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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 Society has been awarded the Taylor Shield at the recently held Keep Dunedin Beautiful Awards. It is recognition for the Society’s efforts in restoring and enhancing Craigieburn as a prominent area in Dunedin’s heritage and biodiversity landscape. A Rocha was also awarded the supreme award at the ceremony and the Society passes on its congratulations to them for their success. A Rocha has been active in planting and other work at Craigieburn and the recognition… 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

The installation of a seating area at Craigieburn has been completed and the area will include an interpretative sign naming the area “Tanners View”. The seats made by Cargill Enterprises and installed by Delta staff, provide a welcome viewing area across the valley and are in the same place where the 1890’s photograph of Edwin Tanner was taken looking out across the Leith Valley. Edwin Tanner arrived at Craigieburn as one of Elizabeth Rankin’s boarders… Read More

Ocean Beach Domain is an important coastal barrier for the protection of the city as well as a key recreational asset. However, the continued ravages of the coastline by storm events and the latest destruction of the accessways at the sea wall leave the area in a perilous state. The city runs the risk of losing the battle to retain one of its iconic recreational and coastal areas. The City Council faces some hard decisions over… Read More

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

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

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