Bruce Munro

What lies beneath

What lies beneath

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.

Many sites may be contaminated

Many sites may be contaminated

Local authorities are considering telling hundreds of Otago landowners their properties may be contaminated.

Rights and entitlements

Rights and entitlements 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 poor start: addressing child poverty

A poor start: addressing child poverty Child poverty affects up to a quarter of New Zealand children. Is this the one issue which is fast becoming our greatest, not-so-hidden national shame?

On the trail of a treatment

On the trail of a treatment

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.

Stuck in the slow lane with Parkinson's

Stuck in the slow lane with Parkinson's

Darren Hogg cannot imagine life without Parkinson's.

In from the cold

In from the cold

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.

Is democracy under threat?

Is democracy under threat?

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.

Lost and found

Lost and found

A small ethnic minority village tucked away in mountainous southwest China is as fine a place to get lost as any, Bruce Munro discovered.

Youth drinking: Pupils like moths to a flame

Youth drinking: Pupils like moths to a flame

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 Munro.