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Although Dunedin is a wonderful city you can get a very bad impression if you unknowingly walk into the wrong neighbourhoods at the wrong time of the year.
I speak of the student areas between the university and the Botanic Garden. Every year there are big discussions in the local newspaper, the Otago Daily Times, about the litter and noise caused by students who also find it very amusing to burn sofas - if they do not roll on them through the streets (which I think is really funny because it shows brain and imagination).
They think it is their "right of expression" to litter and molest "normal" people with rubbish and noise from music so loud that it can be heard a kilometre away. At the start of the semester in February many gardens look like rubbish dumps, and many front lawns are covered in broken glass, beer bottles and boxes, even in front of the Otago Museum.
When I once wrote to the ODT some of them said they were proud of the photo I had taken of their rubbish dump garden. And this is the intellectual elite of tomorrow!
I wonder what strange kind of people students in this country are. I have the impression that at least in their first year they only study how much alcohol they can drink without dying. Perhaps they think the freedom of expression is to drink until collapsing without being critisised by their parents finally far away.
Of course also in Europe students do know how to party hard, and perhaps the drinking habits have changed since my time at university - but still when we speak about student cities we associate this with a more diverse culture, and not with drinking and littering and spoiling the place for locals and visitors.
What I found most amusing was that the Director of Student Services did not think the students should question their drinking habits and at least keep the streets clear of their litter. No, he requested that in the students areas street cleaning should be carried out every day - so the taxpayer would indirectly pay for the party clean-up. Great idea!
Written May 22, 2007
Knox College opened in 1909, serving the University of Otago as an affiliated residential college. It is a community of scholars consisting of more than 200 undergraduate and postgraduate residents and 50 non-resident postgraduate and academic members engaged in many different studies.
Knox College is also the home of the School of Ministry of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Written Dec 30, 2003
Phone: +64 03 473 0109
The Water of Leith flows through Otago University grounds past 120 year old buildings and new post-modern architecture.
Each year during 'OWeek', first-years are made to perform ancient rituals by second-years which often include a dip in the Leith.
Sadly this once majestic waterway is now reduced to a mere 10th of what it used to be.
Conservation efforts are now underway to restore its former glory.
Written Dec 29, 2003
Otago University holds 6 graduation ceremonies per year.
The graduates participate in a parade to the Town Hall, where the ceremony takes place.
The Chancellor of the University presides, 'capping' the graduates, the graduate then puts on their mortarboard, then the head of the relevant Department then hands the graduate their Degree certificate.
Invited guests, academics and graduates then gather for an afternoon tea in a large marquee beside the Town Hall.
Updated Dec 29, 2003
Otago University was founded in 1869.
Graduation ceremonies are held four times a year.
Graduates take part in the traditional Graduates Parade down George St to the Dunedin Town Hall for the official graduation ceremony.
Then the parade, led of course by a Scottish pipe band.
The streets around the parade area are shut down, and locals, family and friends line the streets to see the graduates.
Written Dec 29, 2003
David Theomin, a Jewish immigrant, was a self made man, having made his fortune through his importing company and other businesses. He commissioned London architect Sir Ernest George to design a fine home for his family in 1902. Olveston is the only home in the Southern Hemisphere that was developed by the famous architect.
A 35-room Jacobean stately home gifted to the city by the wealthy Theomin Family in its entirety with an original and vast collection of paintings, furniture and decorative objects, is open daily
Written Apr 8, 2003
One of the world's most photographed stations, this 1906 basalt and Oamaru stone building includes a huge copper-capped tower with heraldic emblems, a spacious foyer decorated with Majolica tiles and a Royal Doulton mosaic floor and stained-glass windows depicting steaming locomotives. The New Zealand Railway cypher features on almost every surface.
The architect, George Troup, earned the nickname 'Gingerbread George'. The station is open daily. This Flemish inspired neo-Gothic building now incorporates a restaurant, booking offices, and is the starting point for a return trip on the Taieri Gorge Railway into rugged, spectacular scenery. There is an option to continue on to Queenstown via coach from either Pukerangi or Middlemarch
Written Apr 8, 2003
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