In this week's Listener – February 16, 2019

by The Listener / 11 February, 2019

February 16, 2019

On sale February 11-17


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Features


Deep fake

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

Knight star

Northland kaumātua, master carver, navigator and bridge builder Hec Busby was hoping for “no fuss” when he accepted a knighthood. It was a forlorn hope, with at least a thousand people attending his investiture at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. by Clare de Lore

What’s appening?
A revolt against the “Apple tax” and Google Play Store royalties looks set to change the app model. by Peter Griffin

Up close and personal

Cathrin Schaer meets fetish dwarves and sex dolls, experiments with a silicon vagina and attends a bondage workshop at the world’s biggest trade fair for the adult industry – in Berlin, of course.

This Life


Health Overloading of the tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes can be crippling – and recovery is a step-by-step process. by Ruth Nichol

Nutrition Zinc, carotenoids and vitamins can help with macular degeneration, but it’s all in the formula. by Jennifer Bowden

Food They’re technically a fruit, but late-summer aubergines are a versatile and popular ingredient in savoury dishes worldwide. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Our international reputation is at risk when wineries bend the rules. by Michael Cooper

Psychology James McAvoy’s screen portrayal of multiple personalities is energetic but not the real thing. by Marc Wilson

Sport Lessons for the All Blacks from England’s Six Nations win over Ireland are about tactical kicking and offensive defence. by Paul Thomas


Books & Culture


Vocals by the locals Community choirs around New Zealand are stepping into challenging new territory, backing rising Australian duo Mama Kin Spender on their tour of the country. by James Belfield

Books Novels by Marlon James, Anstey Harris, Anne Griffin and Owen Marshall as well as a selection of his best poetry, and a kids’ art activity book

A Way with Words Colin Hogg on mateship and his new book, Sam Hunt: Off the Road

Film The Front Runner, Cold Pursuit


Commentary


Editorial

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

Bulletin from Abroad Andrew Anthony in London

Back to Black Joanne Black

Life Bill Ralston

Politics Jane Clifton

The Good Life Michele Hewitson


Diversions


Diversions & Puzzles

Wordsworth Gabe Atkinson


That’s Entertainment


Television Russell Brown

TV Films Ryan Holder

TV Review Diana Wichtel

Radio Fiona Rae

TV programmes

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