Lonely Planet says the Otago Peninsula is one of the best places in the world for a bike ride, so I thought I'd better include a peninsula ride in this series.
Be it pet calf, prized cattle beast or preserved fruit, the Otago-Taieri Agricultural and Pastoral Society's 150th anniversary show next week promises to stir rural passions. It might even prompt some to breed, writes Shane Gilchrist.
Questions about the safety of some plastic bottles are finding few answers in this country, Chris Barton, of the NZ Herald, reports.
Helen Scoles - team leader of Cromwell i-site.
In 2004, Dutch-born University of Otago zoologist Associate Prof Liz Slooten, who is well known for her research into New Zealand's endangered Hector's dolphin, and her partner, Otago marine scientist Associate Prof Steve Dawson, received the Royal Society of New Zealand's Sir Charles Fleming Award for their outstanding contribution to conservation science.
In November 2008, Macau casino mogul Stanley Ho outbid celebrities and movie stars in a worldwide auction to pay an astonishing $US200,000 for a 1kg Italian white truffle.
In Los Angeles in 1984, a rather tall man on a rather small horse had Kiwis cheering when he became the first New Zealander to win an Olympic gold medal in the three-day event - disciplines of dressage, cross-country and showjumping.
On our first Summer Times ride of 2009/10, we'll meander through some pleasant rural country east of Balclutha before going underground to examine the handiwork of Victorian-era workmen.
I was 10 and world heavyweight boxing champions were big, scary people.
Tahu Potiki has made small talk with the Queen, and rubbed metaphorical shoulders with pint-sized Hollywood star Danny Devito, but it was someone closer to home who made the biggest impression.
Dunedin international cyclist Alison Shanks is used to living out of a suitcase, but during one of her rare days at home, she let Lea Jones take a peek in her wardrobe.
All cheats are naughty, but some cheats are naughtier than others. Sports reporter Adrian Seconi asks passionate anti-doping crusader David Gerrard why he believes it is so important to tackle the issue of performance-enhancing drugs in sport.
Distance: 160km. Estimated time without stops: Approx. 2 hours.
What is it? A Chilean guava bush, a plant sometimes sold in New Zealand as a cranberry, although it is not a true cranberry. It does produce edible red berries, though, which are more aromatic than, and not at all tart like the ones more commonly associated with good bladder health.
Stonehenge spreads beneath the big blue sky of the Maniototo. Neal Wallace takes in a high country property that has been in the Hore family for 99 years.
Shane Gilchrist shares a cuppa and a few cackles with enduring Kiwi songsmith Dave Dobbyn.
Winding your way down on Baker Street Light in your head and dead on your feet Well another crazy day, you'll drink the night away And forget about everything.
Film reviewer Christine Powley offers her highs and lows of 2009.
When land baron Robert Campbell married in 1868, he decided the attractive two-storey homestead on Otekaieke Station was not big enough to live in.
As scientists themselves, Bill and Daphne Lee like the idea that the man who built their house about 140 years ago was also a scientist.