Kia ora,

Apologies for the long gap since the last Sustainable Dunedin City Newsletter – a busy period at my work followed by some technical difficulties with our email account caused the hiccup. Hopefully we are now back on track for a fortnightly circulation. However, we are using a new email system, which doesn’t appear to have the same formatting options as before, so I am keeping this newsletter short while we work out how to get back to a more user-friendly layout.

Fortunately it is a fairly quiet time as far as events and consultations go, so not too much has been missed. However, tomorrow (Monday) afternoon offers an interesting opportunity to take part in a community discussion about climate change action – more information below.

Finally, Sustainable Dunedin City is very pleased to welcome Bob Lloyd and Colin Campbell-Hunt as the new coordinators of Green Drinks Dunedin – and thanks them warmly for taking on this role. Please join them if you can on the last Thursday of each month at “the Bog” on George Street.

Ngā mihi,

1. Sustainable Dunedin City news and events

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. Alongside producing this newsletter of sustainability-related events, the Society also organises the annual Big Green Challenge and hosts Green Drinks (see below). For more information or to join go to

Thursday 16th July 7:30 pm (Third Thurs/ month)
GreenDrinks Port Chalmers
The Portsider in Port Chalmers
Andy Barrett on local food

Thursday 30th July 5:30 pm (last Thursday of month)
GreenDrinks Dunedin
THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts.
Topic – to be confirmed
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. Contact or for more information.

2. Other new events

Monday 29th June 2- 4pm Community meeting on climate change action

Quaker Meeting House, 15 Park Street – all welcome

Purpose – to seek ways to encourage the government to take a more positive and proactive stand in setting carbon emissions targets for UN climate change conference in Paris in December this year.
The discussion will be led by.Gray Southon (Clerk of the Futures Committee of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) – Aotearoa / New Zealand). Gray worked as a medical physicist in Canada and Australia, before moving into information and organizational studies. In 2003 he returned to New Zealand and became involved in the United Nations Association. He is now interested in global governance, sustainability and security issues, linking the local with the global and the personal at all levels.

Contacts for Sustainable Dunedin City:
Simonne Samuelson

Jenny Neilson (SDC’s secretary)

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc.

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