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


Fresh tips in suspected cold case murder of Auckland teen
106082 2019-05-21 00:00:00Z Crime

Fresh tips in suspected cold case murder of Auckla…

by Donna Chisholm

Police are following up several new tips in the suspected cold case murder of Auckland teen Joanne “Joe” Chatfield.

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Families witness as Pike River mine re-entry attempt begins
106112 2019-05-21 00:00:00Z Social issues

Families witness as Pike River mine re-entry attem…

by RNZ

The Pike River re-entry team steps through the double airlock doors today, watched by families of the 29 men who died in the 2010 tragedy.

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How the Republican Party is effectively placing Donald Trump above the law
106064 2019-05-21 00:00:00Z World

How the Republican Party is effectively placing Do…

by Paul Thomas

The Republicans' strategy of not co-operating with Congress is undermining the system of checks and balances enshrined in the US Constitution.

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NZ Listener and North & South win at NZ's top media awards
106058 2019-05-20 00:00:00Z Innovation

NZ Listener and North & South win at NZ's top medi…

by Noted

New Zealand's leading current affairs magazines pick up Voyager Media Awards.

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Dancing with the Stars is a parable for democracy in the age of Trump
106060 2019-05-20 00:00:00Z Television

Dancing with the Stars is a parable for democracy…

by Diana Wichtel

The people have spoken on the hit TV dance-off and we deserve everything we get.

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How this woman was prevented from going completely blind
Are you taking too many pills?
106032 2019-05-20 00:00:00Z Health

Are you taking too many pills?

by Donna Chisholm

By the time we reach our late 60s, a quarter of us will be taking a smorgasbord of medicines that we hope will extend our lives.

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How Sam Pillsbury went from filmmaker to vintner
106015 2019-05-19 00:00:00Z Profiles

How Sam Pillsbury went from filmmaker to vintner

by Sharon Stephenson

Filmmaker Sam Pillsbury was involved in some of New Zealand’s most iconic films before more lucrative directing opportunities lured him to LA.

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