Otago Daily Times: Magazine

Lots out of the box

Lots out of the box

The joy on Kay Mercer's best day could no longer be contained.Posting off my family's citizenship applications, I find myself close to the end of quite a journey for someone who doesn't like to travel.

Staying on the road to weight-loss success

Staying on the road to weight-loss success

Every day I begin with porridge and a read of the paper; I'm a creature of habit.

A few of my favourite things

Every so often it's good to take stock of where you are at and where you think you're going.

Space, the final frontier

Outer space does not have a monopoly on mystery. There are spaces closer to home that also boggle the mind.

Scorched earth

Scorched earth

Trade ministers from 12 countries have been working feverishly to further entrench an economic system that Prof Jane Kelsey says puts us at risk of social, political and financial crisis. Bruce Munro talks to neoliberalism's New Zealand arch-nemesis about trade deals, the urgent need to find an alternative model and whether Kiwis have the wherewithal to lead the charge.

Pretty enterprising

Pretty enterprising

Putting the social into enterprise can deliver benefits for everyone.

A nip in the Antarctic

Climate change is on the march under the seas of the Antarctic, and it is armed with claws, Kathryn Smith writes.

There are no holidays on the road to fitness

There are no holidays on the road to fitness

Time in the gym is paying dividends at home.

Preserved whiff of the past

Preserved whiff of the past

An old tin can dug up in Dunedin, although foreign, is a reminder of early industry in the city, writes Peter Read.

Clearing the air

Transport offers avenues for cutting our carbon consumption.

Seeing the funning side

Having a laugh might be the most sensible thing you can do today.

In it for the long haul

Making the decision to have a child is to decide to have your heart go walking around outside your body forever, to quote Elizabeth Stone.

Making Connections

Making Connections

Having roamed from ground-breaking 1980 play Foreskin's Lament to crime fiction and places in between, Greg McGee traverses time and the spaces of northern Italy in his new book, writes Shane Gilchrist.

Region of the perpendicular

Region of the perpendicular

The Milford Track in Fiordland is New Zealand's premier Great Walk. In late April, towards the end of the main season, Dunedin writer Neville Peat experienced its stunning scenery, convivial character and extreme weather, and along the way saluted its glorious tramping history.

Selling our schools

Selling our schools

Nothing epitomises our market-oriented education system like the frenzy of school open days and open nights. Bruce Munro pauses amid all the hype to ask whether this brand-driven, competitive model is the best way to give our children a high-quality education.

On dopamine high, skiing with Khaleesi

Over the school holidays, now drawing to an exhausted close, I have given up Facebook and taken up skiing.

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