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In this week's Listener – June 8, 2019

June 8, 2019

On sale June 3-9


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Features


Stepping into a minefield

One in five New Zealanders owns a fitness tracker, but are they a boon for your health – or a threat to your privacy? by Donna Chisholm

Vested interests

France’s gilets jaunes protesters continue to challenge Emmanuel Macron. So, what do they actually want? by Nicholas Reid

From the archive: School of hard rock

The Manapouri hydropower scheme of the 1960s was one of the country’s toughest engineering projects and took a huge human toll. by Anthony Hubbard

Working on the future

Generations of one Nelson family have spawned books on the future well-being of their fellow New Zealanders. by Clare de Lore

This Life


Health Weight-loss surgery is becoming more common, but to succeed long-term, lifestyle and attitude changes are also needed. by Nicky Pellegrino

Nutrition The familiar green and gold kiwifruit are nutritional powerhouses and a new red variety offers even more. by Jennifer Bowden

Food Ideal for family desserts, apples and pears are at their best now. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Surprisingly for some, riesling isn’t always sweet. by Michael Cooper

Psychology Maximising the positive is just part of the formula for a happy existence. by Marc Wilson

Technology Our use of AI for problem-solving is okay so far, but the Government needs to do better. by Peter Griffin

Sport New Zealand looks good on paper as it takes its place in the 10-nation Cricket World Cup field. by Paul Thomas


Books & Culture


Look who’s Tolkien Nicholas Hoult stars as the creator of The Lord of the Rings in a biopic that contemplates how the writer’s early life may have influenced his adventures in Middle-earth. by Russell Baillie

Documentary Camino Skies

Books By Ben H Winters and Sadie Jones and a roundup of crime novels

A Way with Words Whiti Hereaka

Music From Snow Patrol and SJD

Classical The final CD in a Brahms project, by the New Zealand String Quartet and violist Maria Lambros

Film Rocketman, Gloria Bell, Aladdin


Commentary


Editorial

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

Bulletin from Abroad Andrew Anthony in London

Back to Black Joanne Black

Life Bill Ralston

Politics Jane Clifton

The Good Life Michele Hewitson


Diversions


Diversions & Puzzles

Wordsworth Gabe Atkinson


That’s Entertainment


Television Fiona Rae

TV Films Fiona Rae

TV Review Diana Wichtel

Radio Fiona Rae

TV programmes

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