Welcome to the website of the Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust (BRCT).
We are proud to have Jeanette Fitzsimons, CNZM as our patron.
We work on creating local climate solutions together. Our company, Blueskin Energy Limited, is working on establishing our proposed Blueskin Turbine embedded in the local grid. We want to make what is commonplace in other countries possible in New Zealand. Our Climate Safe House project is a response to sea-level rise in Blueskin Bay and the wider area. BRCT is an IRD approved charitable trust formed in 2008 out of the need to support local sustainability and climate change initiatives in a planned and structured way. We offer practical services, provide key support, have robust resources, lead innovative projects and provide expert advocacy. Check out our 2017 projects below and our 2016 success stories at the bottom of this page.
• We provide a free phone/email advice service open to the wider Dunedin community regarding home heating, insulation, energy efficient lighting, etc.
• Our advice is independent, and not influenced by selling products.
• We offer bulk sales of logs to be processed for firewood
• This is a lower-cost option for communities, charities, social organisations, etc.
• We offer discounted quality insulation for residents prepared to do the installation themselves.
• This is a low-cost option for DIYers, landlords and social organisations, etc.
Cosy Home Assessments
• We maintain a Dunedin wide service delivering independent expert assessments, appraisals and reports on their home performance to Dunedin residents.
• We work with the Cosy Homes Trust other social agencies to help support residents make their homes warm and cosy.
Healthy Rental Certification
• We help landlords ensure compliance with the new requirements under the Residential Tenancies Act.
• We give landlords and tenants the information they need to fix any issues and information on available subsidies.
• We are a drop in centre for advice and support.
• We work with individuals to catalyse community actions.
• We provide community newsletters and articles each month.
• We maintain a Local Food Directory to support local food initiatives.
• We help to coordinate actions and develop collaboration to join up skills and build cooperate effort.
Current Project News in 2017 - May/June
Our Blueskin Turbine
We’ve recently had our sensitive wind monitoring equipment destroyed in a criminal act by a vandal or vandals. This destruction of delicate scientific instrumentation is very sad for a number of reasons:
- Community donations paid for the tower’s instrumentation and for the tower’s installation. Once the Environment Court process is completed, the tower and recording instruments could have been used by other community organisations or groups. So this is a tragic and expensive (approx $50,000) waste of a community resource.
- Data collected by the instruments on the tower was objective and helped us understand our environment. It also helped experts analyse wind power potential, and any likely noise impact of the one turbine we now propose.
- Finally, the fact that this destructive act involving firearms and bolt cutters under the cover of darkness occurred while a legal process is underway seems to indicate that some people have no respect for that legal process or the property of other people.
We believe that science upholds the common good and we believe that evidence-based decision making is in the community’s best interest. That is why we have invested so much in securing objective, expert opinion whenever there’s been a concern or a serious question raised about the project. The wind data we had been collecting was being used to supply information on background noise requested by the Court. We’re happy to report that while this sensless vandalism has created more work for us, it has not derailed our preparation of information for the Environment Court. With the aid of MetService and DNV-GL Energy, we’ve been able to provide synthesised wind data to allow the Acoustics expert to complete work requested by the Court. The vandalism delayed the evidence collection process by a week but hasn’t had any consequences for the expert evidence exchange and conferencing that are part of the appeal. We continue to work with the Court through the appeal process and have confidence in the investigation into this criminal act being conducted by the police. The full Environment Court hearing begins on the 26th of June and we’ll be posting updates on twitter @BlueskinPower and on Facebook (Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust). You are also welcome to call 03 4822048 or call in to visit and find out more about any of our work.
Our recent workshop on 'Builiding Community Resilience' with Eugenie Sage MP was rich and inspiring. There was a great turnout on Monday the 19th of May and ideas shared, great dialogue, and plans made.
We were pleased and a just little surprised that that warm and healthy, climate safe housing is on a lot of people's minds when they think about the future in their community, and emergency preparedness. This of course is one of our more important early stage projects (the Climate Safe House project - see below) but we weren't sure that it would rise to the top of community concerns.
Similarly, support for work to establish a local energy supply to support resilience and a localised grid to enable us to keep the lights on in a disaster or restart from a black-out situation, while ensuring we have our own energy assets was strong.
Eugenie Sage's report on the Christchurch Earthquake experience stimulated helpful questions, which, later in the workshop, reinforced the determination of us all to take charge of building community resilience through collaborative actions. We're now working through the notes and ideas jotted down by the different working 'cells' during the workshop and these will be reported on to participants and in our local media.
If you want to make a donation to assist our work follow the link or email BRCT at email@example.com, or Donate using internet banking via the website. Donations are tax deductible so please make sure we have your name and address and can thank you!
Our Successes in 2016
If you are interested in helping out, making a donation or sponsoring some part of the project, please be in touch via the Trust office. Tel: 03 4822048 / email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have many people and businesses to thank for supporting BRCT so far (see our supporters page).