Flying the Flag of St Andrew

It was great to have so many people make the opening of Craigieburn and to see the interest that there was in this historic part of Dunedin. To be able to share that with the community has been a very unique and enjoyable opportunity. Piper Tony Beck gave a stirring welcome to visitors, playing from the milking room floor of the byre above Ross Creek. Normally, people are asked to cut ribbons at an opening, but in true settler spirit the Mayor Dave Cull and Society Chairman Robin Hyndman were asked to lift stones off the flag to reveal the first  interpretative sign in the trail. The day was also marked by the signing of an agreement between the Otago Polytechnic  Arboriculture School and the Craigieburn Committee. The agreement utilises the skills and resources of the two groups for industry training in tree climbing and pruning. The Polytechnic have also been integral to the success of the planting undertaken at Craigieburn. Many thanks must go to all of the contractors, council staff, taskforce green, community groups, local people, family descendents, and locals who have made the project happen and contributed to it being such a success. Without that kind of support we’d never been able to present our heritage to the city.  So, on behalf of Paul Pope our project manager and the Dunedin Amenities Society thanks to all for embracing your pioneer spirit on our opening day. Monday 13th December Otago Daily Times

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