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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

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 with considerable concern that the Society read of the plight of two of the trees growing in Anzac avenue. The Avenue trees are an important landscape and heritage feature of the city that dates back to the work of prominent New Zealand architect Edmund Anscombe and the development of the 1925-1926 New Zealand and South Seas International Exhibition. Edmund Anscombe was an important figure in the architectural and town planning industry at both a… 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

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