Photo courtesy: Pure Isolation
Lost in the Weeds
Legalising medicinal cannabis after a century of prohibition was supposed to be a bold step forward — and a big money maker for our local economy. But regulatory hitches mean that the nascent industry is floundering and many doctors won’t prescribe cannabis, fearing legal ramifications. What went wrong?
By George Driver
Kevin Heyward with his coffin. Photo: Richard Brimer
Welcome to the Coffin Club
The “happiest club in the Hawke’s Bay” takes a practical approach to preparing for death.
By Tobias Buck
Photo: Dick Rowan, US National Archives
Esalen, a holistic retreat and institute, moves on from some of its storied history, putting a new focus on Indigenous reconciliation.
By Anke Richter
Wellington Mayor Tory Whanau at the boat sheds in Wellington’s Oriental Bay.
Wellingtonians photographed in the places that serve as their own personal sanctuaries.
By Andy Spain
A new father ponders his priorities during a raucous beer festival in his old student-days stomping ground.
By George Driver
On the surprising history of gorse in New Zealand — a once-admired shrub, if you can believe it.
By Thomas McLean
Go by Sea
Adventuring around the coast of Aotearoa on a newly revamped cruise ship’s latest itinerary.
By John McCrystal
A tramp through Fiordland uncovers ghosts from our pioneering past.
By Tess Nichol
Three Nights in Queenstown
With borders well and truly reopened, the jewel in our tourism crown is raring to go.
By Imogen Greenfield
About Town: Blackball
Small town, tall tales.
Alice Eats: Barbecue Hack
A last-minute marinade which guarantees a tender cut of meat every time.
By Alice Taylor
The January Bookshelf
The return of the Motunui epa carved panels, Ruby Tui’s hit memoir, a biography of a New Zealand communist and a novel set in Birkenhead are among this month’s reviews.
By Paul Little
The Whiz Quiz and crossword.
By Graeme Wilson
Meet the Maker
Auckland artist Benjamin Work shows us around his east Auckland studio.
Photographed by Vanessa Green
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