Confidential reports on the contaminated former gasworks
site in South Dunedin have called it a serious health and
safety issue and a significant financial and environmental
risk. Is Dunedin about to discover it is yet another
community bearing the brunt of previous generations'
ignorance and inaction? Bruce Munro takes a look.
Is superannuation an entitlement or a benefit? Fin Heads has taken a case against the attorney-general over "obscene" legislation that forced him to choose between his superannuation and his dead wife's ACC compensation.
A team led by Assoc Prof John Reynolds has spent seven
years searching for a ground-breaking treatment for the
debilitating Parkinson's. The signs are promising, but there
is still a way to go. Bruce Munro asks how you go about
curing the incurable.
They are united with each other by a lack of other options
and with all of us by humanity's frailty. But each of the
hundreds of men and women who every year pass through the
doors of the Dunedin Night Shelter has their own affecting
story. Here are four of them.
The number of paid lobbyists with their own parliamentary
swipe card has increased dramatically in the past year. So
too has the whiff of cronyism and corporate influence in the
affairs of state. Is our democracy under threat? Do we have
the tools to really know? Bruce Munro investigates.
Young people trying to grow up too fast in a country with
a binge-drinking culture, in a city with a campus quarter
promising a never-ending party: Dunedin's recipe for disaster
is a heady, and sometimes violating concoction, writes Bruce