May 18, 2019

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Features

Lessons from the heart

New Zealand scientists are working on artificial intelligence that could diagnose an illness faster and better than a doctor. by Donna Chisholm

A power of good

In the heart of Africa, a Kiwi entrepreneur is doing his bit for climate change. by Clare de Lore

Of pirates & property

For “visionary” developer Alasdair Cassels, who created a chic Christchurch destination out of an old wool-scourer’s factory, risk-taking seems to be in the blood. by Karl du Fresne

His biggest bet yet

Philanthropist George Soros, long a target of the radical right, is spending billions to support liberal democracy and fight hate crimes. by Stuart McMillan

This Life

Health If you’re not happy with your diagnosis or proposed treatment, get a second opinion. by Ruth Nichol

Nutrition Mindfulness apps are a modern way to get back in touch with your emotions, rather than using food, alcohol and dieting as a distraction. by Jennifer Bowden

Food Recipes that celebrate the innovative products being made by some of the nation’s small food businesses. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Does New Zealand wine improve with age? by Michael Cooper

Psychology Racing into print after the Christchurch killings was anything but academic. by Marc Wilson

Sport The struggles of golfing prodigies Lydia Ko and Jordan Spieth are a lesson in the difficulties of sustaining success. by Paul Thomas

 

Books & Culture

Thrilled to bits Ever since his hit Generation X, Canadian writer Douglas Coupland has tapped the culture of the Digital Age. He talks about how connectivity has affected his relationship with books and influenced a shift into the arts. by Russell Baillie

Books Novels by Jessica Andrews, Chip Cheek and Thomasin Sleigh, about an epic UK trek and natural history books about insects, reptiles and amphibians

Music Jan Hellriegel’s new album and accompanying autobiography

Classical New Zealand composer Gemma Peacocke’s new album, Waves & Lines

Film All Is True, Long Shot, Poms

 

Commentary

Editorial

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

Diversions & Puzzles

Wordsworth Gabe Atkinson

 

That’s Entertainment

Television Fiona Rae

TV Films Fiona Rae

TV Review Diana Wichtel

Radio Fiona Rae

TV programmes

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