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New Zealand Listener Issue 23 2019

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new zealand listener

Editor-in-Chief PAMELA STIRLING Books & Culture Editor RUSSELL BAILLIE Art Director DEREK WARD Senior Writers DONNA CHISHOLM, DIANA WICHTEL (Auckland), SALLY BLUNDELL (Christchurch) Chief Sub-editor GEOFF CUMMING Sub-editor NICK RUSSELL Entertainment Editor FIONA RAE Political Columnist JANE CLIFTON Assistant Art Director SHANE KELLY Senior Designer RICHARD KINGSFORD Digital Producer RYAN HOLDER Editorial Assistant LAUREN BUCKERIDGE Editorial office Bauer Media Group, Shed 12, City Works Depot, 90 Wellesley St West, Auckland 1010 Editorial postal address Private Bag 92512, Wellesley Street, Auckland 1141, New Zealand. Editorial contact 09-308 2405, listener@bauermedia.co.nz Published by Bauer Media Group (NZ) Chief Executive and Publisher PAUL DYKZEUL Managing Director BRENDON HILL Editorial Director BEN FAHY Commercial Director KAYLENE HURLEY Commercial Brand Manager JOSH WILLIAMS jowilliams@bauermedia.co.nz Direct Account Manager GUY SLATER 09-308 2114, 021 104 0304, gslater@bauermedia.co.nz Classified sales KIM CHAPMAN 07-578 3646, classifieds@xtra.co.nz Subscriptions 09-308 2721 or toll-free on 0800 MAGSHOP (0800 624 746), email magshop@magshop.co.nz or visit magshop.co.nz…

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hell-bent on harm

After weeks of “will they or won’t they”, the Israel Folau controversy ended with his contract being torn up, Rugby Australia losing a star player and the Bible continuing, as it always will, to provide a long list of actions that might prevent a person from entering heaven. How an Instagram post, which deserved to be ignored, became quite such a scrum is something we should all reflect upon, not least because the same situation may arise again, perhaps with another religious document in the frame. Had an Old Testament prophet appeared and said that drunks, homosexuals, thieves, atheists and others would not inherit the kingdom of God, it might have warranted the attention this story received. But Folau’s paraphrasing something that he read in the Bible should have no significance whatsoever…

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facing up to suicide

Might I add another note to the timely feature on suicide (“Hope after grief”, May 25). I have been a funeral director and celebrant for 31 years and in that time I have officiated at many farewells for people who had taken their own lives. They are sombre occasions, whatever the age of the deceased, though they’re often lightened by amusing stories from their past. But for me, one thing is paramount: an open and honest acknowledgement of the suicide. And with that, never being judgmental or condemnatory, but always compassionate and tactful. The hardest thing, from time to time, however, is to comply with a family’s insistence that suicide must not be mentioned. This is usually to avoid the shame and stigma they are sure will follow, or because they want…

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winning caption

Paul Kelly, Palmerston North FINALISTS Donald Trump: “My handicap is just terrific — it’s so much bigger than yours.” – Elise Graham, Whanganui Tiger Woods: “Sure, I can get you into the 2020 Masters.” – Alan Petrie, Te Anau Woods: “If this award is for graduating second at Trump Golf, who came first?” – Steve Cox, St Albans, Christchurch Woods: “You’re the President, of course your swing is better.” – Mike England, Orewa Trump: “Winner’s tip: shoot 5, shout “fore!”, score 3.” – Phillip Lynch, Upper Hutt Woods: “Donald, can I have the number of your wig … er, I mean your hairdresser?” – Rebecca Sentch, Auckland Trump: “When you play on my course, you can kick the ball out of the rough.” – Hans Zindel, Palmerston North Woods: “Thank you, Mr President, I’d be proud to lead the…

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quips & quotes

“Why are women’s bodies more controlled than guns? Which ones are the actual threat to life?”– comedian Aparna Nancherla“The whole point of this law is to establish that a fetus is a person with rights. That is a bold interpretation of human development. But, on the plus side, apparently, pregnant women get to vote twice now.”– The Late Show’s Stephen Colbert“Game of Thrones is basically a show about how you can’t trust nobody with blonde hair.”– comedian Roy Wood Jr“It’s unclear how long this trade war may last. Just to be on the safe side, Trump has already got a note from his doctor so he can get out of it.” – British comedian James Corden“The whole Green New Deal is just 14 pages long. That is seven pages shorter…

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life in new zealand

… Celia Wade-Brown more recently floated getting cars out of Lambton Quay to help buses get through, but it never happened. Dominion Post, 14/5/19 Want your cauliflower grower fresh? We can help with that. Ad, Listener, 11/5/19 As part of the take-over deal, the council offered Rugby Southland free office rental at a rate of $35,000 per year to help pay off that debt. Southland Times, 25/3/19 Giving birth to my daughter was like a right of passage into womanhood. Sunday, 4/11/18 Men filmed using Riccarton mall toilet Star, 13/2/19 A southerly front rushes across Southland, draping the Hokonui Hills in a fresh veil of snow. Close on its heels, cold, heavy showers, boisterous as lambs, cavort across the landscape. NZ Geographic, Sept-Oct 2018 LIFE IN NEW ZEALAND: Entries must describe New Zealand events. The first sender of those accepted will receive…