December 22, 2018

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What binds us

Having surveyed human society through its objects, celebrated art historian Neil MacGregor explores the enduring power of belief and ritual in a timely new work. by Andrew Anthony

In a parallel universe

Donald Trump may be a stark contrast to past Republican presidents but he bears comparison to a Democrat who survived impeachment and left office with a high approval rating. by Paul Thomas

A collector’s habit

In 1901, wealthy Wellingtonian Alexander Turnbull, founder of New Zealand’s greatest private library, enjoyed an idyllic Christmas cruise in the Marlborough Sounds on his yacht Iorangi. Within a few years, he spiralled into depression and cocaine addiction. What went wrong? by Redmer Yska

Catching up with the Joneses

Sir Michael Jones is an All Blacks legend, but it is the work he has done since his playing days that he is most proud of. by Clare de Lore


This Life

Health As allergies become more prevalent, worms – or their lack – are being blamed. by Nicky Pellegrino

Food Small producers are forging new and interesting directions for local cuisine, from cheese and chocolate to probiotic-rich pickles. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Add some distinctive flavours to your holiday relaxation regime. by Michael Cooper


Books & Culture

Wilde at heart For Rupert Everett, playing Oscar Wilde in a film he wrote and directed about the tragic final years of the playwright’s life was both an act of worship and a dream come true. by Diana Wichtel

Books New novels by Jodi Picoult, Andrew Sean Greer and Rosalie Ham, and crime from Lou Berney, Sara Gran and Michael Connelly

Film At Eternity’s Gate, The Children Act, Can You Ever Forgive Me?




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

Back to Black Joanne Black

Life Bill Ralston

Politics Jane Clifton

The Good Life Greg Dixon



Diversions & Puzzles

Wordsworth Gabe Atkinson

15 Quick Questions Gabe Atkinson


That’s Entertainment

Television Fiona Rae

TV Films Ryan Holder

Radio Fiona Rae

TV programmes

Radio programmes


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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