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October 8, 2016

October 12 marks the 99th anniversary of the worst day in our military history.


‘Nothing but utter desolation’

October 12 marks the 99th anniversary of the worst day in our military history. by Greg Hall

Birth control

New research shows babies in midwife-led births have poorer outcomes than those in doctor-led care. by Donna Chisholm

Rose tinted

Comedian Rose Matafeo on her winning brand of funny. by Diana Wichtel

Knowing me, knowing you

The sky’s the limit in China for businesses with the personal touch. by Jonathan Underhill

Murder, they said

It’s nearly 20 years since Ben Smart and Olivia Hope disappeared and Scott Watson was found guilty of their murders. by Joanne Black


Health Sufferers of a chronic facial ache can be condemned to excruciating pain. by Nicky Pellegrino

Nutrition There are many reasons for our high gastric illness rate. by Jennifer Bowden

Technology Some internet users can surf the web at dizzying speeds, but others are stuck in the slow lane. by Peter Griffin

Psychology The sniffles and sneezes of winter bugs are just the lurgy’s visible effects. by Marc Wilson

Food Celebrate a month devoted to New Zealand’s favourite dairy food, cheese. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Villa Maria has been named the world’s eighth most-admired wine brand. by Michael Cooper

Sport Other nations are more regular offenders than New Zealand when it comes to poaching Pasifika players. by Paul Thomas


Mansfield and us

Katherine Mansfield continues to inspire other New Zealand writers, the latest being graphic novelist Sarah Laing. by Paula Morris

Books Short stories about sex and death, a new novel by Deborah Levy, and the tale of a heroic Timbuktu librarian

Dance Michael Parmenter’s Insolent River: A Tango

Classical CDs featuring works by Peter Maxwell Davies, Mendelssohn, Grieg and Stephen Hough and English 18th-century music for the harpsichord

Music From Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Tourettes, and After ’Ours

Film The Magnificent Seven, Blair Witch



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

Bulletin from Abroad Rachel Morris in Washington DC

TV Review Greg Dixon

Politics Jane Clifton

Back to Black Joanne Black

Life Bill Ralston


Diversions & Puzzles

Wordsworth Gabe Atkinson



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