Otago Daily Times: Magazine

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.

Long History of ownership

Long History of ownership

New Zealand's first female medical graduate, Emily Siedeberg, lived in lower York Pl for much of her life.

Safe as houses

Safe as houses

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

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.

On song

On song

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

Schooling not to be devalued

An unauthorised absence from my grandchildren's school in the United Kingdom leads to a note to the county education authority and an automatic £200 ($NZ372) fine.

Is corruption natural or is it learnt?

Is corruption natural or is it 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?

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.

Wringing the best out of life

Wringing the best out of life

It could be that our grandparents knew a thing or two about what was important in life, lifestyle coach Jan Aitken writes.

Pass the cucumber

Pass the cucumber

There's no getting married if you haven't first been embarrassed by someone else's nudity, Lisa Scott observes.  

A hobby that really rocks (+ video)

A hobby that really rocks (+ video)

Rock fossicking is more than just stamp collecting for outdoors types. Members of the 50-year-old Otago Rock and Mineral Club induct Bruce Munro into a world of ancient connections and petrified beauty.

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