The 5th Eye, a feature-length documentary examining the role of New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau, focuses on events near and far, writes Shane Gilchrist.
"I just quit this jerk of a life plan," singer Milo Aukerman announces on Victim of Me, from the first album in more than a decade from these articulate Los Angeles punk veterans.
The Sydney-based outfit’s follow-up to last year’s breakthrough album The Positions, which earned it five Aria nominations, is more an addendum to that effort than a fresh start.
Having formed Mars Volta in 2001, guitarist and producer Omar Rodriguez-Lopez has established a reputation as someone unafraid of twisting soundscapes into forms both brutal and beautiful.
From family-friendly fare to risque ruminations, Otago's premier arts festival continues to evolve, writes Shane Gilchrist.
From All Blacks to amateurs, the issue of concussion lurks on the sidelines of sport. It's also a key topic at the New Zealand International Science Festival in Dunedin, writes Shane Gilchrist.
Lucy Collins struggles to keep her head above water. Not that she's worried. Shane Gilchrist talks to one of the special guests of the NZ International Science Festival.
As this year's high school formal season gets into full swing, Shane Gilchrist talks to some teens for whom it seems the big night is more about resourcefulness and respect than romance.
Investors from elsewhere are contributing to a shifting housing landscape in Dunedin, writes Shane Gilchrist.
As the polytechnic sector faces a major overhaul, it is relevant to note Otago Polytechnic chief executive Phil Ker used to run marathons, writes Shane Gilchrist.
About to be inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame, Dunedin band The Clean prefer to look forward rather than back, Shane Gilchrist writes.
Kylie Price might have moved from country roads to pop on her new release, yet the Dunedin singer-songwriter still trades in true grit, writes Shane Gilchrist.
The multi-talented Tom Sainsbury, a guest at the third New Zealand Young Writers Festival, tells Shane Gilchrist there are no secrets to success.
New Zealand political commentator and author Colin James’ latest book is a sobering report card on the world, yet it also offers reasons for hope, writes Shane Gilchrist.
Dunedin singer-songwriter Nadia Reid has been named a finalist for the 2017 Apra Silver Scroll Award.
Wallabies great John Eales still regrets ignoring the All Blacks haka in 1996. However, he hopes a documentary on the ritual will make amends, writes Shane Gilchrist.