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January 14, 2017



Out of the frying pan

When David Shearer told his family he was going to work in one of the world’s most troubled states, his son said, “Well, it’s got to be better than the shambles you’re in at the moment.” by Michele Hewitson

Peak paradise

The tourism boom is overwhelming some of our most prized beauty spots. Are there clever solutions? by Rebecca Macfie

‘Dark doings’

A Wellington couple who befriended unwed mothers in the 1920s became as notorious as the executed “baby farmer” Minnie Dean. by Redmer Yska

On the move

Holidays are a time for travelling. In this series of short stories, NZ writers tell tales of departure, arrival and looking back.

In the dolphin’s wake

As a symbol of the season’s spirit, we could do much worse than Pelorus Jack, who knew a bit about goodwill towards all humankind. by Lydia Monin


This Life

Health The very act of creating something can give people a psychological boost. by Nicky Pellegrino

Nutrition How would you like a side of perfluorooctanoic acid with your popcorn? by Jennifer Bowden

Psychology How young people feel about their school plays a crucial role in their development. by Marc Wilson

Sport The sporting quotes of the year include verbal spaghetti on the subject of boxing. by Paul

Food Two new books capture the essence of a New Zealand summer. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine A line-up of tasty, tangy rieslings for summer sipping. by Michael Cooper

Travel LA’s architectural landmarks


Books & Culture

Always coming home

Ursula Le Guin doesn’t tell readers much about her life, but revealing nuggets are starting to appear. by David Larsen

Books About 70s New Zealand music, memoirs by Jimmy Barnes, Phil Collins and Richard von Sturmer, and novels by Michael Chabon and Elena Ferrante

A Way with Words Nalini Singh

Music From the xx, Weyes Blood and Neil Young

Film The Edge of Seventeen, The Eagle Huntress



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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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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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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How children's immune systems are affected by cold, damp housing
73273 2017-05-22 11:21:53Z Social issues

How children's immune systems are affected by cold…

by Ruth Nichol

A cold, damp house is the first link in a chain that leads from childhood sniffles to major health problems.

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Crossword 1028 answers and explanations
Reading between the lines: Cartoonist Toby Morris
73255 2017-05-22 09:49:18Z Life in NZ

Reading between the lines: Cartoonist Toby Morris

by Ricky French

When it comes to provocative social commentary, Toby Morris’ pencil is his sword.

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Next in line for paper cut? Nelson Mail considers its future