Mark Price

Not lost in the hills

Not lost in the hills

According to Wikipedia, the Silver Peaks is a "largely uninhabited" area "of rough forest and scrub-covered hill country". According to the Department of Conservation, it is "right at Dunedin's back door". And, according to an accumulation of media reports, it is a place where people often get lost on tramping trips.

A soaring visionary

A soaring visionary

Once albatross eggs on Otago Peninsula were fair game, for vandals or perhaps for lunch. But that all changed after "amateur" ornithologist and "citizen scientist" Lancelot Eric Richdale came along. His story is told in a new biography by Dunedin writer Neville Peat. Mark Price reports.

Through the looking glass

Through the looking glass If Dunedin's empty shop windows get the proposed $30,000 ratepayer-funded spruce up, who better to advise than retired school principal Bernice Armstrong. She has, quite literally, written the book, reports Mark Price.

Meat company raising production

A small Southland meat company is increasing its facilities to cater for a growing interest in rabbit meat for human consumption.

Aiming for the stars

Aiming for the stars

New Zealand taxpayers will spend almost $600,000 over the next three years on a University of Otago academic's study of the links between the stars and ancient Greek religion. At a time when government spending is under pressure and when research funding is hotly contested, is this the best use of so much money?

Consent hopes for ex-post office

Consent hopes for ex-post office

The owner of the former Dunedin chief post office, in Princes St, hopes he will have Dunedin City Council consent by February 7 for the first stage of work required to turn the building into a hotel.

South Circular

South Circular

If you are on holiday but inside sheltering from an Otago summer breeze ... If you are already dreaming of a winter holiday somewhere with a tropical climate ... Mark Price has a suggestion.

Country boy makes bad

Country boy makes bad A hotel room in Mexico City. One Mexican and two Colombians lie dead.. Undercover banker Keith Bulfin, born and raised in Otago, grabs a briefcase holding $10 million and leaves. It may sound like a movie scene, but Bulfin claims the story is mostly true.

Paul considers future as Collins not reappointed

Paul considers future as Collins not reappointed

Otago Museum director Shimrath Paul is contemplating his future as the winds of change blow through the boardroom of the Otago Museum.

Museum 'deadwood' celebrate Collins' demotion

Museum 'deadwood' celebrate Collins' demotion

In July 2009, Otago Museum Trust Board chairwoman Margaret Collins described disgruntled former museum staff as "deadwood". In response, "incensed" former staff set up a group called "deadwood central". And, last month, this loose-knit group enjoyed the irony of Mrs Collins herself being "pruned" from the museum board she has chaired for a decade. Mark Price reports.