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


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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