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September 2022

By 13 August 2022August 7th, 2023Issue, North&South


Māori leader and social worker John Rangihau. Photo: Alexander Turnbull Library.

The Misery-Go-Round

New Zealand’s child protection agency, Oranga Tamariki, has been constantly in the headlines over a litany of failures. But will an attempt to fix it prove just another blunder?

By Aaron Smale

Gold sluicings at Drybread. Photo: George Driver.

Dead Men Do Tell Tales

Advances in forensics and DNA testing allow researchers to build a more detailed picture of who worked on Otago’s goldfields in the 19th century, how they lived and how they died.

By George Driver

Kara Isaac photographed in her Wellington home by Andy Spain.

MIQ, From Both Sides

Spending time in managed isolation in both Australia and New Zealand led senior public servant Kara Isaac to join MIQ’s management. She reveals what it was like being part of an entity that “had to react like a ninja when it was more like an oil tanker”.

By Yvonne van Dongen

Four Corners

Adventurers return to base bearing buckets of their personal effluents. Photo: Laura McCone.

Waste Not, Want Not

It’s five brown stars for Outward Bound’s innovation in dealing with human waste at its Marlborough Sounds base.

By Elisabeth Easther

You Know You’re Soaking in it

The Map: How’s the serenity? Great places to soak in natural springs.

By Danielle Butler

In Godley Head We Trust

Pillboxes and dugouts still stand sentry on our coastlines, historic hangovers from invasion threats.

By Matt Vance

Foreign Correspondence: New Life in the Old Alliance

New Zealand locks onto NATO’s new sense of purpose.

By Peter Bale

Save the Date

Some of the fun stuff happening around the motu.

By Danielle Butler

Boots of the unknown gold miner.
The Goldfields Gravediggers. Illustration by Imogen Greenfield.

Culture Etc.

Dan Hollinshead (left) and Ambrose Curtis looking surprisingly fresh after a night spent celebrating a rugby win. Photo Gregor Thompson.

Les Kiwis et le Rugby

For New Zealanders playing rugby in France, the rewards include enthusiastic crowds, good money, travel opportunities and le sweet life off the field.

By Gregor Thompson

My Dearest Friend

A number of literary greats, Charlotte Brontë and James Joyce amongst them, have surprising connections to New Zealand.

By Thomas McLean

This Time, He’s Not Joking

Conchord and Oscar winner Bret McKenzie begins a solo tour of the country to showcase his new album, Songs Without Jokes.

By Elisabeth Easther

The Grapevine: Pinot Power

When Larry McKenna started Martinborough’s Escarpment Winery, pinot noir wasn’t the superstar grape it is today.

By Tobias Buck

The September Bookshelf

There’s blue blood on the walls, a history of Aotearoa’s foreign service and memories of Barry Crump by his sons and more.

By Paul Little

National Treasures

There’s a whale of a time to be had at Butler Point Museum in Northland.

By Lindsay Wright

Twice the Break

Our travel pages finally go offshore. Enjoy a few nights on Aitutaki and Rarotonga, in the welcoming Cook Islands.

By Kirsty Cameron

About Town: Wellington

North & South’s deputy editor finds her gaze softening when she returns to her home town.

By Tess Nichol


Photo: Richard Brimer.


The Whiz Quiz and Crossword.

By Graeme Wilson

Meet the Maker

Introducing a regular feature. Every issue, we photograph and interview a creative in their own space. This month: painter John Brown, photographed at his Havelock North studio by Richard Brimer.

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