Shane Gilchrist

Head first

Head first

From All Blacks to amateurs, the issue of concussion lurks on the sidelines of sport. It's also a key topic at the New Zealand International Science Festival in Dunedin, writes Shane Gilchrist. 

Rolling in the deep

Rolling in the deep

Lucy Collins struggles to keep her head above water. Not that she's worried. Shane Gilchrist talks to one of the special guests of the NZ International Science Festival.

Attitude at altitude

Attitude at altitude

There are many stories appended to Cardrona Valley entrepreneur John Lee's can-do narrative. So many, in fact, that they demanded a book be written. Shane Gilchrist reports. 

Album slowly rises from the Seafog

Album slowly rises from the Seafog

Veteran Dunedin musician Rob Sharma's passion remains undimmed, Shane Gilchrist discovers.

The music makers

The music makers

Mix teenagers, talent and teamwork and, hey presto, it's chamber music magic, writes Shane Gilchrist. 

They play: he scores

They play: he scores

Cameron Monteath is sitting at the piano in the entranceway of his Opoho home, contemplating a musical path that he and his mum, Susan, suspect began in the first few weeks of his life.

CD reviews: The Jayhawks

CD reviews: The Jayhawks

Having formed 30-odd years ago, almost before "alt-country'' entered the critics' lexicon, the Minneapolis outfit shows there is still magic among its members, even if Gary Louris' co-founder, Mark Olson, is absent.

Genesis and generations

Genesis and generations

Dunedin woman Rua McCallum has contributed two pieces of Maori theatre for the Puaka Matariki Festival. Shane Gilchrist reports. 

Conch and conscience (+ video)

Conch and conscience (+ video)

Passionate, prolific and private, award-winning poet David Eggleton clearly enjoys acts of subversion, writes Shane Gilchrist.

Stepping out

Stepping out

The most popular recreational pursuit in New Zealand, walking offers many benefits. Shane Gilchrist puts one foot in front of the other.