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


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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