Bruce Munro

Our dark side

Our dark side

Why are many of New Zealand's cherished icons so shallow, and what is this fascination with Gothic themes? Silence, darkness and free drinks abound as Bruce Munro continues his whistle-stop nationwide road trip in search of Kiwi identity.

On the trail of the Kiwi

On the trail of the Kiwi

What could be worse than having to travel around our fantastic country talking to its fabulous people? On the eve of the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, Bruce Munro draws the short straw and heads off on a whistle-stop nationwide road trip to discover who we are and who we are becoming.

Happy 80th Elvis

Happy 80th Elvis

Elvis Presley would have turned 80 yesterday. And, as Bruce Munro finds out from some true-blue (suede shoe) fans, the King of Rock and Roll's memory is still very much alive.

A creeping fascination

A creeping fascination

Fear, fascination and food - creepy-crawlies play a bigger role in our emotional and physical world than we often recognise or care to admit. Bruce Munro talks invertebrates with Emma Burns, the curator of a bug exhibition at Otago Museum.

Painting by numbers

Painting by numbers

Award-winning British science communicator Professor Marcus du Sautoy is here to reveal the hidden, intertwined worlds of maths and arts. His talk will be entertaining, but with a serious purpose, writes Bruce Munro.

Fleshing out the bones

Fleshing out the bones

Meticulous research has brought Ian Farquhar face-to-face with the real Johnny Jones. The colourful early Otago settler's story is more tempestuous and far-reaching than we have been led to believe, Mr Farquhar tells Bruce Munro. 

Iconoclasts

Iconoclasts

Work in the Dunedin School of Art's annual ''Site'' exhibition asks some searching questions, Bruce Munro writes.

Men of conscience

Men of conscience

Dunedin is likely to set up New Zealand's first conscientious objector memorial. It would have been unimaginable during World War 1, when ''conchies'' were widely vilified as shirkers and traitors. Bruce Munro asks, how should we now view those who fought for peace by refusing to take up arms?

Safe harbour

Safe harbour

Crew are the often overlooked component of New Zealand's thriving cruise-ship tourism industry. But at the Otago Seafarers Centre, crew know their needs will come first. Bruce Munro talks to Shirley Farquhar, who has been at the helm of the Port Chalmers sailors' sanctuary for four decades.

Seafarers' welfare well catered for

Seafarers' welfare well catered for

The first Sailors' Rest in the southern hemisphere is sitting pretty 142 years on.