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19-22 NOVEMBER 2023
Monday 6 November - 12 pm

Distributed Energy with Bill & Gareth - watch here

What is DE and what the opportunities are for members and their communities

Tuesday 7 November - 12 pm

Container Return Scheme with Sue Coutts - watch here

More info coming soon!

Wednesday 8 November - 10 am to 11 am

Driving Policy with Scott Willis and Gareth Hughes - watch here

"System change as well as the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff: When an idea for legislation change grows out of the community, how do we go about it?". For participants to gain an insight into the background and systems that exist so we're working in a targeted way rather than just enthusiastically.

Thursday 9 November - 12 pm

Behaviour change (Food Waste/Footprinting Project) with Jo Wrigley - watch here

More info coming soon!

Friday 10 November - 12 pm

Regional Climate Change Networks with Sei Brown - watch here

More info coming soon!


We recommend to travel on Sunday to be ready for the hui kick-off on Monday morning.
Join us for an informal gathering Sunday night to explore Ōtepoti Dunedin's local breweries and cafes. Dinner is included on Sunday night at the accommodation (St Margaret's College).

The hui starts on Monday at 8:30am where we will hear from Professor Janet Stephenson on Culture and Sustainability. We will then split into the three networks for various workshops and kōrero. Individual network agendas will be published separately. 
Tuesday will be the combined networks day where we all come together at the Hutton Theatre (part of the Otago Museum). The day will start with a keynote speaker (to be announced) and follow on with discussions and workshops on the topic ‘Catalyst for Collective Action’ and what this looks for the three networks going forward. Tuesday will close with a 'green drinks' style event where members of the public will be invited to join the conversation and listen to some local experts and enthusiasts. 
On Wednesday we will be jumping on buses and going out to visit some sites. The majority of the group will be going out early in the morning to Karitane for a beach walk and visit to a Māori Pā site where we learn about some local history. We will then go on to Mapoutahi Pā site and then on to do some planting.  We will take packed lunches on the site tours and buses will return to St Margarets around at approx. midday where we will close the hui. We may run an earlier bus return to accommodate for earlier flight times, please answer the checkout question about flight times so we can make this call. This tour is included in your ticket price. 
Another option for Wednesday is to join the Zero Waste Network on a day trip to visit the Hamden Community Energy and Waitaki Resource Recovery (Oamaru) sites. Please contact if you are interested in this option (max. 13 people). This tour also includes a packed lunch and will return to St Margaret's at 2pm. There is an extra cost to this tour and you must select the add on at the checkout. 

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