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Email Template for sending to councilors on the development next to the Crown:

I am writing to express my support for the Dunedin music scene and in particular the Crown, a small venue that is the lifeblood of the Dunedin music ecosystem. The Crown is currently being threatened by residential developments next door. We are asking the council to:

1. Protect the Crown in any way possible through liaising with the developer and/or assisting the Crown itself.

2. To acknowledge that this issue is indicative of a broader problem – the failure of the 2GP to effectively balance the tensions of residential living and music in a vibrant and growing city. We ask the council to take action to remedy this.

3. To continue its commitment to the music action plan and to deliver on it in a timely and transparent fashion.

Ngā mihi,


SDLM Media Release 26/07/2022

Save Dunedin Live Music is calling the on everyone who loves and supports Dunedin music to take action and to take to the streets on the 7th of August in the Octagon. Dunedin prides itself on being a music city and we want to protect our amazing music scene.

We are asking for:

  1. The DCC and developers to do everything possible to protect the Crown, a cornerstone of the local music scene, that is currently being threatened by development next door.
  2. The DCC to address issues with our town planning. Dunedin should be in line with other music cities and balance the needs of both residential requirements, and arts and culture, including live music. Right now, Dunedin lags behind other cities. 
  3. The DCC to continue their commitment to working towards a Music Action Plan in collaboration with the Dunedin music community.

Right now in Dunedin, developers can build residential apartments next door to decades-long established music venues without addressing the potential impact on the venue. Requirements for soundproofing are very modest and barely meet the standards of most modern cities and are well behind other music cities.  Any noise complaints thereafter are the problem of the venue, even if the venue is operating within the sound limits required of them. Without strong protections and good planning, with a focus on supporting live music, the tide of property development in a growing city will over time erode the local music scene beyond repair.

We are not going to stand by and just let that happen. With so few venues left we can’t afford to let that happen at all. We want a show of force by the music community of this city and all those who love and support live music to let the DCC know that we want change.

Dunedin has promoted itself for years off the back of its music scene and the Dunedin Sound, it is time for the council to put their money where mouth is and make the necessary changes to support their local venues and artists.

We want options for addressing the threats to live music on the table at the next 2GP variation.

We want the council to back live music as well as development by making sure that areas of our city are hubs of music, arts, and culture from a planning perspective, with actual protections.

We want the council to ensure that developers share their part of the burden and cannot dump the problems on the venues.

We have to make these changes, if we don’t, we may lose the Crown and with it the unofficial home of grass roots music in Dunedin.

Music Hui – Report to council on 26-07-22

Latest News or check out the BLOG

Progress, The DCC has committed funding to look in to the Live music action plan that we proposed to council on the 24/5/21, this is a great indication that the council are taking the matter seriously and firmly puts our foot in the door for building a fairer more vibrant CBD and music scene.

A huge thanks to everyone that has been sharing and signing the Petition, thing’s are starting to happen and we have been engaged in several meeting with various parties within the council and are making some headway into getting this issue on the agenda.

The Critic has also written a piece about the incident that has made long simmering tensions boil over in the Dunedin music community, it’s a good read, check it out here.

Following the action taken by the DCC in response to the previous Hui at the Dog With Two Tails, We are planning more community discussions around the details of the action plans and things we may have missed and the outcomes the community should expect from the action plan, Dates coming soon.

OARsome Mornings 27/07/2022
Radio One – News Piece
OARsome Mornings 18/05/2021
OAR Arts Hub Discussion 10/06/2021
DCC DELIBERATIONS 03/06/2021

Want to help more?

Email : Savedunedinlivemusic@gmail.com if you think you can help.