This week's Listener – May 19, 2018

by The Listener / 14 May, 2018

May 19, 2018

On sale May 14-20

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Home truths

The Government’s $2 billion KiwiBuild scheme aims to provide 100,000 homes over the next decade. But some in the construction sector regard the target as hopelessly over-ambitious. by Nikki Mandow

The black & white of it

The importance of racial identity to Meghan Markle is being closely watched in the US. by Joanne Black

Nobel rot

Talk of giving the Nobel Peace Prize to US President Donald Trump is more than a little premature. by Paul Thomas

The cold war

News of summer heatwaves at home was sombrely received by scientists in Antarctica. by Rebecca Priestley

From page to screen

One of New Zealand’s best-known writers of romantic comedy is deadly serious about her latest work. by Clare de Lore

This Life

Health New research focuses on the cause of concentration problems in people with chronic pain. by Ruth Nichol

Nutrition Eliminating all sugar-rich foods from your diet can make cravings worse. by Jennifer Bowden

Food British food writer Diana Henry delivers “a lunch to soothe”. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine One of the great grapes of the Rhône Valley is at home Downunder. by Michael Cooper

Technology Prominent innovators lambaste the tech industry. by Peter Griffin

Sport Christchurch’s interim rugby stadium looks less interim as the years pass. by Paul Thomas


Books & Culture

My dad, such a Dagg

The daughter of legendary satirist John Clarke is carving out a successful career of her own. by Russell Baillie

A Way With Words Kate Duignan explains why her second novel arrived 
17 years after her debut.

Books By Sophie Mackintosh and Rose Tremain, and about curry and culture, plus a round-up of thrillers.

Music The Two Daze project; Morgan James

Film Robin Hyde’s secret son speaks about his mother and her dream of home.

Film Tully, Chappaquiddick and Mr Stein Goes Online




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

Bulletin from Abroad Anna Fifield in Tokyo

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


Auckland waterfront stadium plans revealed
97933 2018-10-19 06:34:37Z Auckland Issues

Auckland waterfront stadium plans revealed

by Rowan Quinn

Plans for a 50,000-seat waterfront stadium in downtown Auckland that would replace Eden Park have been revealed.

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The eclectic range of Kiwi composer Rhian Sheehan
97711 2018-10-19 00:00:00Z Music

The eclectic range of Kiwi composer Rhian Sheehan

by James Belfield

Rhian Sheehan is hitting the road with a collection of intimate tracks – a world removed from soundtracks for theme parks and virtual-reality games.

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Anika Moa's celebrity takes the back seat on soul-baring new LP
97774 2018-10-19 00:00:00Z Music

Anika Moa's celebrity takes the back seat on soul-…

by James Belfield

Anika Moa says she only ever shares “about 5% of what and who I am”. Her new album says otherwise.

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There's only one way to deal with the undignifying symptoms of chronic illnesses
97788 2018-10-19 00:00:00Z Nutrition

There's only one way to deal with the undignifying…

by Ruth Nichol

After she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Shona Daubé learned how to live with chronic illness with a smile.

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50 great Auckland restaurants where you can eat well for less than $50
94144 2018-10-19 00:00:00Z Auckland Eats

50 great Auckland restaurants where you can eat we…

by Metro

Here are 50 Auckland restaurants to try that won't break the bank – and tips on what you should order.

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Notes from Cambodia: Is the young democracy sliding back towards dictatorship?
93903 2018-10-19 00:00:00Z Travel

Notes from Cambodia: Is the young democracy slidin…

by James Borrowdale

James Borrowdale looks beneath the shiny surface of modern capitalism in Cambodia.

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Jami-Lee Ross' deeply ugly practice of taping could still snare Simon Bridges
97923 2018-10-18 14:50:17Z Politics

Jami-Lee Ross' deeply ugly practice of taping coul…

by Jane Clifton

First it was: follow the money. Now it’s cherchez la femme. Wherever the Jami-Lee Ross conflagration takes us next, Ross will go down in history.

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Stop the truck! Pūhā & Pākehā gets a new Grey Lynn home
97905 2018-10-18 11:55:17Z Auckland Eats

Stop the truck! Pūhā & Pākehā gets a new Grey Lynn…

by Kate Richards

Founders of popular food truck Pūhā & Pākehā have opened up an eatery in Surrey Crescent offering new interpretations of traditional Māori cuisine.

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