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The Listener 80th Anniversary Bumper Issue

August 10, 2019

On sale August 5-11

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Who you gonna call?

Predicted critical shortages of family doctors are revolutionising primary healthcare. Is general practice terminally ill or can it be saved? Donna Chisholm reports.

From the archive: The way we war

The horror, the humour and the common humanity of the Listener’s reporting on World War II.

The Great Revolution

In 2019, Kiwis are taller and fatter than they were in 1939, material life has changed immeasurably, but the biggest change of all has been the revolution in our values. by noted historian Jock Phillips

Gadgets to thrill, drill & bill
From jetboats to dental drills, this country has consistently punched above its weight in inventiveness. by Peter Griffin

‘That was the way it was’
Eighty years ago, fatty foods were actually thought to be good for you, heavy smoking was the norm and avoiding serious illness was more about good luck than good medicine. by Donna Chisholm

Unmistakable quality of genius

In an obituary from the February 7, 2004, Listener, CK Stead outlines how Janet Frame’s “dangerous intelligence” allowed her to see, feel and express the mysteries we all experience.

On the stroke of eight
Defying the odds, overcoming adversity and winning with panache are how sporting legends are made. by Paul Thomas

Kiwis in the kitchen
Lauraine Jacobs traces the evolution of eating in New Zealand from the spartan diet of the war years to the vibrant multi-ethnic melting pot of cuisines we now enjoy.



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

Kōrero by Ranginui Walker

Back to Black Joanne Black

Life Bill Ralston

Politics Jane Clifton

The Good Life Greg Dixon


Diversions & Puzzles

Wordsworth Gabe Atkinson

That’s Entertainment

Television Fiona Rae

TV Films Fiona Rae

Radio Fiona Rae

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