Reader’s Digest New Zealand

February 2022

No wonder Reader's Digest is the world's most widely read magazine. Hard-hitting, thought-provoking and entertaining, with unforgettable stories in each issue, RD is packed with features short enough to read in one sitting, but stimulating enough to keep you thinking for days. Every month millions of people get inspired, informed and entertained by its wide variety of stories about people, health, humour, adventures and world events, written by the best local and international journalists. All the stories are fact checked to the smallest details to ensure that readers get the most accurate and truthful stories, making Reader’s Digest the world’s most trusted magazine.

New Zealand
Direct Publishing Australia PTY LTD
12 期号


milestones and insights

THE EASE WITH WHICH ONLINE SCAMMERS can manipulate your private digital identity is terrifying. ‘Delete Your Internet Footprint’ (page 22) details 24 simple steps we can all take to keep our identities and finances safe. With as many as one in four people falling victim to identity fraud, this article is definitely worth a read. This issue also offers some surprising insights into a man whose invention we all recognise (‘Meet Ernő Rubik’, page 56). The publicity-shy architect shares how his love of geometrical shapes led him to invent the 3D puzzle that the world knows as Rubik’s Cube. Our Bonus Read tells the minute-by-minute story of a 2019 rescue in Thailand that had the whole world holding its breath, ‘The Boys In The Cave’ (page 116). The complexity and risk…


Jokes That Stand The Test of Time Some of the jokes, sayings, anecdotes and fillers in the January Classics issue made me laugh so hard I couldn’t catch my breath. I usually recycle the issue or give it to someone else, but this one I am definitely going to keep. I plan to read a few of these jokes every so often to put a smile on my face – and maybe even pass them on. These days humour is a valuable commodity and should be shared. AMANDA JACKSON Enduring Gifts Nowadays, when making a recording is as easy as pressing a button on a smartphone, how utterly inspiring to read that in 1955 three little children – not even teenagers yet! – saved a princely sum of money to secretly make a gramophone…

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a whole lotl love

AXOLOTLS, otherwise known as Mexican walking fish, are very peculiar creatures indeed. Ambystoma Mexicanum are neotenic; they retain juvenile traits right through their adult lives and never leave the water like their amphibious cousins. They are naturally occurring but rarely seen in Lake Xochimilco and Lake Chalco in the southern Mexico City neighbourhood of Xochimilco. The most common place you will see an axolotl is in a home fish tank. I have owned and (accidentally) bred axolotls for over eight years. My interest in these four-legged amphibians began in 2011 when I inherited two ageing axolotls, Jet and Rusty, from a teaching colleague. Following their passing, I observed an appropriate period of mourning and the following year purchased an albino axolotl. ‘Muesli Aristotle’ arrived at Quintilian Primary School in January 2012. She…

smart animals

Polly And Pusspuss KERRIL COOPER When my friend Renee arrived at my door one afternoon with a Huntaway border-collie rescue dog, the deal was that the dog could stay for a trial period of two weeks to see how she got on with my much-loved, but unwell, elderly ginger tomcat, Pusspuss. As the dog walked into the room, she turned her head away from the cat as if to say, “What cat?” The cat, who in his younger days got on very well with dogs, totally ignored her, too. Within the day, I knew that this was the dog for us and we renamed her Polly. Ground rules were established and we all soon settled into a routine. Pusspuss had complete freedom to move wherever he wished throughout the house whereas Polly had restrictions. My bedroom…

caring for goldfish

Our regular pet columnist, Dr Katrina Warren, is an established and trusted animal expert. THE HUMBLE GOLDFISH can make a lovely pet for children and adults alike, with over 100 varieties in different colours, shapes and sizes. While goldfish are relatively easy to keep, there are a few common errors that often result in their early death. Veterinarian Dr Katrina Warren shares her top tips. KEEPING GOLDFISH IN A BOWL It is a mistake to put goldfish in a small ‘goldfish bowl’. You’ll be wondering why they die within a couple of months. These bowls do not have a big enough surface area for the fish to obtain adequate oxygen. As goldfish require large amounts of oxygen, the best way to provide this is to have a large, rectangular tank fitted with…