As a child, he was labelled a "dummy" at home and "mentally retarded" at school. By age 12, he was considered "uneducatable" by the American education system and he was functionally illiterate until he was 38.
Breakthrough methods for treating people with dyslexia will be presented in Dunedin and Queenstown this week by overseas researcher on the condition.
Young folk today do not know how good they have it.
A walk in Rhian Gaffney's Northeast Valley, Dunedin, backyard leaves most of its occupants in a flap.
She might be 100, but Milton centenarian Kate Heads can still make the most dispirited people cackle.
Two acclaimed New Zealand artists have been named as the 2009 Henderson Arts Trust artists-in-residence.
Elizabeth Caldwell is still familiarising herself with her new office at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, but she is already very much at home in her role as the gallery's new director.
There were plenty of spills at the Captain Cook garden bar last night, but few of the liquid variety.
Playing David Bowie's Rebel, Rebel as an opening number for a concert packed with University of Otago music students may have been seen by some as being a little provocative, if not ironic.
Delving into the deepest recesses of Jack the Ripper's mind has helped a former Kavanagh College pupil win top marks in last year's NZQA Scholarship drama exam.
A former Logan Park High School pupil has achieved the literary equivalent of winning selection for a national sporting team after winning the School for Young Writers competition.
Counsellors and social workers are becoming increasingly necessary in Otago primary schools as the financial stress inflicted on Otago parents manifests itself in their children's behaviour.
Like many newly appointed school leaders, the gravity of the position is just starting to hit Bayfield High School head boy Jeff Notman.
Healthy minds, bodies and silver medals can all stem from growing your own vegetables, pupils at Kaikorai Primary School, Dunedin, discovered.
Female staff at the Department of Conservation offices in Dunedin were left asking their male colleagues if they needed to see a doctor after "strange groaning noises" were heard emanating from the men's toilets yesterday.
The Octagon in Dunedin resembled a mad inventor's garage yesterday as more than 300 cyclists ventured past for breakfast on their way to work, and a go on one of the 62 weird and wacky bikes on display.
If members of the public were upset about a lone bagpiper playing for 30 minutes in George St this month, they are in for a shock this weekend.
Award-winning artist Sam Foley stands next to his Opoho Intersection No. 1, a kinetic painting similar to the one which won him the People's Choice Award at the Wallace Art Awards this week.
Some Otago secondary-school pupils opened their letter boxes yesterday to find they had won scholarships after sitting examinations last year.
A "pre-birthday" celebration in Dunedin left a Berwick teen unconscious with blood leaking from his ears after he was surrounded by a chanting horde and attacked in Moray Pl, Dunedin, at the weekend.