September 23, 2017

On sale September 18-24



Sense of entitlement

Should financially independent adult children be entitled to an inheritance when a parent dies? As blended families become more common, Donna Chisholm investigates the increasingly murky state of succession law.

Power & glory

After years of protest, Christchurch will get back its iconic cathedral. And the restoration work is expected to be finished at about the same time as another celebrated religious building, this one in Spain. by Sally Blundell

Age of uncertainty

The prolific writer and philosopher AC Grayling says democracy is noisy and chaos can be productive. by Diana Wichtel

The last flight of the kahukura

A social activist and former Black Power member remembers a former gang comrade and urges gang members to foster his legacy. by Denis O’Reilly


This Life

Nutrition The average Kiwi already eats a low-carb diet, so there’s no need to panic over recent study findings. by Jennifer Bowden

Food After her life turned to custard, Sarah Tuck found comfort in recipes. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine The kiwi dollar is improving the quality of imported wines on our shelves. by Michael Cooper

Sport We should be wary of taking our lead on questions of morality from the tabloid press. by Paul Thomas

Psychology How do voters develop their political party identification? by Marc Wilson


Books & Culture

Playing his own Trump card

Salman Rushdie talks about his new novel, which riffs on the rise of Donald Trump, while pondering identity politics, life in New York and the movies. by James Robins

Film Judi Dench discusses her new role as an elderly Queen Victoria with an unlikely friendship. by Helen Barlow

Books About travels in the US states that have legalised marijuana, top-level captains, the perils of being a Saudi activist, Australian code breakers and the history of libraries, and a novel by Tim Corballis

A Way with Words Graeme Lay

Classical CDs From Michael Houstoun, the NZ String Quartet and the Te Kōkī Trio

Music From the National

Film Victoria & Abdul, Spookers




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

Politics Jane Clifton

Life Bill Ralston

The Good Life Michele Hewitson



Diversions & Puzzles

Wordsworth Gabe Atkinson


That’s Entertainment

Television Fiona Rae

TV Films Fiona Rae

TV Review Diana Wichtel

Radio Fiona Rae

TV programmes

Radio programmes


US TV personality Matt Lauer 'holding the country to ransom' over NZ land access
93966 2018-07-23 14:03:22Z Environment

US TV personality Matt Lauer 'holding the country …

by RNZ

Access to the Hāwea Conservation Park could be cut off completely due to a stoush between the government and US personality Matt Lauer.

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Win a double pass to Interlude in Prague
93924 2018-07-23 09:44:26Z Win

Win a double pass to Interlude in Prague

by The Listener

With the talents of Samantha Barks, Aneurin Barnard and James Purefoy, Interlude In Prague is a love story and tragedy of epic proportions.

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I got a hoax academic paper about how UK politicians wipe their bums published
93921 2018-07-23 09:39:42Z Science

I got a hoax academic paper about how UK politicia…

by Gary Lewis

It was a cheeky idea - come up with crappy study and see which "journal" would publish it. The bottom line? Predatory journals deserve a bum rap.

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Lauren Southern, Israel Folau and the problem with criticising religion
93915 2018-07-23 07:12:26Z Social issues

Lauren Southern, Israel Folau and the problem with…

by Graham Adams

Is there one rule for criticising Christianity and another for Islam?

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Where should we draw the line between free speech and hate speech?
93928 2018-07-23 00:00:00Z Social issues

Where should we draw the line between free speech …

by Karl du Fresne

A ban on two Canadian far-right activists speaking at Auckland Council venues has ignited the debate over hate speech and freedom of expression.

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Is New Zealand a tolerant society?
93954 2018-07-23 00:00:00Z Social issues

Is New Zealand a tolerant society?

by Karl du Fresne

Offences against religious minorities suggest an undercurrent of prejudice exists in the country.

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Theresa May gets Trumped in London
93853 2018-07-23 00:00:00Z World

Theresa May gets Trumped in London

by Andrew Anthony

Notwithstanding the blimp, the presidential visit proved a deflating experience in the home of football.

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Win a copy of The House of Islam by Ed Husain
93910 2018-07-23 00:00:00Z Win

Win a copy of The House of Islam by Ed Husain

by The Listener

The House of Islam tells the story of the Prophet, the origins of the Quran, the Sunni-Shia schism and sharia.

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