Monday, 7 October 2013


by Niki Bould


Blueskin conviviality was showcased big time at the Dunedin ‘Cosy Homes’ workshop organised by the Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust (BRCT) on 6 September. Our full thanks go to the Blueskin Playcentre team who provided outstanding catering and contributed to a very successful event. There were close to 80 people there from all sectors, and we didn’t end with just a consensus on ‘Cosy Homes’ action, but also on the quality of the food. We were asked: “Do you always eat like this in Blueskin?” Well, we do try our best, and Blueskin Playcentre sets a very high standard!


The big outcome from the ‘Cosy Homes’ workshop was a strong commitment from all participants to work together to make ‘every Dunedin home warm and cosy by 2025’, and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority got conversations going by putting some money in the pot right at the start of the day.  A huge thank you has to go to the Otago Community Trust, Dunedin City Council (DCC) and Presbyterian Support for funding the workshop.  I have since been in Wellington at the Community Energy Network Conference to represent the ‘Cosy Homes’ project, make important connections with others in similar fields and secure additional funding for the project.


Scott Willis, representing BRCT, attended the 12 September Chamber of Commerce lunch with John Key to hear about the Government’s regional development position. BRCT has also written to Steven Joyce, the Minister for Economic Development, to express our dismay at the proposed cuts to Invermay, and provide our thoughts on regional development.


We have also had another busy submission month, with a submission on the DCC’s Second Generation District Plan, heavily focused on improving the environment for renewable generation, identifying hazards, providing for an uncertain future, and focusing on resilient townships. BRCT also made a submission on the proposal to give non-notified consent for exploratory off-shore drilling around New Zealand in the ‘Activity classifications under the Exclusive Economic Zone Act’.


The wind project remains Scott’s core activity (see the BEP report) and at the time of writing we’re digging out our glad rags for the second Grass Roots Gig, on 5 October. BRCT is very appreciative of everyone making this happen – our small bit is a fun-raising and fundraising auction between sets, and we can promise you some wonderful items!


A new Cuppa Tea article is out on the blog (online at ). Please take a look and join in, and contribute to the discussion.

Cap: We need help to create easy options for families to become self sufficient, have their own power, grow their own food… so we can survive.

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