Reimagining Otago Harbour: Today's Values, Tomorrow's Uses

Monday 16 October, 6pm

Dunningham Suite, Dunedin Public Library

A public forum focusing on the future of Otago Harbour. A panel of six speakers will present their perspectives on the heritage values and the future of the harbour.  


  • Mayor Dave Cull
  • Otakou Runanga’s Edward Ellison
  • Otago Regional Council Chief Executive Peter Bodeker
  • Port Otago Chief Executive Kevin Winders
  • Marine scientist Chris Hepburn
  • Yachting New Zealand’s Graeme Wall


Panel chair Neville Peat, a former Otago regional and Dunedin city councillor, says: ‘The Otago Harbour is a centrepiece of the city’s social, economic, cultural and environmental make-up and the forum will be a rare chance for members of the public to gauge and discuss its future development.

‘Our harbour is a unique geographical feature, possessing centuries of history and many values and uses. It has been and continues to be an umbilical for the city, with a colourful, momentous past and a lively present. But what of the future?’ This eminent panel of speakers, representing different kinds of values and interests, will outline their vision for Otago Harbour. For the first half of the forum, speakers will each have seven minutes to present their ideas, following which there will be another forty minutes of discussion, including questions and comments from the audience.’ 

‘Big ideas’ from the forum will be recorded.

RSVP essential as places are limited.

Phone (03) 474 3690 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or book online through the Dunedin Libraries website.



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