Mark Price

Backing a shore thing

Backing a shore thing

The annual migration of cruise-ship passengers to New Zealand and Dunedin begins in October. And this season there will be more than ever. But, just how "cruise-friendly" is Dunedin?

Planning to pedal

Planning to pedal

With this week's announcement of another $7 million for new Otago cycleways, the Government has again secured the yellow jersey in the race to improve the country's cycling facilities. But, where in the peloton is the Dunedin City Council placed, how hard is it pedalling and do cyclists think it's on the right track?

Southern oil explorer 'on target'

American oil company Anadarko does not expect its exploration plans in the Canterbury basin, off the coast from Dunedin, to be affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Flights of fancy

Flights of fancy

Did a Dunedin commercial traveller and his aeroplane lift off from Andersons Bay 100 years ago and become the first in New Zealand to achieve powered flight?

Bain 'gathering' attracts lone person

Bain 'gathering' attracts lone person

The suggestion of a "gathering" at the graves of the Bain family yesterday to mark the 16th anniversary of their deaths drew just one person, besides an Otago Daily Times reporter and photographer.

Rugby: Serious business off to sketchy start

Rugby: Serious business off to sketchy start

The last test at Carisbrook on Saturday will be played against the background politics, issues and attitudes to rugby we are all so thoroughly familiar with - the looming World Cup, the rise of soccer, the faux pas of former players etc etc. But, what were the issues and how strong was the feeling about our national game in Dunedin 102 years ago when the Anglo-Welsh touring side arrived to play in Carisbrook's first test? Mark Price has been sifting through the files of the Otago Daily Times for a taste of rugby fever 1908-style.

Men sang as ship went down

Men sang as ship went down

Seventy years ago today, a 17-year-old cruise ship assistant waiter from Liverpool was left struggling in the sea off the French coast after his ship RMS Lancastria was attacked by German dive bombers and then rolled over and sank.

Adding wetbacks to burners illegal

Adding wetbacks to burners illegal

Otago homeowners adding wetbacks illegally to their woodburners and multiburners are putting their house insurance in jeopardy and risking a substantial fine.

Installing fireplaces legal, but not lighting them

Installing fireplaces legal, but not lighting them

An unusual "anomaly" in regulations governing the installation of wetbacks (as well as old woodburners and multifuel heaters) means a homeowner can legally install one but would be breaking the law by using it.

Dunedin to gain from offshore oil exploration

Dunedin to gain from offshore oil exploration

Up to 10 offshore oil exploration wells could be drilled from Timaru to Stewart Island next year and the year after, oil industry expert Dr James Henry told a seminar of about 100 people in Dunedin last night.