February 25, 2017



Truth or dare

Donald Trump seems to be implying that many of his predecessors are killers. Is this just another alternative fact? by Paul Thomas

Adding up to success

New evidence is pointing to the benefits of a brain-exercise programme previously considered controversial. by Nicky Pellegrino

Inglorious dastards

An attack that killed up to 100 Maori men, women and children to crush a non-existent uprising signalled “a great war for New Zealand” was being waged. by Vincent O’Malley

Making tracks

TV presenter and former Tory minister Michael Portillo talks about travel, Trump and life after throwing away his stiff shirt. by Diana Wichtel

‘Little girls didn’t dream about chairing boards’

Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas has spent most of her impressive life in the UK, but remains close to her childhood friends. by Clare de Lore


This Life

Health Asthma epidemics caused by climate change look set to become more common. by Nicky Pellegrino

Nutrition Spread makers are coy about how much palm oil their products contain. by Jennifer Bowden

Psychology Our musical choices reflect important aspects of our personality. by Marc Wilson

Food Simple fare for picnicking in the great outdoors. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Marlborough’s pinot noirs are worth further investigation. by Michael Cooper

Sport Rugby relations with Australia have sunk to a low ebb, thanks to a bug and the ABs’ dominance. by Paul Thomas


Books & Culture

Going out in symphony

The Modern Maori Quartet’s national tour comes with some big strings attached. by Russell Baillie

Film French movie star Isabelle Huppert is enjoying a moment with a Golden Globe win and an Oscar chance

Books Paul Auster’s latest novel, Petina Gappah’s short story collection, Paul Beatty’s Man Booker winner The Sellout, and a popular science round-up

A Way with Words Charlotte Grimshaw

Music From Nadia Reid and Jens Lekma and the soundtrack for the Trainspotting sequel

Film Silence, The Great Wall





Letters Plus Caption Competition, Quips & Quotes, Life in NZ and 10 Quick Questions

Bulletins from Abroad Anna Fifield in Tokyo, Bernard Lagan in Sydney

Politics Jane Clifton

Back to Black Joanne Black

TV Review Greg Dixon

Life Bill Ralston



Diversions & Puzzles

Wordsworth Gabe Atkinson


That’s Entertainment

Television Fiona Rae

Online Fiona Rae

TV Films Fiona Rae

Radio Fiona Rae

TV programmes

Radio programmes


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