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June 2023

By 29 May 2023April 29th, 2024Issue, North&South


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The Awkwardness of AUKUS

Nuclear powered subs next door: should New Zealand be worried? How should Aotearoa position itself in a world where military and strategic shifts make our region a more complex and scary place.

By Alexander Gillespie

Photo: Kate Lawrence

One Egg at a Time

The world’s rarest wading bird, the kaki, is taking baby steps back from extinction with a lab-like hatchery, but success is not guaranteed.

By George Driver

Ancestral remains of Moriori and Māori were laid on Te Atamira (the stage) during repatriation ceremonies at Te Papa’s Rongomaraeroa contemporary marae. Photo: Te Papa Tongarewa

Homeward Bound

Moriori lost more human remains to colonial grave robbers and museum collectors than any other people in the Pacific. Now hundreds of ancestral remains are being returned to Aotearoa.

By Veronika Meduna

Mere and Siulolovao, Otago Peninsula by Robin White, Screenprint, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Purchased 2004

Mere and Monty

Robin White’s Mere and Siulolovao is a national favourite, and the story behind it only adds to its appeal.

By Thomas McLean

At Mahanga bay, the first cohort of lab grown kelp attached to
weighted ropes and grew well. Photo: Supplied.

The Forgotten Earthquake

An enthusiastic young earthquake investigator uncovers surprising facts about our shaky past.

By Paul Gorman

Help for Kelp

Out-of-control kina are wiping out the giant kelp forests in Wellington’s harbour.

By Gabi Lardies

Save the Date

Stand-out events for the first month of winter.

By Nadia Shaw-Owens

The Map: Into The Wild

Aotearoa is home to hundreds of protected nature reserves and sanctuaries, but glossy parrots and fur seals aside, our wildlife refuges are also rich in the unexpected – livestreams of fluffy albatross chicks, sheep graveyards, addiction rehabilitation centres, and more.

Nadia Shaw-Owens

Foreign Correspondence

Are there subtle signs of changing foreign policy and defence direction from our new Prime Minister?

By Peter Bale

Fasitua Amosa and the cast of King Lear. Photo: Supplied.

Profile: Fasitua Amosa

Fasitua Amosa has made his name as an actor, but his family’s history of community service has seen him add local politics to his agenda.

By Gabi Lardies

The Cheesiest Antarctic Adventure

An idiosyncratic explorer finds it difficult to satisfy his cheese roll cravings in icy Antarctica.

By Ben Mack

Travel: LA Cemetaries

Take a tour of the resting places of dozens of Hollywood legends.

By Colin Hogg

National Treasures

Intricate models in Tawhiti Museum tell stories of Taranaki history.

By Lindsay Wright

About Town: Tokoroa

The former timber town had a master plan unlike any other.

By Minnie Parker

The Grapevine

A post-cyclone update from Hawke’s Bay vineyards battling to get back on their feet.

Toby Buck

Food For Thought

Date pudding with espresso syrup, plus delicious vegetable dishes.

By Alesha Bilbrough-Collins

Book Excerpt

A taster of the celebrated author’s newest novel, due out this month.

By Catherine Chidgey

Katherine Mansfield’s Europe

Following the celebrated writer’s European odysseys.

By Redmer Yska

The June Bookshelf

Best new books, including post pandemic fiction from Fiona Farrell and Stephanie Johnson, plus a long-awaited novel from Sue McCauley.

By Paul Little


The Whiz Quiz and crossword.

By Graeme Wilson

Meet the Maker

Ruby Joy Eade and her passion for colourful quilts.

Photos by Lewis Ferris

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