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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

The Dunedin Amenities Society have been involved in the development of public spaces and the provision of public art in Dunedin for over 100 years.  Two of the earliest  projects that the Society undertook was the development of “the triangle” now Queens Gardens and the Octagon in the 1890’s. Both projects were highly influential on the development of open space in the city and they continue to be crucial to the urban landscape today. Public sentiment in the early… Read More

The tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae) is one of New Zealand’s most beautiful birds, and its impressive repertoire of guttural clicks and notes announces its presence in many Dunedin  neighbourhoods. Just having a tui visit your garden in Dunedin is a unique privilege, and being able to watch their boisterous behaviour and enjoy the iridescence of their dark plumage is a real joy. Many people who have established gardens in the city have created unique feeding opportunities by planting native… Read More

It’s been difficult to believe that the vehicle users lobby are suggesting that better walking and cycling access on John Wilson Drive is a form of selfishness. The fact that John Wilson Drive has been dominated by motor vehicles for the last 50 years does not seem to have entered the equation. Worse still, the public have been asked to suffer the burden of the destruction of the scenic qualities of the Drive… Read More

Members of the A Rocha (Portuguese for the rock) environmental group  put in the hard yards at Craigieburn on Saturday and planted nearly 250 native trees. The group toiled hard on a warm morning to get the job done. This was the second visit by the group to Craigieburn and their hard work is appreciated as the Society’s cultural and ecological restoration of Craigieburn continues. The new planting adds to the work undertaken by the Otago Polytechnic… 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

It’s hard to believe that it’s over 60 years since the Society purchased Craigieburn, and even more amazing that the site continues to grow and mature both in understanding and in the depth of its vegetation. This week the Dunedin Amenities Society will undertake native tree planting at Craigieburn in Tanner Road on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th of September from 10:00am. This latest tree planting is the Society’s 62nd year of… Read More

The Craigieburn Byre is an intriguing structure that has been an academic and physical challenge to interpret and restore. The scale of the stone armouring and stock race combined with the nature and layout of the internal building provide a tantalising insight into the nature of early farming practices in Dunedin. A recent visit to the site by Prof Norman Hammond and his wife Jean Wilson, was a rare opportunity for discussion about the nature of… Read More

The first thing you think of when you see deliberate acts of vandalism is why? Why would you bother exerting such energy? What rage boils inside some of our citizens that the destruction of newly planted trees provides pleasure? The degree of violence in the destruction of the trees on Portsmouth Drive reminds us all, that Dunedin is not immune from the minority of mean-spirited people who revel in such senselessness. While our city faces economic uncertainty the… Read More