What the Hell is Going On with the Hospital Rebuild? A Short History

The Dunedin hospital rebuild has been continually stalled for the last two years, dragging along with more reluctance than a student finishing a research assignment.  Another roadblock appeared this week with news that the Ministry of Health apparently doesn’t know what parts they can afford to rebuild or how big the project is going to be. They had planned to seek public-private partnership (PPP), a plan which would involve private...

Otago University Coy Over Plans to Replace Dept. of Politics Staff Member

Critic understands that a second staff member from the Department of Politics has taken an offer of voluntary redundancy, with the University keeping tight-lipped on whom, if anybody will be replacing them. It is not publically known at this stage which staff member has taken up the offer. The university isn’t prepared to disclose their plans for the vacant position, with Pro-Vice Chancellor for the Division of Humanities Tony...

Thereís always someone to talk to

Youthline focuses on supporting young people between the ages of 13 and 26. Brian Lowe is the Youthline Otago manager. He and one administration person are the only staff members, neither of which are employed full time. Lowe has volunteered since his university days and has always been drawn to helping this age group. He says: “There’s so much happening in the teenage years – mental formation, physical change, social change,...

Mondelez International To Give Cadbury World a $3 million Upgrade

Cadbury World owners, Mondelez International, are looking to revamp their Dunedin tourist attraction. They have released a series of plans that will look at upgrading the attraction, with plans still being in the concept development stage, and with no final decision having been made. According to Mondelez International, the initial feedback from both the community and the stakeholders has been largely positive. Part of the potential...

Folkloric Heroes: NZ Cricketís All-Time Battlers XI

Kane Williamson. Martin Crowe. Richard Hadlee. Ross Taylor. These are but a few of the names that have been carved into national...

Protestors March Against Construction of Animal Testing Facility

A recent protest on University of Otago grounds saw more than 70 people voicing opposition to the construction of an animal...

Cookin' Up Love

Each week, we lure two singletons to The Captain Cook Hotel, give them food and drink, then wait for their reports to arrive in our inbox. If this sounds like you, email critic@critic.co.nz. But be warned--if you dine on the free food and dash without...

Critic Booze Reviews

Imagine you’re on your third day of a bender, the hardest of the lot, the simple thought of starting to drink again is stifling while you lie in bed hoping death comes shortly. The strongest willed of the group are starting to get back on the horse as...

Ba(e)gels

Bread is life. Bread is Bae (do we still say that?). However, it is also something with which we all have a love-hate relationship. On the one hand, it’s frickin’ delicious and yet on the other, I find myself screaming “my skinny jeans...

The Bloggs óNicola Jackson

Currently tucked away in the Dunedin Public Art Gallery is a small room exploding with rainbow colours and slightly disturbing human bodies in a kaleidoscope of unapologetic vibrancy. This is The Bloggs by Nicola Jackson, simultaneously Frida Kahlo-style...

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