Waitati is a small community, 20 kms north of Dunedin and Dunedin North on Blueskin Bay - just over the hill from Port Chalmers. Waitati is nestled among other small coastal communities, and functions as a 'hub' Blueskin Bay community. It is the only Blueskin settlement with a commercial zone. Blueskin is a zone of linked coastal communities, a bounded energy zone (around the Waitati Substation), a diverse food production area, and a geographical area bounded by hills and the sea. There are about 1000 households in all the Blueskin area and 200 of those comprise the settlement of Waitati.

We're a small community with a lot of ommph. There's a long history of trying out alternatives and starting initiatives for sustainability and environmental awareness. In 2006 we began thinking more precisely about Peak Oil, Climate Change, Economic Volitility and managing the challenges. Since then, much has happened in an increasingly structured way, while still remaining incredibly creative and diverse. In 2015 we're working hard on energy issues via the Blueskin Energy Project - aiming to achieve New Zealand's first community owned and developed wind cluster, and provide a social enterprise vehicle for community benefit. But there's so much more happening as well, including low carbon transport, local food, and more. Check out the Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust's website for example.

We've got many plans and initiatives, and we do 'Blue Sky Visioning' to help us get there.

The Key Transition Initiatives

The Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust provides governance and support for transition initiatives (see also some detail on this site)

Blueskin Energy Project has much voluntary energy focussed on building a more energy resilient, efficient and healthy community and is the key funded action area for BRCT

The Waitati Edible Gardens (Weggies) group encourages and promotes a community food web

The Get the Train initiative aims to re-establish a commuter rail service

The Blueskin Low Oil Commuting group was launched on 10/10/10 to reduce local hydrocarbon use via low oil transport


Other Important Social/Alt/Enviro Institutions and or sites


Ongoing Activity Fundraising

The Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust is a registered Charitable Trust with IRD Donee status. Please consider supporting our ongoing community work. Please visit our website for more information.


Sponsors and Funders

Our initiatives aimed at making a transition to a lower energy lifestyle, building local resilience, and creatively planning for a challenging future are supported not just by a dynamic and engaged community of volunteers and passionate people, but also by some key supporters and funders. We are grateful for the support we receive.

Blueskin Energy Project Columns

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This page is a collection of BEP monthly Columns. The column provides the public face to BEP action locally and is a partial log of activities. Note: the Blueskin Energy Project used to known as the Waitati Energy Project.


Blueskin Resilient Community Trust: Columns

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Here is a page of BRCT columns as they've appeared in the Blueskin News.


New Zealand Network of Action

Since receiving Hikurangi Support in August 2009, BRCT has been working with other key groups around New Zealand. Our collaboration has the goal of develop and deliver action, develop common strategy, learn more about what works and what doesn't and get greater access to expertise, mentoring and inspiration. Take a look at these dynamic hubs for action on Climate Change.

Forum and Discussion

It is not just here at Waitati, though there are many diverse activities here. Related things are happening in our general Dunedin area. The Dunedin Area Forum is where different forum topics relating to the greater Dunedin Area is located, and is interactive - an open space for discussion. Other than that, you could go to the different transition initiatives (their pages) in Dunedin: so far Dunedin North, Port Chalmers, and Dunedin, and expanding! (Actually, expanding along the East Coast of Otago - have a look at the East Otago Transition Collaboration discussion, emerging as a project based regional grouping of Transition initiatives to make things happen).



In the Media

The Blueskin News is 'our' news, and then there's...



The Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust office on 03 4822048 or blueskincommunities@gmail.com,

Scott Willis on 03 4822048 or waitatienergy@gmail.com or Sue Hensley at sue.hensley@gmail.com