December 1, 2018

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A life in stitches

Like many comedians, Rose Matafeo reckons she is more of an introvert than the extroverted “horndog” who wowed this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Michele Hewitson caught up with the rising star and crochet exponent.

Who do you think you are?
The credibility of the world’s most popular personality test has long been debunked yet the desire to understand our “type” remains. by Joanne Black

All things nice
Your personality is not set in stone, says Richie Poulton. by Jane Clifton

Card sharps

Retailers are banking millions of dollars a year from unredeemed gift cards that have passed their use-by dates. But it turns out an expired card may yet have some value. by Peter Calder

Finding happiness

Could an ancient form of meditation change the lives of prisoners for the better? A modern-day monk says it can. by Clare de Lore

This Life

Health Surgical mesh deemed unsafe for one medical problem continues to be used for another. by Ruth Nichol

Nutrition Studies show a possible link between certain foods and a good night’s rest. by Jennifer Bowden

Food Our recommendations of the year’s most exciting cookbook releases from New Zealand and beyond. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Local wine is plentiful but drinkers are saying when. by Michael Cooper

Technology In the Android smartphone world, Samsung is far from being the only game in town. by Peter Griffin

Psychology There is discussion in many universities about the need for trigger warnings in course syllabi. by Marc Wilson

Sport The All Blacks were kept tryless; the Black Ferns lost. At least Ireland have a Kiwi coach and we’ll host the next women’s world cup. by Paul Thomas


Books & Culture

50 best children’s books of 2018 The Listener’s annual selection of top reads for children and young adults. by Ann Packer

Books Writing for youngsters is no easy option, says prolific author David Hill.

Poetry The year’s 10 best books of New Zealand verse. by Nicholas Reid

A way with words Karyn Hay

Music From Racing and Amalia Hall

Film Widows, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, You Were Never Really Here




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

Bulletin from Abroad Anna Fifield in Beijing

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

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In photos: The world unites in solidarity with Christchurch
103800 2019-03-21 15:36:46Z World

In photos: The world unites in solidarity with Chr…

by Lauren Buckeridge

Countries around the world have put on a show of solidarity for the victims of the Christchurch terror attack.

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The tangled path to terrorism
103777 2019-03-21 09:59:55Z Psychology

The tangled path to terrorism

by Marc Wilson

The path that leads people to commit atrocities such as that in Christchurch is twisting and unpredictable, but the journey often begins in childhood.

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If 'This is not New Zealand', let us show it
103768 2019-03-21 09:31:27Z Social issues

If 'This is not New Zealand', let us show it

by The Listener

The little signs among the banks of flowers said, “This is not New Zealand.” They meant, “We thought we were better than this.” We were wrong.

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Extremism is not a mental illness
103785 2019-03-21 00:00:00Z Crime

Extremism is not a mental illness

by The Mental Health Foundation of NZ

Shooting people is not a symptom of a mental illness. White supremacy is not a mental illness.

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PM announces ban on all military-style semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles
103805 2019-03-21 00:00:00Z Crime

PM announces ban on all military-style semi-automa…

by RNZ

Ms Ardern pledged the day after the terrorist massacre that "gun laws will change" and would be announced within 10 days of the attack.

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No mention of right-wing extremist threats in 10 years of GCSB & SIS public docs
103770 2019-03-21 00:00:00Z Politics

No mention of right-wing extremist threats in 10 y…

by Jane Patterson

There is not one specific mention of the threat posed by white supremacists or right-wing nationalism in 10 years of security agency documents.

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Deirdre Kent: The woman who faced down the wrath of Big Tobacco
103798 2019-03-21 00:00:00Z Profiles

Deirdre Kent: The woman who faced down the wrath o…

by Joanna Wane

As the face of anti-smoking lobby group ASH, Deirdre Kent played a vital role in the smokefree New Zealand movement.

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Māori leaders say acts of terror nothing new in NZ
103766 2019-03-21 00:00:00Z Currently

Māori leaders say acts of terror nothing new in NZ…

by Leigh-Marama McLachlan

Māori leaders are calling on New Zealanders to reject the notion that 'this is not us' in the wake of the Christchurch mosque attacks.

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