John Gibb

Smokers surprised by 10% excise rise

Smokers surprised by 10% excise rise

Dunedin smokers surprised by a sudden 10% tax hike on cigarettes announced last night were quick to buy supplies before prices went up at midnight.

More 'belt tightening' for museum

More 'belt tightening' for museum

Otago Museum organisers are disappointed the Dunedin City Council's latest proposed funding will not address genuine shortfalls, but the organisation will further "tighten its belt" to cope, museum chief executive Shimrath Paul says.

Archaeologist's tool wins $50,000 grant

Archaeologist's tool wins $50,000 grant

A University of Otago archaeologist's novel software tool that allows improved management of archaeological field data could also prove beneficial at some crime scenes or in organising complex museum exhibits.

Praise for Otago Museum

Leaders of an international science centre network have praised the way the Otago Museum prepared for, and hosted, its recent annual conference, Aspac 2010.

Museum dispute ends with compromise

Long-disputed funding to support the Otago Museum's obligations under the Protected Objects Act has risen about 40% through a compromise deal with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

Year-round scholarships

The University of Otago is switching to a new, year-round system for allocating PhD scholarships, partly to help "recruit and retain the very best postgraduate students" from New Zealand and abroad.

School of Medicine announces award recipients

School of Medicine announces award recipients

Researchers involved in collaborative study of oxidative stress and aspects of colorectal cancer have received a boost to their plans by winning the Dunedin School of Medicine's latest research development investment awards.

Psychotherapists critical of consultation process

The Otago District Health Board's consultation process on outsourcing its mental health outpatient programme is a shambles, the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists says.

Delight at return of fire engine

Delight at return of fire engine

University of Otago graduate Frank Robertson has every reason to be happy that one of Dunedin's oldest surviving motorised fire engines is back in the city after an absence of many years.

Action on road toll

Moves to raise the driving age and to cut the youth blood-alcohol level to zero will help reduce the road death and injury toll, University of Otago researcher Dr Dorothy Begg says.