Dear Members,

Inspiration is the theme this fortnight – just check out the Dunedin Sustainability in Action section – some awesome goings on in our neighbourhood.

Read on!

1. Upcoming SDC Events and Projects

i) Position vacant

2. Upcoming Sustainability Events and Courses

i) THIS Wednesday, June 9, 12 – 12.45pm – Plants on a High, Benham Seminar Room, Zoology Department

ii) Thursday, June 24 – End of the Line, Rialto Cinema

iii) Saturday, June 26, 5.30pm – Dunedin Midwinter Carnival, the Octagon

iv) Monday June 21, 10am – 3pm – Warm Up A Tree, the Octagon

v) July 6 – 11- New Zealand International Science Festival, Dunedin

vi) August – Sustainable Living Classes

vii) August 10 – 13 – 4th Australasian Hazards Management Conference, Te Papa, Wellington

3. Dunedin Sustainability in Action!

– Resourceit

– From Waitati Energy Project (Blueskin Power) – an invitation to join Community Turbine planning team

– Save the Otago Peninsula – Key actions and achievements for 2009-2010

– Sponsor wanted for 6000 diapers

– Lets Grow Native Garden Competition

– Adopt A Spot


1. Upcoming SDC Events and Projects

SDC is driven by member ideas and volunteer man-power, so if you have an idea for an event or project you’d like SDC to run, or you’d like to run under the SDC umbrella, please let us know This section also signposts who to contact if you’re keen to help out with a particular event/project.

i) Position Vacant

We’re a nice bunch of people – join us! We’re looking for a treasurer and an auditor to help us to continue to drive environmental sustainability in Dunedin. Not a huge amount of work in either role, but it needs to be done. No member can act as the auditor, but if you know someone who can do this important task for us on a voluntary basis, please contact Jocelyn Harris at

2. Upcoming Sustainability Events and Courses

Another good calendar for sustainability-related events around Dunedin can be found at We’d love to advertise your sustainability-related event or course – please send contributions in to

i) THIS Wednesday, June 9, 12 – 12.45pm – Plants on a High, Benham Seminar Room, Zoology Department

Plants on a high? The use of New Zealand living roofs to camouflage buildings, create sustainable buildings and enhance biodiversity. Robyn Simcock, Landcare Research, Auckland

New Zealand living roofs are introduced using case studies that show the key reasons for construction: camouflage, aesthetics, insulation, cooling air temperature and reducing stormwater runoff.

Three living roofs studies in a joint Landcare Research and University of Auckland School of Engineering research programme provide some data sets and highlight the tension between plant performance and light weight (cost). Finally, the manipulation of two of the roofs to enhance invertebrate habitat is discussed – do results support our dream of introducing threatened native lizards and invertebrates to these mammal-free zones?

Contact Janice Lord at or on 479 5131

ii) Thursday, June 24 – End of the Line, Rialto Cinema

The world’s first major documentary about the devastating effect of overfishing premiered at Sundance Film Festival

Imagine an ocean without fish. Imagine your meals without seafood. Imagine the global consequences. This is the future if we do not stop, think and act.

The End of the Line, the first major feature documentary film revealing the impact of overfishing on our oceans, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Documentary Competition. Sundance took place in Park City, Utah, January 2009.

In the film we see firsthand the effects of our global love affair with fish as food. It examines the imminent extinction of bluefin tuna, brought on by increasing western demand for sushi; the impact on marine life resulting in huge overpopulation of jellyfish; and the profound implications of a future world with no fish that would bring certain mass starvation.

Filmed over two years, The End of the Line follows the investigative reporter Charles Clover as he confronts politicians and celebrity restaurateurs, who exhibit little regard for the damage they are doing to the oceans.

One of his allies is the former tuna farmer turned whistleblower Roberto Mielgo – on the trail of those destroying the world’s magnificent bluefin tuna population.

Filmed across the world – from the Straits of Gibraltar to the coasts of Senegal and Alaska to the Tokyo fish market – featuring top scientists, indigenous fishermen and fisheries enforcement officials, The End of the Line is a wake-up call to the world.

iii) Saturday, June 26, 5.30pm – Dunedin Midwinter Carnival, the Octagon

Over 5,000 spectators will swarm Dunedin’s city centre to watch a spectacular Lantern Procession to celebrate the longest night and shortest day. The lanterns are a symbol of the returning light, of creativity and of community.

