Putting on a full ballet production is always a big job but A Christmas Carol is bigger than most, ballet master Daniel de Andrade tells Charmian Smith.
A friend recently told me he was enjoying Hawkes Bay syrah as a change from pinot noir. It can be exciting to explore other varieties. Here are some syrah/shiraz, merlot and cabernet blends.
Sometimes you feel you could step into a large landscape painting, such as Sam Foley's. Charmian Smith talks to the Dunedin artist about his 20th solo exhibition.
This group of wines turned up with a couple of PGR blends - pinot gris, riesling and gewurztraminer. These three aromatic grapes can work well together, with the fullness of pinot gris balanced by the liveliness of riesling.
Cold pressed nut and seed oils from Uncle Joe's in Marlborough can add a different flavour to summer salads and other dishes.
There's a definite move towards more plant-based eating these days as we become more aware of health and environmental issues, as well as ethical considerations of farming animals.
A man who fills his time with many things, from composing, recording and playing music and collaborating with other artists to completing a PhD, raising money for the Himalayan Trust and growing beards - the 2014-15 Mozart Fellow keeps himself busy. Charmian Smith reports.
A spectacular show involving cabaret dancers, aerial silk dancers, fire performers, bands and singers, a pop-up art exhibition and market with fortune-tellers is on this weekend at Sammy's.
Mt Difficulty is one of the best known wine producers in Central Otago, attracting many visitors to its superbly sited tasting room and cafe in Bannockburn.
Tim Lynch grew up and trained as a chef in Dunedin. After working overseas for several years, he moved back to Dunedin because it is an easy place to live and good for bringing up a family.
Some of the 2012 pinot noirs are being released now but to get best value, especially from the more expensive, age-worthy ones, it's worth cellaring them for another year or so to allow them to mellow and integrate to develop their potential.
One of the world's longest-lasting and most revered string quartets, the Borodin Quartet from Russia, performs in Dunedin this Saturday as part of Arts Festival Dunedin 2014. Charmian Smith talks to viola player Igor Naidin.
Is it against the odds that books will survive the 21st century? This is one of the topics of ''Art and the Book Against the Odds: the art, history and production of books'', which opens tonight as part of Arts Festival Dunedin. Charmian Smith reports.
With warmer weather and longer evenings rosé comes into its own. It's lovely with light fresh food and the drier ones can be surprisingly versatile.
When Tony Smith was growing up in Alexandra he grew to love rivers.
Dancing with mana is Maori contemporary dance company Atamira's core vision. Charmian Smith talks to artistic director Moss Patterson about Kaha, which they are touring to Dunedin as part of Arts Festival Dunedin.
Classic Marlborough sauvignon blanc, assertive and overflowing with vibrant aromas and flavours may be what New Zealand is known for, but toned-down styles with texture and complexity are sometimes more interesting and often more food friendly.
While most of New Zealand concentrates on Gallipoli and the Western Front in commemorating World War 1, there are other stories, including women's stories, that have never been told. Charmian Smith reports on a new theatre piece premiering at the Dunedin Arts Festival.
Tension, drama, jealousy, romance, war, spirituality and kings and chiefs make for a great story. Anthony Ritchie and Michelanne Forster's new opera This Other Eden, about events 200 years ago, has its world premiere in Arts Festival Dunedin next month. Charmian Smith reports.
What goes on in the mind of a nude model while she poses for a painter? Quite a lot, Charmian Smith discovers.