Constructing a new ‘House of Pain?’

Dr Kerry Rodgers has been uncovering Dunedin's soon-to-be Forsythe Barr Stadium In July 2009, with the lawyers paid off, ground could finally be...

Wellington’s very own Cake Tin

Like some latter day philanderer, Wellington seems to have gotten over its long-professed, 103-year love affair with Athletic Park. It did so in quite...

Raising the bar on Old Farmer Thames

The Thames Barrier is the world’s second largest movable flood barrier. It was constructed between 1974 and 1984 at Woolwich Reach to provide flood...

The Alhambra

Given the Middle-eastern tensions that bedevil the world today, we may sometimes forget that for eight centuries Spain was an Islamic nation. The...

Dunedin’s Canny Carnegie centre

Of the 18 libraries gifted to New Zealand by the late Andrew Carnegie, the most lavish was that of the City Of Dunedin. It...

Wairakei celebrates 50 years

In the 1950s New Zealand was desperate for electrical energy. A succession of droughts had found the country’s much vaunted hydro-electric generation capacity wanting....

Marc’s magnificent molehill

UNESCO, in conjunction with the International Astronomical Union, has decreed 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy (IYA). It marks the 400th anniversary...

Jerusalem’s Wall of Tears

Forty-one years ago the Israeli army occupied Jerusalem. For the first time in nearly two millennia the city was united and back in Jewish...

Unravelling mysterious Chankillo

Tucked away in the Peruvian Andes, some 400km north of Lima, is a large, 2300-year-old ancient ruin named Chankillo.   A plan view of the concentric...

[H2O]3

Among the many venues hosting the Beijing Summer Olympics, few are more likely to attract comment as the National Aquatics Centre. This new...