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

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Back to Black Joanne Black

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Politics Jane Clifton

The Good Life Michele Hewitson



Diversions & Puzzles

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That’s Entertainment

Television Fiona Rae

TV Films Fiona Rae

TV Review Diana Wichtel

Radio Fiona Rae

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106082 2019-05-21 00:00:00Z Crime

Fresh tips in suspected cold case murder of Auckla…

by Donna Chisholm

Police are following up several new tips in the suspected cold case murder of Auckland teen Joanne “Joe” Chatfield.

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Families witness as Pike River mine re-entry attempt begins
106112 2019-05-21 00:00:00Z Social issues

Families witness as Pike River mine re-entry attem…

by RNZ

The Pike River re-entry team steps through the double airlock doors today, watched by families of the 29 men who died in the 2010 tragedy.

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How the Republican Party is effectively placing Donald Trump above the law
106064 2019-05-21 00:00:00Z World

How the Republican Party is effectively placing Do…

by Paul Thomas

The Republicans' strategy of not co-operating with Congress is undermining the system of checks and balances enshrined in the US Constitution.

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NZ Listener and North & South win at NZ's top media awards
106058 2019-05-20 00:00:00Z Innovation

NZ Listener and North & South win at NZ's top medi…

by Noted

New Zealand's leading current affairs magazines pick up Voyager Media Awards.

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Dancing with the Stars is a parable for democracy in the age of Trump
106060 2019-05-20 00:00:00Z Television

Dancing with the Stars is a parable for democracy…

by Diana Wichtel

The people have spoken on the hit TV dance-off and we deserve everything we get.

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How this woman was prevented from going completely blind
Are you taking too many pills?
106032 2019-05-20 00:00:00Z Health

Are you taking too many pills?

by Donna Chisholm

By the time we reach our late 60s, a quarter of us will be taking a smorgasbord of medicines that we hope will extend our lives.

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How Sam Pillsbury went from filmmaker to vintner
106015 2019-05-19 00:00:00Z Profiles

How Sam Pillsbury went from filmmaker to vintner

by Sharon Stephenson

Filmmaker Sam Pillsbury was involved in some of New Zealand’s most iconic films before more lucrative directing opportunities lured him to LA.

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