Introduction to Invercargill

Welcome to the Transition Town Invercargill!

Transition Town Invercargill would like for Invercargill and Southland to be a resilient, truly sustainable, vibrant community of happy and healthy people who will live in a way that will protect the environment and ultimately enhance the quality of human lives everywhere.

Our aim is to support a transition of Invercargill - and Southland - communities into a lower-energy, lower-emissions future. To achieve this we wish to work with any individual, group or organisation with similar aims.



We're trying to catalyse a coherent response to the premise that we are entering an age of decline in net energy as fossil fuel supply rates peak globally, and that this will mean we have to reduce energy consumption. The need for this is reinforced by predicted climate change and the current global economic situation.

Our vision for Invercargill's future is:

The world Transition Invercargill sees for ourselves, our children, grandchildren and our communities in 2050.

“In Invercargill we are a well connected community of hardy, healthy people. We are supported by productive land due to our intelligent management of earth’s resources, where everything is viewed as a resource rather than rubbish. In the past we openly discussed the challenges of peak oil and climate change, which led to us taking purposeful action towards a common goal. Subsequently, we choose to power the globe without polluting the atmosphere, including using renewable transport/fuels”

This draft vision is open to comment. Email us at


If you would like to join the group or get in touch with us please contact us at:


Phone: 03 217 8987

You can join the Transition Towns Southland Google Group which is mainly used as a mailing list by members. The old version of this group here will be inactive from Sept 2011 as Google has migrated everyone to the new group linked above. Historic posts and files are in a zip archive which you can request from


More info:

You can download our brochure here.

Outcomes and actions - Notes of outcomes and actions from public meetings can be found here.

Events- Regional calendar of Invercargill events

Learning Resources - a list of trusted places to go for more information.

Past events - List and details of our past events

Steering group minutes - Notes from meetings of the core group

Useful contacts - A list of people with special skills and expertise who can provide tips and advice on topics from organic gardening to alternative energy.

Our submission to Schedule 4 Stocktake proposal

Please email us if you have any suggestions for information you would like to see on this website or anything which you think Transition Towns Invercargill should take forward.


A Little History:

March 2009    “Energy Transition”
Series of films    We screened two films: “A Crude Awakening” and “The Power of Community”

April 2009    “What are Transition Initiatives” public talks
Participants of these events were encouraged to put down their ideas on the following four topics:
- What can I do?
- What can Invercargill do?
- What can the Government do?
- Other thoughts?
At the talks participants also played with four scenarios for the future:
- Business as Usual
- Technocrat
- Survivalist
- Re-localisation

20 May 2009    Open Space Workshop
"In a time of Peak Oil, how can we apply Kiwi ingenuity to make the most of Southland's natural advantages?"
Some great ideas came out of the groups.

Winter 2009    Workshops

Series of workshops were held to share practical skills:
- Natural Building
- The Psychology of Change
- Pruning
- Permaculture
- Who Killed the Electric Car

October 2009    350 Castles for Climate Action Event

Building sand castles, racing against the tide, to raise awareness of climate change

2010    People Resources List

A list of key contacts working on ‘transition type’ initiatives was put together.

2010    Transition Café was launched

The Bookstop in Glengary became  the host of Transition Café every Thursday afternoon.

September 2010

Spring Festival    Brought as many of the groups working on “transition type” initiatives together.

May 2011    Gap analysis

A gap analysis of the ideas raised in previous years, with existing ‘transition type’ initiatives.



Green travelling in the South of the South Island:


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Introduction to Southland

Welcome to Southland!

These are the current hubs of Transition Initiatives and related activities in Southland:

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Keep the Coal in the Hole Summer Festival

The Coal Action Network Aotearoa's Keep the Coal in the Hole Summer Festival is now open for registration - and we hope you will join us in Southland in January 2012 to tell the Government and Solid Energy, loud and clear, that Southland lignite has to stay in the ground.

For more information and to register online go to: » Read more

Location / Venue: 
153 Craig Road, Mataura, Southland

Southland Solar Water Heating - Pilot to assess viabililty and gauge interest

Did you catch the article on Solar Water Heating in the Southland Express today? Here's the website referenced:

Wouldn't it be great if we could convince the council to follow Nelson's lead and fund this through a fixed rate loan over 10 years that you pay back through your rates (hence is tied to the property). They also waive consent fees! » Read more

Considering change - public talk by Dr Susan Krumdieck

Susan will be talking about the challenges of peak oil and climate change,

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Location / Venue: 
Invercargill Public Library meeting room (upstairs), Dee Street, Invercargill

Southland Lignite Discussion with Dr Susan Krumdieck

ligniteJoin Dr Susan Krumdieck and others for an informal discussion about ligni » Read more

Location / Venue: 
Invercargill Environment Centre, SIT Arcade, 46 Esk Street, Invercargill

Natural Earth Expo - Invercargill

The Natural Earth Expo is an event organized by the registered charity Improve Nature (CC45401). The Natural Earth Expo has a holistic approach, which will provide and cover a variety of information and products from fields relating to both natural and personal wellbeing. Improve Nature aims to include (but not limited to) the following subjects: Natural products, Recycling, Environmentalism, Herbalism, and Alternative Healing. » Read more

Location / Venue: 
Invercargill Workingmen's Club

TRADE AID Stall @ Wallacetown Community Centre Christmas Bazaar Shoppers Night

$5 per ticket, 5pm-9pm

View our Trade Aid Christmas merchandise ~ orders taken


Heaps of other stalls and shopping opportunities to be had @ Wallacetown Community Centre



Location / Venue: 
Wallacetown Community Centre, Dunlop St, Wallacetown

Back Yard Poultry Keeping ~ Riverton

This course covers incubation, raising chicks, feeding, breeds, egg production, shed design, disease for Chickens & Ducks, 10am-2.30pm $10pp

Bring your own lunch; tea & coffee provided.

Bookings essential. Phone: 03 234 8717; or email:

Location / Venue: 
Riverton, Southland

350 Aotearoa 10.10.10 RIVERTON ~ UMBRELLA ACTION & Working Bee

Umbrella Action & Working Bee @ Riverton

In support of 350 Global Climate 10.10.10 we are holding a working bee @ Aparima Bank, meet at 10.10am at Aparima Tavern carpark and tidying up the Aparima Bank, Bring gumboots & tools then... head down to the Riverton Viewing Platform & Estuary, we are hoping for 350 Umbrellas to be raised in support at 12pm sharp.  Should be a colourful spectactular ~ bring family & friends or » Read more

Location / Venue: 
Riverton Viewing Platform, Main Street, Riverton
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