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2013 is a watershed moment for the Dunedin Amenities Society as it counts down towards the 125th anniversary of its foundation. Conceived on October 15th 1888, the Society is New Zealand’s oldest and longest running environmental organisation. It’s an enviable record of longevity and relevance which any organisation should be justifiably proud, and one that the Society will no doubt celebrate with the public of Dunedin. As an organisation the Society has made a significant mark on the city through its development of… Read More

The St Martin Island Community are a dedicated group of individuals who have been responsible for the management of the conservation and heritage values of Quarantine Island in Otago Harbour. Quarantine Island has a rich history from its early Maori beginnings as an important Kai Tahu fishing area named Kamau Taurua until becoming Dunedin’s main Quarantine station from the halcyon days of the Otago gold rush until the early twentieth century. As a quarantine station many Otago immigrants recovered here… Read More

The Society has been awarded the Taylor Shield at the recently held Keep Dunedin Beautiful Awards. It is recognition for the Society’s efforts in restoring and enhancing Craigieburn as a prominent area in Dunedin’s heritage and biodiversity landscape. A Rocha was also awarded the supreme award at the ceremony and the Society passes on its congratulations to them for their success. A Rocha has been active in planting and other work at Craigieburn and the recognition… Read More

Pupils from Balmacewen Intermediate visited Craigieburn on Monday and Tuesday this week as part of their historical studies with Sara Sinclair from the Otago Settlers Museum. The pupils, parents and staff of the school explored the reserve with Project Manager, Paul Pope and took time to consider the life of the Rankin, Tanner and Sherriff family as they developed their small farm. It was an opportunity to discuss the restoration methods used on the… Read More

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… Read More

The new interpretative signs are installed and the grass is cut ready for the official opening on Saturday 10:00am. With the signs installed the interpretation trail has finally taken shape, and the story behind Craigieburn can be revealed to the Dunedin public. Here is a sneak peek to wet your heritage appetite. See you all on Saturday, bring your pioneer spirit.

The installation of a seating area at Craigieburn has been completed and the area will include an interpretative sign naming the area “Tanners View”. The seats made by Cargill Enterprises and installed by Delta staff, provide a welcome viewing area across the valley and are in the same place where the 1890’s photograph of Edwin Tanner was taken looking out across the Leith Valley. Edwin Tanner arrived at Craigieburn as one of Elizabeth Rankin’s boarders… Read More

Open Day 10th December 2011 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Tanner Road The Dunedin Amenities Society will be holding an open day at the Craigieburn Reserve on the 10th of December 2011 starting at 10:00 am. The open day will be the official opening of the reserve by the mayor and the launch of the heritage interpretation trail developed on site for the Dunedin public. This is your chance to get the… Read More

For more than 50 years the name Craigieburn has been known only by a few people in Dunedin. Most people passing through the main forest track from Ross Creek to Tanner and Wakari Roads probably thought that this unique heritage area was part of Ross Creek and never gave the name a thought. Today though the name has been put back into Dunedin’s  heritage, environmental and recreational lexicon with the placement of few… Read More

There’s nothing like embracing your pioneer spirit, and the Otago Polytechnic horticulture students accepted the challenge and planted over 250 native plants at Craigieburn. With heavy showers and strong winds first thing this morning, the students hunkered down under the bush waiting for a break in the sky. Luckily that’s what happened and apart from some blustery winds the team were untroubled for the rest of the day. The planting is another major milestone… Read More