February 24, 2018

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DNA discovery

The easy availability of DNA testing has prompted millions to shake their family trees, but what falls out is not always welcome. by Sally Blundell

Strangely normal

NZ-bound US poet Patricia Lockwood, whose startling new memoir is Priestdaddy, says she’s ordinary compared with her weirdo family. by Diana Wichtel

Pedestrian v bike

Cyclists may be at the mercy of motorists, but they’re capable of inflicting harm themselves. by Donna Fleming

Ocean of opportunity

Opotiki tests the Government’s regional-development ambitions as the local iwi thinks big on seafood. by Tina Morrison

Houses in order

No government can fix the problems facing Māori in the Far North, warns a Northland community leader. by Clare de Lore


This Life

Health A dental treatment being pioneered in Dunedin makes the “magic bullet” much better. by Ruth Nichol

Nutrition Our appetite-control hormones are affected by chewing, according to some studies. by Jennifer Bowden

Food Traditional Italian-style pesto enlivens many dishes, from pizzas to steaks and baked potatoes. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine How good are Te Mata’s 2016 reds? by Michael Cooper

Psychology Harvard, the hothouse of psychological teaching, has long been fascinated by the paranormal. by Marc Wilson

Sport England coach Eddie Jones is a standout in the mercenary world of modern rugby. by Paul Thomas

Technology In the next 10 years, some of our biggest innovations will happen off the planet. by Peter Griffin


Books & Culture

Beck to basics

Before headlining Auckland City Limits next month, Beck talks about celebrating his musical past on stage and on record. by James Belfield

Music The return of From Scratch

Books Novels by Jojo Moyes and Rajorshi Chakraborti, accounts of the Battle for North Africa and the history of faeces, and a roundup of thrillers

Music Marlon Williams

Film Black Panther, Lady Bird




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

Bulletin from Abroad Anna Fifield in Pyeongchang, South Korea

Back to Black Joanne Black

Politics Jane Clifton

Life Bill Ralston

The Good Life Michele Hewitson



Diversions & Puzzles

Wordsworth Gabe Atkinson


That’s Entertainment

Television Fiona Rae

TV Films Fiona Rae

TV Review Diana Wichtel

Radio Fiona Rae

TV programmes

Radio programmes


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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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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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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Knight star: Sir Hec Busby on his extraordinary life
102328 2019-02-17 00:00:00Z Profiles

Knight star: Sir Hec Busby on his extraordinary li…

by Clare de Lore

Northland kaumātua, master carver, navigator and bridge builder Hec Busby was hoping for “no fuss” when he accepted a knighthood.

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Keira Knightley shines in bodice-ripping period drama Colette
102397 2019-02-16 00:00:00Z Movies

Keira Knightley shines in bodice-ripping period dr…

by James Robins

The story of Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, a heroine of French literature, focuses on her early struggles.

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