In this week's Listener – December 15, 2018

by The Listener / 10 December, 2018

December 15, 2018

On sale December 10-16

Subscribe to the Listener

Features


Shelter from the storm

Proposals to change the way income and property are split in divorce cases aim to put children’s interests first. But some fear kids will become pawns in a legal and financial stalemate. by Donna Chisholm

A Kiwi in Kabul

Naomi Brons-Harper dodges bullets to continue charitable work begun by her father among the poor of Afghanistan. by Clare de Lore

I won’t be home for Christmas

New Zealand aid workers in some of the world’s poorest countries explain how they will be marking the festive season. by Sally Blundell

This Life


Health A poor sense of smell is linked to a range of diseases from obesity to dementia. by Ruth Nichol

Nutrition The keto weight-loss diet that is having a surge of popularity may actually be shortening lives. by Jennifer Bowden

Food Clams are the sweet and succulent star of cuisines around the world. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine The cost of New Zealand wine hasn’t risen over the past decade, except at the top end. by Michael Cooper

Psychology Deadlines, bills and Christmas have replaced savage beasts as our main sources of stress. by Marc Wilson

Technology A digital assistant, an e-reader for the bath and flashy phones and cameras make the top-tech list. by Peter Griffin

Sport The Warriors give every indication that they’re happy to see the back of their star half. by Paul Thomas

Books & Culture


Top 20 albums of 2018 Marlon Williams – who tops Listener music reviewer James Belfield’s chart – talks to Russell Baillie about his very big year.

Books Autobiographies by Roger Daltrey, Tina Turner, Olivia Newton-John, Sally Field, Michael Caine and Billy Connolly, and Eric Idle talks about his memoir of life as a rock-star comedian

Film The life and career of the late Geoff Murphy. Reviews of Mortal Engines and Fahrenheit 11/9

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

Radio programmes

Latest

PM announces ban on all military-style semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles
103805 2019-03-21 00:00:00Z Crime

PM announces ban on all military-style semi-automa…

by RNZ

Ms Ardern pledged the day after the terrorist massacre that "gun laws will change" and would be announced within 10 days of the attack.

Read more
No mention of right-wing extremist threats in 10 years of GCSB & SIS public docs
103770 2019-03-21 00:00:00Z Politics

No mention of right-wing extremist threats in 10 y…

by Jane Patterson

There is not one specific mention of the threat posed by white supremacists or right-wing nationalism in 10 years of security agency documents.

Read more
Deirdre Kent: The woman who faced down the wrath of Big Tobacco
103798 2019-03-21 00:00:00Z Profiles

Deirdre Kent: The woman who faced down the wrath o…

by Joanna Wane

As the face of anti-smoking lobby group ASH, Deirdre Kent played a vital role in the smokefree New Zealand movement.

Read more
Māori leaders say acts of terror nothing new in NZ
103766 2019-03-21 00:00:00Z Currently

Māori leaders say acts of terror nothing new in NZ…

by Leigh-Marama McLachlan

Māori leaders are calling on New Zealanders to reject the notion that 'this is not us' in the wake of the Christchurch mosque attacks.

Read more
Cynthia Millar and the strange beauty of the ondes martenot
103723 2019-03-21 00:00:00Z Music

Cynthia Millar and the strange beauty of the ondes…

by Elizabeth Kerr

The sci-fi sound of the ondes martenot is playing a key part in the upcoming performance of an epic symphony.

Read more
Christchurch gunsmith warned police about white supremacists last year
103662 2019-03-20 00:00:00Z Crime

Christchurch gunsmith warned police about white su…

by RNZ

A Canterbury gunsmith living and working says he told police less than six months ago they needed to look at the rise of white supremacists with guns.

Read more
12 moments that show how New Zealanders have united in the face of terror
103665 2019-03-20 00:00:00Z Social issues

12 moments that show how New Zealanders have unite…

by Vomle Springford

In the following days after the Christchurch terror attacks, New Zealand has come together to support the victims of the shootings.

Read more
How modern art inspired the music of Anna Clyne's Abstractions
103649 2019-03-20 00:00:00Z Music

How modern art inspired the music of Anna Clyne's…

by The Listener

The works of the English contemporary composer feature in the NZSO’s forthcoming The Planets series.

Read more