March 23, 2019

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The return of hormone therapy

A flawed study into the use of HRT for menopausal women led to unjustified fears, but now hormones are being used to help reduce midlife brain fog, depression and anxiety. by Donna Chisholm

Catholic tastes

A new book claims that 80% of the clerics in the Vatican bureaucracy are gay and some have live-in boyfriends. What are we to make of the priestly vow of celibacy? by Karl du Fresne

Saving face

Harvard-based New Zealander Simon Talbot is part of teams of surgeons performing astonishing hand and face transplants. by Clare de Lore

Invasion of the killer zees

Is our relationship with the letter zed changing? by Paul Little

This Life

Health For older people seeking an easier life, inner-city apartments aren’t always the best solution. by Ruth Nichol

Nutrition The shocking outcomes of two studies into beta-carotene show that supplements can’t easily mimic nature. by Jennifer Bowden

Food The end of summer is an ideal time to make seafood dishes. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Good-value wines are not the sole preserve of corporate giants. by Michael Cooper

Psychology Why we should take care when we talk about possible drug side effects. by Marc Wilson

Sport Media scrutiny and hype could be the undoing of many a promising young sports star. by Paul Thomas


Books & Culture

Facing the music Jeff Tweedy doesn’t read rock memoirs but that didn’t stop him writing one. Now, the leader of respected American band Wilco brings his acclaimed autobiography to the Auckland Writers Festival.  by Russell Baillie

Books By John Lanchester and Elaine Castillo, a biography of The Wind in the Willows author Kenneth Grahame, and a round-up of thrillers

Music From ondes martenot player Cynthia Millar and the APO, and Cha Wa

Film An interview with Daffodils director David Stubbs, and reviews of Hotel Mumbai and Captain Marvel




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

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

Radio programmes


In photos: The world unites in solidarity with Christchurch
103800 2019-03-21 15:36:46Z World

In photos: The world unites in solidarity with Chr…

by Lauren Buckeridge

Countries around the world have put on a show of solidarity for the victims of the Christchurch terror attack.

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The tangled path to terrorism
103777 2019-03-21 09:59:55Z Psychology

The tangled path to terrorism

by Marc Wilson

The path that leads people to commit atrocities such as that in Christchurch is twisting and unpredictable, but the journey often begins in childhood.

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If 'This is not New Zealand', let us show it
103768 2019-03-21 09:31:27Z Social issues

If 'This is not New Zealand', let us show it

by The Listener

The little signs among the banks of flowers said, “This is not New Zealand.” They meant, “We thought we were better than this.” We were wrong.

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Extremism is not a mental illness
103785 2019-03-21 00:00:00Z Crime

Extremism is not a mental illness

by The Mental Health Foundation of NZ

Shooting people is not a symptom of a mental illness. White supremacy is not a mental illness.

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PM announces ban on all military-style semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles
103805 2019-03-21 00:00:00Z Crime

PM announces ban on all military-style semi-automa…

by RNZ

Ms Ardern pledged the day after the terrorist massacre that "gun laws will change" and would be announced within 10 days of the attack.

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No mention of right-wing extremist threats in 10 years of GCSB & SIS public docs
103770 2019-03-21 00:00:00Z Politics

No mention of right-wing extremist threats in 10 y…

by Jane Patterson

There is not one specific mention of the threat posed by white supremacists or right-wing nationalism in 10 years of security agency documents.

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Deirdre Kent: The woman who faced down the wrath of Big Tobacco
103798 2019-03-21 00:00:00Z Profiles

Deirdre Kent: The woman who faced down the wrath o…

by Joanna Wane

As the face of anti-smoking lobby group ASH, Deirdre Kent played a vital role in the smokefree New Zealand movement.

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Māori leaders say acts of terror nothing new in NZ
103766 2019-03-21 00:00:00Z Currently

Māori leaders say acts of terror nothing new in NZ…

by Leigh-Marama McLachlan

Māori leaders are calling on New Zealanders to reject the notion that 'this is not us' in the wake of the Christchurch mosque attacks.

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