February 16, 2019

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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




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 & 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


How the director of Poi E took on 40 years of Herbs
109597 2019-08-15 16:15:48Z Movies

How the director of Poi E took on 40 years of Herb…

by Russell Baillie

Director Tearepa Kahi hoped to throw Herbs a birthday party with his movie about the band, but his unconventional documentary evolved into...

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Corrections apologises, blocks accused mosque gunman's mail
109585 2019-08-15 00:00:00Z Crime

Corrections apologises, blocks accused mosque gunm…

by RNZ

The man accused of the Christchurch mosque attacks sent seven letters from prison and had two others withheld.

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The great revolution: Historian Jock Phillips on 80 years of change in NZ
109491 2019-08-15 00:00:00Z History

The great revolution: Historian Jock Phillips on 8…

by Jock Phillips

In 2019, Kiwis are taller and fatter than they were in 1939, material life has changed immeasurably, but the biggest change of all has been the...

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The events that shaped New Zealand
109520 2019-08-15 00:00:00Z History

The events that shaped New Zealand

by The Listener

In celebration of 80 years of the New Zealand Listener, we're looking back at the country's key moments.

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Why Marlborough, the jewel of NZ's wine industry, is your next destination
My low-rent version of Sisyphus in hell
109522 2019-08-15 00:00:00Z Humour

My low-rent version of Sisyphus in hell

by Michelle Langstone

Michelle Langstone on being injured.

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Requests denied, delayed and redacted
109441 2019-08-14 00:00:00Z Politics

Requests denied, delayed and redacted

by Mike White

Frustrations of the fourth estate.

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Stats NZ could need years to regain public trust
109503 2019-08-14 00:00:00Z Politics

Stats NZ could need years to regain public trust

by Craig McCulloch

The census botch-up has prompted fears the debacle will do long-lasting damage to the public's trust in statistics.

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