January 12, 2019

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Culture of complaint

The new morality of a strident and vocal “Generation-Z” minority who demand protection from words and ideas they do not like is spreading quickly in English-speaking countries. by Joanne Black

Untold stories

British historian Sir Max Hastings reasoned that there was room for another book about the war in Vietnam because he wanted to bring the Vietnamese “back to the centre of the story”. by Karl du Fresne

Pioneer woman

Time has tarnished the reputation of one of America’s best-selling authors, but her legacy is undiminished. by Paula Morris

Brand awareness

Comedian Jo Brand’s deadpan style is deceptive, as some blokes have discovered to their very public cost. In a new how-to book, she emphasises the benefits of not giving a toss. by Diana Wichtel


This Life

Health Horses are taking a load off people at a Taranaki-based business. by Nicky Pellegrino

Nutrition Getting our quota of vitamin D becomes more important as we age. by Jennifer Bowden

Food Bold, zesty flavours and vibrant colours are a signature of these seasonal ethnic sides. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Not just for the ladies, rosé is a worldwide wine phenomenon. by Michael Cooper

Psychology The suggestion that you’re about to be exposed to something unpleasant can actually make it worse. by Marc Wilson

Sport A review of the pronouncements – asinine, otherworldly and otherwise – that caught our attention in 2018. by Paul Thomas


Books & Culture

A sense of place A 30-year-old Rotorua-born, Melbourne-based writer had publishers fighting for the rights to his debut novel. by Craig Sisterson

Books By Cecelia Ahern and Catherine Lacey; about wine writing; Stephen Fry’s book about Greek heroes and gods; and Alice Miller’s second volume of poetry

Lights, camera, action man The history of Pacific Films and John O’Shea, 1948-2000. by Peter Calder

Music From Lawrence Arabia, Anthony Ritchie and the Aquarius Choir

Film Cold War, Hurricane




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

Bulletin from Abroad Bernard Lagan in Sydney, Australia

Life Bill Ralston

Back to Black Joanne Black

The Good Life Greg Dixon



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


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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