Summer Times

A place to slow down, relax

A place to slow down, relax

Life does not come much more laid-back than in the tiny North Otago village of Ngapara. In fact, it is so small it does not feature as a separate entity in either the recent national census or the local council count of rateable properties. Despite that, Andrew Ashton discovered its rural appeal.

Formula One: Taking NZ to a racetrack near everyone

Formula One: Taking NZ to a racetrack near everyone

In the aftermath of Team New Zealand's embarrassing choke in its quest to bring the America's Cup back to these shores, talk rapidly turned to the team's future. And the future, according to Otago Daily Times sub-editor and Formula One fan Andrew Morrison, is not on the water. It's on the track.

The Brook, but not as you knew it

The Brook, but not as you knew it

Carisbrook's demise was the end of an era for Otago. Shawn McAvinue tracks down those lucky enough to secure a memento of the stadium before it was demolished.

Trickiest of access worth the difficulty

Trickiest of access worth the difficulty

It's isolated. Getting there can be an adventure, as it only opens its door to the outside world for a short period each day; and that's the way the cribbies like it.

Fertility the key for food forester

Fertility the key for food forester

Growing vegetables or fruit in your own backyard has made a comeback. Mark Price learns how it's done.

New bakery uses spelt to re-create famous breads

New bakery uses spelt to re-create famous breads

Throughout Otago, people with a love of food and fresh produce are turning out amazing products. For some it's just a hobby; for others it has become their livelihood. Rebecca Fox finds out their story.

Carisbrook seating in new sporting off-piste setting

Carisbrook seating in new sporting off-piste setting

Carisbrook's demise was the end of an era for Otago. Shawn McAvinue tracks down those lucky enough to have secured a memento of the stadium before it was demolished.

Cricket: The greatest 11 players NZ forgot

Cricket: The greatest 11 players NZ forgot

Selecting a greatest New Zealand test XI is a curly exercise, made even harder when you restrict its members to a maximum of just five tests. Cricket writer Adrian Seconi picks a team from players, who for whatever reason, were cut off in their prime.

Following in his father's footsteps

Following in his father's footsteps

You can't choose your family, but you can choose whether to go into business with them, although sometimes getting out of business with them can be messy. Brent Weatherall talks to Debbie Porteous about how sharing a business philosophy with your family does not necessarily mean you can share a business.

Best day of my life

Best day of my life

Continuing last year's Summer Times quest to find out what was the best day of people's lives (except the birth of their children or the day they met or married their partners), another eight Otago residents tell their stories.

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