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September 2021

By 16 August 2021August 7th, 2023Issue, North&South


Illustration: Ross Murray

The Great Divide

In a single generation New Zealand has transformed itself from a home-owning democracy into a society fractured by property wealth — between those who have it, and those who do not.

By Rebecca Macfie

An Equal Shot. photo: Supplied

An Equal Shot

As the vaccine rollout finally ramps up, who’s getting left behind?

By Helen Glenny

A player directing a throw during Bonspiel, New Zealands biggest outdoor curling event. photo: Braden Fastier

The Roaring Game

Curling is a sport with a 500-year-old history, but one mystery still remains: why the game’s distinctive stones move the way they do.

By Laurie Winkless
Photo essay by Braden Fastier

Four Corners

Helen Houdini. photo: Marieke Lettink

Stalking Wolfskehl

The eccentric German poet who made New Zealand his home.

By Konstantin Richter

Old Tricks

A species of native gecko is rewriting the lizard textbooks.

By Anna Yeoman


The story of the man who built Wellington’s strangest landmark.

By John Summers

In Exile

The near-impossible task of trying to book a spot in MIQ.

By Verena Friederike Hasel

Culture Etc.

James Ashcroft. photo: Supplied

Next Small Thing

The Hawke’s Bay stonemason bringing some of music’s biggest names to the region’s tiniest venues — community halls.

By Graeme Wilson

About Town: Point Wells

Butting up against wealthy Omaha, this sleepy beach town is determined to stay that way.

By Helen Glenny

Hard Sleep

On a night train, even a disillusioned traveller can sleep like a baby — and still feel just a little intrepid.

By John Summers

Dark Places

Hollywood has already come calling for James Ashcroft after the release of his menacing, confident first film.

By Tom Augustine

Book Reviews

Paul Little on the life and work of the poet Blanche Baughan, a memoir by Ngāi Tahu leader Mark Solomon, reflections on our love of mountains, and more.

How I Wrote

Simon Bridges talks to Paul Little about his new memoir which he insists is true to its cover, saying it is not a political memoir.

The National Gallery

Featuring work by a New Zealand amateur artist every month.

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