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.

Kia ora,

This week we are pleased to announce Sustainable Dunedin City’s support for Our Food Network (OFN) – a Dunedin-based organisation whose aim is to contribute to the building of a resilient and prosperous community by stimulating the production, distribution and consumption of local food. This aligns well with SDC’s own aim of facilitating a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin City. OFN has identified a number of key initiatives and is now developing its “Ideas into Action” project to enable real progress to be made on them. Initial funding from Dunedin City Council, Dunedin Rural Development and Sustainable Dunedin City has enabled OFN to engage an “Ideas into Action” project facilitator for the initial phase on a part time/short term basis. They are pleased to have engaged Niki Bould to carry out this work. Sustainable Dunedin City is also assisting OFN by providing a formal structure as an Incorporated Society to receive  funding for the project on OFN’s behalf.

There are important deadlines for government consultations coming up this week and next – on the TPPA, Resource Management Act and Marine Protected Areas Act. See the Consultations section below for more information.

Finally, for a slightly longer term perspective, there is interesting reading from Wise Response, with transcripts from a recent public lecture and workshop on New Zealand’s role in implementing  the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Best wishes,
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 17th March, 7.30pm
Green Drinks – Port Chalmers
Venue: The Portsider, Port Chalmers

Continuing discussion on future activities for Green Drinks – Port Chalmers.

For more information about the group see their Facebook page.

Green Drinks – Dunedin City
No regular meetings scheduled currently
Events for March
Monday 7th March, 7pm
Film Screening: Project Wild Thing
Venue: College of Education Auditorium, Union Street East

Hosted by the University of Otago’s Centre for Science Communication. “Project Wild Thing is the hilarious, real life story of one man’s determination to get children out and into the ultimate, free wonder. Project Wild Thing was one of the biggest documentary film releases of 2013. The film’s aim is to kick-start a movement for social change which gets kids playing outside freely and re-connecting with the natural world. David’s film Project Wild Thing sparked The Wild Network, a movement aimed at getting kids outdoors and leading nature-rich lives.”

Monday 14th March
Keep Dunedin Beautiful awards – closing date for nominations
The DCC is inviting people to nominate friends, neighbours, colleagues, community members and groups who are making an effort to beautify or clean up our city in one way or another.
Please send through the name of your nominee and some contact details for them along with a short description of their actions.For more information and to nominate please contact Ashlea Muston, Keep Dunedin Beautiful Coordinator. Phone 03 474 3401 or 021 715 423. Email

WR_TPPA_Poster_March_2016_ 2Monday 14th March, 9am (half day or full day) -note that registration closes on Wednesday 9th March
Trans-Pacific Partnership Roadshows

Venue: Dunedin Centre,1 Harrop Street

Free event organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, intended to provide an overview of the TPPA from the government’s perspective (with technical workshops in the afternoon on “TPP business outcomes”). There will be an opportunity to ask questions. Registration information.

There are also demonstrations planned outside these roadshows by anti-TPPA campaign groups.

Monday, 14th March
The TPPA and New Zealand’s Future

Public meeting at 7.30pm Monday March 14 at 7.30pm in the St David Lecture Theatre, University of Otago, Dunedin

Professor Tim Hazledine, Economics Department, University of Auckland will talk on: “The TPPA and New Zealand’s Future”.

Gold Coin Entry

Sponsored by Wise Response Society Inc.
NB public consultation on the TPPA closes on Friday 11th March (though all but one of the explanatory Roadshows around the country is on or after this date!) – more information below.
Regular activities and volunteering opportunities

Become a Kiwi Conservation Club (KCC) Coordinator – inspire the next generation!
KCC is Forest & Bird’s programme for children. Volunteer KCC coordinators plan and run interesting outdoor adventures for KCC children in their area. These can be anything from fossil finding to bush walks, beach fossicks to star gazing – and anything in between! If you are keen to take families (parents/caregivers are always required) on great adventures, have enthusiasm and an interest in the natural world, we’d love to hear from you. We aim to run one trip per month, out of school hours (usually a weekend afternoon). With a team of 3 – 4 Coordinators, this means organising about one or two trips per term. To see the sorts of adventures we run, click here:

To find out more, please email Dannie Hawkins at

Eco-living in action radio show Otago Access Radio 105.4FM.

Hosted by Maureen Howard and sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.

As many of you know, Maureen Howard is travelling in South America at the moment and is not able to broadcast regularly, but she is writing a fascinating blog at and uploading radio shows when she can. Forthcoming broadcasts:
10/03/2016  Love the Lindsay Creek – Marty Cancilla
17/03/2016  Creating a Sustainable Town in Panama – Kalu Yala
24/03/2016  learning about Water Issues in Otago  – Nika Wood
31/03/2016  Making Rum Sustainably in Panama! –  tbc
7/04/2016  Off the Grid in Palmerston  – Linda Begg

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

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: No sustainability-related consultations at present.

Otago Regional Council: No sustainability-related consulations at present.

New Zealand Government:
Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Closing date Friday 11th March. Submit individually through the government’s website and/or join with others in a joint submission through ActionStation. Information on the TPPA is also available from It’s Our Future.
Resource Legislation Amendment Bill. Click here for details of the proposals and how to make submissions. Deadline for submissions Monday 14th March. This is a complicated Bill, proposing major amendments to the Resource Management Act, Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf Act, the Environmental Protection Authority Act, the Reserves Act, the Conservation Act and the Public Works Act. The bill was introduced in early December and it seems as if not many environmental groups have had time yet to publish their views on it – there are 180 pages of amendments to existing legislation and 38 pages of explanation to work through! However, the Green Party has already said that it is opposing the Bill:
“Though we support parts of the Bill, including the increased recognition of the importance of managing natural hazards, most of the good proposals in the Bill appear to be vastly out-weighed by changes that consolidate power around the Minister, lock out local voices, and weaken environmental safeguards.” (Green Party press release)
Likewise, the November-December issue of ECOlink, the newsletter of the Environment and Conservation Organisations of New Zealand, raises concerns:
“The Bill proposes changes to several Acts that would constitute major threats to the environment and to local democracy. Like the proposals that preceded this Bill, there are many moves to favour economic development over other interests.”

Marine Protected Areas Act consultation. Forest and Bird link to submission forms below. Deadline Friday 11th March at 5pm.

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 Wood (newsletter editor)

Jenny Neilson (SDC secretary)