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,
The new committee of Sustainable Dunedin City met last week and has started to think about the projects it would like to be involved in during the coming year, with a focus on building on our existing strengths and fulfilling needs not covered by other sustainability groups in Dunedin. Here are some of our thoughts:

    We will continue to promote engagement in local democratic processes, such as through submissions to the DCC and ORC, and hope to become more pro-active in advocacy in some areas, rather than simply responding to topics raised by local and national government in consultations.
    We aim to use our networks and communication channels to keep more people in Dunedin informed about sustainability and connected to each other.
    There is a strong possibility of running the Big Green Challenge again.
    We will also be reviewing our on-going relationship with Our Food Network in the next couple of months, to see how we can best work together to make both organisations stronger.

Thanks to all our committee members, new and continuing: Andy Barratt, John Cocks, Nicky Chapman, Mark Jackson, Injy Johnstone, Stuart Mathieson and Jenny Neilson. Andy has just taken over from Jenny as secretary, so particular thanks to Jenny for all her hard work in the past and to Andy for being willing to take on the role.

Ngā mihi,
Simonne Wood
(Chair, Sustainable Dunedin City)

Events listing

Hereweka Harbour Cone planting bees
Save The Otago Peninsula (more commonly known by our acronym, STOP), has been very busy on the conservation front over winter – mainly planting and trying to keep pest plants under control.  Smiths Creek Catchment Planting in particular has used 982 volunteer hours clearing gorse and planting just over 2,000 kanuka seedlings.
Now we are joining the Hereweka Harbour Cone Trust and Broad Bay School to plant a further 1,500 mixed coastal forest seedlings.  So we desperately need your assistance!
Working bees are every Tuesday from 9.30 to 12.30 and Sundays 10am to 1pm.  (Alternative times for groups can also be arranged.) Lots of different tasks according to ability – not just digging holes.
Meet at the end of Bacon St.
Contact Person: Lala Frazer 027 8756 020; Email <> Friday 14th October, 12.30 – 1.30pm

OERC Public Seminar: Taking stock of the local impacts of community renewable energy
Venue: Seminar Room, Centre for Sustainability, 563 Castle Street
Seminar given by Anna Harnmeijer, co-founder of a small Edinburgh-based consultancy in community energy (Scene Community), and recently completed a Marie Curie funded fellowship called ‘Careers for Sustainability Excellence’ (CASTLE). Her work thus far has spanned from quantifying project risk and barriers to community energy and environmental policy and innovation in the UK bioenergy sector, to renewable energy technology failure in rural areas of the developing world. The seminar takes a scholarly look at the potential for community-owned renewable energy projects to deliver environmental and local socio-economic benefits.More information at

Tuesday 18th October, 4-6pm
Energy Efficiency in Practice (3rd Ahika Learning from the Leaders event)
Venue: Cadbury World Theatre, 280 Cumberland Street
Our 3rd event focus on efficiency in business. Hear from four speakers on the following topics:
• Energy + Sustainability = Good Business Sense: Martin McArthur & Judith Mair (Cadbury)
• How funding can drive energy efficiency: Peter van Meer (EECA)
• Planning is the first step towards identifying opportunities: Lloyd McGinty (Ahika)
• Energy supply with a difference: Chris Dawson (Pioneer Energy)
• Chocolate melting project: Visit to the mass melting room (Cadbury)
Each talk will be short & sharp with ample time for questions, discussion and networking.

NEW EVENT 19th of October, 4-6pm
ChargeUp Dunedin
Venue: G106, Otago Polytechnic Roundtable meetings about all things EV in Dunedin.

Please note we only have 40 spaces for our third Learning from Leaders event.  So sign up with OSEA asap (Phone: 0508 656 757 Email: info@osea. More information at Thursday 20th October, 4-5pm
Seminar: “What if… we all drove electric vehicles?”
Venue: Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum

OERC and Centre for Sustainability seminar, presented by Alan Miller, who has worked in Europe, New Zealand, and Australia, in fields including: power quality monitoring; demand response; electricity pricing; telecommunications high-tech product development and marketing; and general management. He is currently director of the EPECentre and of the GREEN Grid project at the University of Canterbury.

Other opportunities
Valley Community Workspace is a co-working space for sustainable, innovative ventures and skill-sharing at 11 Allen St, North East Valley. Call in to see what’s happening on Saturdays between 10.30am -5pm or check our facebook page or website  We are looking for new people/ventures who are interested in renting part of the space. Currently we have bikes, e-bikes, a welding workshop, Makerspace, and e-car conversions…
Good reading/listening

Eco Living in Action

Dunedin’s radio show about living more sustainably. With host Maureen Howard, on Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Aired – every Thursday 2.30-3pm and repeated Mondays 8.30-9am. Podcasts available at, Eco Living in Action website or iTunes.

Eco Living in Action is sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City

22 September – Fair Trade and Sustainability – Sara Walton
29 September – Buckwheat as a green manure crop – John McCormick
6 October – From Waste to Resource – Tom MacFarlane

Sustainable Lens – radio show on Otago Access Radio. Each week Shane Gallagher and Samuel Mann take a sustainable perspective on current topics in the world around us. Regular features aimed at drawing out connections lead into an extended discussion with invited guests. They are building up a searchable archive of conversations with people from many different fields who are applying their skills to a sustainable future. In their conversations they try to find out what motivates them and what it means to see the world through a sustainable perspective, through their sustainable lens.
Podcast and live on Otago Access Radio (Thursday NZ  7-8pm 105.4FM/1575AM in Dunedin).
Regular listings

Biodiversity monitoring on Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua
When: at our community open days (last Saturday of the month) and to suit visiting groups
COST: $15 pp for boat; $10-$15 if staying overnight in the Lodge. Subsidies sometimes available if there is financial hardship.
We are about to start an exciting project, monitoring biodiversity on the Island using different indicators, linked with a new predator control programme. We’re keen to involve the community, especially young people!
A range of monitoring methods will be used- tracking tunnels, chew cards, and seedling,/moth/bird counts prior to trapping, and then again once the traps are in place. We expect that we will see increases in biodiversity over time.
Get involved on a day visit, or stay overnight to ensure plenty of time to explore other aspects of the Island, including ecological restoration and heritage.Talk to the Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua Community’s Keeper, Phil Perrow, about options.
Phil Perrow;  478 0874  0276683773

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 consultations at present.

New Zealand Government: No sustainability-related consultations at present.

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. For more information or to join the Society go to


Simonne Wood (Chair and newsletter editor)

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