History / Politics


Dr Paul Oestreicher is the visiting fellow for Peace and Conflict studies and is in Dunedin working on a project concerning the abolition of armed violence in the world. A sformer editor of Critic, Oestreicher grew up in Dunedin after escaping Nazi Germany with his parents in 1939. After studying in England and Europe, Oestreicher … Continue reading



Calling all experienced music managers. Andrew Spraggon and his band, Sola Rosa have recently gone independent splitting from their record label, Warners and are in need of YOUR help. A talented troupe of musicians, they have a good work ethic and play well with others. Their last album, Get it together, went gold and I … Continue reading



Simon Moore SC is a real-world Denny Crane — without the mad-cow. A Crown Prosecutor for Auckland since 1994, Moore has appeared in a number of New Zealand’s most prolific criminal trials. Animated and knowledgable, he spoke to graduating Law and Commerce students over the weekend. I caught up with him last week to discuss … Continue reading



Straight back from a win over the Brumbies on the weekend, Adam Thomson’s season is really just beginning. With two more games to play in Australia (at the time this interview went to press), the provincial season and the All Black tours still to come, it is sure to be a long year. However, this … Continue reading



Dr Claire Bretherton was working at the Royal Observatory Greenwich in the UK before migrating to New Zealand to work at the newly revamped Carter Observatory in Wellington. With a doctorate in astronomy specialising in galaxies,we thought she would be the perfect person to shed some light on black holes, dark matter and Stephen Hawking’s … Continue reading



Back Benches and Wallace Chapman rolled into town in April. A former radio host and creative director of Radio One, Chapman lived in Dunedin for thirteen years before migrating to the big smoke. He has now made the big time working the radio circuit and presenting New Zealand’s only political debate show in a pub. … Continue reading