‘Shall I ever return / To the Land of Heather and Thistle / From the Land of Kauri and Fern?’ (‘Heather and fern’, John Liddell Kelly, 1887)
The red in Dunedin’s tartan signifies the blood ties that Scottish settlers had to leave behind. But the green symbolises new pastures. Arriving with a mix of idealism and common sense, they helped build the nation as farmers, engineers, social reformers, businessmen and politicians. In Otago they founded a city renowned for its educational institutions – and for very fine haggis.