Summer Times

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.

'I'm not contagious,' she says. 'It's just my asthma'

'I'm not contagious,' she says. 'It's just my asthma'

Health conditions, such as asthma and hypothyroidism, affect many people in our communities. Eileen Goodwin talks to people about how these conditions affect their lives.

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.

Beautiful prose and lovely to hold

Beautiful prose and lovely to hold

ODT book reviewer and Dunedin scientist Cushla McKinney describes her best read of 2014: Lamplighter, by Kerry Donovan Brown (Victoria University Press).

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.

Emotion through movement, music

Emotion through movement, music

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

Not just lying around doing nothing

Asking people what they would take to a desert island is sooo last year, and frankly rather dull. So this holiday season, the Summer Times has upped the ante. We have kept the desert island, but made the whole shebang super-difficult, by painting a carefully crafted scenario commensurate to the skills of the professionals and leaders to whom we put the question. How will they respond? Will they be able to stand the pressure of ... David Loughrey's A Desert Island Conundrum?

Little brown cabin home for many a holiday

Little brown cabin home for many a holiday

A tiny brown cabin in the centre of a paddock in Luggate has played host to many family gatherings. Lucy Ibbotson talks to its owners about what has kept it in the family all these years.

Happy 80th Elvis

Happy 80th Elvis

Elvis Presley would have turned 80 yesterday. And, as Bruce Munro finds out from some true-blue (suede shoe) fans, the King of Rock and Roll's memory is still very much alive.

Colourful past of Otago's 'pirate ship'

Colourful past of Otago's 'pirate ship'

Is there a pirate ship hidden beneath the waves in Otago Harbour? Reporter Chris Morris goes in search of a buried treasure.

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