“You can be a student anywhere but you can only be a Scarfie in Dunedin” Mark Wilson looks at the prospect of extinction facing this New Zealand cultural icon.
Here’s my presentation from the LIANZA 2010 conference.
Here’s a link to a street interview conducted by Channel 9 News on June 23, 2010.
What do you think are the identifiers of student culture in Dunedin?
A couple of weeks ago I heard a rumour the Ori (Oriental Tavern) had been bought by the University. “NO”, I implored, slightly scandalised, “surely not. They’ve only just bought the Gardies”.
As the campus expands more room is required and buying up buildings for sale for the purpose, or investment is a sensible idea. The Bowler and The Gardies have been purchased in the last 13 months; establishments that were favoured watering holes of scarfies past and present. The fact that they are being bought up performs a dual purpose – much needed space for the expansion of campus, and a possible quieting of the local drinking culture. I imagine scarfies will be either doing more drinking at home or moving into the CBD.
- University buys the ‘Bowler’ / ODT 21.03.09
- University not buying more hotels / ODT 21.09.09
- Offer accepted for Gardens Tavern / ODT 31.03.10
- Varsity buying, closing bar / ODT 01.04.10
- Final Farewell planned for Gardens Tavern / ODT 13.04.10
- Students urged to buy pub / ODT 31.03.10
- ‘Serious disorder’ feared at tavern closing party / ODT 29.05.10
- Liquor ban / Radio NZ 31.05.10, 14:24
I sincerely hope that any moves to tidy the ghetto are weighed in favour of preservation of the Victorian and Edwardian homes, and particularly the precarious and debilitated workers houses in Hyde and Grange Street areas.
In her thesis, Authentic scarfie flats : perceptions of student housing and cultural heritage in North Dunedin Amy Spurdle discusses the need to ensure the balance of Victorian and Edwardian homes is carefully monitored to preserve the character value of the North Dunedin area.
The character and environment of North Dunedin has a strong influence on prospective students coming to Dunedin.