March 16, 2019

On sale March 11-17

Subscribe to the Listener

 

Features

When ambition is a dirty word

New research suggests that New Zealanders are secretly far more ambitious than we let on – but are too scared to talk about it. by Joanne Black

‘We are one’

The inspiring true story of a father and teenage son who survived Auschwitz was little known for 73 years, but even after all that time, the author had to fight to find a publisher. by Diana Wichtel

Girl misinterpreted

Did Vladimir Nabokov “pilfer” the story of a real-life US child-abduction case for his novel Lolita, as a new book claims? Brian Boyd sets out to disprove the theory and skewer the many lurid misreadings of the literary classic.

Who wants to be a millionaire?

Financial writer Mary Holm is living proof that chasing and spending money are not the keys to happiness. by Clare de Lore

This Life

Health The arguments for laser surgery to correct myopia are compelling, but it’s not for everyone. by Nicky Pellegrino

Nutrition Colonoscopies are crucial tools for diagnosing bowel cancer, but the jury is out on whether the preparation process is harmful or helpful. by Jennifer Bowden

Food Rediscovering childhood recipes sparks renewed admiration for the women who knew how to cook without the benefit of detailed instructions. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine The Herzogs impress with their great reds from a cool-climate region. by Michael Cooper

Technology Gadgets that mix the digital and real worlds in ways that can help us in our jobs have come a step nearer. by Peter Griffin

Sport As with many endeavours, the glory of sport is often spoilt by money. by Paul Thomas

 

Books & Culture

‘Monument on my life’ Poet Fleur Adcock reflects on her new collection of poems from a career spanning 60 years, and finds she prefers her latest ones. by Sarah Catherall

Books About architect John Scott, novels by Kathy Wang and Julie Cohen, and a roundup of crime novels

A Way with Words Albert Belz

Music From Finn Andrews

Film If Beale Street Could Talk, Destroyer, The Price of Everything

 

Commentary

Editorial

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

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

TV programmes

Radio programmes

Latest

New alt-right political groups hiding in plain sight in NZ
105036 2019-04-26 00:00:00Z Social issues

New alt-right political groups hiding in plain sig…

by Gyles Beckford

Far-right political groups and ideologies are growing and becoming harder to detect.

Read more
Where Hands Touch: The biggest problem with the interracial Nazi romance
105043 2019-04-26 00:00:00Z Movies

Where Hands Touch: The biggest problem with the in…

by James Robins

A teenage interracial romance set in Nazi Germany is a well-intended but simplistic melodrama.

Read more
Wasn't the capital gains tax part of the 'transformational' Labour Government?
104985 2019-04-25 00:00:00Z Politics

Wasn't the capital gains tax part of the 'transfor…

by The Listener

The Labour Party talked a big game in opposition, but then let the capital gains tax outcome be determined by opinion poll – and Winston Peters.

Read more
Before the Anzac biscuit, soldiers ate a tile so hard you could write on it
104957 2019-04-25 00:00:00Z History

Before the Anzac biscuit, soldiers ate a tile so h…

by Lindsay Kelley

Instead of Anzac biscuits, soldiers once ate Anzac 'tiles' – they were so hard, they were used as stationery.

Read more
Medical specialist and writer Eileen Merriman's prescription for success
104920 2019-04-25 00:00:00Z Profiles

Medical specialist and writer Eileen Merriman's pr…

by Clare de Lore

Eileen Merriman doesn’t have to dig too deep to find the angst, humour and drama for her award-winning novels.

Read more
We still remember them: The best in new Anzac Day reading
105020 2019-04-25 00:00:00Z Books

We still remember them: The best in new Anzac Day…

by Russell Baillie

The tide of great New Zealand books on the world wars shows no sign of going out. Russell Baillie reviews four new Anzac books.

Read more
Fine lines: New Anzac books and graphic novels for kids
105028 2019-04-25 00:00:00Z Books

Fine lines: New Anzac books and graphic novels for…

by Ann Packer

A telegraph “boy”, heroic animals and even shell-shock make for engaging reads for children.

Read more
Keeping up appearances: The challenging job of restoring NZ's lighthouses
104978 2019-04-25 00:00:00Z Life in NZ

Keeping up appearances: The challenging job of res…

by Fiona Terry

Ensuring lighthouses stay “shipshape” isn’t a job for the faint-hearted.

Read more