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November 2021

By 10 October 2021August 7th, 2023Issue, North&South


The Age of Permanent Anxiety

We’re never going back to normal. Here’s how to cope.

by Anna Rawhiti-Connell

Refugees on the deck of the Tampa after being rescued from their sinking ferry. photo: AAP

The Odyssey

Twenty years on, Afghan refugees of the Tampa look back.

By Sally Blundell

Greyhounds with handlers before a race. Photo: Victoria Birkinshaw

Can Greyhound Racing Survive?

With damning reports of injury and doping, a once-fashionable sport is officially on notice.

By Mirjam Guesgen

Illustration: Rachel Salazar

Red Flags

Amid concerns that China is covertly meddling in universities, New Zealand scientists are being forced to navigate a perilous geopolitical maze.

By Pete McKenzie

Four Corners

Lanarch Castle. photo: Lanarch Castle Ltd., archives.

Under Siege

Just another day at Larnach Castle.

By Ben Mack

The Covid Collectors

How local museums are documenting the Covid era in real time.

By John Summers

Symphony in Green

Why did Lake Wakatipu turn a lurid green?


Simon O’Neill rehearsing at home. Photo: Hōhua Kurene

“This Everest of a Role”

Simon O’Neill, a world-renowned Wagnerian tenor, prepares to sing one of opera’s most challenging characters.

By Paul Little

About town: Te Awamutu

An old dairy-farming town is even better than one former local remembers from his childhood days.

By Graeme Wilson

Worship On High

In an extract from a new tramping anthology, Across the Pass, writer Elsie K Morton describes a night in the summer of 1950 spent sleeping on an ambulance stretcher in a Mackinnon Pass hut.


Paul Little on Margaret Wilson’s memoir, an elegant new collection of short stories, tales of nautical mishap and more.

How I Wrote

Paul Little talks to Steve Braunias about his new book, Cover Story, an affectionate annotation of some 100 LP covers collected from op shops around the nation.


Illustration: Imogen Greenfield


The history of our country’s first name, Aotearoa.

By Scott Hamilton

10 Things

. . . to watch, eat, hear, see and do this month. Tess Nichol’s guide to living your best life.


Crosswords and quiz by Graeme Wilson.

National Gallery

Featuring work by a New Zealand amateur artist every month.

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