A Scottish military tattoo at Forsyth Barr Stadium could
rejuvenate interest in Dunedin's settlement history, Dunedin
city councillor Neville Peat says.
He spoke to 105 people at a Otago Anniversary Day luncheon in
the Dunedin Club yesterday.
The anniversary lunch is organised by a committee each year.
Yesterday marked the 166th anniversary of the foundation of
Cr Peat, a fifth-generation Scottish settler, said the
various Scottish heritage groups in Dunedin needed to work
more cohesively and could do with some revitalisation.
''We really need to refocus on what could be of interest.
It's an important part of our history and profile,'' he said.
Cr Peat said heritage organisations also needed to attract
The links between Dunedin and Edinburgh could be strengthened
through education involving university students, he said.
''A tattoo-type event could also be run at the stadium, for
example. It's not something we can transform overnight, but
it's justified in the profile we present as a Scottish
Luncheon committee convener Ann Barsby said other speakers
included Dunedin City Council chief executive Sue Bidrose and
Otago regional councillor Louise Croot. Malcolm Wong spoke
about the history of Chinese settlers in Otago, who arrived
150 years ago.