January 19, 2019

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Instead of striving to be disciplined, dedicated and presidential, Donald Trump is flitting between seven characters that have no place in the White House. by Paul Thomas

Hitting the green button

New Zealanders are being encouraged to voluntarily repay their carbon debt with trees before climate change becomes an international emergency. by Peter Griffin

Letters from history

A new book by acclaimed historian and novelist Simon Sebag Montefiore collects together the surprising, revealing and sometimes racy letters of important historical figures. by Redmer Yska

Change agent

By any objective measure, our justice and prison systems are failing. But tireless campaigner Kim Workman says ideas for reform are gaining traction. by Sally Blundell


This Life

Health Thanks to HIV-treatment advances, Kiwis’ attitudes towards patients don’t need to be stuck in the 1980s. by Ruth Nichol

Nutrition Magnesium is promoted as a solution to muscle cramps, but science has yet to confirm this. by Jennifer Bowden

Food A wealth of fresh produce yields options galore for flavoursome seasonal fare. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Some winemakers keep consumers in the dark about the alcohol content of their products. by Michael Cooper

Technology We’re getting closer to being able to see a dream mix of content in one place. by Peter Griffin

Heritage The agony of waiting for School Certificate results in bygone days. by David Hill

Travel  A visit to the home of golf, the Old Course at St Andrews, Scotland. by John Parker

Sport With three world cups on the horizon, our columnist checks his wish list for the last time this happened. by Paul Thomas


Books & Culture

Form and substance Sam Duckor-Jones, who sculpts his whimsical world in words and clay, has a busy year in prospect. by Sarah Catherall

Books About Oscar Wilde and the America’s opioid epidemic and by Leonard Cohen, Catherine Robertson, James Lee Burke, Oyinkan Braithwaite and Carol Potenza

Film Eighth Grade, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Music From Teeks, and five intriguing New Zealand albums arriving this year




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

Bulletin from Abroad Andrew Anthony in London

Back to Black Joanne Black

Life Bill Ralston

The Good Life Michele Hewitson



Diversions & Puzzles

Wordsworth Gabe Atkinson


That’s Entertainment

Television Russell Brown

TV Films Fiona Rae

Radio Fiona Rae

TV programmes

Radio programmes


Fresh tips in suspected cold case murder of Auckland teen
106082 2019-05-21 00:00:00Z Crime

Fresh tips in suspected cold case murder of Auckla…

by Donna Chisholm

Police are following up several new tips in the suspected cold case murder of Auckland teen Joanne “Joe” Chatfield.

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Families witness as Pike River mine re-entry attempt begins
106112 2019-05-21 00:00:00Z Social issues

Families witness as Pike River mine re-entry attem…

by RNZ

The Pike River re-entry team steps through the double airlock doors today, watched by families of the 29 men who died in the 2010 tragedy.

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How the Republican Party is effectively placing Donald Trump above the law
106064 2019-05-21 00:00:00Z World

How the Republican Party is effectively placing Do…

by Paul Thomas

The Republicans' strategy of not co-operating with Congress is undermining the system of checks and balances enshrined in the US Constitution.

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NZ Listener and North & South win at NZ's top media awards
106058 2019-05-20 00:00:00Z Innovation

NZ Listener and North & South win at NZ's top medi…

by Noted

New Zealand's leading current affairs magazines pick up Voyager Media Awards.

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Dancing with the Stars is a parable for democracy in the age of Trump
106060 2019-05-20 00:00:00Z Television

Dancing with the Stars is a parable for democracy…

by Diana Wichtel

The people have spoken on the hit TV dance-off and we deserve everything we get.

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How this woman was prevented from going completely blind
Are you taking too many pills?
106032 2019-05-20 00:00:00Z Health

Are you taking too many pills?

by Donna Chisholm

By the time we reach our late 60s, a quarter of us will be taking a smorgasbord of medicines that we hope will extend our lives.

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How Sam Pillsbury went from filmmaker to vintner
106015 2019-05-19 00:00:00Z Profiles

How Sam Pillsbury went from filmmaker to vintner

by Sharon Stephenson

Filmmaker Sam Pillsbury was involved in some of New Zealand’s most iconic films before more lucrative directing opportunities lured him to LA.

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