Category: University environment

Masterplan looks to preserve cultural and historical aspects of campus life

” 3.7 Memory: One of the characteristics of place that technology has
not yet been able to replicate or replace is the ability of
buildings, public spaces and landscapes to be the repository
of memory. The memories of student days that were
recounted during the consultation process were intimately
connected to the experience of the buildings and place and
to certain conditions of light and weather. Events, triumphs
and tragedies of past staff and Alumni are all capable of
being embedded in the place marked by art memorials,
exhibits, landscapes and architecture. The Master Plan
responds to this characteristic of place as carrier of
memory or mnemonic place with three specific proposals.
The concept should ideally be extended across the whole
campus, as a way of enabling the place to communicate
core values, knowledge and memories.” The Dunedin Master Plan Frameworks p.61

“3.12 Residential : It is also recommended that a long-term residential strategy
be considered by the University, that allows for an increase
in the number of second and later year undergraduates
returning to colleges and for the admission of first year
Dunedin residents, as reinforcement of the ‘student
experience’ that forms part of the University’s competitive
advantage.” The Dunedin Master Plan Frameworks p.68

Ori10 – digitally Clyde Street

For the first time in I don’t know how long, OUSA is advertising Orientation Week (ORI10) without using a humorous popular culture reference. A wonderful collection of them can be viewed at Poppa’s Pizza on Albany Street opposite the University Library.

This year its a digitally rendered view of the corner of Frederick and Clyde Streets, showing student flats. Known named flats, Hyde Street RSA and Pink Flat the Door, are featured, the former two with their names intact.

The student and the landlady / University of Otago Capping Book 1947, p21

The Student and the Landlady were sitting by the fire,

The Student wept like anything to feel starvation dire.

“If I don’t get a feed,” he said, “I really shall expire.”

“Seven deaths in seven months will ruin me,” she cried.

“You wouldn’t care,” the Student said, “if I lay down and died.”

“What nonsense!” said the Landlady, “do you think I’ve got no pride?”

The Student and the Landlady are bitter foes you know;

The Student wept like anything because she bade him go.

“How cruel it is, ” the Student said, “to deal me such a blow.

Seven shifts in seven weeks I really can’t afford;

But pack my books and shirts and things I’ll go and hire a Ford –

“I doubt it,” said the Landlady, “unless you pay your board.”

In the habit of students / ODT 27.02.10

An article in the weekend magazine giving a brief view of the history of some student traditions that have come, gone, and some of those that remain. There’s a lot not mentioned … things that have been banned, like the Knox howl. And there are also traditions not so commonly recognised, like naming flats. This is unique to Dunedin, it’s pretty special.

In the habit of students / ODT 27.02.10

First time naming a flat?

Just a thought. If you’re going to name your flat, think about how you’re going to do it and what you’re going to name it, then have a wee chat with your landlord to ok it before you go ahead. It’s just polite y’know.

Most landlord’s and agencies get this tradition and are keen for you to have a good time at Otago. In some cases it’s possibly a key reason they get tenants … If they haven’t heard about flat naming you can always point them to this site so they can see where legends have begun 😀

A cat, a flat, and the legend of “Mr Tui”

Tui, 85 Clyde Street






85 Clyde Street, Tui’s Tavern, was named by Gene Graham for the flat cat who in turn was named for Tui Takeaways, a long standing provider of a greasy package of ‘chips and stuff’ for many generations of students at Otago.

Gene remembers the sign was “made with spray paint and a stencil and a box of double brown”.

Tui’s takeaway at 20 Malcolm Street (the current site of a cafe, Food Department), for many Scarfie’s past, was a scene of sustenance, refuge, ‘spacies’ and trivia on the way home from a night out on the town – or a few jugs at The Cook. After serving generations of students at all hours, Tui closed it doors in December 2005.

Kum Yuen “Kim” Chin, a.k.a. Mr Tui (Snr), ran the Tui Cafe from the 1950s-1970s at it’s location at 54 Albany Street. His son, Mr Tui (Jnr) took up the apron later on.


Advertisement from Otago UNviersity Capping Book 1961 p14

Mr Tui (Jnr?) is remembered for delivering large quantities of ‘chips and stuff ’ to parties in the student ghetto. The stuff being an assortment of deep fried goods – the more memorable being potato patties (‘just big chips’) and ‘random fritters with peas and stuff’. He’s also fondly remembered for his trivia questions.

Jim Mora reminisces about the original Tui on Albany St in the 1970s in a Critic retrospective of 80 years writing editorial. (Note Jim also lived in a couple of named flats “Nightmare Abbey” and “Free Latvia.)

Roi Colbert, writer, commentator on music and anything he feels like, and  ex-proprietor of Records Records, reflects on Orientation Week and recalls unflattering memories of Tui Takeaways.

The OUSA Fish N Chip Review which was initiated in 2000, reported on nine different establishments in 2005. Gruesome descriptions of the age of the oil used wouldn’t entice me back, even if the place was still open – even for a game of Devastators or Mortal Kombat. Needless to say,Tui didn’t win the cup.

Joe Tui features first in Fighting Talk’s 50 Most Powerful People of 2005, “A surprise selection, perhaps, not least because of the regionally-specific nature of Tui’s operations. Owner-operator of Tui’s takeaways in Dunedin, ‘Mr. Tui’ as he is affectionately known to his patrons, is the dominant force in the underground fish ‘n chips market in the Otago region. Tui has been feeding drunken Dunedin students for many years now as they make the fabled trek across the road from the Captain Cook Tavern to stuff their faces on chunky greasy goodness. One could say Tui is feeding the future face of the nation. And with rumours circulating of an impending Tui’s franchise with tentacles reaching into the North Island, this man may be set to grasp culinary power on an unprecedented scale.”

The Joe Tui club was created in 2006 in New Plymouth. “FOR SEVERAL GENERATIONS OF OTAGO ALUMNI, JOE TUI’S name is legendary, synonymous with late nights and fast food. The latest incarnation of Tui’s café has recently closed, but the name lives on in New Plymouth, where the Spotswood College Joe Tui Club continues to induct Otago graduates into its inner circle as they join the college staff.” University of Otago Magazine, Issue 14, June 2006, 47

After Kim Chin’s death in 2002 an obituary was published in the University of Otago Magazine, ‘Remembering Jo Tui” University of Otago Magazine, Issue 3, October 2002, 40-41.

Some Tui related links

Fond farewell to ‘chips and stuff’ Critic 2006, by Jon Ong

Dunedin icon closes its doors Critic 2006, by Dave Taine

Tui’s Takeaways Memorial group on Facebook

I’ve taken the Tui Challange group on Facebook

Emma Lancaster looks at housing conditions for students in Dunedin

The documentary focuses on housing conditions and health effects of poor housing conditions. Emma also speaks with Sid Brown, Dep Mayor of Dunedin about the tertiary precinct strategy. There’s a short segment on named flats and some great quotes from students about the reasons they choose to live in cold grotty flats.

Five-star student flats on the way

A rating scheme was suggested by Amy Spurdle in her thesis “Authentic Scarfie Flats” to protect the Victorian and Edwardian character flats of North Dunedin. I hope the protection of these flats is central to the plan of the Tertiary Presinct partners (DCC, University and Polytech’). I’m looking forward to seeing the report.

Five-star student flats on the way