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Help us make a better world by contributing to a hot new project – OP’s new community composting station! 

Located between S Block and Te Pā Tauira Student Village, the composting station has been thoroughly researched and expertly built.

The composting area will be developed to become an inviting educational space – and now it just needs a name.

That’s where you come in!


Submit your name ideas

Email your name ideas to internal communications by 12noon Friday 12 June and you could win a $40 Eden Café voucher – and a personal composting consultation for your home, school or workspace.   

The name could reference the history of OP or the land, it could speak to the sustainability goals of the project – or it could be something totally off-the-wall or tongue-in-cheek.

Our Kaitohutohu Office team members will cast their eyes over any Te Reo Māori suggestions to ensure that they are tika. (If you submit a name suggestion in Te Reo Māori, please include a brief note explaining the context of your name suggestion.) 

A shortlist of names will be made available for student and staff vote. The final name will be announced on Monday 22 June.

Our Communication Design students will incorporate the winning name into the branding of the composting station. 


About the composting station

OP graduate Finn Boyle’s journey towards a collaborative sustainability project at Otago Polytechnic has been as organic as his vision.

Prompted by the question “what am I eating?”, Finn investigated the social and ecological impacts of our food systems before landing on compost and food waste recovery as the focus of his Bachelor of Leadership for Change study. Now, he is now working to reduce Otago Polytechnic’s organic waste – with an eye to expanding the service across North Dunedin.  

Although he germinated the idea, Finn says he would like everyone in the OP community to feel as though they have a stake in the new composting facility.

“This is a real community project, with students and staff from all over OP contributing to bringing it to life – so I’m looking forward to seeing the name ideas submitted by the OP community. And I’m looking forward to providing the personalised composting consult to the winner!”

Finn adds that the project follows on from the composting systems that have been nurtured by our Living Campus team for the last decade.

“This new phase is about scaling up and increasing the impact of these regenerative practices in our community – and of course growing more kai in the campus gardens!”

Photos: Te Pā Tauira Village Manager, Andy Thompson, at the composting station that will be named and branded by OP students and staff.

Published on 6 Jun 2020

Orderdate: 6 Jun 2020
Expiry: 5 Jun 2022