Summer Times

Building homes, creating community

Building homes, creating community

Dunedin woman Shona Somerville travelled 14,000km to satisfy a long-held wish to do voluntary work overseas. She tells of her volunteer holiday in Ethiopia.

Wheeler-dealing of US bankers brought to life

Profiling investors who profited from the sub-prime mortgage crash might sound like a catalogue of avarice, but Lewis's 2010 book depicts them as endearing eccentrics challenging the group-think that caused the crisis.

Perambulating through time

Perambulating through time

For Shingle Creek pram collector Lesley McGregor (60), the first piece in her collection was a necessity - she was pregnant with son Duncan. That was in 1980, she was living in Invercargill and the second-hand Pedigree Airstream was only $5.

Confessions of a great food lover

Confessions of a great food lover

Josh Emett Rata Queenstown

A bunch of good sports

Sports editor Hayden Meikle has suggested 12 must-read sports books, and a bonus 12 to fill those quiet summer days. He also asked some others for their favourite sports reads.

Talking tennis with Dennis

Talking tennis with Dennis

They do it for love, not money, and readers of the Otago Daily Times sports pages over the past few decades should be thankful for that. They are the long-serving ''stringers'', or contributing writers. In the final of three profiles, sports editor Hayden Meikle talks to tennis identity Dennis Radford.

Rugby: Pivotal position: the top 10

Rugby: Pivotal position: the top 10

They are the men who pilot teams around the field. New Zealand has had plenty of quality servants at first five-eighth. Rugby writer Steve Hepburn ranks the top 10 of the pivots.

A life-long love affair with 'God's club'

A life-long love affair with 'God's club'

A great book is a great book, no matter the subject. So why do sports books often get such a bad name? Sports editor Hayden Meikle hands over to Arsenal fan Nigel Benson for this one.

Travelling back in time

Travelling back in time

ODT sports writer Alistair McMurran visited Trans-Dniester this year and has now been to 195 countries and territories on the Los Angeles-based Travellers Century Club list. His travelling companion David Horne, who has been to more countries than any other New Zealander, has been to 258 of the 321 countries.

Drama, intrigue and controversy

Drama, intrigue and controversy

A great book is a great book, no matter the subject. So why do sports books often get such a bad name? Sports editor Hayden Meikle - who answers his own question by acknowledging the sports book market has more dross than most - names the 12 sports books you simply must read.

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