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May 2023

By 22 April 2023August 7th, 2023Issue, North&South


Illustration: Visual generation, iStock

Building a Future

Were the hippies right? Why designing and building shared, energy-efficient homes may be the solution not only to our housing supply issues, but also to social isolation.

By Eric Trump

Photo: George Driver

Small Town, Big Sound

Right people, right place, right time — Lyttelton has an outsized influence on the Aotearoa music scene, nurturing and producing some of our top contemporary musicians.

By George Driver

Photo: Victoria Birkinshaw

Counting the Beats

From his home north of Auckland, Grant Gillanders keeps the spotlight on the work of New Zealand musicians of the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

By Garth Cartwright

Photo: Nina Oxley Wood

A Ballet Company Barre None

As the Royal New Zealand Ballet celebrates its 70th anniversary, past and current company members share some of their standout memories, onstage and off.

By Gabi Lardies

If permission is granted, restoration of the castle is expected to take 18 months and finish a project 100 years in the making. Photo: George Driver.

Millionaire’s Row

A stay in a lakeside campground sees the Vance family breaking many unspoken rules.

By Matt Vance

The Castle that Rabbits Built

Two Aucklanders take on a classic but unfinished Central Otago grand home.

By George Driver

Save the Date

What’s happening in May.

By Nadia Shaw-Owens

The Map: Small towns produce great musical talent

Some of Aotearoa’s famous musicians were made from humble beginnings.

By Nadia Shaw-Owens

Foreign Correspondence

New Zealand navigates the High Seas Treaty.

By Peter Bale

Multiple types of kimchi, the Korean side dish of fermented vegetables eaten with just about anything. Photo: Markus Bell.

Play it, Sir

On the eve of the international violin competition he started and continues to support, Sir Michael Hill plays for us.

By George Driver

Travel: Koreatown, Osaka

From K-pop sounds and fashions to K-cuisine, the charms of South Korea can be found distilled in one neighbourhood in Japan.

By Markus Bell

Travel: Ōtautahi Christchurch

The rebuilt heart of the city brings pleasure to visitors and locals alike.

By Gabi Lardies

About Town: St Bathans

The gold is long gone but there’s still a glow to this Central Otago settlement.

By Eric Trump

National Treasures: The Milk, Honey & Grain Museum

Great Barrier Island’s quaint and very specific collection of artefacts.

By Lindsay Wright

Alice Eats: Pasta Vongole

A special recipe shared from the Baduzzi kitchen.

By Alice Taylor

The May Bookshelf

A new treasury of work by recent poet laureate David Eggleton; Robin Morrison’s Te Waipounamu visual opus is reprinted after 42 years; a biography of Katherine Mansfield; essays; and more.

By Paul Little


The Whiz Quiz, crossword, plus extra brain teasers this month.

By Graeme Wilson

Meet the Maker

Jeweller Jane Dodd in her Ōtepoti Dunedin studio.

Photos by Guy Frederick

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