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February 2023

By 15 January 2023August 7th, 2023Issue, North&South


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

Photo: Ollie Neas

Ni Hao, Talofa

On the ground in Samoa, our reporter discovers mixed feelings over China’s rising involvement in the Pacific.

By Ollie Neas

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

California Dreaming

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.

Photo Essay

Wellingtonians photographed in the places that serve as their own personal sanctuaries.

By Andy Spain

Karen Walker in front of the image of her great-great-grandfather.

House of Dreams

The Howard Morrison Centre in Rotorua gets a facelift — and a new purpose in life.

By Ben Mack

Lessons from a Church Wall

One of New Zealand’s most celebrated fashion designers finds traces of family history in a small-town Bay of Plenty mural.

By Karen Walker

Save the Date

What to do with summer in full swing.

By Nadia Shaw-Owens

The Map: Keeping Time

Sometimes life can feel like a constant battle against the clock, but these twists on timekeeping remind us that the ordinary can be an opportunity to play.

By Gabi Lardies

Foreign Correspondence

Why the world loves Jacinda Ardern — even as her popularity flags back home.

By Peter Bale

OUSA started the festival to fund its operations and to smooth over the relationship between students and the wider city after a series of riotous drinking events. Photo: George Driver

Beer Enough

A new father ponders his priorities during a raucous beer festival in his old student-days stomping ground.

By George Driver

Spiky Devil

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

Going Bush

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.

John Woolf

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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