John Gibb

Even a special relationship has its limits - professor

Even a special relationship has its limits - professor

Several recent concerns, including over alleged pressure tactics by Australian-owned supermarkets, show there clearly are ''limits'' to New Zealand's special relationship with Australia.

Operators could face a 'perfect storm'

Operators could face a 'perfect storm'

Recent claims about the activities of some Australian-owned supermarkets on both sides of the Tasman have struck a nationalist nerve in New Zealand.

$920k grant to plumb flora mystery

$920k grant to plumb flora mystery

Otago's native plants, including its many hebe species, may help solve a puzzle which botanists have been scratching their heads about for centuries.

Early missionary lives unearthed

Early missionary lives unearthed

Two centuries after the first Christian mission station was established in New Zealand, University of Otago archaeologists are shedding new light on the daily lives of the country's first permanent European settlers.

Otago Museum saves on Shanghai exhibition

Otago Museum organisers have made big cost savings by improving transport arrangements for a major exhibition to be staged at a new museum in Dunedin's Chinese sister city, Shanghai.

In defence of the cyborg cockroach

In defence of the cyborg cockroach

Many people would be repulsed by the idea of children surgically fitting cockroaches with electronic devices and controlling them by smartphones, but in future such ''biobots'' could save lives after earthquakes.

'Emotional tension' when parents' wishes overridden

'Emotional tension' when parents' wishes overridden

Long-term effects on family relationships should be considered before doctors seek a court order to override parental wishes over a child's medical treatment.

University academics win Fulbright awards

University academics win Fulbright awards

Two senior University of Otago academics, Associate Prof Craig Rodger and Dr Sarah Young, have won Fulbright awards, enabling them to undertake research for about five months in the United States.

Pipe band college aims to become 'incubator'

Pipe band college aims to become 'incubator'

A Scottish pipe band college is being established to ''teach young pipers and drummers the art'' and rejuvenate the tradition of Scottish musical performances in the Edinburgh of the South.

Fossil hot spot bears new dolphin

Fossil hot spot bears new dolphin

The discovery of a previously unknown dolphin species highlights the South Island's growing international reputation as a hot spot for finding ancient marine mammal fossils, Prof Ewan Fordyce says.