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Dunedin's Bards - Roadside Stories

Dunedin's Bards - Roadside Stories



A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Dunedin's poets and musicians. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

Scottish poet Robbie Burns is remembered by a statue in Dunedin -- but the city has also been home to many other bards, including Thomas Bracken, who composed the words to New Zealand's national anthem, and the counter-culture poet James K. Baxter. A host of latter-day musical bards are responsible for the 'Dunedin sound' -- jangly guitars and thoughtful lyrics, mostly associated with alternative music label Flying Nun.

Otago region: art, writing and music,


The Flying Nun label,

New Zealand's national anthems,

James Keir Baxter,

Landfall magazine,

Album covers reproduced courtesy of Flying Nun Records

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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