Rebecca Fox

On the road again

On the road again

The old saying ''necessity is the mother of invention'' is behind New Zealand singer and performer Helen Medlyn's latest skill set. Rebecca Fox finds out how she is combining her two greatest passions: driving and music.

Otago provides modern-day magic for 'Flute'

Otago provides modern-day magic for 'Flute'

Pitching good against evil is an age-old storytelling trick that has not dimmed in modern times. Opera Otago is taking the bold step of bringing Mozart's comic opera The Magic Flute into the 21st century, writes Rebecca Fox.

First Dunedin restaurant to win 'hat'

First Dunedin restaurant to win 'hat'

One of Dunedin's newest restaurants has won a coveted chef's ''hat'' in New Zealand's premier restaurant awards - the first to be awarded in the city.

Hard work and lots of luck

Hard work and lots of luck

Learning to lay tiles and apply grout are not the usual skills one attributes to an artist but Zina Swanson does not shy away from hard work for her art, writes Rebecca Fox.

Child prodigy attains virtuosity

Child prodigy attains virtuosity

Canadian violinist Karen Gomyo performs for the first time with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in Dunedin this month. Rebecca Fox discovers how she went from regular kid to focused musician.

The source of good chocolate

The source of good chocolate

The recent importation of cocoa beans from Samoa has been an experiment Dunedin chocolate maker Liz Rowe has revelled in.

Preserving a dying art

Preserving a dying art

As winter arrives, there is nothing better than reaching for a bottle of preserved fruit to make your favourite crumble or add to your morning porridge. A Wanaka man is tapping into the renewed appreciation for the old craft of preserving and continuing love of fresh Central Otago produce. Rebecca Fox finds out how Gus Hayden is turning a favourite Central Otago fruit into a boutique, luxury product.

In the footsteps of Hardy

In the footsteps of Hardy

A love of Victorian writers, and personal connections with the southwest of England led to Margaret Bannister's fascination with English author Thomas Hardy. Rebecca Fox discovers what led the Otago Daily Times book reviewer to explore Hardy's countryside in Dorset.

Message in the medium

Message in the medium

A new Dunedin gallery is giving multi-disciplinary artist John Ward Knox a chance to showcase his latest project. Rebecca Fox discovers there is a little madness in the Frances Hodgkins Fellow's determination to get his message across.

Salute to NZ WW1 heritage via dance

Salute to NZ WW1 heritage via dance

Two New Zealand choreographers and a dancer from Bosnia had one thing in common when approaching the Royal New Zealand Ballet's production of Salute, Remember World War 1: a feeling of trepidation, reports Rebecca Fox