The suicide of her parents, who have left her short of money, sees Stella Myles at a local dance hall, where she dances with men in exchange for money.
For more than 80 years, a West Otago family has made a huge contribution to horticulture, here and overseas, writes Gillian Vine.
Set during the 18th century on the Spanish Main and in the Caribbean Sea, The Pirates and The Nightmaker reintroduces the Loblolly Boy of James Norcliffe's earlier fantasy novels.
There is still time to plant garlic, says Gillian Vine.
His food and gardening blog in Canada's Vancouver Sun newspaper has garnered a huge following for Randy Shore, yet he admits that when he started gardening, he didn't have a clue.
Dead possums, rabbits and copious quantities of compost were the secrets of gardeners who entered the Blueskin A&P Society's inaugural pumpkin-growing contest.
The Solomon Islands are considered the hottest Pacific destination, says Gillian Vine.
Now is the time to choose smaller trees for autumn colour, says Gillian Vine.
Learning as they go has been a positive experience for a Dunedin couple. Gillian Vine reports.
It's not too late to plant some vegetables for winter, says Gillian Vine.
Tiny gardens can be surprisingly varied, says Gillian Vine.
A major dahlia show will be staged in Waikouaiti later this month, a first for the town, writes Gillian Vine.
The influence of gardeners who have migrated from their homelands is apparent in Australia, as well as New Zealand, says Gillian Vine.
Roses abound in a Milton garden. Gillian Vine reports.
Shelter and water conservation techniques have made all the difference to an Otago Peninsula garden, reports Gillian Vine.
With Christmas less than two weeks away, Gillian Vine looks at some garden-themed gift ideas.
Gillian Vine visits Lautoka, Fiji's ''Sugar City'' and finds a Dunedin connection.
What are the best garden shows now Ellerslie has gone? Gillian Vine considers her favourites.
Apply a little practical science to get better vegetables, suggests Gillian Vine.