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Ashburton’s enduring clock tower

  The next time you have cause to drive through Ashburton on State Highway 1 take a turn across the central rail line. If driving south,...

Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid: 1950-2016

Architect Dame Zaha Hadid died on March 31, aged 65. Her subsequent obituaries have generated as much controversy as did her life works. Royal Institute...

Holcim’s Timaru Dome

In October last year the ceremonial groundbreaking took place at the Port of Timaru for Holcim New Zealand’s new $50 million cement...

The bridges of Møre og Romsdal County

  Tourists come from across the globe just to drive it. Popularly, it has been dubbed “The Road to Nowhere”. It is Norway’s Atlantic Ocean Road....

France’s Palais du Louvre

Among its riches it houses Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, as well as many choice items looted by Napoleon during his years of conquest in...

Christchurch’s Hagley Oval Pavilion

A southern-style stoush had been sparked when New Zealand was chosen, along with Australia, as host for the 2015 World Cricket Cup. Post-quake Christchurch...

Christchurch‚s Botanic Gardens visitor centre

It was by chance I stumbled across Christchurch’s first civic building to rise from the ashes of the quakes. I had been meandering alongside the...

Tekapo’s astronomical analemma

Dr Kerry Rodgers has clearly been out in the midday sun for far too long . . . Analemma: a plot or graph...

A tale of two churches

Dr Kerry Rodgers has a South Canterbury epiphany Christchurch’s Anglican Cathedral and Catholic Basilica were not the only Canterbury churches to suffer damage from the...

The colossus of Leshan

While watching a documentary called Rediscovering the Yangtze, I found — as a geologist in a former incarnation — the geomorphology mind blowing. There...