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


Winston Peters to be named deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister
81948 2017-10-24 08:19:37Z Politics

Winston Peters to be named deputy Prime Minister a…

by RNZ

Details of the coalition deal struck between Labour and New Zealand First will be announced today, revealing the policy concessions by both sides.

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Xi Jinping and the rise of China in the Asia-Pacific
81954 2017-10-24 00:00:00Z World

Xi Jinping and the rise of China in the Asia-Pacif…

by Anna Fifield

The Chinese leader isn’t letting dissent get in the way of his drive to leave a grand legacy.

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Win a double pass to Waru
81958 2017-10-24 00:00:00Z Win

Win a double pass to Waru

by The Listener

From eight Māori women directors come eight connected stories, each taking place at the same time during the tangi of a small boy, Waru.

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When Sir Bob Jones met Muhammad Ali
81845 2017-10-23 00:00:00Z Books

When Sir Bob Jones met Muhammad Ali

by Bob Jones

A new biography finds fault with the legendary fighter, but praise wins by a mile.

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Announcing the finalists of the NZ Craft Awards 2017
81876 2017-10-23 00:00:00Z Culture

Announcing the finalists of the NZ Craft Awards 20…

by NZTV Craft Awards

The finalists of the New Zealand Craft Awards have been announced and here is the complete list.

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Hand, foot and mouth disease is not nearly as scary it seems
81868 2017-10-23 00:00:00Z Health

Hand, foot and mouth disease is not nearly as scar…

by Ruth Nichol

It sounds alarmingly like foot and mouth disease, but all they have in common is they are viral.

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What to do in Auckland if you're a local who wants the tourist experience
81902 2017-10-23 00:00:00Z Travel

What to do in Auckland if you're a local who wants…

by Pamela Wade

After living in Auckland for almost 25 years, Pamela Wade decides to reacquaint herself with the city where she still feels like a stranger.

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The Lesley Calvert cold case: 40 years of torment
80160 2017-10-22 00:00:00Z Crime

The Lesley Calvert cold case: 40 years of torment

by Chris Birt

The mum-of-three was found on a hillside in sight of her farmhouse where she'd disappeared 7 months earlier. Suspicions swirled, but no answers found.

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