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March 2023

By 11 February 2023August 7th, 2023Issue, North&South


Illustration: Ross Murray

God Defend New Zealand

With pay rates lagging and subsidised housing under pressure is it any wonder our Defence Force is scrambling for boots on the ground?

By Pete McKenzie

Photo: Michael Hall. Te Papa (25481)

Finding Taonga

Museums are repositories of treasure, both on display and in vast storerooms. How do they acquire these items and who makes the call on what’s worthy of inclusion?

By Sarah Webster

Photo: Hamad I Mohammed, Reuters

Last Call for Cricket

Thanks to the rise of professional leagues, cricket has never been so lucrative, nor the schedule so packed. The risk of burnout is growing as players wrestle with decisions about career pathways.

By James Borrowdale

Photo: Nina Oxley Wood

A Country Practice

New Zealand faces a major healthcare crisis, with too few medical graduates signing up to be GPs and an aging current workforce. Nowhere is this felt more than in rural areas, which struggle to attract healthcare staff.

By Findlay Buchannan

Sequins, Sizzle & Spice. Photo: Prudence Upton

Pet Me Not

Would you take your cat for a walk in a national park? You’d be surprised how many people try.

By Gabi Lardies

Sequins, Sizzle & Spice

The sexy fun of the spiegeltent returns as part of the Auckland Arts Festival.

By Gabi Lardies

Save the Date

What’s happening in March.

By Nadia Shaw-Owens

The Map: Mother’s Ruin and where to find it

If you’re a discerning gin drinker with a taste for locally made, keep an eye out for these hyper-local artisan brewers the next time you pass through their towns — or you can always order online.

By Lucy McConnell

Foreign Correspondence

As China rises, Japan invests in its military.

By Peter Bale

The man behind last year’s intriguing, partly true novel, A Message for Nasty, might be New Zealand’s most enigmatic expatriate. Photo: Gregor Thompson

A Bit of Fry and Nasty

With his A Message for Nasty a bestseller, novelist, retailer, flâneur and Kiwi in Paris Roderick Fry considers his next foray.

By Gregor Thomson

She Done It

Criminal mastermind (on the page) Vanda Symon returns with a new thriller after a lengthy break.

By Thomas McLean

A Holiday to Savour

Enjoying the scenery and the cuisine of Noosa and the Gold Coast.

By Lauraine Jacobs

About Town: Masterton

Better than you might think.

By Marisa King

Alice Eats: Cake

Use up squishy summer fruit in a deliciously light cake.

By Alice Taylor

The March Bookshelf

Better than? Just as good? A review of Eleanor Catton’s Birnam Wood, which arrives 10 years after her Booker Prize-winning The Luminaries. Also, a dive into the murky underworld of this country’s extremists, a crime novel and more.

By Paul Little

National Treasures: Charlotte Museum

A semi-industrial Auckland street is home to a museum honouring Aotearoa’s sapphic history.

By Gabi Lardies

Backstory: Trouble on the Streets

Aotearoa’s spotty history of strikes, would-be saboteurs, Somes Island, and anarchists.

By Scott Hamilton


The Whiz Quiz and crossword.

By Graeme Wilson

Meet the Maker

Artist Rozana Lee, photographed in her studio by Vanessa Green.

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