The next Dunedin ISIG meeting will be from 6pm to 8pm this coming Thursday, 30 Nov 2023. We'll be meeting at Ombrellos - https://www.ombrellos.co.nz/ - 10 Clarendon Street, near the Museum and the University.
Come along a little earlier, grab some food from the bar and a refreshing drink, and join the fun. No need to RSVP.
We have no specific agenda - I was going to talk about the recent ChCon but unfortunately wasn't able to get there, but I think we'll find enough to discuss!
Feel free to pass this message on to anyone you feel would be interested.
Nice to see this - Liam and the Hobby Lords team have been building a thriving community in South D, I'm happy things seem to be going so well for them.
https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/better-business/133303921/new-company-offers-unlimited-leave-and-sick-leave-to-employees #dunedin #otepoti
You might think it was common sense, but the Southern hospitals are asking visitors to stay away if they have Covid.
There are currently 25 Covid positive patients in Dunedin hospital, 5 in Southland and one in Lakes District.
Tomorrow (Wed Nov 15) Rushi Vyas and I are putting our work into conversation. Please join us at the New Athenaeum Theatre at 5:30pm for this free event. I'm really looking forward to a lovely conversation and poem reading with a thoughtful poet and brilliant friend.
The bar will be open after for a drink and conversation, and there will be books for sale.
A content note: topics include suicide bereavement and traumatic brain injury.
Dunedin's loose mayor Jules Radich came down with Covid on Friday. While he's isolating (only for 5 days) the people he was circulating with on Friday have not been officially told.
Cr David Benson-Pope calls Radich "irresponsible" for not notifying his colleagues, and for downplaying the spike in Covid-19 cases spreading across the South right now.
Our mayor is a dick.
Some spooky or emotive styles! Two photos from #Dunedin at the High Court and two photos of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta;
I have lived near these two places.
Nearly decade old photos from a gig at the Attic , in Dunedin, a former events space
I often think about the neighborhood where I lived in Dunedin before I moved overseas. It had a nickname- "The Mental Health Triangle". But it has even a longer history than that name, it was once called the Devil's Half-Acre of Dunedin and a notorious slum. #Dunedin #NewZealand #aotearoa #Otepoti #History . You can find a lot of history about this place from old newspapers and clippings
Exciting electrical storm here in #Dunedin. Disrupted the traffic lights in town and hit some residential power too, by the sound of it. ⛈️🌩️⛈️
November is full of goodness:
4th - Mullet Fest at the Gasworks from 5-7pm. A promenade through a series of experimental performances
8th - Octagon Poetry Collective - 7pm at the New Athenaeum Theatre
15th - The Knocking Brain - Claire Lacey (o that's me) and Rushi Vyas in conversation about mental health and poetry 5:30pm at the New Athenaeum Theatre
22nd - launch of 'a liminal gathering' - a grief almanac edited by Iona Winter at 5:30, University Book Shop
Big house fire on Highcliff Rd by the sound of it. #Dunedin's been very firey this past week!!
How about it Aotearoa!!
Let’s start with a ban on the big ones very soon — they’re polluting the air, driving climate change and endangering the lives of pedestrians and cyclists.
Stockholm is banning petrol and diesel cars from centre from 2025 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/oct/11/stockholm-ban-petrol-and-diesel-cars-city-centre-2025-swedish-capital-pollution?CMP=share_btn_tw #nzpol #transport #auckland #wellington #christchurch #dunedin #hamilton #tauranga #nz #newzealand
""The bikes go on the barge and the people go on to my boat, which means we can take up to 20 people and 20 bikes at a time."
Actual link to find out more https://www.porttoport.co.nz/portobello-ferry
As a student in late 80s/ early 90s B spent 6 years in #Dunedin—a name derived from Dùn Èideann, the Gaelic name for Edinburgh. This would be an opportunity to revisit half-forgotten places, but also to explore those places in and around the city that are harder to get to when you don’t have transport but do have coursework deadlines.
Lan Yuan Chinese Garden in #Dunedin. While 🏴 & :tinoflag: heritage > prominence, this authentic scholar’s garden honours Cantonese who came initially from Victoria in 1866 to solve labour shortage in Otago goldfields.
“Most cherished in this mundane world is a place without traffic, truly in the midst of a city there can be mountain and forest.”
Wen Zhengming (1470–1559)
The Taieri River is NZ’s 4th longest at 288km & marks #Dunedin’s southern limit (📷1); seen here in btw sleet showers (🔁 blue sky to semi-darkness in minutes!). At Taieri Mouth noted curious pattern of erosion in schist (📷2) & cape honey flower/ Melianthus major, naturalised from 🇿🇦 SA in 1878 (📷3). Remote remembrance on the spit; offshore Moturata is a nature reserve (📷4).
Brighton is a short distance Sth of #Dunedin, making it popular with day trippers (📷1). An example of what we believe is exposed Otago schist, incorporating quartz & sparkling mica crystals, at Otokia Creek mouth (📷2). It’s quite brittle—like UK’s Brighton Rock candy; some looks like petrified wood. It’s quiet now, awaiting the return of 🛶 visitors (📷3) & 🏄♂️ surfers (📷4).
In deviating to the east of SH1 north of Ōtepoti | #Dunedin we would discover a new favourite locale in Pūrākaunui Inlet & stumble across a beautiful rare bird we were not supposed to see here. At Aramoana, the small town with a troubled past, we would see our first mainland sea lion—having previously encountered them on Stewart Island.