This year the Lantern Procession has a ‘Creatures of the Sea’ theme. Spectators will be enchanted by a glowing stream of over 700 people, 250 hand-made lanterns, 10 giant lanterns, costumed dancers, stilt walkers, musicians, and fire-works.


iv) Monday June 21, 10am – 3pm – Warm Up A Tree, the Octagon

DCC are looking for people to donate wool and/or knit, crochet or weave 20cm (approx) wool squares. The squares will be joined together and used to wrap the plane trees in the Octagon during the morning of June 21st as a colourful, fun-filled, guerrilla knitting project. The serious purpose behind the event is to raise awareness of biodiversity and the council’s Let’s Grow Native programme by warming up some trees on the shortest and probably coldest day of winter. The blanket wraps will be taken down at the end of the day, deconstructed back to squares and re-sewn into proper wool blankets and donated back to the community. The woolly squares need to be delivered to DCC Customer Services Centre no later than 19th June 2010.

People are also needed to help us sew the blankets up and wrap the trees up as quickly as possible to make a big creative arty splash! Please contact either Renee Gordon or Debbie Hogan Ph 477 4000

The Warm up a Tree project is one of the many events happening during 2010 as part of the Dunedin City Council’s Let’s Grow Native programme. Booklets outlining the full programme can be collected from DCC Customer Service Centre and DOC, and are downloadable from

v) July 6 – 11- New Zealand International Science Festival, Dunedin

The 2010 festival, themed “food for thought” will stimulate your senses, inspiring discussion on the intersection between food and science. From farm to fork, topics such as food production, nutrition and consumption will be on the menu. Be prepared to be challenged.

Ticket Sales Online Now!

You will not want to miss the events in store for 2010. Online Festival Programme now available here and the printed programme for this year’s NZISF will be released on June 24.

One of the keynote addresses on the programme is by Tim Jarvis called Water Water Everywhere?

Saturday 10 July, 7 – 8pm, St David Lecture Theatre, Cnr St David St & Cumberland St Dunedin

Drawing on his extensive work in developing countries Tim Jarvis will discuss the issue of water availability for the 21st century focusing on the challenges and solutions.

As a global explorer of the Arctic and Antarctica regions, Tim has viewed some of the most dramatic effects of climate change. As an environmental scientist, Tim is committed to finding pragmatic solutions to major environmental issues facing us all. Join us as Tim shares his passion for exploring together with his concern for the future of our globe – not to be missed!

$10 per person Book Here

On a slightly lighter note – the NZISF is also running the Ultimate Southern Cheese Roll Competition which closes Friday June 25 at 5pm.

The hunt is on for the best southern cheese roll! What makes the perfect cheese roll? Do you think you have it?

The winning cheese roll will be analysed by the University of Otago’s Food Science Team, who will provide an insight into what makes the ultimate taste sensation!

Cheese rolls are a fantastic fundraiser and, in conjunction with MOJO Cafe, the winning cheese rolls will be sold during the week of the NZ International Science Festival 2010. You, the winner, get to choose what fundraising group or charity the profits will go to!

See more at

vi) August – Sustainable Living Classes

Enrol NOW for ADULT COMMUNITY SUSTAINABLE LIVING CLASSES in NORTH EAST VALLEY, PORT CHALMERS and the CITY. This interactive eight-week course will assist you to learn and share practical tips that make a difference and can save you money, meet others in your community who are interested in living more sustainably, gain support for introducing lifestyle changes you want to make.

Facilitated by Dr Maureen Howard, c/o Water and Waste Services, Dunedin City Council.


Introduction – Sustainability in the home. Making changes; Energy – Efficiency and conservation, Renewables; Waste – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle; Composting Shopping – Making better choices. Making your own cleaners; Gardening – Attracting wildlife. Growing your own veggies; Water – Conservation, collection, reuse and keeping waterways clean; Transport – Traveling more sustainably; Final – Community Focus


PORT CHALMERS – Evening Course (8 Weeks)

Start Date: Tue 3rd August; Each Tuesday: 6.30-8.30pm

Venue: Port Chalmers School

NORTH EAST VALLEY – Daytime Course (8 Weeks)

Start Date: Wednesday 4th August; Each Wednesday: 10am-12 noon

Venue: 248 North Road, NEV Community Development Project

CITY – Evening Course (8 Weeks)

Start Date: Wed 4th August; Each Wednesday: 7-9pm

Venue: Space2B, corner Filluel and St Andrews St

All courses are free but a donation is requested ($30 recommended). Courses are restricted to a maximum of 14 people.

Registration is essential: Registration or enquiries before 17 June to Maureen 4739967or email After this date please register with the Dunedin City Council 4774000. Your place on the course will be confirmed during the week beginning July 26th.

