Sustainable Dunedin City

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Browsing Posts published in August, 2015

The Annual General Meeting of Sustainable Dunedin City is being held on Monday 24th August, 5.30pm, in Room D101 of Otago Polytechnic.
Please find the Annual Report of Sustainable Dunedin City attached, comprising:

  • Society Office Bearers and committee members
  • Chairpersons’ Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Annual Plan
  • Notice of the Annual General Meeting and Agenda
  • Minutes of the 2014 Annual General Meeting

The Annual Report is available as a PDF here:  SDC Annual Report 2015

Nominations for Committee: Nominations_for_Committee_2015-16_final-1

This newsletter is circulated once every two to three weeks by Sustainable Dunedin City Society to publicise sustainability-related events, consultations, petitions and occasional news items relevant to Dunedin.


Sustainable Dunedin City has exciting news this week – we have become the sponsor of Maureen Howard’s excellent radio show on Otago Access Radio – Eco Living in Action. In case you are not familiar with it, it is a weekly half-hour broadcast providing information and inspiration on different ways of putting your commitment to sustainability into practice. Focussing on ideas with local relevance, topics covered in Maureen’s recent interviews have included Seniors for Climate Change, free-range pig farming and designing a productive inner city garden. We are delighted that our new link with the programme gives us an opportunity to support Maureen’s work and make Sustainable Dunedin City more widely known as well.

We’ll let you know in this newsletter what topics Maureen has coming up, so if you haven’t already tried it, give it a go soon. See for more information on broadcast times and podcast options.

The other good news is that the guest speaker at our AGM on 24th August is Councillor Neville Peat, a great champion of Dunedin and especially of its natural environment – see below for more information.

Finally, don’t forget to contribute to the consultation on the draft Environmental Strategy for Dunedin – details in the Petitions section below.

Sustainable Dunedin City event
Monday 24th August, 5.30pm (speaker at approx 6pm)
Sustainable Dunedin City Annual General Meeting, with guest speaker Councillor Neville Peat
Venue: Room D101, Otago Polytechnic (Ground floor of D Block on Harbour Terrace – accessible from doors on Quad side of building)

All welcome.

Neville Peat is a Dunedin City councillor, a former regional councillor, and the chair of the Orokonui Ecosanctuary Trust Board. He is an author and photographer, exploring themes of geography, natural history, environment and biography. In 1994, Peat was named Dunedin Citizen of the Year for his series of photographic books on the city and his establishment of the Dunedin Environmental Business Network, and in 1996 won the Montana New Zealand Book Awards for his book Wild Dunedin.In 2007, Peat was awarded the Creative New Zealand Michael King Writers’ Fellowship, New Zealand’s largest literary award. It allowed him to complete two major works, a comprehensive book on the Tasman Sea, and the third story in the “Lark” trilogy exploring the nature of southern New Zealand. At the AGM he will give an overview of sustainability initiatives in Dunedin, finishing with the draft Environmental Strategy.

Nominations signed by a nominator and seconder for two chairpersons,secretary, treasurer and committee members should be sent to by 5pm on Wednesday 19th August.

Green Drinks
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.
Thursday 20th August, 7.30pm (third Thursday of the month)
Green Drinks – Port Chalmers
Venue: The Portsider, Port Chalmers

Topic – Dunedin’s Draft Environmental Strategy, with Patricia McLean from Dunedin City Council, who has worked extensively on the strategy.

For more information see their Facebook page. Thursday 27th August, 5.30pm (last Thursday of the month)
Green Drinks – Dunedin City
Venue – The Bog – upstairs. Corner of George and London Streets.

Topic – What next for Paris?

