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Chamber of Secrets on Frederick Street

The Chamber of Secrets (2007) from 150 Frederick Street was created by a group of five Potter fans, the sign depicting the Hogwarts crest was painted by Will.

The Chamber of Secrets

The flat won the Te Roopu Maori “Best Name or Sign” in OUSA’s 2007 House & Garden awards. The judges thought the sign on this flat was “Fucking awesome!” and the flatmates were awarded with a trophy for best flat name and a $100 grocery voucher.[1] When the tenants of 2008 didn’t want the sign, the Chamber Boys took it with them to their subsequent flat.  When I met up with them the sign was hanging on their lounge room wall.


[1] Judges comments provided by OUSA.

The Grand Stand on St David Street

Originally owned and utilised by the Otago Polytechnic, this house has recently become a student flat. It’s name reflects the grand stand inside, useful for watching games on TV and through the window at Logan Park.  

153 St David Street is finally named! #Dunedin #studentflat #sign #flatnames #thegrandstand @dnflatnames

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Recent coverage of Dunedin Flat Names Project in the media

This week has seen The Dunedin Flat Names Project feature in a North & South article, and on Newshub late!


Around Orientation this year I was approached by local journalist, Dave Goosselink of Newshub, regarding a story he had been wanting to publish for sometime about named student flats in Dunedin. After a couple of negative happenings around campus we decided to defer the story for a while. In April caught up for a chat on Howe Street and visited a couple of flats together, including Treasure Island and The Doll’s House, The Fridge, Pink Flat and The Boat

North & South

An other opportunity arose a while later when I met Guy Frederick, photojournalist and current Masters of Science Communications student at the University of Otago. We got chatting when he was photographing my friend Brendan Seal who runs the excellent local pop-up winery, URBN VINO, for NZ Life and Leisure.

Guy was interested in doing a story about the flat names project too, and that has resulted in a great article in the four corners section of North & South (p22-23) which features the flats Land of Pleasure and Mello Yello.

You can check out more media attention for the project here.