Category Archives: Proud to be South D

2015 South Dunedin Street Festival

This is the fourth year of the South Dunedin Street Festival and, despite ferocious  winds, thousands of people enjoyed the celebration of all that is South Dunedin.

Here are a few photos, but if you would like to see more there are many more photos on my Flickr page.

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Photos: All rights reserved ©Paul S Allen 2015
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Rise Above – South Dunedin Benefit Concert

Martin Phillipps A benefit concert was held for the people of South Dunedin who have been badly affected by the recent flooding. The purpose of this was twofold: 1/ To provide an opportunity for community encouragement and support. 2/ To collect funds via a donation at the door of the venue to go in its entirety to the Dunedin City Flood Appeal The concert featured great Dunedin musicians .

  • Martin Phillipps from The Chills
  • The Mentalist Collective
  • Reo
  • Dave Coleclough
  • Robyn Johnston
  • Ronnie Stash
  • Steve King

The MCs  on the night were Damian Newell from The Breeze and Darryl Baser from Baser Social Media Entry was by donation and over $1,100 was collected for the Dunedin Flood Appeal from the approximately 150 people in attendance. The concert was organised with the kind and donated support of volunteers, musicians and performers, with special thanks to the following Supporting organisations

  • Kings High School
  • Baser Social Media
  • DunedinMusic.com
  • The Breeze
  • Reo
  • Southern lights
  • Crombie Lockwood Insurance Brokers
  • Strawberry Sound
  • Armourguard
  • Office of Clare Curran mp for Dunedin South
  • Dave Coleclough Music
  • Robyn Johnston Music
  • Art House Media
  • Westpac bank

No funds collected went towards any running cost or any organisers of the event or artists featured. Thank you to all those who came to the show and for all those who helped with organisation and publicity. Paul Allen Organiser

More photos on flickr  Here are a few of the photos. Martin Phillipps - The Chills Martin Phillipps from The Chills The Mentalist Collective The Mentalist Collective Ronnie Stash Ronnie Stash Clare Curran mp Dunedin South (Labour) Clare Curran mp Dunedin South (Labour) Steve King Steve King Robyn Johnston Robyn Johnston Dave Coleclough Dave Coleclough Reo Reo

All Photos ©Paul S Allen 2015 All rights reserved 

Getting involved – Community Patrols of New Zealand

Are you looking for a way to support your local community?

Community Patrols of New Zealand (CPNZ)

Reducing crime and building safer communities

Community patrols are voluntary groups of people giving some of their time and taking responsibility within their own community to help the Police make the local community safer for everyone.

I have been a member of the South Dunedin Community Patrol for over nine years. It is a great way to support the local community providing observe & report assistance and other duties as required. We work closely with the NZ Police.

Generally this is only a commitment of a four-hour shift per month plus the compulsory training. For the South Dunedin Community Patrol we operate 9.00pm  to 1.00am on Thursday,  Friday and Saturday nights.

Initial and ongoing training is given (compulsory) and there is a police vetting process to be completed.

If you are interested in getting involved and making a difference in your (our) community check out the information on the CPNZ website or ask me for the local South Dunedin contact details or visit the CPNZ website to join a patrol near you.

Paul Allen

South Dunedin – Why it needs support – The statistics

South Dunedin Street Festival 2013

South Dunedin Street Festival 2013

South Dunedin Statistics

Median Household income.: $26,100
South Dunedin has the lowest household incomes in Otago

Median personal income: $20,200
South Dunedin has the lowest in Dunedin (equal lowest to Clinton for Otago)

Family type: One parent with child(ren): 35%
South Dunedin has the highest proportion of solo parent families in Otago (average in Otago 13.4% and average in NZ 17.8%)

Education: 39.5% of the population of South Dunedin have no formal qualification
(NCEA level1-6, bachelor or higher) compared to 18.5% of the whole of Dunedin.

Households with no vehicle 36%

Households with access to the internet 48%
South Dunedin has the lowest access to the internet in Otago (13 percentage points behind the second lowest, Kaitangata )

Household tenure in South Dunedin:

  • 32.8% dwellings owned or partially owned
  • 60.6% dwellings not owned and not in a family trust
  • 6.6% dwellings held in a family trust

This is why we need to invest in South Dunedin.

We could start with a community facility that provides a base for learning, meeting places, community spaces, access to civic services, a library, computer access and free Wi-Fi access.

A place that will encourage learning, sharing of knowledge and skills, literacy and numeracy, entrepreneurship, employment readiness, work skills, community building.

This has long been talked about by the Dunedin City Council, requested by the community on many number of occasions over many years. it has been deferred time and time again. It is time to action it once and for all, and see it established in South Dunedin permanently.

Let us not forget about South Dunedin any longer.

I am proud to be part of the South Dunedin Community, it has much to offer; but it could be improved greatly by the addition of such a facility as the community centre and library.

If you are looking at setting up community organisations or businesses why not investigate setting up in South Dunedin.

If you haven’t visited South Dunedin for a while let me invite you to come spend some time here, wander around, go shopping, meet the people and get to know the area.

The measure of character is how you treat those who are least able to repay you.

Yes, South Dunedin has the highest deprivation score in Dunedin, and one of the highest in New Zealand, but the richness in the diversity of people who call this area home is immense.

Let’s work to make this a great place to live, regardless of the circumstances of life that people find themselves in.

Be Proud to be South D, I am.
Paul S Allen
ProudToBeSouthD

Source of statistics: NZ Government Department of Statistics (retrieved 4 June 2014)
http://www.stats.govt.nz/Census/2013-census/data-tables/meshblock-dataset.aspx
Download a PDF document from Statistics New Zealand with official 2013 Census data here

 

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Some programmes currently working to address South D internet access issues South Dunedin Computers in Homes Project – Digital Office – Dunedin Digital Strategy 

South Dunedin Street Festival 2013 – Colour Set

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South Dunedin Street Festival 2013 – Colour, a set on Flickr.

Photos by Paul S Allen ~ TheWaterside Please contact me if you would like a copy

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