25 Jan 2024

Ode to the Bard: Burns Day celebrated in Dunedin

From Nights, 9:17 pm on 25 January 2024

Every year on January 25, all around the world, people come together to celebrate Scotland's national poet and lover of haggis, Robbie Burns.

It will come as no surprise that New Zealand's most Scottish city has been hosting Burns Night suppers since the 1860s.

Emile Donovan is joined by Seán Brosnahan, the history curator at Toitū Otago Settlers Museum in Dunedin, to find out how this year's festivities went and how the haggis tasted.

'Good luck to you and your honest, plump face / Great chieftain of the sausage race! / Above them all you take your place / Stomach, tripe, or intestines / Well are you worthy of a grace / As long as my arm.' Photo: