New Zealand Listener Issue 33 2021

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
bearing fruit

Amid all the conflicting passions immigration can inflame, the Government’s restoration of the seasonal migrant labour programme is that rare thing: an issue most people agree on. Surveys have shown Kiwis want more border exemptions and the move to loosen some restrictions – coming conspicuously soon aft er Labour’s recent poll plunge – is well overdue. The announced one-way travel bubble with Covid-free nations Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu, with stringent risk controls, will not only benefit both our local food and wine growers but also greatly assist those Pasifika communities who send hundreds of workers here each year under the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme. Even the officials tasked with reducing New Zealand’s immigration by devising tougher conditions for incomers have concluded the scheme, operating since 2007, is “world class”, with a…

10 min
the pursuit of knowledge

In the otherwise excellent article “The meaning of science” (August 7), writer Peter Griffin quotes me as follows: “A huge slug of the science budget is now going to be spent on whatever mātauranga Māori is,” he says. “I’ve got no idea. I’ve spent a couple of years trying to find out.” Without the full conversation, the meaning of what I was saying here is lost. When I said, “I’ve got no idea”, I was referring to not knowing how mātauranga Māori research is assessed as part of science funding and science teaching. This is a problematic area, because mātauranga Māori represents the entire corpus of Māori knowledge. Some of this is relevant to science, or generated consistent with science, as [Māori studies senior lecturer] Dan Hikuroa says in the article, but…

1 min
winning caption

FINALISTS Caption: “Republican candidate Caitlyn Jenner clears up a misunderstanding. A call to support ‘Jenner’s side’ had been misinterpreted as ‘genocide’, she told reporters.” – Dean Donoghue, Pāpāmoa BeachCaitlyn Jenner: “Let’s check those election results upstairs.” – Robert Morey, DunedinJenner: “My kids think I’m trans-parent.” – Lanoc Snikta, NelsonJenner: “Let’s play the Jenneration game.” – Daniel Phillips, InvercargillCaption: “Caitlyn Jenner proposes using exorcism to defeat Joe Biden in 2024.” – Vic Evans, NelsonCaption: “Caitlyn Jenner demonstrates how she plans to ward off Democrats.” – Kate Highfield, HastingsJenner: “And one thing I promise to do is make knitting compulsory in all schools!” – Kate Highfield, HastingsJenner: “Now I find there’s a different battle of the bulge…” – Simone Stansfield, WellingtonJenner: “We are born either Democrat or Republican, but we choose our gender.”…

1 min
quips & quotes

“My kids ask, ‘Are we rich?’ My answer to that is ‘I am’.”– Jerry Seinfeld on entitlement“We must use time as a tool and not as a couch.”– John F Kennedy“Twitter! It’s being stalked by committee!”– David Tennant, quoted in the Guardian“You have enemies? Good. That means you stood for something sometime in your life.”– Winston Churchill“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because some day in your life you will have been all of these.”– George Washington Carver“Frisbeetarianism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck.”– George Carlin“I have never been modest enough to demand less of myself.”–…

1 min
10 quick questions

1. Which of these Michaels was not born and raised in Canada? ❑ Michael J Fox ❑ Mike Myers ❑ Michael Bublé ❑ Michael Douglas 2. True or false? Urine in the bladders of healthy people is sterile. ❑ True ❑False 3. What is the Māori name for the New Zealand falcon? ❑ Kāhu ❑ Pīwakawaka ❑ Kārearea ❑ Whio 4. True or false? Dogs can correctly judge when people are being dishonest with them. ❑ True ❑ False 5. The public are permanently banned from stairclimbing or ascending which of these structures? ❑ Leaning Tower of Pisa ❑ Statue of Liberty ❑ Great Pyramid of Giza ❑ Sydney Harbour Bridge 6. What is another name for the traditional British dessert called shirt-sleeve pudding? ❑ Jam roly-poly ❑ Knickerbocker glory ❑ Eton mess ❑ Raspberry fool 7. Which film includes the line: “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t…

3 min
oz deal costs us dearly

Since New Zealand is rethinking the numbers and skills quality of arriving migrants, why not also think about those who leave? What are the costs and benefits to New Zealand of the uncommon ability of its people to flee for much larger, wealthier Australia? When the paused trans-Tasman travel bubble is restored and the ease of hopping the Tasman to Australia returns, most Kiwis will see it as the restoration of a right, not a privilege. With an estimated 700,000 New Zealanders living in Australia, the Gold Coast has become an extension of the Hauraki Gulf and Melbourne’s ritzy Toorak the equivalent of Takapuna. Since outflows from New Zealand to Australia began to accelerate in the late 1970s, generations of New Zealanders have grown up alongside the steady exodus and, at times, mass…