Dunedin buys a stadium it can’t afford. Dunedin is a city with a university embarking on nationally coordinated energy research, with a goal of securing a timely and efficient transition to a sustainable energy future for New Zealand.
The National Energy Research Institute (NERI) is a national network of universities and other research institutions. Current members are Otago University, Auckland University, Waikato University, Massey University, Victoria University, Canterbury University, Lincoln University, CRL Energy Ltd, Landcare Research, Crop and Food Research, Centre for Advanced Engineering, Industrial Research Ltd, Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences.
What could Dunedin City communities be doing to enhance their self-sufficiency, if the city and regional councils weren’t culpably sinking ratepayer money into a non profit making stadium?
### Radio New Zealand National 7 June 2009
Sunday Morning with Chris Laidlaw
10:06 The Sunday Group: Transition Towns Taking Root
Transition Towns are spreading around New Zealand as communities face the prospect of dwindling oil reserves, an unstable climate and unpredictable food production. These are communities that are rolling up their sleeves and taking practical action to create a more self-reliant existence. The first Transition Town emerged on Waiheke Island at the end of 2007 and now there are over 40 Transition initiatives around the country.
Chris Laidlaw chairs a panel that includes: The co-founder of the Transition Network Rob Hopkins, who’s based in the UK; and from Waiheke Island James Samuel who’s the national co-ordinator for Transition Towns Aotearoa, and Gabrielle Young who is active in the movement on Waiheke.
The Transition Handbook by Rob Hopkins is published by Finch Publishing.
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