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


Caption competition: April 8, 2017
Wellington's port would fail in big quake - officials
70154 2017-03-31 09:09:15Z Economy

Wellington's port would fail in big quake - offici…

by Michael Cropp

Wellington's port would be unusable if a large earthquake struck within the next three months, senior officials say.

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Toxic sludge may have been dumped at Marsden Point
70145 2017-03-31 08:04:39Z Environment

Toxic sludge may have been dumped at Marsden Point…

by RNZ

Petrol sludge containing highly toxic alkyl-leads - later banned from petrol - was dumped near the coast at Marsden Point, say two former workers.

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Do children give your life meaning? I’m sorry to hear that
69803 2017-03-31 00:00:00Z Social issues

Do children give your life meaning? I’m sorry to h…

by Jenny Nicholls

I don’t feel “selfish” for not having children. In fact, I think people like me ought to be encouraged. There's hardly a human-shortage in the world.

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From Piha to Doha: An Auckland journalist's journey
70078 2017-03-31 00:00:00Z World

From Piha to Doha: An Auckland journalist's journe…

by Julie Hill

Back in Auckland, Al Jazeera anchor and journalist Elizabeth Puranam talks live TV, life in Doha and being trolled online.

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The drummer of The Darkness shakes off nepotism
70138 2017-03-30 15:03:02Z Music

The drummer of The Darkness shakes off nepotism

by India Hendrikse

Drummer Rufus Taylor has followed in his dad’s footsteps and plays in rock band The Darkness, which is touring New Zealand in April.

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A look at Auckland through a nature-oriented lens
70110 2017-03-30 13:16:06Z Where to go in Auckland

A look at Auckland through a nature-oriented lens

by Paperboy

Mount Albert’s Sophie Wolanski, of Muck Floral, looks at Auckland through a nature-oriented lens.

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Helene Wong and Ant Sang on being Chinese in Aotearoa