Save Saddle Hill
Saddle Hill is far more than just a hill.
It is a landmark of significant cultural and historical importance, woven into local tales and legends. But all of this is under threat due to continuous quarrying.
According to Māori legend, Saddle Hill is the final resting place for the Taieri taniwha. And now, the most sacred part - its head- is being eaten away.
In Captain Cook’s 1769 voyage of discovery, the two humps along the Taieri coastal range became one of only two places in Otago he named himself. Having described the hill as ‘a remarkable saddle’ in his journal, he accordingly named it Saddle Hill.
Now, that rich and compelling history is at risk of being eroded. The effects of continuous quarrying on the ridgeline, which began over 50 years ago, are beginning to have irreversible effects. If the disfigurement continues, the landmark’s rich cultural history will lose its significance.
It’s time to do something about it, before it’s too late.
The more of us who sign this petition, the stronger the message that we can send to Dunedin City Council will be. Saddle Hill must be protected. Add your name to the petition by signing here.