March 23, 2019

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The return of hormone therapy

A flawed study into the use of HRT for menopausal women led to unjustified fears, but now hormones are being used to help reduce midlife brain fog, depression and anxiety. by Donna Chisholm

Catholic tastes

A new book claims that 80% of the clerics in the Vatican bureaucracy are gay and some have live-in boyfriends. What are we to make of the priestly vow of celibacy? by Karl du Fresne

Saving face

Harvard-based New Zealander Simon Talbot is part of teams of surgeons performing astonishing hand and face transplants. by Clare de Lore

Invasion of the killer zees

Is our relationship with the letter zed changing? by Paul Little

This Life

Health For older people seeking an easier life, inner-city apartments aren’t always the best solution. by Ruth Nichol

Nutrition The shocking outcomes of two studies into beta-carotene show that supplements can’t easily mimic nature. by Jennifer Bowden

Food The end of summer is an ideal time to make seafood dishes. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Good-value wines are not the sole preserve of corporate giants. by Michael Cooper

Psychology Why we should take care when we talk about possible drug side effects. by Marc Wilson

Sport Media scrutiny and hype could be the undoing of many a promising young sports star. by Paul Thomas


Books & Culture

Facing the music Jeff Tweedy doesn’t read rock memoirs but that didn’t stop him writing one. Now, the leader of respected American band Wilco brings his acclaimed autobiography to the Auckland Writers Festival.  by Russell Baillie

Books By John Lanchester and Elaine Castillo, a biography of The Wind in the Willows author Kenneth Grahame, and a round-up of thrillers

Music From ondes martenot player Cynthia Millar and the APO, and Cha Wa

Film An interview with Daffodils director David Stubbs, and reviews of Hotel Mumbai and Captain Marvel




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 Fiona Rae

TV Films Fiona Rae

TV Review Diana Wichtel

Radio Fiona Rae

TV programmes

Radio programmes


Can Kiwibuild be rescued?
106372 2019-05-27 00:00:00Z Politics

Can Kiwibuild be rescued?

by RNZ

Labour’s Kiwibuild was touted as a solution to a housing crisis borne out of record immigration, demand outstripping supply, rocketing construction co

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Theresa May resigns: How the UK leadership race could play out from here
How SO/ Auckland will transport you to another world
103967 2019-05-27 00:00:00Z Where to go in Auckland

How SO/ Auckland will transport you to another wor…

by Noted

SO/ Auckland is taking the concept of what a hotel can be and spinning it on its head.

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Could Christian soldiers march no-mates National into office?
106299 2019-05-26 00:00:00Z Politics

Could Christian soldiers march no-mates National i…

by Bill Ralston

It appears we may have the second coming of a Christian party at the next election. Well, actually, it is at least the fifth coming of one.

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Vincent O’Malley: Why we need to open up about past Māori and Pākehā conflict
106234 2019-05-26 00:00:00Z History

Vincent O’Malley: Why we need to open up about pas…

by Sally Blundell

Calls are growing for us to take a more honest look at our past, particularly the wars over land and power that shaped the country.

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Scott Morrison: How a 'doomed' PM stormed the country with one killer line
106291 2019-05-26 00:00:00Z World

Scott Morrison: How a 'doomed' PM stormed the coun…

by Bernard Lagan

As Australia’s tourism tsar 13 years ago, Scott Morrison oversaw the rollicking “So where the bloody hell are you?’’ ad campaign.

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What you need to know about knee replacements
105774 2019-05-26 00:00:00Z Health

What you need to know about knee replacements

by Ruth Nichol

Replacement knee joints are giving thousands of Kiwis decades of service, but don’t rush to get one.

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How a hit romcom took indigenous Aussie star Miranda Tapsell back to her roots
106072 2019-05-25 00:00:00Z Movies

How a hit romcom took indigenous Aussie star Miran…

by Russell Baillie

Miranda Tapsell tells Russell Baillie how she came up with Top End Wedding and why its Northern Territory setting means so much.

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