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


The unrest in Chemnitz is a sign that Germany has a populist problem too
96655 2018-09-23 00:00:00Z World

The unrest in Chemnitz is a sign that Germany has …

by Cathrin Schaer

The populist contagion sweeping Europe spreads to Germany, Cathrin Schaer writes from Berlin.

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The alarming new evidence about chemicals and plastics we use at home
96233 2018-09-23 00:00:00Z Science

The alarming new evidence about chemicals and plas…

by Nicky Pellegrino

From sperm counts to obesity, scientists are only beginning to understand the long-term health effects of many chemicals in everyday use.

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Why preservative-free cosmetics are a tough commercial product
96522 2018-09-23 00:00:00Z Health

Why preservative-free cosmetics are a tough commer…

by Nicky Pellegrino

Preservative-free cosmetics that survive in your bathroom cupboard are a challenge, says Evolu founder Kati Kasza.

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The arguments for and against allowing medicinal use of cannabis
96641 2018-09-23 00:00:00Z Psychology

The arguments for and against allowing medicinal u…

by Marc Wilson

There’s an increasing amount of evidence on cannabis effects, but it's far from straightforward.

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The enduring sandwich: What's not to like about bread and fillings?
94342 2018-09-23 00:00:00Z Food

The enduring sandwich: What's not to like about br…

by Margo White

Despite an apparent backlash against bread – against carbohydrates and gluten – the sandwich endures.

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Humanity is on 'the highway to digital dictatorship', says Yuval Noah Harari
96527 2018-09-22 00:00:00Z Social issues

Humanity is on 'the highway to digital dictatorshi…

by Andrew Anthony

The author of worldwide bestsellers Sapiens and Homo Deus says our free will is at stake. We talk to Yuval Noah Harari about his new book.

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Why there's no 'clash of civilisations' between Islam and the West
96558 2018-09-22 00:00:00Z Social issues

Why there's no 'clash of civilisations' between Is…

by Yuval Noah Harari

There is just one civilisation in the world, writes Yuval Noah Harari, and the West and Islam are joint participants in it.

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The Kiwi cicada expert who's just 11 years old
94985 2018-09-22 00:00:00Z Science

The Kiwi cicada expert who's just 11 years old

by Ken Downie

Hamilton entomologist Olly Hills isn’t in high school yet, but he’s already a world expert – and he wrote a book.

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