My Dunedin Itinerary

Alliances for innovation

Goals: Improve linkages between industry and research. Increase scale in innovative and tradable sectors.

Grow innovative and internationally competitive industries and clusters in Dunedin

Ensuring our innovation support mechanisms are appropriately structured and co-ordinated.* Create action plans to build scale in internationally competing industries (for example, through clusters, precincts, improving connections to R&D expertise).

This will include:

  • Pursuing opportunities to expand the economic value from the combination of health, education and ICT capability in Dunedin, such as becoming an active partner in the national health innovation hub and better connecting health technology businesses with the R&D capability that exists in the University of Otago.
  • Supporting collaboration and networking of creative companies, for example, through the proposed Warehouse Precinct.
  • Developing an agricultural science innovation precinct at the Invermay Agricultural Research Campus, and better connecting businesses to the R&D expertise that exists at AgResearch.

Project convenor

(*initial phase): University of Otago.

Project partners

Dunedin City Council, Otago Chamber of Commerce, Otago Polytechnic, Otago Southland Employers’ Association, Advanced Technology Institute, AgResearch, industry groups (eg. ICT cluster), Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Southern District Health Board, UpStart.

Project update

Following an initial report, the project team agreed that the project needed to be rescoped to focus on Dunedin's competitive advantages in attracting offshore investment of R&D dollars rather than on internal processes and support mechanisms.

Energy Strategy

Develop a strategy that will allow us to understand the economics of low-carbon cities, identify the economic benefits of reducing energy demand and carbon emissions to Dunedin’s economy and make practical recommendations about the development of a local energy infrastructure that accelerates the decarbonisation of the local economy and opens up commercial opportunities for local business.

Project convenor

Dunedin City Council.

Project partners

Ngāi Tahu, Otago Chamber of Commerce, Otago Polytechnic, Otago Southland Employers’ Association, University of Otago.

Project update

The scoping of the Energy Plan has been completed and is being used to create a draft discussion document to be used as a basis for initial conversations with key stakeholders.

The next steps will be:

  • Complete a discussion document setting out an initial identification of the key energy challenges we face as a city, who needs to be involved and what projects might best support our city move towards a positive energy future.
  • Engage with key stakeholders.
  • Establish a Steering Group of Councillors (Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Chair of Planning and Environment) and champions from within the stakeholder group.
  • Draft Energy Plan and investigate innovative means of engaging with the public on the draft Energy Plan.

A draft Energy Plan with key stakeholder support was to be completed for public consultation by September 2013.

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