Summer Times

'I used to make dinner parties for my parents'

'I used to make dinner parties for my parents'

Rebecca Farrell The Packing Shed Gallery and Cafe and The Courthouse Cafe Alexandra.

Football: Happy to have given NZ 'a whirl'

Football: Happy to have given NZ 'a whirl'

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 football guru Rab Smith.

Getting on track for the summer

Getting on track for the summer

Whether you're on foot this summer or on two wheels, Queenstown and its surrounds provide tracks for all fitness levels. Otago Daily Times reporter Olivia Caldwell, in Queenstown, has supplied an A-Z guide on the area's biggest, best and hidden tracks to try out this summer.

Recurring vision brought to reality

Recurring vision brought to reality

Alongside the hustle and bustle of State Highway 1, a South Otago couple has carved out their own slice of rural heaven - in the former Milburn Presbyterian Church near Milton. Otago Daily Times reporter Helena de Reus takes a look inside the private home.

Another way to avoid getting lost this summer

Another way to avoid getting lost this summer

Otago Daily Times technology editor Dene Mackenzie has sourced a product that could be your saviour if travelling unknown roads on your summer holiday.

Customers' allergies make menu planning difficult

Customers' allergies make menu planning difficult

Darren Watson Portside Restaurant and Bar Oamaru Harbour.

A beery nice collection

A beery nice collection

A true southern man, Pete Moffat does not just drink Speight's, he compiles a history of the Dunedin brewery by collecting anything and everything associated with it.

Respect urged for mountain weather

Respect urged for mountain weather

Experienced tramper Cliff Donaldson will always vividly remember one night, more than 60 years ago, when he learnt just how quickly and harshly the weather can change in the great New Zealand outdoors, including in the Silver Peaks area.

Two tales interwoven make one fine story

Crime fiction can be a mixed bag but Connelly is always good and this yarn, one of his earliest, is the best I have read.

Finest basketball book ever written, many say

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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