Otago Peninsula’s Highcliff Rd has some stunning scenery. We pulled into a roadside lookout for views over Macandrew Bay below (📷1), & looking back, into the inner harbour/ Ōtepoti | #Dunedin City (📷2). The private home of Larnach “Castle” had shut its gates, so we commissioned this exquisite likeness (📷3). Hoopers Inlet, Allans Beach & Mt Charles | Poatiei at 408m (📷4).
Otago Peninsula is billed as having many fine beaches. Beyond Lawyers Head, Tomahawk Beach stretches to a bluff w/ WWII gun emplacement remains (📷1). The other side of that is Smaills Beach, seen here from Māori Head (📷2). Karetai Track crosses Māori Head for dramatic cliff views (📷3) & views back to Ōtepoti | #Dunedin’s St Kilda–St Clair Beach & Tunnel Beach beyond (📷4).
St Clair & St Kilda are contiguous beaches in South Ōtepoti | #Dunedin (📷1). Am I alone in finding the absence of demarcation irritating? St Clair has had an esplanade since 1870s; salt water baths opened 1884 but weren’t heated until 1960s (📷2). Viewed from the lookout at Lawyers Head, St Kilda is the less urbanised end (📷3). The beach here looks almost tropical (📷4).
Tunnel Beach in South Ōtepoti | #Dunedin features sandstone cliffs, pillars and a large archway sculpted by wave action. Care is needed on the steep, loose gravel path down to the arch—even in dry weather (📷1). Pause to watch the waves break against the sheer cliffs (📷2). A short tunnel (📷3) was hand-cut in the 1870s to allow a family private access to a rocky beach (📷4).
(2/2) Orokonui Ecosanctuary N of Ōtepoti | #Dunedin is #bird haven. Natives incld. kākā/ Nestor meridionalis (📷1); tūī/ Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae (📷2); NZ bellbird/ Anthornis melanura (📷3); & takahē/ Porphyrio hochstetteri (📷4). OK, latter in Otago Museum: pair a no-show, as they’ve a chick & 10ha to roam! Also no-shows: 🦎 jewelled gecko; 🦖 tuatara; 🐟; 🐸; 🦋 so can rtn!
(1/2) Orokonui Ecosanctuary N of Ōtepoti | #Dunedin is community-led 307ha wildlife refuge w/ walking tracks. Enclosed by 9km predator-proof fence, it promotes biodiversity for native species & habitats. 🦎 Grass skink/ Oligosoma polychroma (📷1) & Otago skink/ Oligosoma otagense (📷2). 🌼 Native tree fuchsia/ Fuchsia excorticata (📷3) & mountain daisy/ Celmisia hookeri (📷4).
Accessed from Mt Cargill Lookout in Ōtepoti | #Dunedin, the 4km/ 1.5h rtn Organ Pipes Track leads to basalt columns formed during volcanic creation of the Dunedin area (📷1&2). Descend to Buttars Peak 617m for views (📷1) then continue towards Mt Holmes 575m. As you reach the latter, engage all-limb drive to ascend the columnar debris (📷2). Thru scrub to more columns (📷3&4).
Mt Cargill to north of Ōtepoti | #Dunedin, seen here from Buttars Peak (📷1), summits at 676m. The 105m tower is the city’s tallest structure. These craggs are the eroded younger remains of the 1000m Dunedin Volcano that last erupted 10M yrs ago. Views extend over city & down coast to The Catlins (📷2); the length of Otago Peninsula (📷3); to Blueskin Bay/ N to Shag Pt (📷4).
University of Otago in Ōtepoti | #Dunedin has a fine Gothic-style registry/ clocktower building ca. 1879 nr. the Leith (📷1). I joined the adjacent Selwyn College—quite an eye-opener for a country lad (📷2), but lived across the road in what was then a run-down student flat, now beautifully restored (📷3). Grateful to have a tour of the anatomy museum—my only A+ subject (📷4)!
The #Dunedin Botanic Garden was established in 1863 and became a personal favourite haunt in the late 1980s during my early university years. I would sit on the benches of the Upper Garden, writing poetry & watching the world go by (📷1). Meanwhile, back in the present, we enjoyed the spring #flower display, incld. magnolia (📷2), rhododendron (📷3) & cherry blossom (📷4).
Signal Hill provides a lookout across much of Ōtepoti | #Dunedin. You can see into the harbour & over the suburbs into the South Pacific (📷1). To the E is Macandrew Bay on Otago Peninsula (📷2) & to W the city centre (📷3). A chunk of rock from the hill upon which 🏴 Edinburgh Castle sits is up here. Nearby is Baldwin St, the world’s steepest with a 19° max gradient (📷4).
This trailer for the up-coming film, Uproar, looks great. And feels very much a film about Aotearoa. Stars Julian Dennison and Rhys Darby. Looks like it was shot in Ōtepoti/Dunedin.
YouTube via Invidious so you aren't tracked.
⚪ Ein... "Foto ohne Katze" . ..
🟤 A... "Photo without cat" . ..
📷 by Artist: #MJSchocken / #MarkSchocken in Loc.: #HoneymoonIsland #Dunedin Florida USA 🇺🇸 - Title: "Tight fit" (Fester Sitz) - #Streetart #Art #Mastoart #Owl #Wildlive #Animals #KeineKatze #NoCat
The Dunedin City Council has built NZ's first certified, passive, social housing project. Ten units built with SIPs which use almost no power and share a hot water heat pump system. This is sustainable social housing.
I'm Andrew. Originally from #Ōtepoti #Dunedin, I've been living in #TeWhanganuiATara #Wellington for a little over 20 years. For fun I play with old computers, tinker with electronics, fiddle with bicycles, take photographs and cook. I (occasionally) ride motorcycles for fun and relaxation.
I have two children, one of whom still lives at home, two blind cats and a partner I love very much.