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

TV programmes

Radio programmes


Tech giants accused of inciting violence for hosting mosque shooter's livestream
103603 2019-03-19 10:23:15Z Tech

Tech giants accused of inciting violence for hosti…

by Vomle Springford

Facebook, Google and other tech platforms are being condemned for hosting the Christchurch shooter's video.

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'We've failed miserably': Critics condemn spy agencies' surveillance strategy
103607 2019-03-19 00:00:00Z Crime

'We've failed miserably': Critics condemn spy agen…

by Phil Pennington

Former Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy said the response to Muslims over what they see as a growing threat to them was "diabolical".

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Party leaders saying little on gun law reform
103601 2019-03-19 00:00:00Z Politics

Party leaders saying little on gun law reform

by Gia Garrick

Governing parties are giving no clues on how the country's gun laws will change following Friday's terror attack in Christchurch.

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Test of faith: Does New Zealand have anything to fear from radical Islam?
70722 2019-03-19 00:00:00Z Social issues

Test of faith: Does New Zealand have anything to f…

by Joanna Wane

Almost three years ago, the Muslim community in Auckland welcomed me into their world with warmth, trust and open arms.

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Saziah Bashir: 4 things you should do following the Christchurch terror attack
103634 2019-03-19 00:00:00Z Social issues

Saziah Bashir: 4 things you should do following th…

by Saziah Bashir

What can we do? Where to from here? People have to recognise the Muslim community is grieving.

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Captain Marvel is a rare movie in Marvel Cinematic Universe
103595 2019-03-19 00:00:00Z Movies

Captain Marvel is a rare movie in Marvel Cinematic…

by Russell Baillie

Starring Brie Larson as lead superheroine​, Captain Marvel actually gets better as it goes on.

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Why Bill Cunningham was a rare creature in fashion
103319 2019-03-19 00:00:00Z Books

Why Bill Cunningham was a rare creature in fashion…

by Linda Herrick

Affable fashionista Bill Cunningham takes readers behind the scenes in the world of haute couture.

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Four must-read books to counter Islamophobia
103636 2019-03-19 00:00:00Z Books

Four must-read books to counter Islamophobia

by Jenny Nicholls

An introduction to the writers who will help you see through toxic misinformation about Islam.

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