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Trees in the urban context perform a vital function for the health and welfare of city’s across the world. Dunedin is not alone in the vital environmental and aesthetic services that they provide in the city landscape. In fact to some extent trees are often undervalued for the essential biological services that they provide that enhance to both human and biodiversity health. Such ecological services include creating biodiversity corridors,  reducing water run off,… Read More

It was with an immediate eye on the skies above on Sunday morning that members of the Society started their day. With all of the planning and worrying seeing it dawn beautifully fine and clear took away any of those feelings of apprehension. This was our big day to share and celebrate with Dunedin the Amenities Society’s 125th Anniversary, and what a day it turned out to be. With over 520 people undertaking the Traverse… Read More

The Dunedin Amenities Society is celebrating its 125th anniversary and is going to celebrate by returning to the roots of its foundation with the Town Belt Traverse. The traverse is a 7.9 km walk through the Town Belt from the Southern cemetery finishing at Woodhaugh Gardens on Sunday 3rd November. The route is a pram friendly event for people of all ages stopping off at five points along the way. The Participants… 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

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

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