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You Can’t Say That!

Or Can You?

It’s time for a grown-up conversation about tough issues

By Yvonne van Dongen



End of an era

Kim Hill is leaving Radio NZ and as far as Hera Lindsay Bird is concerned, there’s no further use for Saturday mornings. By Hera Lindsay Bird

Power Play

While one in five households report having trouble paying the power bill, and one in eight are cutting back on heating because of the cost, the big four electricity companies’ gross earnings for 2022/23 totalled $2.61 billion, or about $7.1 million a day. By Michael Fletcher

Letter from Israel

Under the reign of fear, handshakes are impossible. By Oded Na’aman

Costs, cuts and consequences

Liv Lewis-Long from Simplicity recommends some simple changes to help ease the burden of rising prices. By Liv Lewis-Long

Legacy and loss

When it all fell apart, a wine industry visionary was left feeling bitter and betrayed. By Joanne Drayton

Burps & Bluster

Are farmers doing enough on methane? By George Driver

Possums of the Deep

A collaborative research project between iwi, environmental scientists and business interests seeks to restore kelp forests while serving the needs of international fine dining. By Theo Macdonald

One small cut

A family enters the twilight world of intensive care. By Lily Richards

Culture Etc.


My first ever…Death threat

When hate mail about a poem inspires more poetry. By Tusiata Avia

Perpetual motion machine

Jess Johnson experiences UFO culture, desert fauna and lots of stray cats on an artist residency in Roswell, New Mexico. By Jess Johnson

Listen Up

If you adore these new releases, why not spread a little financial love to the artists. By Victoria Spence

Saying the quiet part in 72pt font

Renaissance woman Catherine Griffiths tells North & South why she’s fed up with design industry inequity, and what she’s doing to fight it. By Theo Macdonald

Portrait of the artist as a dead man

The massive task of bringing home Bill Culbert’s studio. By Theo MacDonald

National treasures

Pātea, where the Tasman Sea has pummelled and caressed the shoreline for centuries, hosts a hoard of special taonga. By Lindsay Wright

The Don

Don McGlashan this year enjoyed his first number one album in his 40-something-year musical career. By Elisabeth Easther

Into the darkness

Smiling snakes, biblical personalities and pilfered icons inhabit the Arcadian scenes depicted by Laura Williams. By Theo Macdonald

Partner Content


Costs, cuts and consequences

Liv Lewis-Long from Simplicity recommends some simple changes to help ease the burden of rising prices. By Liv Lewis-Long

Impact Investing

Harbour Asset Management

Four Corners

Utopia Lab


Too Many People Are Dying On Our Roads

We need better roads, not better people.

Intensive Dairy Farming Is Killing The Environment

New Zealand should halve its number of cows.

The Criminal Justice System Is Broken

How we could reduce crime by locking up less people.

Why We Should Borrow More Money

A case for changing the way we think about national debt.

Bring Back the Glory Days of Rail

Why it's a smart idea to re-invest heavily in our national rail system.



Heaven or a Place on Earth?

What awaits us after death?

The Lost Islands

Historic artefacts washed up by the tides hint at lost lands whose full stories we can only guess at.

Beyond the Badlands

Strange monsters and ominous ghosts can be traced to repressed memories of violent histories, argues one Australian researcher looking at the past through a novel lens.

The Northern Bear

Our relationship with Russia has been characterised by instability — cycling between friend and foe, the nation and its citizens have often become symbols of our own fear and anxieties.

Echoes of History

Most New Zealanders remain unaware of the Surafend massacre by Anzac soldiers in 1918.

Gone Bush

To evade New Zealand’s draft in both world wars, scores of conscientious objectors fled deep into the bush.

Closed Encounters

Covid-19 checkpoints are not the first time some parts of the country have been sealed off from the rest.

As a Matter of Fact

Dismissal by Western scientists of mātauranga Māori and indigenous knowledge as unscientific “myth” often succumbs to its own criticism.

Archive Highlights


Bert’s Labyrinth

Survivors are finally speaking out — but years earlier, a journalist tried to publish the inside story of the notorious Auckland commune. Then she came too close. By Anke Richter


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