Sustainable Dunedin City

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Browsing Posts published in October, 2014

Dunedin’s Big Green Challenge 2014 is funding the following individuals and groups to undertake these exciting projects over the next 4 months:

* 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

Thank you to everyone who submitted applications.  It has been very difficult to choose from a wide range of applications for valuable projects.  If your project has not attracted funding in this round, we are grateful for your submission and hope to hear from you again in a future funding round.

Congratulations to the ten successful applications.

We look forward to posting regular progress reports on these projects.

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

Otago_Harbour_BlueKia ora! I am enjoying writing this from our new home on the Peninsula, drawing inspiration from a lovely view across the harbour, even on a damp, grey day like today. It is a stunning place to be and we feel very appreciative of our beautiful city and region.
Our move last weekend is the reason for the slight lateness of this edition of the newsletter – but the normal fortnightly schedule should resume now. Please note that I generally deal with newsletter correspondence at the weekends, so please don’t think I am ignoring you if you email me and don’t get an immediate response mid-week. Of course I will try and deal with urgent ones more promptly.
Ngā mihi, Simonne

Sustainable Dunedin City action

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
Big Green Challenge applications are now closed. Sustainable Dunedin City will announce the successful projects shortly.

Thursday 30th October
5:30 pm
(last Thursday of month)

GreenDrinks Dunedin
THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts.
Topic this month: Our natural and social world is rapidly changing: What kind of work will we/our kids be doing in 2030?
Predicting the future for Dunedin is a challenging task. What will the future of work here in Dunedin look like in a context of a rapidly changing and increasingly constrained world (declining resources, climate change, biodiversity loss etc)? Dr Sara Walton will talk to us about a narrative of the future of work that she and colleagues at the University of Otago have created. This narrative is based on a descriptive survey completed by a panel of business and community leaders to explore what the future of work might look like.
You can contact Sara at
GreenDrinks Dunedin is part of the non-political international movement Green Drinks whose focus is to provide a relaxed space for people interested in sustainability and the environment to meet and get together.
Green Drinks Dunedin is hosted in Dunedin by Sustainable Dunedin City. For more information or to get on the mailing list please email Maureen Howard, GreenDrinks Dunedin Coordinator on (note new email address).
Thursday 20th November
7:30 pm
(Third Thurs/ month)

GreenDrinks Port Chalmers
The Portsider in Port Chalmers

November’s meeting will be with Dr Sue Bidrose, CEO of Dunedin City Council.

1. Other new dates and activities

Saturday 1st November
11am – 3pm
Our Food Network Dunedin
Dunningham Suite, Dunedin Public Library
Our Food Network Dunedin invites you to the Third Local Food Forum “Ideas into Action”.
November 1st – 9th

Conservation Week
See for information about events and competitions around the country.
Tuesday 4th November

Dunedin City Council ‘Big Decisions, Big Conversations’ consultation workshop
Regent Theatre, The Octagon

This workshop is part of a programme of consultation by the DCC entitled “Big Decisions, Big Conversations’’, asking members of the public what decisions are ‘big’ or significant to them, and when and how they expect the Council to involve them in making those decisions. For more information, see the Petitions and Consultations section of this newsletter (below).
Please RSVP to or 477 4000 if you wish to attend this workshop.
Thursday 6th November

Public Lecture: “Conversations about Conservation” (Conservation Week event)
Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum

Talks by staff and students from Zoology and Wildlife Management about their work, followed by time for discussion and questions. Cash bar, refreshments provided.
Saturday 8th November

International Day of Action against the TPPA (Trans-Pacific Partnership)– Dunedin Rally
Meet outside the Dental School, 310 Great King Street
An opportunity to take part in a global day of action against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, a proposed free trade agreement which is currently under negotiation between the New Zealand government and a number of other Pacific countries including the USA, Australia, Japan, Peru and Canada. Many believe that the TPPA would significantly reduce New Zealand’s ability to regulate for itself in important areas such as workplaces, environment, health and education, and are concerned about the secrecy of the negotiations for the agreement.
For more information on opposition to the TPPA see For details of the Dunedin rally see
Starts beginning of term one, 2015, lasting the whole term.

Virtual Great Walks Competition, Department of Conservation (DOC)
DOC thinks all kids should be excited about the magic of Aotearoa’s beautiful backyard, so are running a competition for young people that requires groups of 15 people or less to pick one of the nine Great Walks to learn about while ‘virtually’ walking it. To enter the grand prize draw to win the ultimate Great Walks experience for kids, including air travel to a Great Walk for the group (with extra seats for adult helpers), groups will need to answer certain questions about their Great Walk in the presentation method of their choice, e.g. video clip, PowerPoint, poem. or poster etc. Please fill in the survey questions to help us plan the competition so everyone can get the best out of it. Let’s get started!

2. Ongoing activities

Eco Living in Action, Thursdays, 2.30-3pm. On Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Tune in or check out previous shows on the OAR website at
STOP (Save The Otago Peninsula) Inc Soc regular working bees on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the Broad Bay area.
One is a freshwater creek enhancement project and the other is in a DOC Scientific Reserve. There is sometimes transport available from town on the Thursday morning. Other working bees are held as required in the evenings in summer and in the weekend. For more details, contact Lala Frazer, phone 478 0339, or text mobile 021 20 999 74, or email
Quarantine Island Open Weekend last Saturday every month
Everyone is welcome to the St Martin Island Community open weekends on Quarantine Island on the last Saturday of every month. Join us in releasing the (relatively) newly planted native trees, sharing conversations, passion and action in this beautiful island haven.
The boat leaves Back Beach at 9.30am and returns about 4pm. You can also stay overnight. Bring $10 for the boat and a contribution towards a shared lunch (and swimming togs if you’re feeling brave!).
Make sure to let the keepers Candy and Gordon Douglas know that you intend to come – (03) 478 0874.
Living Legends at Waitati: last Sunday of the month help with releasing the native plants from rank grass and weeds at the Orokonui Scenic Reserve, an important area for whitebait and wading birds. We aim to transform the low-lying rank pasture into a thriving natural wetland, as it was over 150 years ago. To find out more go to or contact: Karen Connor at or 03 4770 677.
Blueskin Community Market first Sunday of every month
Gallery on Blueskin
Food and coffee, plants and produce, arts and crafts, prints, pakoras, books, toys and more! Free stalls, DCC regulations apply to food stalls.
Phone Nathan on 027 214 8294 or Rudie 027 781 1799 for more information.

3. Petitions and consultations

Government consultations ( – no sustainability-related consultations at present.
Dunedin City Council consultations:
“Big Decisions, Big Conversations” – As well as the workshop on 4th November (see details in events calendar above) there are various other methods of taking part in this consultation – information at Proposal and feedback forms are also available from all DCC Public Libraries and service centres. Community feedback will help the Council finalise its Significance and Engagement Policy – a new requirement under the Local Government Act. Guidelines and methods for community engagement will also be developed. Consultation closes 5pm on 10th November.

Otago Regional Council consultations: The Regional Council is also consulting on its Significance and Engagement Policy:, with the same closing date.

Petitioning Progressive Enterprises Ltd: Introduce a 10 cent plastic bag levy across all your major supermarket brands View the petition.

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

2014 is likely to be the hottest year on record, and has already included six of the hottest months on record, according to a US science agency:

Tēnā koutou katoa,
Simonne Samuelson
Jenny Neilson (SDC’s secretary)
Sustainable Dunedin City Inc.

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And we now have to choose up to 10 projects from the many varied and exciting applications submitted.   Please watch this page for the results, which will be up by mid-October.  Thank you to everyone who has participated 🙂

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