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Students from the Otago Polytechnic Horticulture course continued a 18 year relationship with the Dunedin Amenities Society with further tree planting at Craigieburn recently. The students planted further native plants on the Tanner Road frontage to add a visual link to the adjoining Ross Creek area and improve the entrance to the site from the road. They will return to the reserve on the 14th of September for further planting work to strengthen the southern bush boundary…. Read More

The installation of art works in public places has not always gone well in our City. The sculptured teeth at Portsmouth Drive and the ephemeral installation of the “peep show”in the Octagon have been met with plenty of public derision as the public comes to terms with the works of each artist. The artistic merit of both works has been a matter of considerable debate defined partly by the public’s poor understanding of the artists intentions and the decision-making… Read More

The Otago University Anthropology Society undertook a working field trip to Craigieburn on Saturday, the 11th of August. The Anthropology Society is a Otago University student club that gives members interested in all things anthropological to participate in field trips, training, discussion and networking with other interested members. The field trip to Craigieburn gave the club an opportunity to undertake field studies including sketching and measurement of the byre and Mrs Sherriff’s house site on Tanner Road. Craigieburn is an… Read More

Arboriculture students from the Otago Polytechnic Natural Resources Department have been working at Craigieburn removing wind damaged and hung up branches from the significant macrocarpa shelter belt in the main paddock. The students are undertaking the work as part of their studies in arboriculture and provides them with practical experience in the arboriculture field. The students use their climbing, chainsaw and health & safety skills during the work under the supervision of qualified… Read More

The recent Draft Economic Development Strategy undertaken by the Dunedin City Council was an opportunity for the Dunedin Amenities Society to put its views on the economic pathway outlined for the city. The development of such a strategy is an important step for the future of Dunedin, but it’s not the first time that the Society have advised the Council and its citizens that Dunedin has much to offer. In September 1888 Dunedin… Read More

The installation of directional signs at Craigieburn has now been completed to give visitors a better understanding of how to navigate around the key visitor sites within the reserve. Eight directional markers were installed by Dunedin City Council’s Taskforce Green team under the supervision of Project Manager Paul Pope. While the earlier installed interpretative signage gave visitors a detailed understanding of the heritage, historical and ecological values of Craigieburn, directional signs were needed to link the… Read More

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 recent decision by the City Council to restore the portion of Queens Drive above Littlebourne from car park to scenic road within the Town Belt is welcomed by the Dunedin Amenities Society. The protection of the reserve’s  heritage, landscape and ecological values are paramount to the city’s identity and physical fabric. The Council allowed its own Transportation Planning Department to unilaterally damage a legal reserve without consultation or the consideration for the values of the reserve…. Read More

The Dunedin Amenities Society first raised the issue of the alteration to Queens Drive in 2005-2006 after the City Council’s Transportation Planning Department unilaterally altered the road without public consultation in 2004-2005. Since then the Amenities Society have watched as the roadway has become a car park for both local school pupils and city commuters. What’s the issue with that people might ask, isn’t it a road? Isn’t that what the roads are for? Firstly, it isn’t… Read More

It was pleasing for the Dunedin Amenities Society to see the recent enforcement action taken by the Otago Regional Council on private properties with infestations of Old Man’s Beard in Dunedin. This work is well beyond due from the Otago Regional Council as it grapples with the enforcement and implementation of its Pest Management Strategy. In 2008 the Society mapped 180 sites of this weed on private properties adjacent to the Town Belt Reserve… Read More