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


President Trump's scandal in plain sight
73275 2017-05-23 00:00:00Z World

President Trump's scandal in plain sight

by Rachel Morris

It took 18 months for Watergate to create a political crisis. Trump got there in just four months.

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Dirtying the water of life: Can Te Waikoropupū Springs' purity be protected?
73306 2017-05-23 00:00:00Z Environment

Dirtying the water of life: Can Te Waikoropupū Spr…

by Katy Jones

At the top of the South Island lies some of the clearest water in the world. But are efforts to protect Te Waikoropupū Springs too little, too late?

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Shortland Street: 'How long will it last' - Angela Bloomfield on her first day
73384 2017-05-22 17:32:47Z Television

Shortland Street: 'How long will it last' - Angela…

by Angela Bloomfied

Angela Bloomfield talks about long-running NZ television favourite Shortland Street as it celebrates 25 years on screen.

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Auckland Writers Festival 2017: Day Three – Sitting Without A Chair
73327 2017-05-22 15:19:53Z Books

Auckland Writers Festival 2017: Day Three – Sittin…

by David Larsen

Metro's David Larsen on all the highlights from day three of the Auckland Writers Festival 2017.

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Letters reveal the dark and despairing side of celebrated lovers
73322 2017-05-22 15:02:35Z Culture

Letters reveal the dark and despairing side of cel…

by Linda Herrick

“Do you really think that at any period in our friendship you were worthy of the love I showed you, or that for a single moment I thought you were?"

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Rachel MacGregor has had enough of the media’s bulls**t
73312 2017-05-22 14:02:18Z Social issues

Rachel MacGregor has had enough of the media’s bul…

by Katie Parker

She is neither plaintiff nor defendant in the current Colin Craig trial - so why can’t the media leave his former press secretary alone?

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How to not get hacked
73298 2017-05-22 12:33:16Z Technology

How to not get hacked

by Peter Griffin

There are things you can do to reduce your risk.

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Rent bidding apps heading for New Zealand
73294 2017-05-22 12:16:44Z Technology

Rent bidding apps heading for New Zealand

by RNZ

A new app to enable tenants to bid against each other for a property will drive up already barely affordable prices, renters say.

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