Mark Price

Richard Walls reflects on a life in politics

Richard Walls reflects on a life in politics He first stood against his father and later stood up to Prime Minister Robert Muldoon. Now, after 40 years in politics, former MP, mayor and councillor Richard Walls is adjusting to life on the sideline. He talks to Mark Price about public life.

Uniform of a traitor

Uniform of a traitor

An infamous Nazi uniform worn by a New Zealand soldier may lie stashed away in the props department of a New Zealand school or amateur dramatics group, according to the author of a new book, The SS: A New History.

Dave Cull: A chain and a city

Dave Cull: A chain and a city

He has presented television programmes such as Renovators, Open Home, Town and Country and Master Builders' House of the Year Awards. He has written and published many books, including Big Weather South. He was born in Invercargill, remains a fan of Yes Minister and has a taste for Central Otago wine. His name is Dave Cull and, on October 26, he will be sworn in as the 57th mayor of Dunedin. Mark Price spoke to him this week.

Monkey business in Dunedin

Monkey business in Dunedin In the late 1950s and early 1960s no visit to Dunedin was complete without seeing the monkeys at the Botanic Garden. But Dunedin's foray into the monkey business was a sad, sorry affair that brought little civic recognition to the man behind the monkeys.

What makes a Kiwi 'kiwi'

What makes a Kiwi 'kiwi'

Were Paul Henry's questions on breakfast television this week just a bit of light-hearted "shock jock" entertainment or the tip of an ugly racist iceberg?

Checking the mail

Checking the mail

The first study of the reputations of New Zealand's corporations has given top honours to New Zealand Post. But how does it stack up in the most important area of all - its mail delivery performance? Mark Price arranged for flocks of empty envelopes to be let loose around the country and then waited.

Monkey business in Dunedin's Botanic Garden

Monkey business in Dunedin's Botanic Garden

Who knew Dunedin once kept monkeys in the city's Botanic Garden?

Calvert called upon to Act

Calvert called upon to Act

The seat in Parliament left vacant this week by the resignation of Act New Zealand MP David Garrett will be filled by Dunedin Act list MP Hilary Calvert. Ms Calvert is a mother of three, a qualified but non-practising lawyer and the landlord of, among other things, one of Dunedin's massage parlours. She thinks, but is not certain, that she stood for Parliament for the first time in 2002, she believes she has no criminal convictions but will be checking with police just to be sure and she owns quite a chunk of Oturehua. Mark Price spoke to her during the week.

Builders of a city

Builders of a city

It is the architects who usually get the glory for Dunedin's cityscape - Troup for the railway station, Lawson for the municipal chambers, Campbell for the courthouse, and so on. But beyond those famous names are two others that have endured through much of the building of Dunedin.

Quaking in our boots: How prepared is Dunedin?

Quaking in our boots: How prepared is Dunedin?

The Christchurch earthquake has raised the obvious question of whether Dunedin is likely to be similarly struck, and how prepared the city is to cope. Mark Price and Kim Dungey report.