February 11, 2017



The fat bugs

Could poo pills reverse obesity? Auckland scientists are about to start trials of a radical new treatment – transferring gut bacteria from healthy, lean teens into their overweight counterparts. by Donna Chisholm

War on truth

From “swiftboating” to slippery definitions of sex, US politicians have a long and dishonourable history of lying on the campaign trail. by Paul Thomas

Missionary position

Are the Aussies right to see Samuel Marsden as a fanatical flogger, or do Kiwis justly revere him as a founding father? A new book suggests he was a man of his time. by Sally Blundell

Highway 1 revisited

In his rebore of the classic Kiwi flick Goodbye Pork Pie, director Matt Murphy gets a chance to follow in his father’s smoking tyre tracks. by Russell Baillie

A bite of the apple

A decade on from its crisis days, the pipfruit industry is blossoming and export markets are booming. by Jonathan Underhill

‘Everyone expected Trump to be hostile’

New Zealander Rachel Morris edits one of the world’s top online magazines and is grappling with how to ensure it makes a difference in the “post-truth” Trump presidential era. by Clare de Lore


This Life

Nutrition Apart from benefiting child development, healthy eating seems to help reading and arithmetic, too. by Jennifer Bowden

Health Personal trackers are all the rage as people strive to get fitter, but there can be a downside to obsessing about daily activity levels. by Nicky Pellegrino

Food Flavoursome lamb is an ideal ingredient to use in summer salads. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Some Marlborough wineries face big repair bills after November’s quake. by Michael Cooper

Sport France and England are supporting moves to make it harder to recruit foreign rugby players. by Paul Thomas

Psychology A trove of free research that can shed light on your medical and psychological queries. by Marc Wilson

Travel A spin along part of Route 66


Books & Culture

Homage to the maestro

In his final season as artistic director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Francesco Ventriglia is staging the work of the legendary choreographer who gave him a career start. by Francesca Horsley

Culture Treasured Aboriginal singer/songwriter Archie Roach

Books About immigrants’ struggles and new works by Jodi Picoult, John Grisham, Barry Maitland, Ian Rankin, Federico Axat and Eimear McBride

A Way with Words Bill Manhire

Music From Jeshel Forrester, Foxygen, Mick Harvey

Film Split, Live By Night





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

TV Review Diana Wichtel

Back to Black Joanne Black

Politics Jane Clifton

Bulletin from Abroad Cathrin Schaer in Berlin

Life Bill Ralston



Diversions & Puzzles

Wordsworth Gabe Atkinson


That’s Entertainment

Television Fiona Rae

Online Fiona Rae

TV Films Ryan Holder

Radio Fiona Rae

TV programmes

Radio programmes


Move to introduce digital tax for foreign companies profiting online
102519 2019-02-19 09:23:12Z Economy

Move to introduce digital tax for foreign companie…

by RNZ

New Zealand is lining up to introduce a new tax on multinational companies that make money out of online goods and services in this country.

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National's high-risk gamble on marijuana and euthanasia
102484 2019-02-19 00:00:00Z Politics

National's high-risk gamble on marijuana and eutha…

by Graham Adams

Having polarising MPs like Paula Bennett and Maggie Barry leading the opposition to popular reforms could be kryptonite to the National Party.

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Reflections on my encounter with the charming Dan Mallory
102482 2019-02-19 00:00:00Z Profiles

Reflections on my encounter with the charming Dan…

by Michele Hewitson

He penned a bestselling thriller, but as Michele Hewitson discovered, author Dan Mallory also proved himself to be a charmingly adept bullshit artist.

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Sounds of summer: Notable Kiwis name their favourite summer songs
102500 2019-02-19 00:00:00Z Music

Sounds of summer: Notable Kiwis name their favouri…

by Phil Gifford

How music can transport you back to your most memorable summer.

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Inside the close-knit community that lives along the Cromwell-Tarras Rd
102505 2019-02-19 00:00:00Z Travel

Inside the close-knit community that lives along t…

by Mike White

Mike White heads up the Cromwell-Tarras road to merino and wine country.

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The stars of Luther talk about their return in season five
102486 2019-02-18 13:16:40Z Television

The stars of Luther talk about their return in sea…

by The Listener

Idris Elba, Ruth Wilson, Hermione Norris, Wunmi Mosaku and Michael Smiley answer questions about the future of the dark and disturbing crime drama.

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Vital evidence in Pike River mine disaster missing, say families
102465 2019-02-18 09:22:49Z Planet

Vital evidence in Pike River mine disaster missing…

by RNZ

Some families of Pike River mine victims suspect a piece of vital evidence may have been spirited away by the mining company and lost.

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It's time to empower the mayor and make Auckland liveable again
102432 2019-02-17 00:00:00Z Politics

It's time to empower the mayor and make Auckland l…

by Bill Ralston

Making Auckland a liveable city is an unenviable task, writes Bill Ralston, but it's clear the mayor needs more power.

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