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November 2022

By 8 October 2022August 7th, 2023Issue, North&South
Illustration: Blair Sayer

Once Were Mates

New Zealanders and Australians have long shared many bonds. But in the last 20 years, the relationship has soured. Is there a way back to friendlier relations?

By Pete McKenzie

Michael Neill holidaying with Sebastian Black (centre) and Judith Binney on the Mediterrean island of Menorca, circa 1988. Photo: Michael Neill

Opinion: Home Fires Burning

Emeritus professor Michael Neill reflects on a terrifying incident in 1980s Auckland that threatened the safety of him and his family.

By Michael Neill

Photo: Basil Williams, Auckland libraries Heritage Collections

Blue Smoke

Our vast fleet of aging cars is a growing problem. But as our Nissan Sentra-owning journalist finds, it’s not easy getting rid of old bangers.

By George Driver

Photo: Tony Whitaker, Te Papa (CT.067088)

Island Time

How Mana Island, a pest-ridden and barren former farm, became an island paradise for native wildlife.

By Colin Miskelly

Photo: Kauri, Ilse von Randow and Colin McCahon, E H McCormick Research Library, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, gift of Douglas Lloyd-Jenkins, 2012.

Following the Threads

A wall hanging by weaver Ilse van Randow and artist Colin McCahon has been missing for 60 years, prompting some dedicated detective work.

By Hayden Donnell

Source: Archives New Zealand

The Map: Royal Visits

Join us as we roam the motu in the steps of the Queen.

By Gabi Lardies

Underwater World

A new book shares Secrets of the Sea.

By Robert Vennell

What’s the time, Mr Wolfe?

High time to acknowledge human impact on our land, says Richard Wolfe. 

By Elisabeth Easther

Foreign Correspondence

Breakfast — the most important meal of the day when it comes to diplomacy.

By Peter Bale

Photo: Florence Noble

All Over the Show

Star director Simon Phillips returns home to stage North by Northwest for the ATC, a collaboration with dramaturg wife Carolyn Burns.

By Elisabeth Easther

A Foreign Flock

I kea you not — a sizeable squadron of our smart-as alpine parrot live in . . . Austria

By Gregor Thompson

Building Bridges

As her third series of One Lane Bridge airs, co-creator Pip Hall tells of her new town and new life.

By Eric Trump

About Town: Oamaru

Oamaru’s limestone buildings and celebration of steampunk are both drawcards for this writer.

By Thomas McLean

The Grapevine: Greystone

A passion for permaculture lies behind the practices followed at this North Canterbury vineyard.

By Tobias Buck

The November Bookshelf

This month, the intriguingly titled A Message for Nasty, Chris Finlayson’s political memoir, farming life and our story in objects.

By Paul Little

National Treasures

Local history takes pride of place at the Ōtorohanga Museum.

By Taualofa Totua


The Whiz Quiz and crossword.

By Graeme Wilson

Meet the Maker

This month: artist Elizabeth Thomson, photographed by Richard Brimer.

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