Bruce Munro

A closer look at hair

A closer look at hair

How can protein filaments growing out of the scalp cause boys to be banned from school, men to be massacred and angels ordered to do a woman's bidding? Bruce Munro takes a closer look at hair.

Hair today

Hair today

How can protein filaments growing out of the scalp cause boys to be banned from school, men to be massacred and angels ordered to do a woman's bidding? Bruce Munro takes a closer look at hair.

A voice for change

A voice for change

Are hard work and firm convictions in danger of turning Jinty MacTavish into the thing she hates? Bruce Munro asks the young city councillor what she is doing in the limelight she abhors and talks to friends and foes about her growing presence on the political stage.

At the sharp end

At the sharp end

Home tattooists are the new front line of a rapidly morphing war against hepatitis C. There is no vaccine for the disease which is causing liver cancer at an alarming rate. Otago hep C patients, tattoo artists and health advocates are among those calling for nationwide changes that could see this long-stigmatised virus eradicated within our lifetime, writes Bruce Munro.

Documentary capture New Caledonian resource grab

Documentary capture New Caledonian resource grab

Watching Cap Bocage is like seeing yourself from behind for the first time.

The recently released documentary featuring New Caledonian environmentalist and independence activist Florent Eurisouke is simultaneously as foreign and familiar as that first unsettling glimpse of the back of your head in a mirror.

And holding the mirror is New Zealand film-maker Jim Marbrook.

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.