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New Zealand Listener Issue 14 2020

New Zealand Listener is the country’s most respected general interest magazine, bringing you a wide variety of news, stories, columns, reviews, plus TV listings, every week.

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3 min.
into the void

Whether we are alone or with others, New Zealanders are now making sacrifices and living in conditions that would have been unimaginable even a month ago. It is a sign of strength and good leadership by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the Government that the public accepted these extraordinary new arrangements and the imposition of something akin to a planned economy with scarcely a demurral. New Zealanders are putting their faith in the Government not only because we have no choice but also because, for now, we are persuaded that its approach is the right one and that our welfare is the Government’s primary concern. By daily making himself available to the media, Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield is providing a vital sense of assurance that information is not being…

7 min.
covid-19 responses

Yes, Covid 19 is a threat, but getting behind the effort to contain it could be yet another opportunity to demonstrate to the world how brilliant we can be. While stopping the contagion matters, we could see the threat as an opportunity to turn New Zealand into the healthiest country on the planet and a climate-change role model. Hygiene is important, but our vulnerability to the virus is an opportunity to spread the word about all the other measures that keep us healthy, strengthen our immune systems and avoid other nasty conditions that are already making more lives miserable than any coronavirus. What better time to give up smoking, and just imagine if every classroom, workplace, public space and notice board was as proactive about the importance of sleeping, eating well,…

1 min.
winning caption

Alastair Mark, Nelson FINALISTS Greta Thunberg: “I told you I could get them all to stop flying.” – Maggie Hillock Thunberg: “Oh, so that’s how you get unified global Government action.” – Kathryn Ennis-Carter, Otaki Thunberg: “Cough into your elbow – Covid-19 wasn’t the climate-change solution I had in mind.” – Elise Graham, Whanganui Thunberg: “Watch and learn! This is your free get-out-of-school card.” – Helen Macfarlane, Whitianga Thunberg: “Okay, millennial.” – Dave Johnson, Ashhurst Thunberg: “I sense the winds of change.” – Brian Peak, Auckland Thunberg: “Let’s play international rescue! Thun[der]bergs are go!” – Mike Hamblyn, Dunedin Caption Competition {caption@listener.co.nz} TO ENTER Send your captions for the photo above to caption@listener.co.nz, with “Caption Competition No 375” in the subject line. Alternatively, entries can be posted to “Caption Competition No 375”, NZ Listener, Private Bag 92512, Wellesley St, Auckland 1141,…

1 min.

“We are just 3-4 weeks away from learning everyone’s real hair colour.”– tweet from Cher“Wash your hands like you’ve been chopping jalapeños and you need to change your contacts.”– Canadian health officer Bonnie Henry“Got an email from Aston Martin saying it is doing all it can to deal with the coronavirus crisis. Phew.”– writer Sathnam Sanghera“Steps taken before a pandemic always seem like an overreaction. Steps taken after a pandemic always seem inadequate.” – Dr Nirav Shah, Centers for Disease Control“A funny thing about quarantining is hearing your partner in full work mode. I’m married to a ‘let’s circle back’ guy – who knew?” – journalist Laura Norkin“Walked seven miles to hand deliver a Mother’s Day card. I couldn’t go in but, we spoke at distance, her from her front…

1 min.
10 quick questions

1. Historically, which of these tasks were dalmatians often used for in firefighting? ❑ Finding trapped people ❑ Pulling water wagons ❑ Guarding horses❑ Retrieving things from fires 2. Who first recorded a song that begins: “The Mississippi Delta was shining like a National guitar”? ❑ Elvis Presley ❑ Johnny Cash ❑ Paul Simon ❑ Dolly Parton 3. Which of these is the title of a New Zealand-made professional wrestling TV show of the 70s and 80s? ❑ Half Nelson ❑ Canned Heat❑ On the Mat❑ Clothesline Chaos 4. Which of these has a similar meaning to the word “hootenanny”? ❑ Burlesque show ❑ Folk music gathering❑ Bar room brawl❑ Illicit liquor venue 5. True or false – some insect species can return to life after being frozen? ❑ True❑ False 6. What is the name for the leader of…

3 min.
holy moly

White people are now experiencing what it’s like to be eyed suspiciously and avoided by other white people. It’s looking like a typically busy weekend in the most important suburb (Silver Spring, Maryland) of the most important city (Washington, DC) in the world, and yes, we Americans do indeed think highly of ourselves. Friday and Saturday night dinners and Sunday brunch with friends, projects around the house, a walk or two in the park. And because spring is poking its cute little head up around here, my wife will spend hours quite literally laying the groundwork for the annual planting/watering/marvelling at the wonders of nature/harvesting and eating journey of her garden to begin. To the untrained eye, the only odd part will be that two of the three meals will be virtual.…