In this week's Listener – June 8, 2019

by The Listener / 03 June, 2019

June 8, 2019

On sale June 3-9

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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



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 & 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


The drama and the trauma behind NZ musician Shayne Carter's rise to the top
107207 2019-06-15 00:00:00Z Music

The drama and the trauma behind NZ musician Shayne…

by Mike White

Shayne Carter’s career has been wild and acclaimed. But his just-released memoir reveals the drama and trauma going on behind the scenes.

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Rare photos of the Straitjacket Fits by Brian Murphy
The Handmaid's Tale is so chilling, you risk hypothermia
107150 2019-06-15 00:00:00Z Television

The Handmaid's Tale is so chilling, you risk hypot…

by Diana Wichtel

Season three of The Handmaid’s Tale packs a punch, despite some implausible scenes, writes Diana Wichtel.

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Christchurch mosque attacks: Accused pleads not guilty to all charges
107204 2019-06-14 00:00:00Z Crime

Christchurch mosque attacks: Accused pleads not gu…

by Anneke Smith

The man accused of the Christchurch terror attacks has pleaded not guilty to all the charges laid against him.

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One thing is certain: Political biffo is unavoidable in NZ Parliament
107183 2019-06-14 00:00:00Z Politics

One thing is certain: Political biffo is unavoidab…

by Bevan Rapson

Despite overdue efforts to improve Parliament's culture, political biffo will always be with us.

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The sweeping proposal to lower speed limits is on the skids – it's a good thing
107144 2019-06-14 00:00:00Z Social issues

The sweeping proposal to lower speed limits is on…

by The Listener

Transport officials’ enthusiasm for a sweeping lowering of speed limits looks set to go the way of the once-proposed ban on cats in dairies.

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Are New Zealand's intelligence agencies watching the right people?
107185 2019-06-14 00:00:00Z Social issues

Are New Zealand's intelligence agencies watching t…

by Phil Pennington

New Zealanders who feel they've done nothing wrong have found themselves under surveillance by the state and say they've been left nervous.

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Never Look Away: A flawed masterpiece about life in WWII-era Germany
107122 2019-06-14 00:00:00Z Movies

Never Look Away: A flawed masterpiece about life i…

by James Robins

Epic drama captures an artist navigating the upheavals of Nazi and post-war Germany.

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