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Learning curve

Up to 75,000 New Zealanders could be on the autism spectrum and diagnoses are increasing. Sally Blundell investigates why.

Guardian angel

Renowned heart surgeon Alan Kerr saved Donna Lander’s life in 1987. This year – thanks to a Listener story – he saved her again. by Donna Chisholm

Global spirit

Far from a “clash of civilisations”, nations have moved closer in ideas, outlook and acceptance of a global political order, writes Yuval Noah Harari.

Revenge of the words

Self-described word nerd Mark Broatch is on a mission to untangle the English language. by Clare de Lore


This Life

Health Early detection of prostate cancer may be tricky but it’s over to men to insist on regular checks before symptoms appear. by Nicky Pellegrino

Nutrition Attempts to lose weight by periodically going hungry can often have the opposite effect. by Jennifer Bowden

Food Rural Matakana, north of Auckland, is showcasing its foodie talents with a new festival and cookbook. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Develop your palate with a selection of imported wines for every budget. by Michael Cooper

Psychology People who are struggling need to hear their feelings are valid, not to “get over it”. by Marc Wilson

Sport The Prime Minister copped more than she bargained for when she visited the All Blacks’ dressing room. by Paul Thomas


Books & Culture

Bohème rhapsody Rising Kiwi opera stars Julien Van Mellaerts, Marlena Devoe and Thomas Atkins are home from London for Puccini’s famous tragedy. by Russell Baillie

A way with words Lani Wendt Young

Books Novels by David Peace and Jonas Jonasson; a comprehensive biography of Bruce Lee by Matthew Polly; thrillers by Flynn Berry, Pip Drysdale and Lynda La Plante

Music From the Chills

Film McQueen, The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, Mile 22




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


Comedian Jo Brand on the benefits of not giving a toss
100970 2019-01-20 00:00:00Z Profiles

Comedian Jo Brand on the benefits of not giving a…

by Diana Wichtel

Jo Brand’s deadpan style is deceptive, as some blokes have discovered to their very public cost.

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Green Book: A racially themed road-trip drama that stays within the white lines
101345 2019-01-20 00:00:00Z Movies

Green Book: A racially themed road-trip drama that…

by James Robins

Green Book joins a long tradition of civil-rights era movies that barely scratch the surface.

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How I caught Marie Kondo's tidying up bug
101329 2019-01-20 00:00:00Z Television

How I caught Marie Kondo's tidying up bug

by Diana Wichtel

Four episodes into Netflix’s Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, something snapped.

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The vital importance of full sleep cycles
100962 2019-01-20 00:00:00Z Health

The vital importance of full sleep cycles

by Mark Broatch

It’s a myth that older adults need less sleep, says University of California professor of neuroscience and psychology Matthew Walker.

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101413 2019-01-20 00:00:00Z Life in NZ

Searching Great Barrier Island for the meaning of…

by Joanna Wane

Joanna Wane goes to Great Barrier Island in search of the answer to life, the universe and everything.

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Australian classic Storm Boy gets a modern remake
101340 2019-01-19 00:00:00Z Movies

Australian classic Storm Boy gets a modern remake

by James Robins

The biggest beak in Oz screen history returns in a remake of a 1970s favourite.

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Go South: The NZ travel show with no narration or score
101364 2019-01-19 00:00:00Z Television

Go South: The NZ travel show with no narration or…

by Russell Brown

New Zealand jumps on the captivating, if time-consuming, bandwagon of televising cross-country journeys.

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The downsides of tiny houses
101357 2019-01-19 00:00:00Z Property

The downsides of tiny houses

by Megan Carras

Tiny houses look marvellous but have a dark side. Here are three things they don’t tell you on marketing blurb.

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