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




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The National Party's recipe for defeat
101559 2019-01-23 14:39:41Z Politics

The National Party's recipe for defeat

by Graham Adams

The opposition’s internal wrangling — and its fractious former MP Jami-Lee Ross — is a gift to the government that keeps on giving.

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Coddled kids: How 'safetyism' created an epidemic of anxiety and fragility
101278 2019-01-23 00:00:00Z Social issues

Coddled kids: How 'safetyism' created an epidemic…

by Joanne Black

The new morality of a strident and vocal “Generation Z” minority who demand protection from words and ideas they do not like is spreading quickly.

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What 'America's Worst Mom' can teach parents about safetyism
101289 2019-01-23 00:00:00Z Social issues

What 'America's Worst Mom' can teach parents about…

by Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff

A New York mother who let her nine-year-old ride the subway alone became a hated villain and a national heroine – both at the same time.

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How you can help crack the insect code at Te Papa
101529 2019-01-23 00:00:00Z Science

How you can help crack the insect code at Te Papa

by Sam Button

Te Papa is on a mission to decipher the secret life of insects.

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Bill Ralston says goodbye to Auckland
101333 2019-01-23 00:00:00Z Life in NZ

Bill Ralston says goodbye to Auckland

by Bill Ralston

Our columnist finally turns his back on the congested, costly city of his birth.

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Decision to force woman to pay likely abuser will have 'chilling effect'
101496 2019-01-22 11:12:54Z Crime

Decision to force woman to pay likely abuser will…

by RNZ

The lawyer of a woman ordered to pay $28,000 to her likely abuser has urged the justice minister to intervene.

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7 traits that show how unsuited Trump is to the White House
101194 2019-01-22 00:00:00Z World

7 traits that show how unsuited Trump is to the Wh…

by Paul Thomas

Instead of striving to be disciplined, dedicated and presidential, Trump is flitting between seven characters that have no place in the White House.

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Why vitamin D production is slower in old age
101151 2019-01-22 00:00:00Z Nutrition

Why vitamin D production is slower in old age

by Jennifer Bowden

Getting our quota of vitamin D becomes more important – but more difficult – as we age.

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