October 27, 2018

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Shrinking our wrap

With China shutting its gates to our plastics and paper, what can New Zealand do to stem the tide of ocean waste? by Veronika Meduna

Against the flow

After Peter Dredge’s wife, Ann, received a hopeless Alzheimer’s prognosis, he looked outside mainstream medicine for answers. Dredge has now written a book. He spoke to Mark Broatch.

Seeing the light of day

The baby boomers are longer-lived than previous generations, but they still experience similar rates of mental illness. Day clinics may be the way to address this concern. by Naomi Arnold

A man for all seasons

Ahead of the centenary of a heroic World War I action by New Zealand soldiers, a new book celebrates one of its legends. by Clare de Lore


This Life

Health There’s growing concern at the use of crowdfunding sites to pay for unproven medical treatments. by Nicky Pellegrino

Nutrition There’s a balance between schoolkids eating enough for their energy needs and learning to recognise hunger. by Jennifer Bowden

Food A Japanese-influenced Hawaiian fast-food sensation is bowling into towns and cities around New Zealand. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine There are superb wines to be found at the supermarket. by Michael Cooper

Psychology Humans are different from other species, but not as much as we’ve assumed. by Marc Wilson

Sport The bulk of the Kiwis side that beat Australia may live across the Ditch, but that’s just the way of the rugby league world. by Paul Thomas


Books & Culture

Stories about Maurice In the prologue to his biography of Maurice Shadbolt, Philip Temple writes about his relationship with the late, great writer and why he took on the task of recounting his colourful life.

Classical Antonia Barnett-McIntosh marks her return home with the debut of new works in suffrage-themed performances.

Books Abir Mukherjee’s Raj-era detective story, a thriller roundup and a glimpse of the lives of the literary habitués of London’s Gloucester Crescent 

Music Albums from Paul Kelly, MC Tali and The Upbeats

Film A Star is Born, Bad Times at the El Royale, Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist




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Life Bill Ralston

Politics Jane Clifton

The Good Life Greg Dixon



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That’s Entertainment

Television Russell Brown

TV Films Lauren Buckeridge


TV Review Diana Wichtel

Radio Fiona Rae

TV & Radio programmes


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Win a double pass to Everybody Knows

by The Listener

Starring Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem, Everybody Knows is a gripping new thriller about the fissures and fault lines that can tear a family apart.

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Fall into a beautiful abyss at this must-see dance show in Auckland
102571 2019-02-20 12:12:54Z Where to go in Auckland

Fall into a beautiful abyss at this must-see dance…

by Metro

A contemporary dance show that marries dystopian anxiety with raw energy is a must-see at the Auckland Arts Festival.

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Climate change declaration 'politically charged' – Thames-Coromandel mayor
102563 2019-02-20 09:39:08Z Planet

Climate change declaration 'politically charged' –…

by Kate Gudsell

A push to get local authorities to sign up to a declaration on climate change is "politically charged and driven", the Thames-Coromandel mayor says.

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What's inside Metro's March/April 2019 issue?
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What's inside Metro's March/April 2019 issue?

by Metro

Top 50 wines, rappers Church & AP, fast-talking poet Selina Tusitala Marsh and what to see at Auckland Arts Festival.

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China could be using Taiwan as a testing ground for disinformation campaigns
102550 2019-02-20 00:00:00Z World

China could be using Taiwan as a testing ground fo…

by Gavin Ellis

A Taiwanese diplomat’s death in Japan has become a symbol of the consequences and dangers of disinformation.

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The best way to beat food cravings? Fill up on the objects of your desire
102087 2019-02-20 00:00:00Z Nutrition

The best way to beat food cravings? Fill up on the…

by Jennifer Bowden

Research has shown that dieters’ attempts to resist eating certain foods appear to lead to cravings for those foods.

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Deepfake: How disinformation fools our brains and damages democracy
102545 2019-02-20 00:00:00Z Tech

Deepfake: How disinformation fools our brains and…

by Gavin Ellis

Message manipulation using bots, algorithms and, now, AI software is making it harder to know what’s real – and threatening democracy itself.

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Move to introduce digital tax for foreign companies profiting online
102519 2019-02-19 09:23:12Z Economy

Move to introduce digital tax for foreign companie…

by RNZ

New Zealand is lining up to introduce a new tax on multinational companies that make money out of online goods and services in this country.

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