February 2, 2019

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Young at heart

Latest research shows a lifelong fitness regime can shave decades off your biological age. by Nicky Pellegrino

The sick Europe of 2019

New Zealand has much to fear as the “European experiment” faces its greatest test this year. Internal discord and external threats have led to the rise of nationalism in the EU and an inward-looking tendency that could adversely affect our economy. by Stuart McMillan

Pilot project

Robinson helicopters have a bad habit of crashing, but operators and safety authorities suggest the fault lies with the person at the controls rather than the machine. by Gareth Eyres

A legacy in letters

The correspondence between the American public and Barack Obama forms the basis of a book by Jeanne Marie Laskas and reveals the hopes, fears, triumphs and failures of a nation during his historic presidency and in its aftermath. by Diana Wichtel

This Life

Health When a death is imminent, a little planning will limit the potential panic of the situation. by Ruth Nichol

Nutrition The way to beat food cravings is to fill up on the objects of your desire. by Jennifer Bowden

Food Meatloaf is the perfect all-purpose ingredient for school lunches, picnics and easy dinners. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Can you really taste the difference between red and white wine? by Michael Cooper

Psychology Sometimes the sick and injured are the keys to scientific knowledge. by Marc Wilson

Technology Foldable phones are finally pocket-ready as the industry hits the upgrade button – but they won’t come cheap. by Peter Griffin

Sport Kiwi crowds are sure to be entertained by Virat Kohli, captain of cricket’s new superpower. by Paul Thomas


Books & Culture

Meet the parents Tom Scott’s plays about his parents are being wed into one theatrical season, with Ginette McDonald and Michael Hurst in the roles. The actors talk to Linda Herrick.

Books Novels by Bridget Collins and Martine Murray, poetry by Kerrin P Sharpe, and works about the history of New Zealand’s mountain tourism, rediscovered father and son artists, and Roman history

Music Bruce Springsteen, Nick Cave

Classical Hungarian husband and wife pianists Dénes Várjon and Izabella Simon

Film Mary Queen of Scots, Glass, The Mule




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

Back to Black Joanne Black

Life Bill Ralston

Politics Jane Clifton

The Good Life Michele Hewitson



Diversions & Puzzles

Wordsworth Gabe Atkinson


That’s Entertainment

Television Russell Brown

TV Films Russell Brown

TV Review Diana Wichtel

Radio Russell Brown

TV programmes

Radio programmes


Top investigator urges police to speak up about wrongful convictions
108539 2019-07-19 00:00:00Z Crime

Top investigator urges police to speak up about wr…

by Mike White

Mike White talks to investigator Tim McKinnel, who says police often turn a blind eye to possible corruption out of a misplaced sense of loyalty.

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Jacinda Ardern to focus on Australia deportations in talks with Scott Morrison
108570 2019-07-19 00:00:00Z Politics

Jacinda Ardern to focus on Australia deportations…

by Craig McCulloch

PM Jacinda Ardern has doubled down on her criticism of Australia's deportation policy as "corrosive", ahead of her meeting with Scott Morrison.

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How closed adoption robbed Māori children of their identity
108572 2019-07-19 00:00:00Z Social issues

How closed adoption robbed Māori children of their…

by Te Aniwa Hurihanganui

Te Aniwa Hurihanganui looks at the outdated Adoption Act and its impact on Māori who grew up desperate to reconnect.

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The new robotic surgery aiding vaginal mesh removal
108377 2019-07-19 00:00:00Z Health

The new robotic surgery aiding vaginal mesh remova…

by Ruth Nichol

Women with complications caused by deeply embedded vaginal mesh are being helped by a pioneering surgical technique.

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A beautiful mind: What people with Alzheimer's can teach us
108544 2019-07-19 00:00:00Z Health

A beautiful mind: What people with Alzheimer's can…

by Fergus Riley

North Auckland farmer Fergus Riley has uncovered many important lessons in caring for his father Peter, who has Alzheimer’s.

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Instagram's trial to hide the number of 'likes' could save users' self-esteem
108617 2019-07-19 00:00:00Z Psychology

Instagram's trial to hide the number of 'likes' co…

by Joanne Orlando

Instagram is running a social media experiment to see what happens when it hides the number of likes on photos and other posts.

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The Hawke's Bay farm producing meat of uncommon quality
108594 2019-07-19 00:00:00Z Food

The Hawke's Bay farm producing meat of uncommon qu…

by Simon Farrell-Green

Duncan Smith and Annabel Tapley-Smith weren’t satisfied with producing meat of uncommon quality. So they bought a butchery.

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When biodegradable plastic is not actually biodegradable
108562 2019-07-19 00:00:00Z Planet

When biodegradable plastic is not actually biodegr…

by Isabel Thomlinson

A study on biodegradable plastic bags found they were still intact after three years spent either at sea or buried underground.

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