“A fascinating and thoroughly documented historical survey of the named student flats and the equally shambolic student culture that festered in them.” Volume Books.

“Perhaps this rumbustious volume should carry a warning that it may disturb – perhaps embarrassed – some older readers. The authors plunge into the subject with gusto, going where years of university proctors have feared to tread.” Listener.

“It’s a beautiful book. Big, bold, full of pictures and stories and history. Very Dunedin. … It is a glorious beast indeed.” Joanna Preston.

Scarfie Flats Project, Daring to be Wise, Otago Access Radio, 23 July 2019.

Scarfie Flats wall in Starters Bar, June 2019

Scarfie Life, Heritage New Zealand, June 2019, pp. 12-15.

Writers festival offering Top Notch authors, ODT, 3 May 2019.

What’s new in McNab, 1 May 2019

Scarfie Flats of Dunedin with Sarah Gallagher, Critic, Issue 9, April 2019.

Book Review: Listener, 20 April 2019, p. 52.

Why Scarfies name their flats. Dunedin’s named flats are not just funny, they’re culturally significant. Dominion Post, Your Weekend, 23 March 2019, p.12-13.

Why Scarfies name their flats. Dunedin’s named flats are not just funny, they’re culturally significant. The Press, Your Weekend, 23 March 2019, p.10-11.

Accommodation at Otago – where will I stay? Otago International Blog, 15 March 2019.

Why We Heart Otago: New books celebrate history and culture of Otago, Alumni & Friends, 15 March 2019.

Write On with Vanda Symon, Otago Access Radio, 13 March 2019.

Book Review: Scarfie Flats of Dunedin, North & South, 12 March 2019, p. 96.

Book Review: Scarfie Flats of Dunedin, The Reader, Booksellers NZ, 7 March 2019.

From “Toad Hall” to “Shrieking Shack”: new book celebrates flat names, Otago Bulletin, 27 February 2019.

Write Spot, Otago Access Radio, 27 February 2019.

Book Review: Scarfie Flats of Dunedin, NZ Booklovers 26 February 2019.

New book celebrates Dunedin’s scarfie flats. Newshub, 23 February 2019.

Dunedin’s unique student flats. Heritage Matters, Otago Access Radio, 18 February 2019.

Revisiting Nicky’s House. Joanna Preston: Tasmanaut Poet, 14 February 2019.

Tracing origins of Student flats. Otago Daily Times, The Weekend Mix, 9 February 2019, p.11.

Interview with Damien Newall on The Breeze, 0945 8 February 2019.

Dunedin scarfie flats phenomenon. Noted, 6 February 2019.

Sarah Gallagher: Scarfie Flats Phenomenon. Interview on RNZ Sunday with Jim Mora, 3 February 2019, 10.45am.

van der Weerden, Sam. Dunedin Flats Map. Caffeinated Maps, 28 January 2019.

Interview on Radio 1 Otago Museum breakfast show with Chris, 24 January 2019, 9.15am.

McNeilly, Hamish. Dunedin’s colourful student digs celebrated, Stuff, 20 January 2019.


Why we heart Otago: Scarfie Flats, eConnect, issue 15,  28th June 2018

Ex-scarfie shares flat’s stories, Otago Daily Times, 23rd June 2018

“Scarfie Flats” authors call for contributions, Otago Bulletin, 14 June 2018

The Project, 9 June 2018

McPhee, Elena. Scarfie flats celebrated in new book, Otago Daily Times, 5 June 2018

McPhee, Elena. Student flat book about “preserving history”, Otago Daily Times, 5 June 2018 p8


MacManus, Joel. Twelve hours on Hyde Street: Gonzo journalism from within the Hyde Street party, Critic, Issue 7, 10 April 2017.

MacManus, Joel. Party hard: 12 hours of drunken excess at Dunedin’s Hyde Street Party, The Spinoff, April 8, 2017.

Goosselink, Dave. Naming student flats still reigns strong in Dunedin. Newshub, 14 September 2016, 10.30pm.

Injuries after balcony collapse in Dunedin. NZ Herald, 4 March 2016

Channel 39. Scarfie Flats inspire book, 4 February 2016


McNeilly, Hamish. Flat names 101. Sunday Star Times. 13 December 2015

McNeilly, Hamish. Sign of the times in Sacrfieville. Stuff. 13 December 2015


Chisholm, Elinor. What Dunedin Students and Buenos Aires Tenement Dwellers Have in Common. One Two Three Home. 28 October 2014.

University of Otago Alumni News. The Dunedin Flat Names Project, 11 March 2014

Interview with Jeff Harford on the OARsome Morning Show, Otago Access Radio, 12 March 2014.

Clarke, Ali. Naming Flats in University of Otago 1869-2019 ~ writing a history, 10 March 2014

Chilton-Towle, Jonathan. Discovering stories behind flat names, The Star, 27 February 2014, p.7. [Republished by World News, 1 March 2014

University of Otago Alumni and Friends. University Flat-naming tradition. eConnect.

Hesselgrave, Lena. More than a bit of a laugrd Juneh in Home, The Wireless, 23 December 2013.


Tansley, R. Whatever happened to student flat names, Otago Magazine, 24 October 2009, p.50.

Interview with Kathryn Ryan, Nine to Noon, Radio NZ,24 September 2009.

Find the Avocado Salad flat in Dunedin in The Community Archive. Scooper on Libraries, 23 June 2009.

Otago flats to move from Facebook & Flickr to book, Home Paddock, 3 May 2009

Menkes, E. Undying fame of student flats. Otago Daily Times, 2 May 2009.

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