This week's Listener – March 31, 2018

by The Listener / 26 March, 2018

March 31, 2018

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Battery charges

Last week the Listener broke an online story revealing problems with batteries in New Zealand’s bestselling electric car, just as the uptake reaches a tipping point. Should you still go electric? by Peter Griffin

Eenie meenie miney mo

The White House game of musical chairs, in which Kiwi Chris Liddell is playing a bit part, could be about to take a dangerous turn. by Paul Thomas

Shock waves

Sharon Major – who’s featured with her husband and their baby on one of the stamps issued to mark the 50th anniversary of the Wahine sinking – recalls the frightening events of the day.

The long wait

A decade ago, David Lomas told the Listener the true story of the mistakes and negligence that contributed to the tragedy were only just being uncovered.

‘Viewers feel it’s real’

TVNZ’s Corin Dann has an important new role, but if he hadn’t had surgery, he wouldn’t be on our screens at all. by Clare de Lore

This Life

Health Gout – often the subject of misguided jokes – is becoming much more common. by Nicky Pellegrino

Nutrition Is lack of time wreaking havoc on your diet? Try these labour-saving suggestions. by Jennifer Bowden

Food The high tea at an Auckland hotel makes fabulous use of chocolate. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine A dozen artisanal wineries make a team. by Michael Cooper

Psychology A small increase in body temperature affects memory and thinking. by Marc Wilson

Sport Early contests for the world heavyweight boxing crown were full of drama. by Paul Thomas


Books & Culture

Armed and dangerous

Renowned for his sharp dialogue on stage and screen, David Mamet brings his machine-gun style to a new novel about the Chicago mob – and to his conversation. by Diana Wichtel

Theatre Expatriate actress Lisa Harrow reflects on the pivotal points in her life and career. by Sarah Catherall

Books A memoir by Peter Wells, and novels by Tayari Jones and Madeline Miller.

Music Groeni

Film Mary Magdalene and Tomb Raider




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

Bulletin from Abroad Bernard Lagan in Sydney

Back to Black Joanne Black

Politics Jane Clifton

Life Bill Ralston

The Good Life Greg Dixon



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


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