Youth at risk of long-term welfare dependency is still our number one social issue, say those at the coalface. But Otago has found a way to significantly buck the trend, writes Bruce Munro.
A campaign to get Dunedin youth off welfare is a startling success.
Do you want your children to continue the tradition of pine Christmas trees dripping with tinsel, lights and angels? Then put a bit of effort into creating your own unconventional Christmas trees, writes Bruce Munro.
The vegans are rising, with a message of animal equality and planetary salvation. Do we all need to turn vegan in order to treat animals well and avoid environmental disaster? Meat-eater Bruce Munro goes hunting for answers.
The gentle, keep-cool-'til-after-school guy we all felt we knew growing up, is on a mission to rehabilitate hardened criminals and help everyone create the life they want. Olly Ohlson, now living in Dunedin, tells BRUCE MUNRO his surprising story and shares his passionate vision.
He grew up in state care; a life of dislocation and abuse. It is no surprise he ended up in a gang and spent half his life in prison. The miracle is that he has not been back inside for 15 years.
Hitting bookshop shelves like a 10.9kg brick is the fascinating four-volume compendium The Fishes of New Zealand. It is exactly the resource that co-author and ichthyophile Andrew Stewart wanted as a child, he tells Bruce Munro.
Dunedin is to become Ngai Tahu central. From Friday, iwi members from throughout the South Island and beyond, will gather in the city for Hui-a-Iwi; a biennial celebration of all things Ngai Tahu.
Their tribal area is the biggest in New Zealand. They have turned a $170 million Treaty Settlement into a $1 billion-and-climbing wealth fund. And they are about to stage a massive festival in Dunedin. But success is stirring some searching questions about what it means to be Ngai Tahu, writes Bruce Munro.
El Nino is expected to arrive with a vengeance. It could be as devastating as the Super El Nino of 1997/98, writes Bruce Munro. But what exactly is this phenomenon, how will it affect us, and is there anything we should be doing about it right now?
The international community expects New Zealand to be a key player in the resettlement of up to 1.7 million Pacific Islanders forced from their homes by climate change in coming decades. As a nation we have barely begun thinking about it, writes Bruce Munro.
Back in 2015 Otago Daily Times reporter Bruce Munro spent a few revealing hours with veteran broadcaster Neil Collins to discuss career highlights which included partying with the Rolling Stones.
Now in his 80s, Emeritus Prof Sir Alan Mark is still making headlines championing the environment. Bruce Munro talks to Sir Alan about being a witness and an unrelenting participant in more than half a century's significant struggles for nature conservation.
Literally, tivaivai means ''patches''. But the true meaning lies with the whole, Keni Moeroa tells Bruce Munro.
New research shows more of us have stopped giving to charity. But the seriously wealthy are stepping into the gap, writes Bruce Munro. So what's the problem?
The recently released University of Otago Consumer Lifestyles Study reveals the lifestyles, consumption choices and behavioural trends of New Zealanders, Bruce Munro writes.
World Peace Day is a week away. But how far away is world peace? Bruce Munro talks to National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies' Professor Richard Jackson.
There has been a big jump in the number of New Zealanders not giving to charity, a University of Otago study shows.
Questioning her own emotions about her passport led artist Johanna Zellmer, of Dunedin, to stage a touring exhibition, produce a book and discover a new way of working, writes Bruce Munro.
The death of Nakita Strange, when a ute and a car full of young people collided at a Dunedin intersection, made headlines last month.