July 27, 2019

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Fear enough

Why do some New Zealanders feel safer in a big European city than back home? Everything from crime rates, religiosity, rubbish, the number of bikes and even penis size can have an effect on how secure we feel, reports Cathrin Schaer.

New Zealand heroes: Sir Ed’s century

In declining health, yet passionate and insistent on being treated as a man – not an icon: this was Sir Edmund Hillary in his last-ever interview. by Maggie Barry

New Zealand heroes: Star man

New Zealand scientist Bill Pickering, who played a key role in putting man on the Moon, looks back on a life lived staring into space. by Marilyn Head

New Zealand heroes: Energetic aviatrix

Two years before her death, world-renowned pilot Jean Batten returned to New Zealand, where she gave a revealing interview. by Ann Lloyd

This Life

Health Saunas, exercise and meditation are a winning combo for beating stress-related symptoms, says an Auckland pain specialist. by Ruth Nichol

Psychology Despite growing acceptance of the rainbow community, the struggle is far from over. by Marc Wilson

Food Family-friendly meals that use a lot of plant-based ingredients without sacrificing flavour are the focus of Olivia Andrews’ Three Veg and Meat.

Sport For all the pain felt by Black Caps fans, there’s always the hope of better things to come. by Paul Thomas


Books & Culture

My year with Helen Tony Sutorius, the director of a new documentary on Helen Kelly, writes about capturing the last chapter in the union leader’s life.

Of fire and flame Veteran arts-documentary-maker Shirley Horrocks writes about her new film, a study of photographer Peter Peryer, who died during its making.

Books By Julia Phillips, Kate Atkinson and Ben Elton

Music From The Raconteurs and The Black Keys

Film The Lion King, Camino Skies, Rory’s Way




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 Fiona Rae

TV Films Fiona Rae

TV Review Diana Wichtel

Radio Fiona Rae

TV programmes

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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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