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August 2022

By 9 July 2022August 7th, 2023Issue, North&South


Illustration: Daron Parton

Where Will You Live When You’re Old?

It’s not just younger first home buyers struggling to find affordable property: many older people are in a precarious position without housing security in retirement. Councils are quitting “pensioner flats”, housing agencies are overwhelmed and buying into a retirement village is beyond the reach of many. Is there a solution?

By Ollie Neas

The beginning of the Tongariro Crossing. Photo: Hannah Wright, Unsplash.

A Walk Into the Future

A new report calls for partnership with tangata whenua to be at the heart of the management of national parks. Conservationists say this could weaken environmental protections, iwi say it will bring an end to 135 years of alienation from the land.

By George Driver

Sone Edwards has run Sone’s Sauces with her husband since 2018. Their handmade Thai sauces are sold at stockists all over the North Island, as well as at the Good Food Co in Dunedin. Photo: Andy Spain.

The Writing’s on the Wall

Being an adult who can’t read is enormously challenging. But as people who are learning their letters at a late stage can attest, there’s always time to catch up.

By Sharon Stephenson

The unusual octagonal structure of the Soldiers Block, devised to maximise fresh air and light to assist the psychologic recovery of traumatised soldiers, stands before the 1929 Nurses’ Home. Photo: Sarah Rowlands. 

Hope Springs

“The sheer beauty of the place saved my mind,” wrote journalist and novelist Iris Wilkinson (Robin Hyde) of her stay at Hanmer Springs’ Queen Mary Hospital. As calls increase for more residential services for addiction and mental health issues, is it time to reopen Queen Mary?

By Sally Blundell

Four Corners

Tanekaha, a slim launch common to the Marlborough Sounds being worked on in the shed. Photo: Lesley Stone.

Once Were Wreckers, and Wranglers of Good Yarns

Deep within the Marlborough Sounds, Whakatahuri is the Smash Palace of shipwrecked boats.

By Alex Stone

X Marks the Spot

Septuagenarian Daphne Lee leads the charge to protect the fossil-rich geological site of Central Otago’s Foulden Maar.

By Guy Frederick

Publicly Artful

The map: the best places to admire works of public art.

By Gabi Lardies

Panic Stations

Foreign Correspondence: Understanding China’s Pacific play.

By Peter Bale

Save the Date

Some of the fun stuff happening over the next month around the motu.

By Danielle Butler

Culture Etc.

Kim Paton at Objectspace. Photo: Cameron James McLaren.

Fountain in Bloom

Singer-songwriter Reb Fountain on her new album, Iris, and a national tour.

By Elisabeth Easther

About Town: Whangamatā

The coastal town brings a new appreciation in adulthood after the sand-and-Spumante dramas of teen years.

By Anna Rawhiti-Connell

Champion of Her Craft

Kim Paton is the director of Auckland’s Objectspace, Aotearoa’s only funded gallery devoted to works of art most often classified as “craft”.

By Anna Rankin

Following Her Nose

In this month’s The Grapevine, vintner Jenny Dobson shares her oenophilic knowledge.

By Tobias Buck

The August Reviews

A new novel from Kate de Goldi, Hazel Philllip’s backcountry adventuring, the start of a fantasy series, and more.

By Paul Little


Tarn in Granite, 2022. Painting by Janey Lowell-Smith.


Crosswords and quiz.

By Graeme Wilson

National Treasures

A regular visit to fascinating small museums: this month the Catlins’ Owaka Museum.

By Tulia Thompson

What Comes Next

In this issue’s “Backstory”: challenging notions and scientific enquiry into life after death.

By Scott Hamilton

The National Gallery

Starring the work of a nonprofessional artist every issue. This month: a watercolour by Janie Lovell-Smith

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