Bruce Munro

A special ability

A special ability

JB Munro is stepping down. The former head of IHC, fundraising maestro and global disability advocate talks to Bruce Munro about the polio-victim foster child who left school without any qualifications and went on to play a pivotal role in the most significant advance in disability rights in the history of New Zealand.

The wreckages of history

The wreckages of history

New Zealand's myriad decaying shipwrecks hold many secrets. Bruce Munro asks whether our neglected and potentially history-making maritime heritage needs to be better researched and protected.

A good yarn

A good yarn

Needle and wool enthusiast and business owner Morag McKenzie tells Bruce Munro that knitting has become an entertaining and social creature.

Hands across the water

Hands across the water

Voluntourism, a new phenomenon, is set to reshape global travel. Bruce Munro asks why people are paying good money to deliberately ruin their overseas trips by including voluntary work in their holiday itineraries.

South of the Border

South of the Border

Mexican ambassador Leonora Rueda will be among dozens of her compatriots in Dunedin next week to cheer on their team in the Fifa U-20 World Cup. Getting Kiwis to engage with the real Mexico, not just the stereotypes of violence and drugs, would help her country meet its challenges, Mrs Rueda tells Bruce Munro.

Putting names to faces

Putting names to faces

Could the real reason people like you be that your name suits your face? Bruce Munro takes a look at the surprising power of names to shape us and our lives.

The life-saving difference

The life-saving difference What does it feel like to be in desperate need of the rescue helicopter? Alex Anfilets and Simon Broekhuizen found out last month when their kayak flipped at the mouth of the Taieri River.

To the rescue

To the rescue

The Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust is 21 years old. Nobody thinks they will be the next to need its help, yet hundreds of people throughout the lower South Island owe it their survival. That is what it is all about, founding pilot Graeme Gale tells Bruce Munro.

Truth and its enemies

Truth and its enemies

Nick Davies is a guest speaker during next month's Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival. Davies and Radio New Zealand's Carol Hirschfeld will explore questions of media impartiality and manipulation in a one-hour session on Saturday, May 9, at 6.30pm, in the Regent Theatre, Dunedin.

The data detectives

The data detectives

Police are using big data to stop crime before it happens. The aim is to make New Zealand the safest country on Earth, writes Bruce Munro. But at what cost?