In this week's Listener – September 29, 2018

by The Listener / 24 September, 2018

September 29, 2018

On sale September 24-30

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All shook up

We know our country: it’s a small island nation dominated by the Alpine Fault, with a population of flightless birds courtesy of our predator-free past, and a history of human occupation going back around 1000 years. Right? Wrong. by Sally Blundell

Ice follies

He’s back on screen with a travel series about North Korea and a role in drama Vanity Fair, but Michael Palin’s biggest new project is a personal one – a book about early polar expeditions with a New Zealand connection. by Russell Baillie

This is war

The threat of weapons that could launch attacks without human input, including swarms of killer drones, is raising international alarm. by Stuart McMillan

Matters of life & death

One of New Zealand’s leading philanthropists has pledged a unique gift to medical research. by Clare de Lore

This Life

Health Early detection can pick up vision problems that, left untreated, will hinder a child’s development. by Nicky Pellegrino

Nutrition As the gut microbiome becomes a key health focus, how do we boost it? by Jennifer Bowden

Food Soft, juicy and rich in omega-3, New Zealand salmon is worth paying a little extra for. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Tasting 10 vintages of the famous Château Mouton Rothschild. by Michael Cooper

Psychology There are plenty of reasons public speaking is so scary, but in the end, practice makes perfect. by Marc Wilson

Sport Serena Williams’ US Open outburst was unbecoming but the umpire made a mess of his response. by Paul Thomas

Books & Culture

WOW, it’s wearing well The World of WearableArt show is celebrating 30 years. Founder Dame Suzie Moncrieff tells Sarah Catherall about the pivotal moments in its history.

Books About the way personal and political lives intersect by Olivia Laing, novels by Tara Isabella Burton, Sarah Selecky, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma and Nicholas Sheppard, children’s reading by Kimberly Andrews and poetry by David Eggleton

A way with words Tina Makereti

Music From Paul McCartney

Film Ladies in Black, A Simple Favour



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

Bulletin from Abroad Cathrin Schaer in Berlin

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 Russell Brown

TV Films Ryan Holder

TV Review Diana Wichtel

Radio Fiona Rae

TV programmes

Radio programmes


The key to long-term success after weight-loss surgery
107438 2019-06-26 00:00:00Z Health

The key to long-term success after weight-loss sur…

by Nicky Pellegrino

Weight-loss surgery is becoming more common, but lifestyle and attitude changes are needed for long-term success.

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Matariki feast: Kasey and Karena Bird's family recipes
107605 2019-06-25 11:39:22Z Food

Matariki feast: Kasey and Karena Bird's family rec…

by Lauraine Jacobs

Māori food champions Kasey and Karena Bird share traditional family recipes that are ideal for Matariki.

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Julie Anne Genter on bicycles, babies and what's going to make a better world
107579 2019-06-25 00:00:00Z Profiles

Julie Anne Genter on bicycles, babies and what's g…

by Emma Clifton

The MP made world headlines when she cycled to hospital to give birth. She talks about how this put her and what she stands for in the spotlight.

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Toy Story 4: The beloved franchise reaches a Forky in the road
107472 2019-06-25 00:00:00Z Movies

Toy Story 4: The beloved franchise reaches a Forky…

by Russell Baillie

The fourth Toy Story instalment is clever, enjoyable and refreshingly weird.

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Mitre 10 living wage ruling sets precedent for retail staff - union
Apple set to offer sign-in service to rival Facebook and Google
107596 2019-06-25 00:00:00Z Tech

Apple set to offer sign-in service to rival Facebo…

by Peter Griffin

In the wake of data-privacy scandals, Apple is beefing up protection for owners of its devices.

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Understanding New Zealanders' attitudes to paying tax
107563 2019-06-24 16:28:59Z Business

Understanding New Zealanders' attitudes to paying…

by Nikki Mandow

We are pretty good about paying our taxes here, so why would we willingly go along with avoiding GST?

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Border tax rort: Could you be caught by a Customs crackdown?
107530 2019-06-24 10:19:12Z Business

Border tax rort: Could you be caught by a Customs…

by Nikki Mandow

New Zealand retailers hit by a GST rort that has been going on for at least two years hope officials, Trade Me, ministers and even customers will...

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