Otago Daily Times: Magazine

A land divided

A land divided

The Queenstown Lakes district's rampant growth comes with no small measure of pain, writes Shane Gilchrist.

Exploring possibilities

Exploring possibilities

New Zealand Young Writers Festival guest Arthur Meek is aiming for the very top, writes Tom McKinlay.

The clever thing is to take off the blinkers

Here's an experiment. Look around the room you're in and notice all the yellow things.

From across the world . . .

From across the world . . .

Tui Bevin was not about for her best day, which makes it no less significant.

The planet or the bag

The planet or the bag

It is time we dispensed with dispensing plastic bags once and for all.

Keep calm, make time

Is the house a zoo in the morning with everyone rushing around and the children getting little more than barked at?

Wi' a skirl o' the pipes

Wi' a skirl o' the pipes

A small silver band in Toitu Otago Settlers Museum tells a melancholy tale, writes Toitu curator Sean Brosnahan.

Looking after yourself too

For some time I've been reading and listening to Dr Kristin Neff, an associate professor at the University of Texas.

Kiwi actress takes to the West

Kiwi actress takes to the West

Former Offspring actor Caren Pistorius has traded hospital halls for the Wild West, writes Shane Gilchrist.

Working parents

Economic necessity created by the current high rentals and mortgages, zero-hour contracts, or wages lower than the living wage makes it almost certain that all the adults in a household will be working outside the home.

Keeping the carbon closer to the ground

Air travel risks sending carbon emissions up, up and away.

Putting names to faces

Putting names to faces

Could the real reason people like you be that your name suits your face? Bruce Munro takes a look at the surprising power of names to shape us and our lives.

Aching eyes, discussion and cake

Aching eyes, discussion and cake

That controversy quickly followed Eleanor Catton's 2013 Man Booker success should surprise no-one, according to Natalie Haynes, one of last year's judges. The Man Booker is synonymous with scandal and the world's media waits poised to get its teeth into the next furore.

Helpful books on raising boys

Last week I touched on the work of Celia Lashlie and her approach to ''growing our gorgeous boys into good men'', which is spelt out in her book, He'll Be OK.

Mr Neat and Mr Tidy biggest villains of all

Skeletor, Captain Hook, the Great Train Robbers, The Child Catcher, Fagin, Margaret Thatcher.

Of all the villains that marked my childhood, there are two more sinister than all of these.

Mr Neat and Mr Tidy.

Do you remember them?

I'll just run their story by you.

A voyage of rediscovery

A voyage of rediscovery

Like many New Zealand families in the early 1980s my family migrated to Australia to seek out opportunities for a better life.

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