May 27, 2017



In from the cold

Shockingly, almost 1600 Kiwi deaths each winter are attributed to our cold houses. Here’s what we can do. by Ruth Nichol

Miner in a dark vein

It took Catherine Chidgey 13 years to write the novel that won the fiction prize at this week’s Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. by Diana Wichtel

A bicycle built for you

The electric bike is starting to go mainstream. by Peter Calder

Festival fever

Is the competition among literary festivals becoming dangerous for their health? by Sally Blundell

‘It’s a world first’

The woman who created an international publishing empire is now engaged in a digital programme to teach reading to millions of children in remote places. by Clare de Lore

High stakes game

The sky’s the limit in the war of the advisers as a company’s liquidators sue the auditor. by Jonathan Underhill


This Life

Nutrition If nitrates in processed meats are carcinogenic, are other sources of the compound safe? by Jennifer Bowden

Technology The effect of fake news on democracy has forced Facebook to do something about it. by Peter Griffin

Psychology Mindfulness can have benefits sometimes, but it works better for women. by Marc Wilson

Food Signing up for fresh food directly from small-scale growers can change the way you eat. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Yalumba’s Y Series is a good-value way to enjoy the venerable brand. by Michael Cooper

Sport Ratbaggery is routine in ­Australasian league. by Paul Thomas


Books & Culture

The man with the mic

Confrontational documentary-maker Nick Broomfield has turned his attention to the tragedy of Whitney Houston. by Russell Baillie

A Way With Words Ockham NZ Book Award winner Ashleigh Young describes how she writes. Hold on – no she doesn’t.

Books Dawn O’Porter infuses chick-lit with feminism; derring-do in Timbuktu; Barry Brickell’s last verses reinvent the language; a round-up of recent speculative fiction; and Apirana Taylor’s new novel.

Music From Roger Waters, !!!, and the Charlatans

Classical Jenny McLeod’s 24 Tone Clocks; Isabelle Faust’s Mozart Violin Concertos     

Film The Sense of an Ending; Pecking Order





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



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


Immigration is National's Think Big 2.0
73604 2017-05-26 00:00:00Z Politics

Immigration is National's Think Big 2.0

by Graham Adams

This government is not for turning, at least not on immigration. Mass immigration is its key, overarching economic policy.

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Horns, guns and money: How to stop the trade that's driving rhinos to extinction
73516 2017-05-26 00:00:00Z Business

Horns, guns and money: How to stop the trade that'…

by Pamela Wade

The campaign against the bloody, lucrative trade in rhino horn has to combat powerful economic incentives for poachers.

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Why apples are the original fast food
73349 2017-05-26 00:00:00Z Nutrition

Why apples are the original fast food

by Jennifer Bowden

When time is tight yet you still want to eat right, stage a raid on nature’s larder.

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Welcome to the delay-button Budget
73739 2017-05-25 17:25:24Z Politics

Welcome to the delay-button Budget

by Jane Clifton

“Thank you for waiting. Your call is important to us. You are now in the queue. A Finance Minister will deal with you in approximately four years."

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Budget 2017: 'Rinky-dink' and 'communism by stealth'
73734 2017-05-25 16:14:28Z Politics

Budget 2017: 'Rinky-dink' and 'communism by stealt…

by RNZ

The government's budget is "rinky-dink" and will provide some minimum-wage earners with only one extra dollar a week, Labour says.

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Budget 2017: What you need to know
73714 2017-05-25 14:13:58Z Politics

Budget 2017: What you need to know

by RNZ

Finance Minister Steven Joyce has revealed this year's Budget. Here's what you need to know - at a glance.

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America's Cup: Where are all the women?
73693 2017-05-25 12:13:16Z Sport

America's Cup: Where are all the women?

by RNZ

When it comes to sport, the America's Cup is at the pinnacle for new technology, but it remains in the dark ages when it comes to gender equality.

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Grandparents are unrecognised victims of the P crisis – we need to support them
73676 2017-05-25 10:48:28Z Social issues

Grandparents are unrecognised victims of the P cri…

by The Listener

Methamphetamine is the ultimate time bomb, with an ability to reach backwards as well as forwards in ruining the lives of three generations at once.

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