Otago Daily Times: Magazine

Casting some light

Casting some light

The Acetylene Gas Lighting Co Ltd blazed a trail, setting up the street lighting in Picton, the first town in New Zealand to use the system. The company's building on the corner of Stuart St and Bath St retains its prominent window pediments and volutes, and continues to be well-used.

My Dragon Summer

There are lots of contenders for the saddest lines ever written.

Getting on top of it

Getting on top of it

If it transpired that your level of debt wouldn't be paid off until after you retired, well, then we'd have to do somethingAndrew MacKenzieAs another year of battling the bills looms, sorting the finances seems a good idea, writes Shane Gilchrist.

Baby love

Baby love

For new grandmother Lynne Baab, meeting a granddaughter separated by an ocean was the best.

Rising and shining

Those extra minutes of snoozing may not be doing you any good, Gemma Paech writes.

Always a dreamer

Always a dreamer

In 1973, a year after publication of Lady Moss Revived - a first book of poems by Dunedin poet Peter Olds - Otago Daily Times reporter John Gibb, then literary editor of the Otago University Students Association newspaper Critic, interviewed him about his writing, for the student newspaper. This year, Cold Hub Press published You Fit the Description, a large selection of Olds' work. And Gibb went back and asked Olds a few more questions, including about the importance of dreaming in his life and work.

All things considered

All things considered

As the holiday season draws to a close, the city traffic thickening like the post-Christmas midriff, it's important to make some plans about life, be they big or small, writes Shane Gilchrist.

Ones to watch and hear

Ones to watch and hear

Another year gone by, another year of undoubtedly great New Zealand music ahead.

A taxing problem

Economics is often held up as the enemy of sustainability.

History on our doorstep

History on our doorstep

Pam Jones steps back in time as she explores the history-rich Totara region.

On the trail of the Kiwi

On the trail of the Kiwi

What could be worse than having to travel around our fantastic country talking to its fabulous people? On the eve of the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, Bruce Munro draws the short straw and heads off on a whistle-stop nationwide road trip to discover who we are and who we are becoming.

Folk dancing is way out there

Folk dancing is way out there

Now is the time to shake off the winter cobwebs and move. Timothy Brown looks into dance forms around Dunedin. Today, he looks at folk dance.

Shooting for Steampunk weaponeering

Shooting for Steampunk weaponeering

Ray guns made from junk are the "weapon of choice" these days for former policeman Sean Boyd. Central Otago reporter Lynda van Kempen visited the Clyde man, who is making his living as a junk artist. 

Revamped menu amplifies animal attraction

Revamped menu amplifies animal attraction

Janette Gellatly visits the colourful, bohemian and zany Zookeepers Cafe in Invercargill to see how the 21-year-old cafe is serving the hungry animals.

Tracking the man behind the medals

Tracking the man behind the medals

About 100 years ago, a eager teenager lied about his age in Palmerston North to enlist in the Otago Battalion. Shawn McAvinue digs up his grandfather's military records and discovers a cabinetmaker signing up for military training in Dunedin to evade his older sister threats of stopping him joining World War 1.

Truckload of collectables in store

Truckload of collectables in store

From driving trucks to selling collectables, Marlene Graham has had an interesting career path. John Lewis finds out how it led to creating her ''happy place'' in the former Shingle Creek pub.

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