And it’s goodbye from me……keep me informed as spring blossoms

30 09 2008

Very very unfortunately, I have had to leave Dunedin due to an injury. I need some rest and recuperation in the UK and do hope to be back in Dunedin again. I’m currently in Cambridge and would love to hear what’s going on in and around the Belt as I won’t be there to see it myself. It’s such a shame as I’ve returned to the UK for winter, having just endured a Dunedin winter in a student flat. Send any pictures on so that I can see what I’m missing down there in Dud! All the best to everyone Jill and I have worked with. I echo all of Jill’s comments in her last post, it has been a pleasure to meet and work with you all. Hope to see you and the Town Belt again someday soon. Mand


Reflections on our first blog

25 09 2008

What began as a look at the town belt has proved to be a rich experience for both Mandy and for me. Our original idea to look closely at a place that was nearby grew into more than that, and we found ourselves interviewing artists, scientists, members of the Amenities Society, Opoho School pupils and their teachers, DCC workers, and neighbours who all care for the town belt in different ways.  It was a wonderful excuse to get out and meet interesting people who are paying attention to the “lungs of the city” as part of their everyday lives. These people are working hard to keep the Town Belt green and clean, and through their efforts, they make others more aware of the green space in the middle of the city of Dunedin.


Spring has sprung

Along the way, we have learned how to edit sound and video, use digital recording devices, and last but truly not least, how to negotiate our way through WordPress. Initially there where many frustrations with all of the tools we had to learn to use, but we now feel confident that we have the skills to blog through any future endeavours without too much turmoil. They are all worthy tools for the communication of science (and art).


We even had a giggle fit one day when we got a lot of hits on our blog! Quite cool.


And last but not least, Philip talks about how Opoho Bush has changed

25 09 2008

Listen to our interview with Philip, a pupil from Opoho School. Philip talks about the changes he has seen in the bush since he first started planting the trees as a Yr 1 pupil. There is a lot less rubbish and a lot more birds. To listen to his interview click here.

Oliver and the great outdoors

25 09 2008

Oliver, our last student from Opoho School, takes us on a whimsical journey through Opoho Bush and his own backyard. Hear about his close encounter with a possum and a trip to China. Click here to listen.

Listen to Fa’ao’o talk about caring for the Dunedin Town Belt

19 09 2008

When we interviewed the children from Opoho School about their tree planting in the Dunedin Town Belt, we were intrigued by how different their experiences were. For some it was a time to let their imagination run wild, for others it was watching the trees that they planted grow over the years they attended their school, and for others it was almost like a treasure hunt every time they went, whether they were experiencing a possum close hand or finding all kinds of unexpected rubbish.

Listen to Fa’ao’o’s experience

Podcast – Opoho Enviro School kids talk about their experience maintaining Dunedin Town Belt

15 09 2008

Opoho enviro school kids talk about their experiences maintaining part of the Dunedin Town Belt

Jill and I visited the kids of Opoho School to ask them about their experiences maintaining part of Dunedin Town Belt over the years. We interviewed four children and we’ll be posting three other podcasts soon. Click above to listen to Amy.


The Kowhai are Blooming

18 08 2008

Can Spring be far away?

With all this rain, there certainly should be a good Spring show. Yesterday I took my own advice about green space and mental health and stopped at Prospect Park. I got out of my car and had a good look around. It has been a tough few weeks for both of us, physically and mentally, and a bit of nature was just what the doctor ordered.

There are many mature kowhai trees along the edge of the road that borders the park. Some of them are starting to flower, and the tuis and bellbirds were feeling quite pleased about that or perhaps about something else this time of year…they were calling back and forth and the cold damp air was filled with their squawks, squeaks and melodious interludes. It was a good visit.  The birdsong was lovely, the yellow flowers were bright against the wet grey of the day, and it truly soothed my spirit.