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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86125 2018-01-22 08:15:08Z Politics

Jacinda Ardern broke baby news to Winston Peters o…

by RNZ

Deputy Prime Minister got a home visit by Ms Ardern to break the news of her pregnancy.

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Road toll: 'Without a doubt' increase is linked to police cuts
86121 2018-01-22 07:22:48Z Social issues

Road toll: 'Without a doubt' increase is linked to…

by Emile Donovan and Tim Brown

Nearly 100 dedicated road police positions have been cut in the past five years, while the road toll rose 50 percent increase in the same period.

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New Mongrel Mob app 'bloody stupid' and insensitive
86117 2018-01-22 06:57:35Z Social issues

New Mongrel Mob app 'bloody stupid' and insensitiv…

by Emma Hatton

Gang violence mediators say a Mongrel Mob-themed game is 'stupid', but its maker says he was just taking advantage of a gap in the market.

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Jacinda Ardern: Government's focus turns to '300-day plan'
86114 2018-01-22 06:38:40Z Politics

Jacinda Ardern: Government's focus turns to '300-d…

by Mei Heron

Labour's caucus meets for the first time this year, with the PM saying there are still policies to be finalised for the govt's first 100 days.

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New Zealanders love a good ghost story
86094 2018-01-22 00:00:00Z History

New Zealanders love a good ghost story

by Redmer Yska

We New Zealanders are known for being down to earth and no-nonsense, but there's a surprising number of Kiwi stories with a supernatural element.

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How to avoid burnout at work
86051 2018-01-22 00:00:00Z Psychology

How to avoid burnout at work

by Marc Wilson

Taking positive steps at work will help keep weariness at bay.

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A puppy-buyer's guide to getting a new dog
86100 2018-01-21 00:00:00Z Social issues

A puppy-buyer's guide to getting a new dog

by Sally Blundell

Just saying “oh, how adorable” is not all you need to do before taking on a new dog.

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Tarawera eruption: What was the mysterious ghost canoe?
86076 2018-01-21 00:00:00Z History

Tarawera eruption: What was the mysterious ghost c…

by Dale Williams

For more than 130 years, lovers of ghost stories have enjoyed talking about one of our most enduring mysteries: the Phantom Canoe of Lake Tarawera.

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