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January 2023

By 10 December 2022August 7th, 2023Issue, North&South
Photo: Alexander Turnbull Library.

The Days Before

Retired diplomat Frank Wilson shares the madness and the sadness of the fall of Saigon in 1975, and the New Zealand embassy’s activities in those final days.

By Pete McKenzie

Photo courtesy Katherine Mansfield Birthplace Society.

The Other Katherine

A century after her death, literary star Katherine Mansfield is also remembered for refusing to be confined by “polite society”.

By Nicola Saker

Photo: Gift of the Wellington City Council, Te Papa.

Flights of Fancy

The South Island kōkako may or may not be extinct, and there’s $10,000 in it for anyone who captures an image of this so-far very elusive bird.

By George Driver

Photo: Kate Evans.

Follow Her Home

How did a Taupō landmark end up on a Raglan property? The author traces the history of her cottage.

By Monica Evans

Images courtesy Ruth Nichol.

New Zealand, Believe It Or Not

Decades after their published reports of UFOs in the skies over Aotearoa, student pranksters come clean.

By Ruth Nichol

All photos courtesy Miranda Jakich.

Seeing Red

Much is laid bare when the writer requests her father’s file from the security services.

By Miranda Jakich

North island lichen moth/pūrerehu/Declana atronivea. Illustration: Lily Duval.

Bug of the Year

Entomologists stand up for ugly little critters with the Bug of the Year competition.

By Gabi Lardies

Underwater World

A visit to a rare remaining example of the classic Kiwi quarter-acre section.

By Matt Vance

The Map: We all scream for ice cream

Regulate your temperature on these long, hot summer days with a cold treat.

By Gabi Lardies

Save the Date

There’s plenty on this January.

By Danielle Butler

Foreign Correspondence

Not blinking on Five Eyes.

By Peter Bale

Courtesy of Forgotten World Adventures.

Still Wild

The distillers of Coromandel’s Awildian gin bring a background of science and adventure to their craft.

By Gabi Lardies

Crown Jewels

New Zealand’s own Crown Lynn crockery inspires an unmatched devotion among its collectors.

By Gabi Lardies

Off The Usual Track

Sightseeing on old railway lines at golf cart pace: the Forgotten Highway is a gentle adventure.

By John Summers

About Town: Springfield

The romance of a welcoming pub.

By Gabi Lardies

Alice Eats: Summer Flavours

Our new food editor dishes up two recipes perfect for entertaining.

By Alice Taylor

The January Bookshelf

Filmmaker Dame Gaylene Preston turns the lens on her own life; mysteries, maunga and the musical story of Flying Nun are among this month’s picks.

By Paul Little

Backstory: Own Goals

Played “Universal Football” or entered a “Pedestrianism” event recently? You would be hard-pressed to as they’re just two of our long-disappeared sports.

By Scott Hamilton


The Whiz Quiz and crossword.

By Graeme Wilson

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