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Inside North & South's new issue: Losing Ellie

Pick up the January 2020 issue of North & South at newsstands from 9 December, or subscribe and be in to win a Suzuki Ignis.

Losing Ellie

“We hope Ellie’s legacy is that she changes the whole maternity system. If that’s what she died for, I hope no other family has to go through what we went through.”

Is the death of an otherwise healthy newborn, delivered in a mismanaged hospital unit, emblematic of wider problems in maternity services? Donna Chisholm reports.

Burning issues

With another “big dry” predicted, 11,200 volunteer firefighters and 1700 professionals are already on alert.

Sitting disease

Our sedentary lifestyle is making us feeble and fat. But there are ways to beat the sitting bulge.

The year that was

A look back on the highlights and lowlights of 2019 – the weird, wacky and sometimes wonderful.

A week in bedlam

On getting sick, getting sick of everything, wanting to go to heaven – and coming back to earth.

Face to face: Roy Billing

After three decades in Australia, where he’s a household name, Kiwi actor Roy Billing has come home.

A kete half empty

Paediatrician Dr Renee Liang takes an unflinching look at the realities of child poverty in New Zealand.

If the Walls Could Roar

John Ward’s startling taxidermy collection in North Taranaki. 

Leading the Way

A Palmerston North couple run spiritual tours for Kiwi Christians. 

Connecting the Dots 

Marlborough’s “labour of love” Link Pathway opens for summer. 

My Space

Charles Easter’s domain is deep in the bowels of Queenstown’s steamship TSS Earnslaw.  


Michelle Langstone upgrades her internal operating system. 


Bevan Rapson on whether it’s time to cut ties with the monarchy. 

Nerd Nation

Jenny Nicholls ponders the New Year Honours list – and awards some gongs of her own. 


Phil Gifford on the divergent fates of Debbie Harry and Janis Joplin. 

New Zealand Books

The mighty McCahon, intrepid colonial businesswomen, and a mad circumnavigating cyclist. 

Film & Television

Little Women, The Good Liar, and a rave about the TV adaptation of His Dark Materials. 

Summer Reads

Our top picks for beach, bach and backyard reading. 


The best of what’s on in January. 


Michael Donaldson picks his favourite Kiwi craft beers for summer. 


Simon Farrell-Green on campsite cooking. 


Joanna Wane celebrates her birthday on the Pouākai Crossing in Taranaki.  

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