January 26, 2019

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Blinded by the hype

As new treatments become ever more expensive and the population ages, experts are warning that the “train of affordable cancer care” is about to crash off the tracks. by Donna Chisholm

Lucky to be here

Old Antarctica hands repeatedly say “it’s a harsh continent”, and as Dry Valleys visitor Rebecca Priestley found out, it can take some getting used to.

Damage limitation

For generations, Māori heritage sites have been lost through wilful ignorance and a steamroller mentality. Though recognition is growing, inconsistency prevails. by Sally Blundell

This Life

Health Anaesthetic and party drug  ketamine is one of a number of medicines that may see a new use. by Nicky Pellegrino

Nutrition There are plenty of ways to get the protein you need without daily meat or supplements. by Jennifer Bowden

Food There’s nothing more convenient for your outdoor occasion than a beautiful, golden pastry sensation. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Mills Reef is making a brave move into the super-premium wine market. by Michael Cooper

Psychology We are naturally biased towards where we see the cause of things and react accordingly. by Marc Wilson

Travel Hot, dusty Sydney imparts a life lesson in an hour between show-biz appointments. by Peter Elliott

Sport Aussie ball-tamperers Steve Smith and David Warner can’t get back on the cricket pitch fast enough. by Paul Thomas


Books & Culture

Reframing an era Were celebrated Pākehā portrait painters Charles Goldie and Gottfried Lindauer guilty of exploiting and romanticising Māori? Their subjects didn’t think so, and nor do the tangata whenua of today. by Sally Blundell

Books Novels by Karyn Hay, Hank Green, Caoilinn Hughes and John Purcell, thrillers by Lucy Foley, Garry Disher and John Grisham and Tim Flannery on Europe’s natural history 

Music Scottish accordion virtuoso James Crabb and furniture-making muso Cate Le Bon

Film Storm Boy, Green Book




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

Bulletin from Abroad Cathrin Schaer in Berlin

Back to Black Joanne Black

Life Bill Ralston

Politics Jane Clifton

The Good Life Greg Dixon



Diversions & Puzzles

Wordsworth Gabe Atkinson


That’s Entertainment

Television Russell Brown

TV Films Fiona Rae

TV Review Diana Wichtel

Radio Fiona Rae

TV programmes

Radio programmes


Detour off E Street: Steven Van Zandt’s solo excursion to NZ
104828 2019-04-22 00:00:00Z Profiles

Detour off E Street: Steven Van Zandt’s solo excur…

by Russell Baillie

The Springsteen sideman and ‘Sopranos’ star is reviving his own music career.

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Rethinking the Kiwi dream: How the typical household is undergoing a revolution
How the Internet of Things revolution could intensify hacking attacks
104871 2019-04-22 00:00:00Z Tech

How the Internet of Things revolution could intens…

by Peter Griffin

A super-connected world comes with an alarming downside.

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The pioneering Kiwi surgeon who heads a world-leading team
104715 2019-04-21 00:00:00Z Profiles

The pioneering Kiwi surgeon who heads a world-lead…

by Clare de Lore

Harvard-based New Zealander Simon Talbot leads a team of surgeons performing astonishing hand transplants and plays a part in operations that...

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Norah Jones’s new beginning and return to New Zealand
104817 2019-04-21 00:00:00Z Music

Norah Jones’s new beginning and return to New Zeal…

by Russell Baillie

The jazz songstress is staying inspired by writing with others.

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Bill Ralston: Only fundamentalist Christians should be hurt by Israel Folau
104814 2019-04-20 00:00:00Z Social issues

Bill Ralston: Only fundamentalist Christians shoul…

by Bill Ralston

Israel Folau’s social-media post might condemn the Wallabies to Rugby World Cup hell, but the rest of us should ignore him.

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What happens next with the Mueller report?
104863 2019-04-20 00:00:00Z World

What happens next with the Mueller report?

by Noted

Did Trump “corrupt” with intent?

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The Heart Dances: Lifting the lid on the culture clash behind ‘The Piano’ ballet
104740 2019-04-20 00:00:00Z Movies

The Heart Dances: Lifting the lid on the culture c…

by Russell Baillie

Documentary offers an intriguing look at the clash of artistic sensibilities behind adapting The Piano into a ballet.

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