The Pentagon’s UFO report was a damp squib. But there are unexplained aerial sightings that are compelling much closer to home. Bruce Munro looks at the evidence and asks, what does the existence, or non-existence, of aliens mean for us Earthlings?
For decades it has been John Gibb asking the questions, while compiling thousands of stories for the ODT. Bruce Munro turns the tables on the veteran journalist, who has retired.
Economic and global realities might force firebrand hard-liner Ebrahim Raisi to become a pragmatist now that he is president of Iran, Professor Robert Patman says.
Woe betide ye corporations, consumer power is on the rise. When it comes to cheques they might have lost the battle but consumers look likely to win the war, experts and advocates tell Bruce Munro.
Watch video highlights:Russia has reacted angrily to the Ukraine national football team's new jersey that bears a map which includes Crimea, a region annexed by Russia in 2014.
The Brass Monkey Rally is having its final fling. Bruce Munro talks to those who, for four decades, have made it the biggest annual winter motorcycle pilgrimage in New Zealand.
The Govt has announced the end of a decade of immigration-fuelled growth that rewarded some and hurt others. The increase was unsustainable, but what comes next needs careful consideration and two key initiatives, Prof Paul Spoonley says.
- Full interview belowSamoa is likely to get a peaceful transition of power to its first female Prime Minister.
The Dunedin Ratepayers’ and Householders Association played a decisive role in city affairs. Bruce Munro recounts its jubilant formation 118 years ago and turbulent early days, including its victory over a plan to siphon the city’s sewage out to sea at Smaill’s Beach via an aqueduct.
"In terms of military power, this is the supermarket versus the corner shop," Prof Robert Patman says of the deadly conflict between Israel's military and Palestinian militants.
The crisis in India is an example of how Covid-19 is reshaping how countries work together, Professor Robert Patman says.
The South African War is largely forgotten or remembered simply as a warm-up to two world wars. Bruce Munro talks to historian Nigel Robson about the impact on NZ, then and now, of our first foreign war.
This week, quietly, the University of Otago opened its $50 million, animal research building. Quietly, because this world class facility poses challenging questions about the value of a life.
In 2019, the University of Otago bred more than 67,000 animals that it then killed without using for any scientific purpose.
The threat of China invading Taiwan is real, but the cost to China would be substantial, Professor Robert Patman says.
The Employment Contracts Act is 30 years old and the country still hasn’t recovered, even as it prepares for the next major employment upheaval, writes Bruce Munro.
Dunedin’s 150-year-old Forbury Park trotting venue will soon be no more. But it was once the most popular place in town. No more so than during the exhilarating, surprising and record-breaking, 1965 Interdominion Championships.
Time's running out for international dialogue to bring about the peaceful restoration of the Southeast Asian nation’s democratically elected government, Bruce Munro reports.
The 10-year-old Syrian war highlights the urgent need to reform an impotent United Nations, Professor Robert Patman says.
More than 17,000 Dunedin households could subdivide or add dwellings to their properties if likely changes to city planning regulations go ahead. But how do you, as a householder, go about doing that?Will it even help relieve our acute housing crisis?