November 10, 2018

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Retiring with dignity

With pension costs set to treble, calls to restrict eligibility are growing. Though many are willing and able – or financially forced – to work past 65, what happens when we want to stop? by Sarah Catherall

Test for toxicity

The midterm elections may be as much a verdict on the US people as their adversarial President. by Paul Thomas

The awful aftermath

The stories of the wounded soldiers and medics returning after World War I have gone largely untold. Anna Rogers gives them their due in her history With Them Through Hell.

Rebuilding faces

The need to repair the grievous facial wounds of soldiers in World War I led New Zealander Sir Harold Gillies to pioneer plastic-surgery techniques that are still in use today. by David Fisher

An unsung warrior

Vellentine Gordon Hunter was decorated for bravery and fought in some of New Zealand’s major Western Front battles, then quietly got on with life on the farm. by Sally Blundell


This Life

Health A common stomach bug that can lurk undetected for years is associated with another health risk. by Nicky Pellegrino

Food Kiwi baker Dean Brettschneider provides fail-safe interpretations of two traditional cakes. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Sail from spring into summer with a snifter of our famous sauvignon blanc. by Michael Cooper

Psychology A puzzling mental-health metaphor harks back to one of English literature’s heavyweights. by Marc Wilson

Sport How to put a jinx on an All Black – say he’s indispensable. by Paul Thomas


Books & Culture

Writing from the ruins AN Wilson has put aside his prolific historical biographies for a novel inspired by a visit to quake-hit Christchurch – where he expects the book will get a tough reception. by Sally Blundell

Poetry Airini Beautrais’ Ending Song features at an Armistice Day centenary event in Wellington on November 11.

Books About dirt-poor American farmers, George VI, Polynesian navigators, subantarctic islands and Central Otago vineyards; and by Jan Morris and Eirlys Hunter

Music Princess Chelsea and Jonathan Bree; albums from Al Fraser, Phil Boniface and Al Fraser, Steve Burridge, Neil Johnstone

Film Bohemian Rhapsody, Yellow is Forbidden, Hunter Killer




Letters Plus Caption Competition, Quips & Quotes, Life in NZ and 10 Quick Questions

Bulletin from Abroad Bernard Lagan in Sydney

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 Russell Brown

TV Films Ryan Holder

TV Review Diana Wichtel

Radio Fiona Rae

TV programmes

Radio programmes


Māori leaders say acts of terror nothing new in NZ
103766 2019-03-21 00:00:00Z Currently

Māori leaders say acts of terror nothing new in NZ…

by Leigh-Marama McLachlan

Māori leaders are calling on New Zealanders to reject the notion that 'this is not us' in the wake of the Christchurch mosque attacks.

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Christchurch gunsmith warned police about white supremacists last year
103662 2019-03-20 00:00:00Z Crime

Christchurch gunsmith warned police about white su…

by RNZ

A Canterbury gunsmith living and working says he told police less than six months ago they needed to look at the rise of white supremacists with guns.

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12 moments that show how New Zealanders have united in the face of terror
103665 2019-03-20 00:00:00Z Social issues

12 moments that show how New Zealanders have unite…

by Vomle Springford

In the following days after the Christchurch terror attacks, New Zealand has come together to support the victims of the shootings.

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How modern art inspired the music of Anna Clyne's Abstractions
103649 2019-03-20 00:00:00Z Music

How modern art inspired the music of Anna Clyne's…

by The Listener

The works of the English contemporary composer feature in the NZSO’s forthcoming The Planets series.

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Lecretia Seales' widower makes his case for death with dignity
103655 2019-03-20 00:00:00Z Health

Lecretia Seales' widower makes his case for death…

by Matt Vickers

Ahead of a report back on the End of Life Choice Bill, Matt Vickers, widower of assisted dying advocate Lecretia Seales makes his case.

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Sid at the French Café to host a special lunch to support Christchurch victims
103751 2019-03-20 00:00:00Z Auckland Eats

Sid at the French Café to host a special lunch to…

by Metro

A special luncheon will be held to raise money in support of the victims and families affected by the Christchurch mosque shooting.

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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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