July 14, 2018

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Features

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

 

Commentary

Editorial

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

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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