Save the Otago Peninsula (STOP) is a community based environmental group that actively undertakes habitat enhancement, advocacy and education for the unique biodiversity of the Otago Peninsula. The organisation was formed in 1980 in response to the possible construction of an aluminium smelter at Okia Flats as an alternative site to Aramoana at the entrance to the Otago Harbour.
Aims and Objectives
STOP now exists to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Peninsula. It monitors and reacts to potential threats to the environment. It also works to raise concern for the protection of the environment and it organises practical ways in which people can make a contribution to our area.
The Society does not charge subscriptions so as to reduce administration and allow time to do the really important work necessary for the Peninsula. It has over 180 members, as well as many other people who volunteer to assist with various aspects of its activities.
The Society’s activities include:
- The protection of bush remnants on the Otago Peninsula.
- The re-vegetation and enhancement of habitat for indigenous bird, reptile, invertebrate and freshwater life.
- Plant and animal pest control.
- Producing publications and displays to encourage public education and awareness of issues on the Otago Peninsula.
- Working with three Enviro-schools on the Peninsula.
Banana Passionfruit Programme
The group have been working with Community Board Deputy Chairman Paul Pope on mapping the significant Banana Passionfruit growth in roadside areas of the Peninsula. To date Paul and Moira Parker have identified 220 roadside sites and are hoping to use the information to work proactively with the Dunedin City Council to control it. Its a huge task, but its a much needed project for public and private land across the Peninsula. The map below shows the 220 sites identified predominantly on roadside areas. You can navigate around it within the frame by using your mouse. Click on one of the markers and you’ll see a photograph of the site. You can also view the map in a full screen view by clicking on the box icon on the top right corner.
STOP regularly make submissions on District Plans, Annual Plans, policy strategies and Resource Consents. Our advocacy has led to the group being included in a number of local body working parties on environmental concerns. We are included in the Stakeholder List for the long Term Community Plan.
STOP initiated the campaign to encourage the Dunedin City Council to purchase for a Regional Park, the block of land that includes Harbour Cone (Hereweka) with subsequent recreational opportunities and the opportunity to protect its natural values, rather than risking further residential development.
The Society obtains some income by selling postcards featuring aspects of the natural environment of the Peninsula. We also regularly apply for a variety of grants for specific projects and welcome donations from people and organisations who wish to make a difference to a particular project.
Working Bees & Contacts
Practical Working Bees are held weekly on a Thursday morning. Another is on the last Sunday of the month from 10am till midday. Other midweek and summer evening working bees are also held. A variety of activities are covered, including planting, weeding, pest plant control, and potting up seedlings. Beach clean ups are also organised. You may also have other skills that would add to the activities of our organisation.
Post: STOP Inc. Society, P.O.Box 23, Portobello, Dunedin 9048
Phone: Moira Parker (03) 4780214
Phone: Lala Frazer (03) 4780339
Meetings are held at 7:30 pm on the first Tuesday of each month, in the Etheridge Meeting Rooms behind the Broad Bay Community Centre Hall in Clearwater Street in Broad Bay. Everyone is welcome.
Find the Meeting Venue
Use the map to find how to get to the Etheridge Meeting Rooms and the surrounding area. You can change from a map view to an aerial view and navigate using the toolbar on the map. Good luck and we look forward to seeing you at our meetings.
Otago Peninsula Birds
Save the Otago Peninsula have produced an excellent pocket guide to the birds of the Otago Peninsula. With Craig McKenzie’s stunning photographs and insightful descriptions by Richard Schofield this guide provides a great resource for locals and visitors alike.