The Sustainable Living Programme is brought to you locally by the Dunedin City Council.

vii) August 10 – 13 – 4th Australasian Hazards Management Conference, Te Papa, Wellington

Committee member John Cocks has noticed there is one session that refers to climate change and oil supply risks. Please let us know if you intend on going so we can borrow the notes!


3. Dunedin Sustainability in Action!

This section is about some of the inspirational things happening in our community, as well as ‘sustainability’ volunteer opportunities in and around Dunedin. If you’ve got a project you need more hands for (or even a project that needs hands to get started!), or a group you think our members may like to join, send me a paragraph…and don’t forget your contact details. And if you’re doing something inspirational, or know of someone that is, let me know (

– Resourceit is a locally created website with the key focus of waste minimisation. It is the hub that hosts waste minimisation products, services or community groups that currently exist in Dunedin. We offer numerous alternatives to the disposal of unwanted resources to landfill by encouraging the public to look at their waste as a useful resource. Remember your waste is another persons want.

Re-sourceit was conceived out of the ‘Waste as a Resource’ workshops at last year’s International Science Festival. This site has been made possible with funding from the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology and the New Zealand International Science Festival.

So ‘check re-sourceit before you rubbish it’.

– From Waitati Energy Project (Blueskin Power) – an invitation to join Community Turbine planning team

Dear all,

Following the ‘Blueskin Power’ community turbine feasibility study and the WEP meeting on the 5th of May a clear need has emerged to plan for the proposed community consultation event, the big community turbine day with speakers, maps, experts and answers.

I was buoyed by the enthusiasm and depth of thinking evident at the last WEP meeting and want to ensure we can run an event that is deeply informative. It will be the first big public opportunity to explore the community turbine in rich detail.

WEP volunteer planning and assistance will be required. I am seeking offers of assistance to ensure another great event. Tasks will include:

1. Brainstorming and planning exactly what we want and what is required

2. Preparing and organising props

3. Contacting and hosting our experts

4. Doing the do prior, on and post the big day (funding and logistics).

While we’ve had big meetings recently, we haven’t had a big event like this since the 2008 Energy Expo and those of you who were involved or participated will recall the fun and success of that event. If you haven’t been involved before or want to contribute just a little, then please get in touch with me, and please be sure to let me know if you can help as part of the community planning team.

I’m grateful to all the expert assistance so far provided by the University of Otago (Otago Energy Research Network and linked researchers) and am excited by the line up of speakers we have already.

I was looking back recently at early presentations and bids to assess where the WEP has come from and came across a proposal discussed in 2007 to create a ‘Waitati Energy Board’ (or ‘WEB’). In the end, the Waitati Energy Project was born and later supported by the Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust. The BRCT provides governance, WEP meetings are where issues are openly discussed and strategic directions explored, but we almost need a small strategic body to ensure that the WEP vision of an integrated approach to an energy resilient system is kept up to date. Renewable Generation and the community turbine is the big exciting story at present and I do want to be mindful that this is more than an end it itself: if successful it will potentially be the vehicle to a truly integrated energy community, in control of our own resources and choices. This is a thought I’d like to bring to the community turbine planning team as well.

Please get in touch over the next fortnight (by the 14th of June) so we can get things rolling.


Scott Willis

Project Manager

Waitati Energy Project (Blueskin Power)

03 4822048


– Save the Otago Peninsula – Key actions and achievements for 2009-2010


* Otago Regional Council Long Term Community Plan
* Dunedin City Council Community Plan
* Resource Management Amendment Bill
* Draft Okia Reserve Management Plan
* DCC Parks and Reserves Strategy
* DCC Three Waters Strategy
* Minister of Conservation – Review of Conservation Funds (rejected because no allowance for submissions)
* Walking Access Commission’s draft guidelines
* DCC Coastal Dune Reserves Management Plan
* Dunedin City Council Draft Annual Plan


