John Gibb

Happier times after machete attack

Happier times after machete attack When Otago University student Claire French was left for dead by machete-wielding robbers in Tanzania last year, her planned graduation was the last thing on her mind.

'Secret weapons' in care parcels for Canadian firefighters (+ video)

'Secret weapons' in care parcels for Canadian firefighters (+ video)

Otago Rural Fire Authority staff, with public support, have put together "care parcels'' to show their support for fellow firefighters who continue to face a huge wildfire near Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada.

Uni extends timeframe for support services review, updates staff

An update on a wide-ranging University of Otago support services review has been greeted cautiously by the Tertiary Education Union.

Anger over protesters’ blockade of banks (+ video)

Anger over protesters’ blockade of banks (+ video)

Protesters have been slammed on social media for blocking an elderly woman from an ANZ branch in Dunedin yesterday.

Protesters picket Dunedin banks (+ video)

Protesters picket Dunedin banks (+ video)

About 100 people protesting over fossil fuel and climate change issues blocked entry to three ANZ Bank branches in central Dunedin.

Otago smart e-cigarette study

University of Otago research, backed by a $150,000 grant, aims to help penetrate the haze around electronic cigarette use and shed new light on this hotly-debated topic.

Prescription-fee project one of four Otago studies funded

University of Otago pharmacy researcher Prof Pauline Norris is "very pleased and excited'' to have gained a $150,000 feasibility study grant focusing on the effect of prescription charges on some people with low incomes.

Civil defence course comes to city

Civil defence course comes to city

Future leaders in civil defence from eight overseas countries will converge on Dunedin today as part of an international training and development programme in disaster management.

Bid to recognise Mosgiel founder

Bid to recognise Mosgiel founder

Emeritus Prof Martin Ferguson says he felt "great relief'' when he recently found the site of an early house occupied by Arthur Burns, a key figure in the founding of Mosgiel.

Ancient walrus no killer

Ancient walrus no killer

An ancient "killer walrus'' may have been wrongly accused.