In this week's Listener – January 26, 2019

by The Listener / 22 January, 2019

January 26, 2019

On sale January 21-27

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Blinded by the hype

As new treatments become ever more expensive and the population ages, experts are warning that the “train of affordable cancer care” is about to crash off the tracks. by Donna Chisholm

Lucky to be here

Old Antarctica hands repeatedly say “it’s a harsh continent”, and as Dry Valleys visitor Rebecca Priestley found out, it can take some getting used to.

Damage limitation

For generations, Māori heritage sites have been lost through wilful ignorance and a steamroller mentality. Though recognition is growing, inconsistency prevails. by Sally Blundell

This Life

Health Anaesthetic and party drug ketamine is one of a number of medicines that may see a new use. by Nicky Pellegrino

Nutrition There are plenty of ways to get the protein you need without daily meat or supplements. by Jennifer Bowden

Food There’s nothing more convenient for your outdoor occasion than a beautiful, golden pastry sensation. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Mills Reef is making a brave move into the super-premium wine market. by Michael Cooper

Psychology We are naturally biased towards where we see the cause of things and react accordingly. by Marc Wilson

Travel Hot, dusty Sydney imparts a life lesson in an hour between show-biz appointments. by Peter Elliott

Sport Aussie ball-tamperers Steve Smith and David Warner can’t get back on the cricket pitch fast enough. by Paul Thomas

Books & Culture

Reframing an era Were celebrated Pākehā portrait painters Charles Goldie and Gottfried Lindauer guilty of exploiting and romanticising Māori? Their subjects didn’t think so, and nor do the tangata whenua of today. by Sally Blundell

Books Novels by Karyn Hay, Hank Green, Caoilinn Hughes and John Purcell, thrillers by Lucy Foley, Garry Disher and John Grisham and Tim Flannery on Europe’s natural history

Music Scottish accordion virtuoso James Crabb and furniture-making muso Cate Le Bon

Film Storm Boy, Green Book



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 Fiona Rae

TV Review Diana Wichtel

Radio Fiona Rae

TV programmes

Radio programmes


Norah Jones’s new beginning and return to New Zealand
104817 2019-04-21 00:00:00Z Music

Norah Jones’s new beginning and return to New Zeal…

by Russell Baillie

The jazz songstress is staying inspired by writing with others.

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Bill Ralston: Only fundamentalist Christians should be hurt by Israel Folau
104814 2019-04-20 00:00:00Z Social issues

Bill Ralston: Only fundamentalist Christians shoul…

by Bill Ralston

Israel Folau’s social-media post might condemn the Wallabies to Rugby World Cup hell, but the rest of us should ignore him.

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What happens next with the Mueller report?
104863 2019-04-20 00:00:00Z World

What happens next with the Mueller report?

by Noted

Did Trump “corrupt” with intent?

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The Heart Dances: Lifting the lid on the culture clash behind ‘The Piano’ ballet
104740 2019-04-20 00:00:00Z Movies

The Heart Dances: Lifting the lid on the culture c…

by Russell Baillie

Documentary offers an intriguing look at the clash of artistic sensibilities behind adapting The Piano into a ballet.

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How this remarkable native insect is being saved
104836 2019-04-20 00:00:00Z Planet

How this remarkable native insect is being saved

by Jenny Nicholls

Principles of bird conservation are helping to save another remarkable native you’ve never heard of.

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Environment Ministry 'unashamedly proud' of bleak report's honesty
104868 2019-04-20 00:00:00Z Planet

Environment Ministry 'unashamedly proud' of bleak…

by RNZ

The Secretary for the Environment Vicky Robertson said she was proud of the report's honesty and it was an important stocktake for the country.

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The new What We Do in the Shadows is more dad joke than demonic
104712 2019-04-19 00:00:00Z Television

The new What We Do in the Shadows is more dad joke…

by Diana Wichtel

Diana Wichtel reviews a new American TV series based on the hit Kiwi comedy.

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Louis & Louise is a satisfying exploration of gender and identity
104230 2019-04-19 00:00:00Z Books

Louis & Louise is a satisfying exploration of gend…

by Brigid Feehan

In her latest novel, Julie Cohen traces the parallel male and female lives of a single character.

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