CC_Dunedin_2015This 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,
Since the last newsletter, the Climate Change Vigil and the Climate Change March in Dunedin have both taken place. Sustainable Dunedin City is pleased to have been able to provide some funding to support the Vigil, which engaged with many people, including children, in a positive way on climate change through the Vigil itself and in promoting it with a beautiful poster, holding art workshops and engaging with the media. The Climate Change March demonstrated the depth of concern in Dunedin about Climate Change, with an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 people attending according to the ODT. Now we wait to see what world leaders can come up with at the Paris Conference.

As we move towards the summer holidays, there are not so many events and activities to publicise as usual, but still quite a few things of interest, especially this week.

Best wishes for a happy Christmas and a peaceful, sustainable world in 2016. This newsletter will be back in mid-January.

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.
Green Drinks – Port Chalmers
On a Christmas break – next meeting date will be announced in the new year.

For more information see their Facebook page.

Green Drinks – Dunedin City
No regular meetings scheduled currently

Other events/announcements for December
Thursday 10th December, 1.15 – 4.15pm
Field day at the  Hereweka Harbour Cone farm on promoting healthy waterways
Venue: Hereweka Harbour Cone Farm

A discussion on the Otago Water Plan and how it affects farming on the Peninsula:

Working in waterways and farming to achieve good water quality – Nicola McGrouther
Managing slips within the rules – Murray Harris
What is living in our streams? Electric fishing demonstration – Pete Ravenscroft
The Hereweka Harbour Cone Trust – Lala Frazer.

Meet at the top of Bacon Street in Turnbulls Bay at the start of the Bacon St Track where the Harbour Cone walkway starts.
CONTACT: For more information: Jodie Robertson, Community Liaison and Education Officer 0800 474 082 <> Thursday 10th December, 5.30 – 7.00pm

The Bristol Pound – Informal presentation and discussion
Venue: Startup Dunedin, 22 Leithbank, Corner of Forth St and Leithbank

A presentation by Jinty McTavish, who writes: “At the request of some Dunedinites with an interest in the subject, I’ll be giving a very informal talk next Thursday about the inspiring Bristol Pound (a groundbreaking local currency system in Bristol, UK). I was lucky enough to experience the system and meet the founders when I visited the city last year. The discussion may be of interest to those with a focus on growing local jobs and communities, and supporting local independent businesses. Everyone is welcome.”

Read more:

Contact: Kay at 021 1672 843 or Richman at 021 623 622 Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th December
Oxfam Xmas Trees for Sale – $15
Venue: outside the Botanic Gardens, opposite the Gardens New World car park

Freshly cut, long lasting Xmas trees will be sold all day. All proceeds go to improving access to safe water and sanitation in the Pacific as part of the Oxfam Water for Survival Programme.

Trees cut as thinnings from sustainable forestry.

Saturday 12th December
Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua – end of year get together
See regular activities section for more details.
Regular activities
Otago Access Radio – sustainability programmes
Eco-living in action radio show Otago Access Radio 105.4FM.
Hosted by Maureen Howard and sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.

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
Valley Community Workspace at 11 Allen St, NEV is a new co-working space for green, innovative ventures, skill-sharing, creativity and community led education and development. Ventures include electric car conversions, electric bikes, a bike clinic to help with basic repairs, a tinker school, Makerspace and more.   We are fundraising to buy the building and looking for investors. We also have a range of meaningful Christmas gifts, including second hand kids’ and adults’ bikes for as little as $20. See for more information or join us on facebook 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
Sat 12th December – You are warmly invited to our end of year get together on the Island. Bring something delicious for the pot luck lunch and $15 for the boat. A koha for the Island is always put to good use! The boat will leave Back Beach at Port Chalmers (by the Yacht Club) at 9.00am and return at 5pm. (Depending on numbers, there may be more than one boat trip). Pick up on the Peninsula side by arrangement.
To book your place on the boat contact or 478 0874. Bookings are essential! (Please let us know if you can help with carpooling or need a lift and we will try to match you up!)

Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua:  is a great place for a sustainable holiday!  In the heart of the Otago Harbour -not far to travel so minimal carbon footprint, simple rustic accommodation, and a beautiful environment to relax and recharge in. Your donation for staying on the island helps the Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua Community employ a Keeper, maintain the buildings and do ecological work, and many other projects. See the website for further information, or contact the Keeper on the Island 478 0874. We have beautiful gift vouchers available for an overnight stay on the island, or boat transport, that would make a wonderful Christmas gift.

Contact 03 478 0874 or 027 7777 874 or See for more information about the island and the Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua 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: No sustainability-related consultations at present.

Otago Regional Council: Survey on wilding conifer management in Otago – see

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. 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