John Gibb

Iona Church packed for carol-singing

Iona Church packed for carol-singing

More than 170 people packed into the Iona Church, Port Chalmers, yesterday for an annual Christmas carol-singing event.

Portobello welcomes return of repaired pontoon

Portobello welcomes return of repaired pontoon

The Portobello community has received the ''best Christmas present'' with the repair and early return of its pontoon.

Grants promote brain research at university

Grants promote brain research at university

 University of Otago researcher Dr Margaret Ryan is delighted to have received a $186,000 grant from the Neurological Foundation, to deepen understanding of a protein that could help treat Alzheimer's disease.

Calculus reveals ancient diets

Calculus reveals ancient diets

Answers to mysteries from the ancient past may be lurking in humble dental plaque.

Boost from graduation ceremonies

Boost from graduation ceremonies

Six University of Otago graduation ceremonies and yesterday's record Otago Polytechnic ceremony are pumping several million dollars into the Dunedin economy as out-of-town relatives flock to the city.

Education for twins parallel process

Education for twins parallel process

If University of Otago software engineering student Smitha Keertipati (22) ever needed any advice about her studies she did not have to go far to seek help.

Pixie Town still works its magic

Pixie Town still works its magic

Esme Thompson (2), of Dunedin, cranes her head and tries to get closer to the magic while visiting the Pixie Town display at the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum this week.

Polytech graduate rewarded for resilience

Polytech graduate rewarded for resilience

Having overcome the daunting challenges of a house fire, motherhood and recent back surgery, Jenna Pope was ''thrilled'' to be graduating from Otago Polytechnic yesterday.

Big response to Can Drive Appeal

Big response to Can Drive Appeal

The spirit of Christmas is burning brightly in Dunedin after city residents donated 800 banana boxes of foodstuffs and non-alcoholic drinks to the annual Emergency Services Can Drive Appeal yesterday.

Loader among polytech graduands

Loader among polytech graduands

Olympic swimming double gold medallist Danyon Loader will be among a record 550 people to graduate in person from Otago Polytechnic in a ceremony this afternoon.