July 14, 2018

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The fortune sellers

Life insurance providers are under pressure to disclose sales incentives, which can distort the advice they give and are banned in some countries. But the industry is resisting. by Nikki Mandow

What an abortion

In Trump’s America, bad manners are the least of it: consider, writes Paul Thomas, the overturning of Roe v Wade.

A long time coming

Māori language student Peter Calder explains why, for a Pākehā, learning te reo is a great adventure and a small gesture.

The advantage of surprise

Sussex-based American writer David Sedaris is noted for his humour, but finds that, in scratching below the surface of his feelings, he has the power to shock himself. by Andrew Anthony


This Life

Health The No 1 modifiable factor in staving off dementia is, surprisingly, hearing. by Ruth Nichol

Nutrition Vegetarians may live longer than meat eaters, but it’s not just because of their diet. by Jennifer Bowden

Food There is a lot more to Japanese cuisine than sushi and instant noodles. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Quality rather than quantity drives organic wine producers. So, how do their wines stack up in the taste stakes? by Michael Cooper

Technology Expect the same old, same old as Instagram goes to the aid of faltering Facebook. by Peter Griffin

Psychology We need to know more about what’s behind our dire youth-suicide rate. by Marc Wilson

Sport The “undefeatable” team’s campaign for a fifth trophy ended in ignominy in an empty goalmouth. by Paul Thomas


Books & Culture

High adventure An anthology of alpine writing displays the greatest appeal of the genre: most of it was written by people who could have died gathering the raw material. by Geoff Chapple

Books A biography of Paul Simon, a round-up of contemporary fiction, and Antony Beevor’s Battle of Arnhem exposé

A way with words Gareth Ward

Music From Don McGlashan, Kamasi Washington

Documentary In a new documentary, film-maker Merata Mita’s son celebrates her groundbreaking work

Film Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Ideal Home, Double Lover




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

Back to Black Joanne Black

Life Bill Ralston

Politics Jane Clifton

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

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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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NZ innovators are leading a wool revolution – is it time to get behind them?
105928 2019-05-19 00:00:00Z Business

NZ innovators are leading a wool revolution – is i…

by Bill Ralston

Wool is natural, renewable and biodegradable so it should be a great time for the New Zealand economy. Why, then, are farmers, designers and ...

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Activists are beating wool producers to the punch in selling a story about fibre
105991 2019-05-19 00:00:00Z Business

Activists are beating wool producers to the punch…

by Joanne Black

Most of us would probably not say, “I’d rather go naked than wear wool”, but that was exactly the message that 18 months ago appeared on US billboards

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Belief in conspiracy theories is far more common than you think
105587 2019-05-19 00:00:00Z Psychology

Belief in conspiracy theories is far more common t…

by Marc Wilson

Conspiracy belief is more common among people who are less trusting and experience more anomie – they worry that the world is losing it and...

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