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.
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
Source of statistics: NZ Government Department of Statistics (retrieved 4 June 2014)
Download a PDF document from Statistics New Zealand with official 2013 Census data here
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
South Dunedin Street Festival 2013 – Black and White, a set on Flickr.