Christmas is a time of heightened emotions and increased health and safety concerns. David Loughrey considers Christmas hazards anyone can face, but limits himself to those starting with the letter "B".
It is Christmas, a taxing time for Dunedin’s menfolk, who find themselves embarking on a journey to a place they feel least comfortable: the retail precinct. David Loughrey considers the rigours of...
One of our own hit the big time in Hollywood recently - Dunedin, which played a big part in emotional tear-jerker The Light Between Oceans,
The Otago Regional Council is interviewing for the reinstated role of Otago harbourmaster. David Loughrey wonders what maritime imaginings and grand plans might figure in the mind’s eye of the...
There is precisely one week to go until the last day of voting in Dunedin’s local government elections. David Loughrey looks back on the election period so far and considers what attitude one...
Voting papers have been out for a week, the candidates’ forum season is (thankfully) winding down, but things have become testy in the Dunedin local government elections. David Loughrey, also...
Some of the most fierce debates during this election period have happened behind the scenes, away from the public gaze, in the secret world of the Otago Daily Times’ candidate profiles.
It is a healthy democracy in which audiences pack candidate meetings to hear what the latest batch of aspiring city leaders have to say. But David Loughrey discovered this week those who turn up...
Otago has entered the election season, a period during which fever spreads faster than the madness of spring. David Loughrey relates the strange behaviours that result.
Sometimes other New Zealand cities erupt in jealousy when they compare themselves to the city of Dunedin. David Loughrey provides some compassionate advice for one of those, the North Island city...
The world in 2016 is the sort of place you wouldn't take your mother, a planet riddled with violence and with idiots clearly in the ascendant. But David Loughrey knows of an excellent little city that might have a lot to teach a wretched Earth.
One thing common to all of Dunedin's heritage buildings is their extreme age; some are more than 100 years old. In the final instalment of his series of scholarly articles on how to make the city much, much better, David Loughrey looks at the possibility of replacing them with something more modern(ist).
Dunedin's Scottish heritage thing is getting a bit old, and is clearly holding the city back. In the second edition of a series of articles on how to make Dunedin much, much better, David Loughrey looks at our history and why we should change it.
Dunedin, at this time of year, clings gamely to its steep slopes and settles uncomfortably into the wet sand of its flatlands, braving the casual brutality of the winter storms that batter its defences and eat away at its fragile soul.
The personalities and mores of fur seals, a species which has developed a certain degree of cultural capital within the Dunedin environment, has been the subject of little study or publicity. These excerpts from the minutes of a meeting of the Otago Harbour Fur Seals Rotary Club may explain why.
Dunedin was beside itself with excitement on Thursday when the Royals hit town. ODT royal and fashion reporter David Loughrey was there with a sharp eye on what really mattered.
Royal albatross chicks, while having developed a certain degree of cultural capital within the Dunedin environment, have so far been denied a voice. These excerpts from the diary of a 90-day-old chick on Taiaroa Head may explain why.
Hidden within Dunedin city suburbs are little known lesser sub-suburbs hiding in plain sight, areas some have heard of but to which few can give directions. David Loughrey searches for Maryhill and Dalmore, and does his best to understand their souls.
David Loughrey went to university to hear arguments for the existence of God. He found nothing happens without a cause, but the possibilities are disturbingly infinite.
Those once young took to the fields and stadiums of Dunedin this week to compete in the Masters Games. David Loughrey attended two events, and found them ripe with important lessons about life.