustainability Events and Courses

We’d love to advertise your sustainability-related event or course – please send contributions in to

i) THIS Week – Orokonui Easter Eggstravaganza

Orokonui Ecosanctuary is offering an exciting array of children’s activities over these school holidays. Check out daily events, such as the treasure trail with a scavenger hunt and nest quest.

Discover which trees are best for nests, be it for a bellbird, kaka, saddleback or rifleman. Explore the lush podocarp forest wilderness and complete the nest quest treasure trail to earn a yummy prize. Create your own backyard sanctuary. Find out how to protect nesting birds and reptiles in your backyard. Find out more by going to:

ii) THIS Wednesday April 14, 11am at the Octagon – Our Wheels for the World Rally

As part of their Annual Healthy Lifestyles Week, OUSA is holding an Our Wheels for the World Rally down George Street. Imagine a 100 or more students positively parading down George Street to Uni. Music, Bikes, Skateboards… Lots of fun and a party with crazy bikes, giveaways and bike and skateboard workshops on the OUSA Lawn at the end of the ride! Even if you’re not a student, what a neat way to get out there and support active, low carbon transport in the city – let’s make it massive!

iii) July 6 – 11- New Zealand International Science Festival, Dunedin

The 2010 festival, themed “food for thought” will stimulate your senses, inspiring discussion on the intersection between food and science. From farm to fork, topics such as food production, nutrition and consumption will be on the menu. Be prepared to be challenged.

You will not want to miss the events in store for 2010!

2. Dunedin Sustainability in Action!

This section is about some of the inspirational things happening in our community, as well as ‘sustainability’ volunteer opportunities in and around Dunedin. If you’ve got a project you need more hands for (or even a project that needs hands to get started!), or a group you think our members may like to join, send me a paragraph…and don’t forget your contact details. And if you’re doing something inspirational, or know of someone that is, let me know (

– Dunedin City Council’s Consultation link & diary of opportunities for community participation can be found at:

– DCC Strategy To Breath New Life Into South Dunedin Retail Area

The Dunedin City Council is about to consult with the public on the future of the South Dunedin Retail Centre. The consultation will be the first step in the development of a strategy to revitalise the area.

The DCC has released an Issues and Opportunities consultation document, and is inviting feed-back from the community on the range and relative importance of the issues and options identified to date, as well as support for, and prioritisation of, options identified

– Have your say on Otago Regional Council’s 2010/11 Draft Annual Plan

Key points

* No change in the General Rate from 2009/10
* Discussions on operational merger proposed between the boards of Port Otago and the Port of Lyttleton
* Additional bus services for Queenstown due to start 1 July 2010
* Continuation of our works programmes including river management, compliance monitoring, field days and workshops.

Submissions can be made on the form included in the document and close on Monday 3 May 2010.

Green Values Business People Wanted

Our friends at the Sustainable Business Network urgently need candidates for regional board positions in the South Island. Board positions are voluntary, but not onerous and a really good way to build a network of enlightened businesses interested in a path towards sustainability and to foster good practice.

If you or anyone you know might be keen please email nominations to Brenda Harkin, Nominations for Regional Boards are required by 16 April with voting taking place by 28 April when the Southern Regional Annual meeting occurs.

Celebrate Biodiversity throughout 2010 – the International Year of Biodiversity

Dunedin City Council has produced a local event calendar booklet called Let’s Grow Native to help you do just that! You can pick up a copy from DCC’s Service Centre or DOC office or ask for one to be posted to you. Alternatively, you can view it online at

The programme will be updated with additional events throughout the year. For more information see or contact Fliss Butcher or Debbie Hogan or ph 477 4000.

3. Food for Thought

Do you know of an amazing podcast everyone should listen to? An article or a blog or a site that would be of interest to all SDC members? Send me a short explanation and the link (, and we’ll add it in here. Links preferable to attachments, because they tend to fill up everyone’s inboxes.

– Trade Aid has just launched its new website

Built with the help of online digital agency, Blackpepper, this vibrant new web space is a one-stop-shop for everything there is to know about Trade Aid – from our producers and the impact of our work, to practical ways Kiwis can help in the fight for justice in world trade.

Boasting a fresh new look and easy navigation tools, the website is also packed to the brim with enlightening stories and facts that give insight into the lives of Trade Aid’s producers the world over, and the need to help them work themselves out of poverty.

One of the most exciting additions is Trade Aid’s first ever online shop, giving Kiwis the opportunity to help make the world a fairer place from the comfort of their own home. The shop has an endless selection of unique, handcrafted goods to suit all tastes in homeware, fashion accessories, toys, foods, and much, much more.

Wild The City

Positive places, places that make us feel good, that we are drawn to, are places we want to be and live. Sometimes an individual lone tree can create a pleasant space, or possibly our own backyard garden or a nearby reserve. Without any trees or local green space nearby, people are unable to experience nature on a daily basis. Access to quality green spaces that capture our attention and soothe the soul strengthens our connection with the natural environment.

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Suze Keith (SDC’s newsletter compiler)

Janet Brady (SDC’s secretary)

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc.

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