December 15, 2018

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Features

Shelter from the storm

Proposals to change the way income and property are split in divorce cases aim to put children’s interests first. But some fear kids will become pawns in a legal and financial stalemate. by Donna Chisholm

A Kiwi in Kabul

Naomi Brons-Harper dodges bullets to continue charitable work begun by her father among the poor of Afghanistan. by Clare de Lore

I won’t be home for Christmas

New Zealand aid workers in some of the world’s poorest countries explain how they will be marking the festive season. by Sally Blundell

 

This Life

Health A poor sense of smell is linked to a range of diseases from obesity to dementia. by Ruth Nichol

Nutrition The keto weight-loss diet that is having a surge of popularity may actually be shortening lives. by Jennifer Bowden

Food Clams are the sweet and succulent star of cuisines around the world. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine The cost of New Zealand wine hasn’t risen over the past decade, except at the top end. by Michael Cooper

Psychology Deadlines, bills and Christmas have replaced savage beasts as our main sources of stress. by Marc Wilson

Technology A digital assistant, an e-reader for the bath and flashy phones and cameras make the top-tech list. by Peter Griffin

Sport The Warriors give every indication that they’re happy to see the back of their star half. by Paul Thomas

 

Books & Culture

Top 20 albums of 2018 Marlon Williams – who tops Listener music reviewer James Belfield’s chart – talks to Russell Baillie about his very big year.

Books Autobiographies by Roger Daltrey, Tina Turner, Olivia Newton-John, Sally Field, Michael Caine and Billy Connolly, and Eric Idle talks about his memoir of life as a rock-star comedian

Film The life and career of the late Geoff Murphy. Reviews of Mortal Engines and Fahrenheit 11/9

 

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Bulletin from Abroad Andrew Anthony in London

Back to Black Joanne Black

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Politics Jane Clifton

The Good Life Michele Hewitson

 

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Wordsworth Gabe Atkinson

 

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