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The Society will hold its 124th Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 16th of April at the Botanic Gardens Centre (next to the Opoho Bowling Club) in Lovelock Avenue at 5.30pm. The guest speaker for the meeting will the City Council’s Heritage Policy Planner, Dr Glen Hazelton. The topic of Dr Hazelton’s address will be “Heritage Buildings and Seismic Implications.” With the advent of the Christchurch earthquakes and the government looking at changes… Read More

One of the most famous lines from “The Wizard of Oz” is when Dorothy says to her little dog “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” That particular line has become a cultural metaphor used when we visit places or see things  that are not familiar to us and we relate them back to our own personal vision of the world. That same cultural metaphor may well apply to the proposals being… Read More

The prospect that the public and community groups like the Dunedin Amenities society may lose the ability to be able to submit on major projects under proposed government changes to the Resource Management Act must be viewed with considerable concern. The changes are designed to streamline the ability of developers undertaking the planning process, but in reality they will restrict the ability of submitters to oppose projects and the scope of their submissions…. Read More

The blurred tones of “Auld Land Syne” seem a distant memory as we race through the second month of the 2013 year and settle back into the regular routines of our daily lives after the summer holiday period. For the Dunedin Amenities Society 2013 ushers in the reality that our organisation is to celebrate its 125th year of operation and that brings a further level of reflection for the coming year. To reach such a milestone… Read More

A Conservation Conundrum The Dunedin City Council is presently undertaking a review of the District Plan  and that review will mean that the Dunedin Amenities Society will also be looking at the implications of those changes. The review includes looking at creating a new open space, reserves and recreation zone which would “reflect the different types of open space and recreation areas.” The current District Plan does not recognise reserve, conservation or recreation… Read More

The drawn out debate over the use of John Wilson Drive has been centred around people’s rights to access, or more accurately their right to use that access by vehicle. The political debate  disintegrated into a blatant popularity contest without any reasoned argument on what actually would provide the greatest benefit to the city. Councillors wanting the drive reopened to vehicles that spoke at the recent council meeting, only discussed their own embarrassment over the continuing issue. Not one councillor… Read More

There’s been a plethora of comment in the media over the proposed Wharf Street Hotel development. The Amenities Society would be interested in polling people’s opinion as to what they think about the proposal. So take the time to answer this simple poll. You’re welcome to make comments after voting through the polling process. Comments will be moderated and the poll is anonymous. Related articles Down by the Waterfront (dunedin-amenities-society.org.nz)

There are parts of Dunedin that let our city down due to litter, vandalism, graffiti and general malaise. One area that has concerned the Society for some time is the abandoned Kaituna Tennis and Bowling club on the corner of Serpentine Avenue and Maori Road. The club vacated the premises quite some time ago and the building that was on site was set on fire by vandals. This has left a waste… Read More

Dunedin City has largely  been shaped by its natural environment, with its steep hills and gullies running outwards to the harbour and the wide flat estuarine wetlands of south Dunedin known as Kaituna. The physical geography dominated early colonial development around the harbour due to the accessibility to the port for shipping transport and the narrowness of the available commercial land for the early city to be constructed upon. As Dunedin moved from a pioneering city… Read More

The Dunedin Amenities society have donated seats at the summit of Flagstaff as a welcome rest stop for weary walkers and runners. The Flagstaff reserve is a popular skyline recreation area for walkers and runners as well as an important tussock grassland habitat. Part of the Flagstaff track was the original route north from Dunedin and dates back to 1848. It was also the first reserve in New Zealand to be protected under the… Read More