For more information contact or
Other events this month
Tuesday, 18 August, 5.30 – 6.30pm
Inaugural Professorial Lecture: “Whales, dolphins, science and conservation.”
Venue: Archway 1, Union Street East, Dunedin

Professor Elisabeth Slooten (Department of Zoology) presents her Inaugural Professorial Lecture. She researches in the field of marine conservation and her work has been instrumental in achieving better protection for Hector’s dolphin. Wednesday, 19 August, 4:00 – 4:50pm
Politicising and depoliticising dissent: Contesting Deep Sea Oil in Aotearoa New Zealand
Venue: SDAV5 – St David Theatre Complex

Sociology, Gender and Social Work seminar presented by Dr Sophie Bond (Department of Geography, Otago), Dr Gradon Diprose (Open Polytechnic) and Dr Amanda Thomas (Victoria University of Wellington). Friday, 21 and Saturday 22nd August, morning
Community Orchard- 1000 Fruit & Nut Trees – help needed
Venue: Chingford Park, NEV

Transition Valley 473 has received some funding to start planting fruit and nut trees as part of their Community Orchard – 1000 Fruit and Nut Trees Project.
Help is needed to move orchard trees at Chingford to their new location between the playground and old swimming pool. This is a huge job as the trees are quite big and heavy. They need at least 20 people to help with with digging, moving and mulching, so the job remains enjoyable and no one breaks their back!

Please let Kristen Bracey know if you can help on the morning of Fri 21st/ Sat. 22nd for a couple of hours. Details here.
Thursday 27th August, 4.00 – 5.00pm
Envisioning user perspectives: the adoption of renewable energy technologies
Venue: Centre for Sustainability, 563 Castle Street

Researcher Pia Otte from the Centre for Rural Studies, Norway, presents insights from two case studies.
Looking further forward…
12th to 25th September
Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week
Keep Dunedin Beautiful and the DCC are asking residents to pick up litter in their favourite part of our city. Registered participants will receive gloves and specially marked plastic bags which can then be put out with your regular kerbside rubbish collection between 14th and 25th September.

Register by:
-ringing Keep Dunedin Beautiful on 474 3401 or
-emailing Keep Dunedin Beautiful on

Include: Name (if group – number of participants would be helpful), number of bags required, area you will clean up, address for kerbside collection, day of your kerbside rubbish collection, your email address and phone number

Sunday 22nd November, 7.00 – 10.30pm
Love the Earth – a vigil on climate change before the Paris Climate Change talks (30th November – 11th December)
Venue: Meet in the Octagon and proceed to St Paul’s Cathedral and Crypt
Regular activities
Eco-living in action radio show Otago Access Radio 105.4FM.
Hosted by Maureen Howard.
Forthcoming topics:
20th August – Sinclair Wetlands
27th August – to be confirmed
3rd September – 3D printing

The show runs every week – each Thursday 2.30-3pm on 105.4FM and is repeated each Monday 8.30-9am. To hear all of the shows please go to the Otago Access Radio website at or download the shows via iTunes – to come to you every week! You can also check out photos to go with some past shows on the 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 a DOC Scientific Reserve. Other working bees held as required in the evenings in summer and at weekends. For information contact Lala Frazer (phone 478 0339, email or text 022 437 0799.

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 contact Karen Connor at or 03 4770 677 or visit

Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua – 2015 Open Community Days are usually held on the Island on the last Saturday of each month. Come for the day or overnight. Help with the tree re-vegetation, maintenance and other projects. Enjoy good company and food in beautiful surroundings. Cost: $10 for the boat and a contribution towards the shared lunch.
Contact 03 478 0874 or 027 7777 874 or See for more information about the island and the St Martin’s Island Community which looks after it.

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.
Petitions and consultations
Dunedin City Council: consultation on its draft Environmental Strategy “Te Ao Tūroa – The Natural World”. See for the discussion document, opportunities to discuss it and information on how to make a submission. Closing date for submissions 31st August

New Zealand Government: Environmental Protection Authority (Protection of Environment) Amendment Bill
This bill proposes amending the Environmental Protection Authority Act 2011 to add an additional objective that the authority must aim to protect, maintain, and enhance New Zealand’s environment. See
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. As well as production of this newsletter, current activities of the the Society include organising the Big Green Challenge and hosting Green Drinks in the city centre and Port Chalmers. For more information or to join the Society go to

Simonne Samuelson (newsletter editor)

Jenny Neilson (SDC secretary)

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc

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