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A family affair (+ video)

A family affair (+ video)

From family-friendly fare to risque ruminations, Otago's premier arts festival continues to evolve, writes Shane Gilchrist.

Family-friendly entertainment

Arts Festival Dunedin's September 30 to October 9 timeline dovetails into the school holidays for a good reason. Shane Gilchrist casts his eye over events aimed at young and old alike.

Theatres of dreams

This year marks the 40th International Film Festival in Dunedin, and in a time when it might seem easier to download a movie on to your phone, it's worth remembering that for true film lovers nothing can beat the experience of being in a darkened theatre with an audience of like-minded souls. As always there's something for everyone, so put your streaming subscription on hold and check some of the world's latest and greatest. Otago Daily Times film reviewer Jeremy Quinn lists his essential picks.

On song

On song

Hawea singer-songwriter Anna van Riel embraces her inner child, writes Shane Gilchrist.

Is corruption natural or learnt?

Is corruption natural or learnt?

New Zealanders like to think of themselves as honest. But, asks Bruce Munro, if the Government is having to invest an extra $15.2 million to tackle unscrupulous business practices, what does that say about us?

Gilding the lily

Gilding the lily

We trust them because they are supposed to be the experts. But how do we know we aren't being ripped off by that tradesman or saleswoman? And what can we do if we think our ticket has been unfairly clipped? Bruce Munro takes a look.

Much ado about wearing pink and blue

Much ado about wearing pink and blue

Sometimes they let me ski with them, the twins. They're nearly 13. And ever so smart and frighteningly fast. So when I say ‘‘ski with them'' I mean play catch up, Liz Breslin writes.

Bonfire in the snow

Bonfire in the snow

It was an adventure that could have spluttered and died. But instead it burnt brightly into the night, writes Dan Kelly.

Schooling not to be devalued

Schooling not to be devalued

It's important to remember  holiday time is for holidays, but term time is for school, writes parenting columnist Ian Munro.

Long history of ownership

Long history of ownership

David Murray traces the history of a handsome York Pl home.

Safe as houses

Safe as houses

Climate change demands a creative approach to providing warm, dry homes to live in, writes Scott Willis.

Country practices

Country practices

James Herriot’s novels describe changes to the food system that now need to be addressed, Sean Connelly writes.

Going, going, gone

Going, going, gone

A venerable hammer in the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum collection has knocked down through the decades, writes Peter Read.

Five questions with: Brad Weber

Five questions with: Brad Weber

Former Dunedin player Brad Weber is halfback for the Chiefs, who played the Highlanders at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Saturday.

Wheels in motion

Wheels in motion

Motorcars came to dominate Dunedin streets during the early decades of last century, in a process that quietly sidelined other road users, writes Otago University Associate Professor Alex Trapeznik.

Challenging times

Challenging times

A recent stay in the United Kindgom has parenting columnist Ian Munro thinking about the future for younger generations.

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