March 25, 2017



The tyranny of average

A dropout teenager who grew up to be a high achiever is leading the fight against the “averagarianism” that holds us back from achieving our individual potential. by Nicky Pellegrino

Peak practice

Proposals are well advanced to close the summits of five Auckland maunga to all traffic. But not everyone’s happy about the idea. by Geoff Chapple

Counting in his favour

As the man in charge of National’s re-election prospects, new Finance Minister Steven Joyce has his sights firmly set on a fourth term. by Guyon Espiner

Star of the show

The danger of getting hooked on the Trump Show is that we forget we’re watching the degradation of democracy. by Paul Thomas

‘Can’t we focus on solving problems?’

It almost beggars belief that one of the first jobs our man on the UN Security Council set himself was getting his fellow ambassadors talking to one another. by Clare de Lore

Giving ’em a taste of Kiwi

New Zealand made its presence felt during its brief spell on the UN Security Council. by Robert G Patman

Following the money

A High Court finding against an award-winning fund manager stirs up the murk of sharemarket manipulation. by Jonathan Underhill


This Life

Nutrition Thoughtfulness about why, what and how we consume food is a healthy dietary step. by Jennifer Bowden

Food Making tasty tarts is easy when you use commercial pastry. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Delegat wines offer great drinking and striking value. by Michael Cooper

Psychology There’s a cheap, effective cure for those who hate spiders. by Marc Wilson

Technology The pace and rate of change are ­exceeding our capacity to adapt. by Peter Griffin

Sport Aussie-India test hostilities are putting cricket’s umpiring review mess in the full glare it needs. by Paul Thomas


Books & Culture

Tales from the crypt

With his debut novel of grief, ghosts and Abraham Lincoln shaping up as a literary phenomenon, US author George Saunders is heading to the Auckland Writers Festival. by Russell Baillie

Theatre Dave Armstrong’s new play, Anzac Eve

Books A history of the Holocaust, biographies of Cuba and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and crime novels by John Fairfax, Dirk Kurbjuweit, Christoffer Carlsson and Rory Clements

A Way with Words Fiona Farrell

Music From King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, French for Rabbits and Tinariwen

Film Gary of the Pacific, Kong: Skull Island





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

Bulletin from Abroad Bernard Lagan in Sydney

Back to Black Joanne Black

Politics Jane Clifton

TV Review Diana Wichtel

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


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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