Dunedin Sustainable Living Info

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Dunedin-information

This inspired eight week 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. Thanks to Council membership, you can download free learning guides from this website to use in community, workplace or neighbourhood groups, or to support an evening class if you are a tutor or host.

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:  garden@northeastvalley.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: bracey-browns@clear.net.nz


Musselburgh School Community Garden   Run by the Multicultural gardening group. Contact  beryllee@xtra.co.nz

 
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: robertandsue.morey@xtra.co.nz


Waitati Community garden -  Derek Onley  Email: derekonley@yahoo.com
Waitati Open Orchard , Orokonui Road. -  Jason Ross Email: waitatiopenorchards@gmail.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: livingcampus@tekotago.ac.nz    The campus is located between Harbour Terrace and Forth Street and there is another permaculture garden at L block campus, 100 Anzac Avenue.


Gardening more sustainably - Council website  and some more suggested action 


Garden biodiversity (attracting wildlife to the back yard) 



Food choices

Dunedin (Otago) Farmers Market, North of Railway Station on Saturday mornings.   also on Facebook.    Market vendors listed here .


Consumer choices and tips from City website (& not just on food)

Dunedin Locavores  seek and enjoy local food producers

Minimising Waste

Waste minimising - City advice.


Re-thinking shopping.  


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 


Electronic waste and TVs 


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…  


Cloth nappies: Council info.  and The Nappy Lady http://www.thenappylady.co.nz/


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


Being prepared for emergencies   Audio files available.

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  


Water-efficent gardening  


Reporting water a water supply leak in the street, or notice poor quality tap water or stream pollution. Email dcc@dcc.govt.nz 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


Dunedin public bus information
  also routes and their numbers


Cycling in Dunedin (includes cycling routes map download pdf)


Cycling safely 


News on cycle lanes and the future cycle network 


'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

Enviroschools in Dunedin  and meet the regional coordinator 


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 




Tip: Swimmable rivers!
Do your bit for cleaner NZ rivers. Reduce water demand and avoid making pollution, guided by our Water guide.