New Zealand Listener Issue 35 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
reckless abandon

The “told you so” exponents who have hailed the Taliban’s sudden brutal resurgence in Afghanistan as evidence of the futility of that country’s 20-year foreign occupation will not be basking for long. Some – including a number of New Zealand commentators – may have been able to harden their hearts to a resumption of the regime’s virtual enslavement and frequent mutilation and murder of the women and girls for whom foreign occupation and democracy had won precious freedoms, such as education and the right to work. But the world has just become a much more dangerous place for all. Afghanistan already harboured a thriving community of terrorists. They will now feel more emboldened than ever to try to export with violence their hatred of modernity and Western society. Those fastidious about…

5 min
heartfelt thanks

Words count. No one knows that better than a nation with a treaty as its founding document. Litera scripta manet. The written word endures. That holds true, too, for the Listener, which for more than 80 years has proudly borne witness to the vital events of this country’s life and been at the heart of its most important national conversations. Words matter, too, with even the simplest of documents. As I write this, my final editor’s letter to you before stepping down, I have on my desk a handwritten letter that Michael King, the eminent historian and author of The Penguin History of New Zealand, sent me on learning I was to be the editor of the Listener. It was a daunting role; one I had not sought. But his warm letter…

11 min
suspicions aroused

I tell this story by way of an illustration of the August 14 article “A Nazi mass murderer in our midst?” that New Zealand may have “walked away from the problem of Nazi war crimes”. This memory has always haunted me. When I was growing up in Timaru during the 50s and 60s, my mother was friends with a couple. The wife was Czech and the husband Ukrainian. Erich said openly that he had been a batman for a Nazi general during World War II. This was possibly, and maybe probably, suspicious in itself, because the Ukrainian Nazis who worked for the Germans were particularly brutal. What I found suspicious was that, periodically, groups of German men would come over from Argentina, and Erich would take them hunting. This meant more as…

1 min
caption competition

WINNING CAPTION Rex McGregor, Auckland FINALISTS Caption: “Olympians bit coins.” – Vic Evans, Nelson Caption: “As we thought, it’s chocolate covered in gold foil.” – David Rose, Hamilton Portia Woodman: “I’ve always said I’d give my two front teeth for a gold medal.” – Michael Christeller, Pāpāmoa Beach Caption: “Tokyo dentists strike gold as the rate of emergency dental care mysteriously spikes among top visiting athletes.” – Tristan Melling, Auckland Caption: “Taste of success.” – James Lewis, Auckland Caption: “Off-field biting incident at conclusion of sevens final.” – Tim Hambleton, Dunedin Ruby Tūī: “I guess ACC will cover a broken tooth as a sports injury.” – Paul Kelly, Palmerston North Caption: “ Golden moments sponsored by Bitcoin.” – Bruce Elliot, Auckland…

1 min
quips & quotes

“Strange times for cats. First the dogs kept inside, now the humans. Must feel like they’ve won.”– James Felton“In terms of instant relief, cancelling plans is like heroin.”– John Mulaney“Change to the brain is something like repotting a plant, limited by living in a little pot, moving into a bigger space with new nutrients, where it can grow anew.”– Matthew Parris in the Spectator“A man lost his dog so he took out an advertisement in the newspaper. It said, ‘Here boy!’”– quoted in the Economist“Trash is for tossers.”– Lauren Singer“People are more violently opposed to fur than leather because it’s safer to harass rich women than motorcycle gangs.”– Alexei Sayle“It takes a long time to become young.”– Pablo Picasso“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”– Mahatma Gandhi“Kaore…

1 min
10 quick questions

1. Which TV show included the quotable line: “I am not a number, I am a free man!” ❑ The Prisoner ❑ Hogan’s Heroes ❑ The Avengers ❑ Get Smart 2. In which national park would you find Blue Lake, considered to be one of the clearest lakes in the world? ❑ Nelson Lakes ❑ Tongariro ❑ Arthur’s Pass ❑ Fiordland 3. Which TV sitcom’s theme tune begins: “Thank you for being a friend …” ❑ The Facts of Life ❑ Growing Pains ❑ Full House ❑ The Golden Girls 4. True or false? Freestyle is the name of a stroke in swimming. ❑ True ❑ False 5. The Scouse accent is associated with which part of England? ❑ Birmingham ❑ Manchester ❑ Liverpool ❑ Newcastle 6. Which movie is not based on a Disney ride or attraction? ❑ Futureworld ❑ The Haunted Mansion ❑ Pirates of the Caribbean ❑ Tomorrowland 7. True or false? In ancient Egypt,…