Dunedin Sustainable Living Info
Courses in Dunedin
This inspired course will help you support your chosen actions towards waste-free sustainable living; meet like-minded people in your community; and learn and share planet-friendly tips specific to Dunedin. Interesting two-hour evening sessions with a new topic each week.
Day workshop sessions drawing content and fun activities from the course are coming soon. (Previous courses were run at Waikouaiti in 2019 and a weekend in June 2019 in the central city. Shorter workshops followed at Green Island in March 2020 and another on Sat 27 March 2021 at Castle Street.)
Make contact if you'd like to host a future workshop in your part of the City.
Thanks to Council membership of the Trust and recent support from Waste Minimisation Fund of Ministry for Environment, you can download free learning guides from this website to use at home or in community, workplace or neighbourhood groups. Simply register once at this site to get access. The best way to learn is in groups at workshops and courses.
To enquire about joining the facilitator team in Dunedin, email email@example.com
City council webpage.
Gardens and back-yards
Bathgate Park Community Garden facebook page (has run workshops)
Dalmore Reserve Community Garden. Join in on second and fourth Sundays, 3 to 4pm. Wednesdays 1 to2pm.
Shetland St Community Garden. Run by DECT (Dunedin Environment Centre Trust) Hendrik Koch ph. 4780311
North East Valley Community Garden Jenny Roxborogh, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(located behind the North East Valley Normal School, from Longworth Street. Working bees every weekend alternating Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons. Details in the Valley Voice , on Facebook , or join email list for updates.)
The Kiaora Peace Garden for students and city people,. On Albany Street. Contact Paul Gourlie on 021 260 8059
Transition Valley 473 Facebook page. Fruit and Nut Tree Project (Open Orchard) Kristen Bracey Email: email@example.com
Musselburgh School Community Garden Run by the Multicultural gardening group. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Broad Bay Community Garden Facebook page.
Brockville Community Garden, next to school Contact Contact Jamie Heperi on 0273054941
Brockville Community Orchard - Contact Sue Morey Email: email@example.com
Waitati Community garden - Derek Onley Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Waitati Open Orchard , Orokonui Road. - Jason Ross Email: email@example.com
Otago Uni Campus Community Garden. Regular working bees are: Wednesday from 12 - 1 pm, Sunday 2 - 4 pm. Open to students and the wider community. Facebook. Otago Uni Campus Garden
Otago Polytechnic has a Living Campus project. Lisa Email: firstname.lastname@example.org The campus is located between Harbour Terrace and Forth Street and there is another permaculture garden at L block campus, 100 Anzac Avenue.
Garden biodiversity (attracting wildlife to the back yard)
Consumer choices and tips from City website (& not just on food)
Dunedin Locavores seek and enjoy local food producers
Waste minimising - City advice.
City Council rubbish and recycling collections ( and to download a Kerbside Recycling Guide pdf)
Yellow lid wheelie bins for recycling card, paper, plastics, metals (and to download a plastic recycling codes guide)
Blue bin for glass
Rummage, formerly named The Recovery Store, at Green Island landfill site. Visit to buy re-usable items Here is also the place to drop off tvs (pay $20), computer screens (pay $10), working small electrical goods (not whiteware), compact fluorescent light bulbs, small batteries…
If you can not recycle or re-use it - here are the landfill charges.
Resilience and Emergency Preparedness
What the hazards are in Dunedin.
Get prepared for emergencies in Dunedin
Steps to take, to get your home prepared for an emergency
Where to find civil defence coordination & welfare centres
Energy Efficiency (save electricity)
Energy saving tips from the council
Blueskin bay energy generation project: Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust
Building work for warm and dry homes
‘Warm Dunedin’ healthy homes loan funding which may link to EECA 60% grant funding on insulation and the Otago Regional Council ‘Clean Heat Clean Air’ programme, promoting cleaner fuel burning.
Info on Clean Heat - Clean Air (heating appliance replacements for cleaner city air).
See also the Future Living Skills Eco-Bulding and Energy topics available to download from this website.
Water use and impacts
Water demand info from the Council
Reducing water demand at home
Reporting water a water supply leak in the street, or notice poor quality tap water or stream pollution. Email email@example.com for any enquiries. Phone: 03 477 4000
Getting around Dunedin
Travel options in the city
Real costs of car travel
Some lower-carbon travel suggestions
Car sharing contacts in Otago with Share your ride
Cycling in Dunedin (includes cycling routes map download pdf)
'Fix it' Report form for pavement, kerb, signage, tree or road surface safety hazards - goes to DCC
School travel planning, includes maps of walking routes
Extra information on sustainability
Public seminars and community groups working with Otago Regional Council (& download an events newsletter)
Library search. (requires pop-ups enabled on browser)
More groups: Keep Dunedin Beautiful, Trees for Babies, Adopt-a-Spot, Graffiti-busting, Murals, etc.
The Dunedin Directory (not for profit & community groups)
Sustainability gatherings and radio programme
Green Drinks Dunedin, at METRO – Downstairs, on Lower Stuart St, Disability access via Lower Moray Place on lane opposite RedCurrent. Meet on the last Thursday of each month from 5.30pm. Everyone most welcome! Contact Sustainable Dunedin City
Podcasts of previous radio shows on Otago Access Radio ‘Eco Living in Action’ series with Maureen Howard
Access the Learning Materials
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Become a Course Facilitator
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