John Gibb

Luncheon honours professor

Emeritus Prof George Petersen, New Zealand's ''father of DNA'' research, says this country benefited from scientists initially adopting voluntary restrictions over experiments with genetically-modified organisms.

Facing the challenge

Facing the challenge

What drives this 63-year-old firefighter to charge up 51 floorsMosgiel firefighter and this week's Top Type Richard Yardley has come back down to earth after competing in the recent Sky Tower Stair Challenge in Auckland. John Gibb finds out what motivates him.

Inclusion in EU hailed

Poland's inclusion in the enlarged European Union in 2004 had proved successful, and some initial concerns about possible adverse effects on New Zealand's agricultural interests had since receded, Dr James Headley said yesterday.

Dwelling taking shape at Toitu

Dwelling taking shape at Toitu

Visitors to Toitu Otago Settlers Museum have helped prepare some of the materials to create a traditional wharerau, a Maori temporary dwelling, at the museum.

Burma tuberculosis research has NZ relevance

Burma tuberculosis research has NZ relevance

New Zealand cannot afford to be complacent about high levels of multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis in many Asia-Pacific countries, including China and Burma, Prof Greg Cook says.

Assault study action call

Assault study action call

University of Otago research highlighting high levels of assault on public hospital nurses and other workers is a timely ''wake-up call'' requiring serious attention by district health boards, Ian Powell, executive director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, says.

Hospital assaults concern

Hospital assaults concern

A survey showing 38% of public hospital staff had been assaulted in the previous year highlights matters requiring ''urgent attention'', University of Otago researchers say.

Jockey's father grateful for her 'great life'

Jockey's father grateful for her 'great life'

Despite tough times, Lockey Mundy has found plenty to be positive about after his daughter, jockey Ashlee Mundy, died following a race fall at Kurow in 2012.

$5000 pledged to repair Kettle's grave

$5000 pledged to repair Kettle's grave

A brighter future now seems likely after years of vandalism and neglect left an important grave in Dunedin's Southern Cemetery in a ''totally shameful'' condition.

Jockeys recall fatal race fall

Jockeys recall fatal race fall

Two Wingatui jockeys have told a coroner's inquest how a race at Kurow in 2012 had gone ''like normal'' before a fall which led to the death of jockey Ashlee Mundy.