Welcome to the website of the Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust (BRCT).

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 ClimateSafeHouse 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 2016 projects below and our 2015 success stories at the bottom of this page. 

Our Patron

Alongside our work on our Blueskin Turbine, we do a great many things.
Cosy Energy Advice Line
•    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.

Firewood Programme
•    We offer bulk sales of logs to be processed for firewood
•    This is a lower-cost option for communities, charities, social organisations, etc.

Affordable insulation
•    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.

Home Performance Assessments
•    We maintain a Dunedin wide service delivering independent expert assessments, appraisals and reports on their home performance to Dunedin residents.
•    We work with 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.

Community office
•    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.
We are proud that Jeanette, our Patron, expresses so succinctly what we're about.


Current Project News in 2016 - September/October

Our Blueskin Turbine


Recent community meetings to provide information on the Blueskin Wind project and the Trust's intentions were well attended. Over two weeks in September we held meetings in Long Beach, Waitati and Warrington. The largest attendance was at the Waitati meeting. On the 12th of October we went into mediation.

One of the questions we were asked (in slightly different ways) was "why are we doing this?". One of our main reasons for working hard to build a community asset in the form of wind generation is that we want to make a real contribution to combat climate change in our own area. Our proposed Blueskin Turbine, if established, will be able to avoid over 7,000 tonnes of C02 per year if this electricity were to be generated from a coal-fired plant or 3,600 tonnes in avoided gas fire generation. The electricity we can produce locally from our 3MW Turbine would reduce electricity demand from the national grid, and reduce use of electricity produced through the burning of fossil fuels. We also want to create a revenue stream to enable further work and efforts in our community to both mitigate emissions and adapt to our changing world - to build resilience in effect. We're doing this because we believe it is our moral duty to take action when and where we can and to take ownership of our situation for the sake of future generations.

At the Trust we're busy at work creating local climate solutions together. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter : we like social media! Email us at office@brct.org.nz or call us on 4822048 - we love to hear from you.


Food HeaderFrom the office

The Trust's Annual General Meeting was held in August in the Blueskin Library committee room. It was our sixth Annual General Meeting (AGM). AGMs are part and parcel of every responsible charitable Trust’s statutory duties but need not be boring! This year we anticipated a big attendance, and were concerned that we may not have provided enough refreshments. In the end however we had plenty of refreshments, great discussion and another successful AGM.

In the months since then there's been great progress being made in a number of areas.

Many more Home Performance Assessments have been completed and more are starting in Waitati and Long Beach, as part of the Climate Safe House project. You can find out about that on the HPA website. Insulation orders are up - residents are generally becoming more energy aware and investing in warm and cosy homes. A Local Food Directory for local food producers and suppliers can publicise has been established and will be tended well over time. If you want to make a donation to assist our work follow the link or email BRCT at office@brct.org.nz, 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!


 Climate Safe Housing
PurakaunuiLongBeach2.0mWhat's it all about? Community, Collaboration and Climate Solutions is the short answer. The long answer is that climate change is real and coastlines are changing. In June 2015, flooding wreaked havoc in South Dunedin. Blueskin settlements like Waitati and Long Beach are at great risk. The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment anticipates that sea-levels may be 50 centimetres higher by 2050 and more recent analysis suggest it could be much higher than that. The Second Generation District Plan for Dunedin has already designated new high hazard zones. Meanwhile many Dunedin homes lack rudimentary heating or insulation and fuel poverty is rife in our city. What do we do for those people who live in cold, unhealthy, dilapidated homes at increasing risk of flooding or inundation? How do we maintain community in a changing climate and reduce poor health outcomes? We're working on establishing a relocatable home example that will retain community connectivity and provide a model of how we can manage our housing issues and adapt.

Here is what Long Beach and Purakaunui would look like in a birds eye view, if sea-levels were two metres higher than they are today...







Our Successes in 2015

Survey for Wind Dev on Porteous3Blueskin Resource Consent application lodged
The Blueskin Wind Project has achieved a significant milestone in 2015 - lodging our Resource Consent application with the DCC after (what was then) six years of hard work. It is supported by excellent science and expert appraisals and the journey since the idea was first proposed ten years ago has been rich and rewarding. It was a significant step, and something that was only possible with extensive local support and pro bono assistance from around the country. Our BEL website has information about the project.

The original proposal was for a small-scale energy development on Porteous Hill comprising three turbines on a 24ha title with access Porteous Road and the Kilmog. We asked for a 125 metre 'development envelope', i.e. that our turbines would fit within that height. Our calculation show that the development will generate over 7 Gigawatt hours per year - enough power to supply all of the Blueskin community’s annual electricity needs, and more.

This idea came from a community workshop in 2006 that led to the  big vision of the Blueskin area becoming a truly sustainable, resilient community. Our aim is to generate income that can be directed into the things that matter to us while producing clean local electricity. See latest news for updates.



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contact usBy email: office@brct.org.nz, by phone: 03 4822 048, by snail mail: BRCT, 31 Hill Street, RD2, Waitati, 9085, or come visit us in our offices at the old dental surgery, at Waitati School.



 Donate to us:
our supporters3We currently rely on donations and grants to provide services to the community, as we work to build a social business

Donations are essential to help us continue with our work and are tax-deductable.  Our account is: 389008 0472900 00

See our donate page for details on how else you can donate. 

We have many people and businesses to thank for supporting BRCT so far (see our supporters page).