John Gibb

No obesity help from 'fad' diets

No obesity help from 'fad' diets

The promotion of ''fad'' low-carb, high-fat diets risks harming public health and will do ''nothing'' to counter New Zealand's growing obesity epidemic, Prof Jim Mann warned yesterday.

Heaven on earth in a world of insects

Heaven on earth in a world of insects

Otago is a province with a rich history of establishing firsts. We have led the way in many fields, and that tradition continues. Researchers at the University of Otago are attracting international attention, with some granted millions of dollars for cutting-edge projects. So what are they up to? Reporter John Gibb, in a fortnightly series, does his own research on the researchers.

Sirocco doco snares British award

Sirocco doco snares British award

Former University of Otago international student Ashwika Kapur is ''just over the moon'' after winning a prestigious award for her film about the kakapo Sirocco.

Restoration a grave matter

Restoration a grave matter

Work to repair and restore the badly damaged grave of Charles Kettle, Dunedin's first main surveyor, is well under way at the city's Southern Cemetery.

Light stolen from garden sculpture exhibition

Light stolen from garden sculpture exhibition

Glenfalloch Garden event organiser Glenda Bruce would like a recent nocturnal visitor to the garden to shed light on one simple thing.

Otago scientists seek clues to dangerous pregnancy disorder

Otago scientists seek clues to dangerous pregnancy disorder

University of Otago scientists have found tantalising new clues in the fight against a dangerous condition in pregnancy, and their research could lead to much earlier diagnosis.

Early onset dementia homes recommended

Early onset dementia homes recommended

More specialised support services should be provided for people under 65 with early onset dementia, Wellington psychiatrist Dr Sally Rimkeit is urging.

State closing Dunedin branch

State closing Dunedin branch

State Insurance yesterday confirmed it will close its Dunedin office by the end of next month, along with another 20 of its 22 branches throughout the country.

Mundane items elevated to artwork

Mundane items elevated to artwork

Glenfalloch Garden and Restaurant event organiser Glenda Bruce takes a close look at Still I Rise, a soaring sculpture by Otago Peninsula artist Philippa Wilson, which features a pile of colanders.

GP visit, suicide link identified

A new study of coronial reports on suicide has shown that many older New Zealanders who take their own lives do so within a month of visiting a GP.