Midhun Shankar’s mother helped him choose a bride for his February wedding. Bruce Munro asks what it’s like to have an arranged marriage, and looks for lessons from this ancient practice.
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the celebrated Aussie drag-queen story we all thought we knew, turns out to have fabulous New Zealand roots, Bruce Munro discovers.
On Friday, 100 years ago, New Zealand soldier Michael "Morgan'' O'Connor was shot dead by a German sniper on the frontline in the Somme, France.
Retiring Fish and Game boss Niall Watson is clear about who is at fault for the poor state of our waterways.
Bruce Munro talks to Dunedin''s next Catholic bishop, Fr Michael Dooley, about church abuse, celibate priests, Jesus and the future of Christianity.
Chris Heaphy tells Bruce Munro about the constant evolution of his art and the underlying, unchanging aim.
A Otago artist who once exhibited alongside New Zealand's art elite is back on the map. Bruce Munro talks to some of those championing the work of the late Elizabeth Stevens.
Syphilis, mumps and rickets, along with other ‘‘old’’ diseases, are on the comeback trail. Why? And what can we do to protect ourselves? asks Bruce Munro.
A new talent is restoring the fortune of narrative poetry. Bruce Munro talks to Michael Steven about experiences, gritty and sublime, in Dunedin and elsewhere, that fashioned his first collection of work.
A crowd of about 200 attended the fundraising music festival Lobofest at Brighton, south of Dunedin, yesterday.
Qualification creep has become a tertiary degree arms race. Bruce Munro asks "Is it time for a PhD non-proliferation treaty?'' and "What else can young people do to get hired?''
Why is New Zealand's most widely read author, Essie Summers, not celebrated in the province she loved and wrote about, Bruce Munro asks.
The Rocky Horror Show finally has a prequel, Frankensplurta, which premieres at the Dunedin Fringe Festival, writes Bruce Munro.
Dunedin author Ella West talks to Bruce Munro about the difficulties and delights of writing a young adult novel set in a real time and place.
The NCEA high school assessment framework has been labelled obsessive and harmful. Parent and journalist Bruce Munro takes a look.
Stirred, entertained, or both - concert-goers at last evening's spectacular Roger Waters Us + Them Dunedin concert left with what they came looking for.
The South Island's only trained wildlife veterinary doctor, Lisa Argilla, tells Bruce Munro what drives her, what angers her and why the new Wildlife Hospital is so important.
Those battling to save yellow-eyed penguins, including the Wildlife Hospital crew, have a new ally in Sniper the tracker dog.
As Cadbury winds down its iconic Dunedin chocolate factory, Bruce Munro talks to some whose connections span decades and, in one case, almost a century.
Paul Ashley takes eight weeks off work each year to artificially inseminate thousands of cows. Bruce Munro asks, "Why!?" and finds out a lot more besides.