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Sat 7 Nov 2015, 6:00pm–9:30pm

Where: Alexandra Community Hall, Skird St, Alexandra, Central Otago

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Bodeker Scientific

Free Dinner and Drink!
In return for a free dinner and drink, we're looking for your thoughts and ideas around how to ensure that we can preserve our unique lifestyle here in Central Otago. How should our community respond to both the threats and opportunities posed by climate change? This extends as far as:

- What can we do to promote sustainability of our community?
- How can we encourage locals to shop locally when things are often cheaper on the internet?
- How can we encourage people to holiday in Central Otago when its so far away?

This is a large, important community event. This is an opportunity for you to ensure that your voice is being heard. This is not an event comprising a parade of speakers but rather a discussion over dinner and drinks about what you think is important.

Event Schedule:

6:00 – 6:05 pm Welcome and Introduction by Amy Scott

6:05 – 6:20 pm The Deep South Scientific Challenge by David Frame
An overview of the Deep South National Science Challenge. The Deep South National Science Challenge aims to transform the way New Zealanders adapt, manage risk, and thrive in a changing climate. A key goal of the Deep South Challenge is to work with communities and industry to bring together new research approaches to determine the impacts of a changing climate on our climate-sensitive economic sectors, infrastructure and natural resources to guide planning and policy. More information about the Challenge is available at

6:20 – 6:35 pm What We Can Expect by Greg Bodeker
A presentation on the the latest projections of climate change for Central Otago from regional climate model simulations performed within the Climate Changes Impacts and Implications programme.

6:35 – 6:50 pm Dinner

6:50 – 7:15 pm Climate Change: A Personal Account by Ollie Yeomans
Ollie Yeomans gives his views on climate change from a Central Otago perspective.

7:15 – 9:20 pm Roundtable Discussion
This period is the heart of the meeting. It consists of five 25-minute ‘sessions’ during each of which attendees will discuss a set of questions related to five themes. We envisage 20 groups of 8 people sitting around tables. The results of the discussion will be captured by group-appointed ‘scribes’ at each table. The format of each 25 minute session will be:

2 minutes: A summary of the theme and its key questions (Amy Scott). A quarter page written summary of the scope of the theme will also be provided to each table.
15 minutes: Discussion. The groups at each table address the questions. The scribes capture as much of the discussion as possible. Members of the organising community and the Deep South Science Leadership Team will circulate amongst the tables, answering questions, and keeping the discussions on track.
5 minutes: Collection of the material captured by the scribes at each table and a short question and answer session (which will provide further material for capture).
3 minutes: Everyone catches their breath, makes a toilet stop, gets another drink etc.

9:20 – 9:30 pm Wrap Up
There will be a short final wrap up session with a summary of next steps and the way forward.

Bookings Essential - Please register online at the above website, or phone REAP on 03 448 6115.

Child-care contribution:
To encourage the involvement of parents of young children we will offer a contribution of $40 per family for in-home child care during the event. Please tick the box when registering online if you would like to take up this offer (limited to the first 12 applicants).