Mark Price

In search of remorse

In search of remorse

Three years ago last month, Michael Swann was sentenced in the High Court, in Dunedin, to nine and a-half years' jail for defrauding the Otago District Health Board of $16,902,000. Swann's sentence might have been up to a year longer if it had not been for his remorse and attempts to make good. But, as Mark Price reports, those still looking for the missing money say despite the discount in his sentence, they have received no help whatsoever from Michael Swann.

Team effort - stadium show requires really big cast

Team effort - stadium show requires really big cast

Staging an event at Dunedin's new stadium is a team effort. And as Mark Price discovers, the team is really big.

Testing time for drivers

Testing time for drivers

The percentage of young New Zealanders passing the practical driving test to obtain their restricted licence has plummeted in the past six weeks. The fall, from an 80% pass rate to a 39% pass rate, is due to the introduction of a new version of the driving test. To better understand just how tough the new test is, Mark Price arranged for two experienced drivers to give it a go.

All ashore not assured

All ashore not assured

You are a passenger on board the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship and you have already done New York, San Francisco, Honolulu and Auckland. Now what would it take to persuade you to disembark at the log wharf at Port Chalmers, in the rain?

Plan for cruise ship disaster

Plan for cruise ship disaster

A plan to deal with every conceivable cruise ship emergency off the Otago coast - from fire to terrorist attack - is being prepared by Dunedin emergency services.

Keeping it all above board

Keeping it all above board

You do not need silver hair, a dark suit, a school tie and an expensive car to be a company director. To form a company and give yourself a seat on the board all you need is $163.55 and the time for a little Companies Office form-filling.

Rugby: Call for change to union's business model

One of the harshest critics of the way the Otago Rugby Football Union has operated believes a big part of the problem for the union and others is that they are administered as incorporated societies rather than as companies.

Rugby: Former officials critical of union

Rugby: Former officials critical of union

One of the Otago Rugby Football Union's longest-serving former administrators says he was "amazed" at how slow the union's board was to learn of its impending financial trouble.

Nature reclaiming shattered Christchurch suburbs

Nature reclaiming shattered Christchurch suburbs

The front door is open at 216 Avonside Dr. But walk up the path, through a garden of white roses, and there is a faded "red sticker" on the door, saying: "Unsafe. Do not Enter or Occupy."

Picking up the pieces

Picking up the pieces

A year on from Christchurch's February 22, 2011 earthquake, Otago Daily Times features writer Mark Price finds the city is still picking up the pieces.