Otago Polytechnic


OP supports the Strike 4 Climate

Otago Polytechnic staff and students will participate in the Strike 4 Climate on Friday 27 September.

Climate strike organisers have asked individuals and organisations to join with school students in making their voices heard on the issue – and the polytechnic has risen to the challenge. 

Chief Executive Phil Ker says that supporting the cause is a no-brainer.

"Otago Polytechnic’s vision is that our people make a better world – and doing our part to fight to curb the practices that lead climate change is a vital aspect of this vision.”

“Sustainability is a key value at Otago Polytechnic. We have embedded the concept of sustainable practice through both our curriculum development and campus development over the past decade; we are a member of the Climate Leaders Coalition; and we have a wide range of strong environmental partnerships.”

Otago Polytechnic is leading the charge to establish a United Nations Centre of Expertise for Sustainability in Otago – RCE Otago – which will focus on the following issues, all aligned to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • Quality education
  • Water quality, availability, use and efficiency
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Sustainable cities and towns
  • Partnerships and collaboration

Otago Polytechnic staff and students are encouraged to congregate in The Quad (outside The Hub) from 11am on Friday 27 September. From there, they will walk up to the University’s Union Lawn and march into The Octagon with university students. 

OPSA President Nathan Laurie says he is excited to see tertiary students and staff band together to make a stand against climate change. 

“As students we’re trying to build our futures – but right now it seems like we’re building on shaky ground. It’s encouraging to have the support of Otago Polytechnic leadership team and staff as we fight for a better future.”


Find the Facebook event here. 


Information for staff

  • Please consult with your self-leading team and formal leader to ensure that core OP business is not disrupted
  • If a class is scheduled during this time it must take precedent.  A class may be rescheduled or alternative plans made but this must be done in advance of the planned protest
  • Academic staff may wish to use the strike as a learning opportunity for our students

Sustainability at OP

  • Otago Polytechnic leads and supports a wide range of sustainability initiatives.
  • Our students have the opportunity to do sustainability related projects in many of our programmes, and are currently working on projects that include sustainable fashion, soft plastics recycling, electric vehicle servicing and large-scale composting
  • Otago Polytechnic is Fair Trade accredited
  • We are a partner of Predator Free Dunedin
  • We host Dunedin’s Wildlife Hospital
  • Our Eden Café is a recognised leader in waste minimisation
  • Our Te P¯a Tauira Student Village won a Green Building Excellence award
  • We support community initiatives such as WasteJam
  • Our students have the opportunity to undertake innovative learning such as Bachelor of Leadership for Change
  • We have electric cars and shared bicycles on our fleet
  • We have been nominated for two 2019 Green Gown Awards 

Visit our website for more information about sustainability at OP. 


Stike photo by Bob Blob on Unsplash

Iceberg photo by Melissa Bradley on Unsplash