* NGL Reserve – sheep in. Many working bees to fell mahoe, mulching, planting kanuka, removing long grass around Coprosma. Some funding from DCC Biodiversity Fund.
* Student studying effect of rodent numbers on gecko numbers. Control of mahoe, ngaio and broom with herbicide. Marketing students are bagging up wood for sale.
* Broad Bay slip site – lots of work by John Langley and Helen Clarke. Memorandum of understanding signed with the Dunedin City Council and descriptive sign put up at the site. Sycamores taken out.
* Jewelled gecko work – Department of Conservation gave STOP responsibility for managing $2000 of the money donated by Setpoint Solutions. A magpie trap has been bought. STOP also financed a gecko searching spotlight for Carey Knox. Geckos translocated to Orokonui doing well and have had babies. Strong opposition from STOP to proposed public display of 2 male geckos at Orokonui. Mandy Tocher has kept us updated on the status of the translocated geckos. STOP involved in advising on monitoring of geckos at the ecosanctuary. In December 2009 we welcomed Liz Sherwood and David Agnew from DOC to discuss with STOP the Jewelled gecko/Moko-kakariki management plan (draft): a community-based plan for Otago Peninsula (October 2009). STOP contributed to DOC’s jewelled gecko workshop on 10 April 2010.
* The Pyramids – Coprosma propinqua planted at the Big Pyramid.
* Harbour Cone – fencing and planting on Peggy’s Hill. Lots of planting days. STOP wrote a supporting letter for Rhys Millar, for purchase of plants, to the DCC Biodiversity Fund. Concerns about subdivision of the property as set out in Hereweka / Harbour Cone: development and management options : summary report prepared by Rhys Millar, Forest Environments Ltd and Mike Moore, Landscape Architect. STOP hosted Debbie Hogan, senior planner, and Rhys Millar at our March 2010 meeting to talk through the various development options for the Harbour Cone block.
* Bayfield Inlet roost – STOP managed the funding applications for Jill Hamel’s project. The completed roost is a great success.
* Portobello Peninsula reserve – main problem has been sheep getting inside the fence. Our contract with the DCC expires this year.
* Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group – STOP wrote a letter of support for their activities.
* Morris covenant at Peggy’s Hill – tackling Darwin’s barberry.
* Raupo Swamp – plants partially funded from Honda Tree Fund.
* Sea Week 2010 – STOP did beach clean up around Portobello Peninsula.
* Weed control – control of Darwin’s barberry and Chilean flame creeper has been done around Pukehiki and the Harbour Cone block. As well as STOP, the Conservation Corps and Taskforce Green have helped with this.

– Sponsor wanted for 6000 diapers

To whom it may concern,

My name is Bridie O’Leary. I am a 3rd year student completing the final year of my Visual Arts Degree at the Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic.

I am looking for help with funding my final exhibition work for the end of the year SITE show. In this work I will raise awareness about our wasteful use of disposable diapers. I believe that we have workable alternatives using reusables (as I have recently practiced on a stay to the United Stated as an Au Pair). In an infant’s ‘diaper life’ she will use just over 6000 nappies. Manufacturers and a lot of mothers justify the using of disposables with the idea that the amount of water and time invested washing reusables is far worse for the environment than the use of disposables. For years people all over the world have managed fine doing regular household laundry. Even the ‘compostable’ brands of disposables take much longer than their stated time to break down. The Green Party stated in 2004 that normal supermarket diapers take between 75 and 500 years (!) to decompose in our landfills ‘… babies are the ones who will reap the greatest consequences of adult’s current wasteful behavior’ (Green Party)

My project, which is loosely named ‘go disposable’, will visualise the craziness of this practice, which we are all so used to. I will recreate washable household items like clothing (see attached photo) and bedding out of disposable diapers, then ‘market’ the idea that it is all right to throw away these items after single use (which of course it is not). To give this project the full impact it will be important to use the whole amount of 6000 nappies. For me as a student it is very hard to fund all these so I am asking you for support in either donating some nappies or money for my project. Right now I am going for 2000 (which is a year’s worth for a baby) and looking for help to top me up to 6000 (the full time period amount of a baby in diapers).

I would be thankful for any donations or leftover diapers you might have around. Any small amount (of money or diapers alike, would be very handy. At present I have 450, so still a long way to go. I can mention all sponsors in my documentation and I will provide photos at the end of the project.

Thanks for your consideration.

Kind regards,


– Lets Grow Native Garden Competition

DCC’s feature event celebrating the International Year of Biodiversity is the Lets Grow Native Garden Competition. It’s now open for entries from schools, businesses and the home gardener within the Dunedin district. Entries need to include 1 or 2 photographs of the garden (digital photos in jpeg format 2MB max), and should describe the garden by answering a few questions listed on the entry form. Entry forms are available from DCC Service Centre and at

Entries can be posted or emailed, by October 20, to: Dunedin City Council Let’s Grow Native Garden Competition, Po Box 5045, Moray Place, Dunedin 9058 or

– Adopt A Spot

Keep Dunedin Beautiful is reinstating this popular programme and encouraging groups and individuals to adopt a spot to keep clean and beautiful. The amount of time you dedicate to it is up to you. Brochures and more information are available from KDB at dethomso@dcc.govt.n


Tēnā koutou katoa,

Suze Keith (SDC’s newsletter compiler)

Janet Brady (SDC’s secretary)

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc.

PO Box 8061, North East Valley, Dunedin