Mark Price

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.

Lessons from oil spill: expert

Lessons from oil spill: expert

Dunedin oil industry expert Dr James Henry believes the Gulf of Mexico oil spill will lead to better safeguards on any wells drilled off the Otago coast.

Water stops short of homes flooded last month

Henley residents had more anxious moments yesterday as rain again caused floodwater to pond near the township.

Life of bush family 'Beansprout'

Life of bush family 'Beansprout'

Some dream of "going bush" and "living off the land", but only a very few like Robert Long have actually done it. His new book, A Life on Gorge River; New Zealand's Remotest Family, explains why and how he came to be living in south Westland, far off the beaten track.

Business built on familiar jingle

Business built on familiar jingle

For 20 years, the "My mate John" radio jingle has been one of those tunes that is hard to escape.