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March 2022

By 12 February 2022August 7th, 2023Issue, North&South


Illustration: Ruth Gwily

Dial a Dealer

When buying drugs is as easy as online shopping, things get
scary — fast.

By Pete McKenzie

Jimmy Neesham with Charles Barkley. Photo: Victoria Birkinshaw.

The Most Outspoken Man in Sports

Black Cap Jimmy Neesham goes from crisis to comeback.

By James Borrowdale

The living room, circa 1950. All photos: Supplied.

This Old House

In which the author investigates his newly purchased home and discovers a rich vein of New Zealand history.

By John Summers

An RSE worker from the Solomon Islands, picking Jazz apples, Hastings.
An RSE worker from the Solomon Islands, picking Jazz apples, Hastings. Photo: Richard Brimer.

Photo Essay: Another Year

Celebrating the people who pick our produce every summer harvest.

By Richard Brimer

Four Corners

Meet the Wizard of Bluff
Peterson moved to Bluff in 2017. Photo: Ben Mack.

Poisoned Pine

The “underhanded” act which rid Lake Rotoiti of an invasive pest.

Cromwell, warts and all

Grappling with a divisive historic legacy.

By Thomas McLean

Got a pen?

This collector has about 20,000.

By Guy Frederick

The Wizard of Bluff

The ambitions of a “green wizard” go far beyond casting a spell over Invercargill voters to succeed longtime mayor Tim Shadbolt.

By Ben Mack

Flying Lessons

Hutton’s Shearwaters are very special birds — but also prone to crash-landing all over town.

By Helen Glenny

Culture Etc.

Ani Tawhiao-Lomas (right) with partner, Giuliano Porta and their baby, Calina Mareikura Porta. Photo: Tim D.

Tiny Plates, Big Ambitions

This Auckland company wants to decolonise your baby’s tastebuds.

By Nicola Harvey

About Town: Waimarama

Time passes and people change, but the sun still shines at this North Island beach town.

By Sarah Catherall

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle?

Recycling is a scam — and it’s coming back to bite us.

By Anna Rawhiti-Connell

The Grapevine

Napier winemaker Tony Bish is obsessed with chardonnay, “the king of white grapes”.

By Tobias Buck


Paul Little on a new book on Alzheimer’s, an ambitious debut short story collection, Ockham contender Alice in Therapy Land, and more.

How I Wrote

Paul Little talks to Young Adult author James Norcliffe about his first book for grown ups.



Crosswords and quiz by Graeme Wilson.

10 Things

. . . to watch, eat, hear, see and do this month.


To evade New Zealand’s draft in both world wars, scores of conscientious objectors fled deep into the bush. There, they hid — sometimes for years.

By Scott Hamilton

The National Gallery

Featuring an amateur artist every month.

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