June 24, 2017



Taming your inner hoarder

Our obsession with possessions is economically and ecologically unsustainable and is making us anxious and depressed. by Sally Blundell

Home truths

What should mum-and-dad investors do for their retirement? Sir Bob Jones says the traditional approach of scrimping and saving is no way to go.

Class captain

Nikki Kaye was a teenage tearaway who wanted to leave school early. Now she’s our youngest-ever female Minister of Education. by Aimie Cronin

Cup of life

The All Blacks’ inaugural World Cup triumph 30 years ago revived a bruised and battered game. by Paul Thomas

Gender bender

Climbing the male-dominated corporate ladder can be good for women – and better for business. by Rebecca Howard


This Life

Health A treatment advance is delivering for couples unable to conceive despite round after round of IVF. by Ruth Nichol

Nutrition Improving the dietary health of the elderly may be as simple as including them in our lives. by Jennifer Bowden

Technology Concerns about
voice-activated speakers listening in on our conversations are real. by Peter Griffin

Food Just like wine, food can develop a taste of its own according to where it grows. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Three great 2014 wines honouring revered winemaker Tom McDonald are about to be released. by Michael Cooper

Sport It doesn’t pay to dwell on how often sporting results are determined by officiating errors. by Paul Thomas

Psychology A clear economic argument for spending on mental health. by Marc Wilson



Books & Culture

Voices from the past

The sounds of taonga puoro are harmonising with Western instruments on concert platforms. by Elizabeth Kerr

Books By Paddy Richardson, Helen Dunmore and Ashley Hay, and about the totara and the Osage murders in Oklahoma, plus the latest crime fiction.

Way with Words Playwright Briar Grace-Smith tells of the inspirations for her latest work.

Opera The new Carmen reviewed.

Music From the Miltones, Dan Auerbach, Kevin Morby and alt-J.

Film Churchill, The Mummy, The Olive Tree, Despite the Falling Snow




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

 Bulletin from Abroad Rachel Morris in Washington DC

Back to Black Joanne Black

Politics Jane Clifton

TV Review Diana Wichtel

Life Bill Ralston

The Good Life Greg Dixon



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


What's with Winston's crush on Russia?
88370 2018-03-18 00:00:00Z Politics

What's with Winston's crush on Russia?

by Jane Clifton

Winston Peters has a thing about Russia, and no one can explain why.

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The Queen reveals her 'horrible' coronation day memories
88346 2018-03-18 00:00:00Z Books

The Queen reveals her 'horrible' coronation day me…

by Fiona Rae

When the Queen saw the crown for the first time in 65 years, she couldn’t tell the front from the back.

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Why is getting your pet into New Zealand such an ordeal?
88103 2018-03-18 00:00:00Z Life in NZ

Why is getting your pet into New Zealand such an o…

by Laura McQuillan

Bringing your pet into New Zealand is an expensive exercise that requires a lot of patience. And if you don't comply, your pet could die.

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What the sexual harassment allegations mean for the Labour Party
88374 2018-03-17 00:00:00Z Politics

What the sexual harassment allegations mean for th…

by Bill Ralston

The response to the weekend camp fiasco suggests the honeymoon for the new Government is over.

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The art and soul of Te Papa
88235 2018-03-17 00:00:00Z Arts

The art and soul of Te Papa

by Sally Blundell

Twenty years ago, Te Papa opened with little space to exhibit its national art collection. Now, it is showing off its new dedicated art space.

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Does chewing more help curb your appetite?
87918 2018-03-17 00:00:00Z Nutrition

Does chewing more help curb your appetite?

by Jennifer Bowden

Our appetite-control hormones are affected by chewing, according to some studies, whereas others show no change.

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How Auckland rapper JessB went from face in the crowd to queen of the stage
88396 2018-03-16 09:42:00Z Music

How Auckland rapper JessB went from face in the cr…

by Vomle Springford

Auckland rapper JessB is making her mark in the male-dominated hip-hop scene with the release of her much-anticipated debut EP Bloom.

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Defence Minister Ron Mark defends his use of military aircraft
88389 2018-03-16 07:02:40Z Politics

Defence Minister Ron Mark defends his use of milit…

by Craig McCulloch

Defence Minister Ron Mark is denying any inappropriate use of military aircraft after revelations he has used them to fly to and from home.

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