Director Lisa Warrington thought we'd seen as many Jane Austen adaptations on film and television as anyone needs - until she discovered British playwright Michael Fry's adaptation of Emma.
Laughter, they say, is the best medicine, which would make Jools and Lynda Topp medical specialists. Charmian Smith talks to the twins about their new film and 30 years spent entertaining the country.
The enormous scope for imagination in children's books has fascinated Raymond Huber since his childhood.
New Zealand might be a long way from Europe and the US where the Modern movement in architecture started, but buildings of the 1930s show that architects here were abreast of the trends.
Dunedin's cultural institutions, the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and the Otago Settlers Museum, were until recently corralled together under a single director. That relatively short-lived experiment in centralisation has ended with the appointment of two new directors, one for each.
Appearing a bit like a large, soft, juicy walnut, but hidden away between our ears, our brains may be under used, under loved and under-cared-for, but we certainly couldn't operate without them.
Each generation decries the behaviour of youth, but now neuroscientists understand why adolescents act the way they do.
Being invited to Vienna last year to tell the Viennese what their life was like in the 1930s seemed extraordinary for someone from Dunedin, but Shona Dunlop MacTavish leapt at it, as she has leapt at opportunities all through her life.
Cycling is the thing this month - as it was more than 100 years ago. It is still promoted as a healthy sport.
For more than 120 years Robbie Burns has sat on his pedestal in the heart of Dunedin, but why does a statue of an 18th-century Scottish poet hold such an exalted place in our city?
Publishing books from academic monographs and text books to natural history and heritage guides, from lavishly illustrated volumes to fiction and poetry, Otago University Press is celebrating its 50th birthday.
Designing a house to make the most of the views to the south and east, and the sun to the north and west can take a lot of thought but the results can be most satisfying. Charmian Smith visits a house that makes the most of both.
The legacy of a Mughal emperor who wanted to unite India's many peoples and religions, Fatehpur Sikri is one of the most evocative ghost towns in the world. Charmian Smith explores this dream in pink stone, whose origins are stranger than fiction.
The Central Otago landscape is littered with gold-mining relics, from eroded sluicings and neat stacks of stones to old water races and cottages. But what was life like on the goldfields and why did so many men swag up and tramp into the unknown back country during the gold rushes of the 1860s? Charmian Smith talks to Stevan Eldred-Grigg, author of Diggers Hatters and Whores: The Story of the New Zealand Gold Rushes.
An eternal optimist, Sarah-Kate Lynch likes to think that however bad things get, they are never totally screwed up. Charmian Smith talks to her about her latest novel, On Top of Everything, in which disasters pile on disasters but there are second chances and hope.
An obsession with old cookbooks has led David Veart to see what information about life and food of the past he could glean from them. Charmian Smith talks to the Auckland archaeologist about his new book, First Catch Your Weka.
A New Zealand-born singer who has developed an international career in opera is returning to tour with the NZSO this month. Charmian Smith talks to Teddy Tahu Rhodes about his burgeoning career.
The Antarctic is a place of absences rather than presences, something that resonates with Grahame Sydney.