New Zealand Listener Issue 42 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

Let’s talk about disability. Let’s talk about disability during a pandemic. Let’s talk about the families doubly locked away during Covid lockdowns – the families you may never see, some of them living behind very high fences with codes and locks on the gates, designed to keep their children in, rather than keep other Let’s talk about those families who cannot risk taking their child to the supermarket or even to the local dairy. Children so vulnerable to any infection that getting Covid would kill them. We in the disability community know that we walk a different path from other families – parallel but different. It’s the little things that make a difference for those of us in this community, managing our lives in these times. Last year, at the start of the…

11 min
young vaping addicts

Thanks for the fascinating article “Juul heist” (October 2), which described the “only in America” rise and fall of this international icon of the vape industry, and its links to Big Tobacco. My grandson got addicted to Juul four years ago at the age of 11, after a 16-year-old student from the US was boarding with his family. Mysterious packages would arrive for her through the post, and the kids would spend long periods in her bedroom, apparently having a lot of fun. My grandson’s mother had no idea what vaping was and wondered what these small containers were that looked like memory sticks, lying around on the bedroom floor. By the time she worked out what was going on, her son had a serious addiction. The student left, so his access…

1 min
winning caption

FINALISTS President Biden: “I have President Macron on the line, PM. Do you want to talk to him?” – Hans Zindel, Palmerston North Biden: “Get me Google Translate. What is this guy saying?” – Elaine Jamieson, Kaiapoi Biden: “Hello, security. I’ve got a guy here claiming to be president of Australia. That’s a woman called Gladys, isn’t it?” – Dave Smith, Wellington Biden: “Tell me, Todd, is Aukus a kind of bird?” – Ann Love, Nelson Biden: “Aukus? With this guy, it’s Dorkus!” – Chris Brady Caption: Biden his time until he remembers his name. – Vic Evans, Nelson Biden: “So, where will you holiday next time your country has a crisis?”–Elizabeth Buchanan, Hamilton Biden: “Hey, Jack! Is there a Scott Morrison in the room? This call’s for him.” – Peter McDonald, Whangārei…

1 min
caption competition

{} TO ENTER Send your captions for the photo above to, with “Caption Competition No 431” in the subject line. Alternatively, entries can be posted to “Caption Competition No 431”, NZ Listener, PO Box 52122, Kingsland, Auckland 1352. Entries must be received by noon, Tuesday, October 19. THE PRIZE The most up-to-date, versatile and relevant resource for using Māori language in everyday life, regardless of whether you’re an emergent speaker of te reo or a beginner.…

1 min
quips& quotes

“We’re tired of seeing ourselves out there wandering through forests talking to ghosts, putting our hands on trees and talking to the wind as if we have all the answers because of our relationship with nature. And there’s always flute music.” – Taika Waititi on his new series Reservation Dogs“It is something that must not only be limited to top-earners and those with university degrees. A security guard has merit, too. Manual labourers don’t deserve less respect than academics.” – Olaf Scholz on the topic of meritocracy“Yes, bipartisanship is not a light switch – it’s a Peloton bike. We talk a lot about having it, but we never actually turn it on.” – Stephen Colbert“This stuff is low-level chewing gum TV that feeds on racial stereotypes and it’s time you…

1 min
10 quick questions

1. True or false? Sloths are excellent swimmers. ❑ True ❑ False 2. Which of these best describes the historical function of a chuckwagon? ❑ Mobile trading post ❑ Field kitchen ❑ Prisoner transport ❑ Ambulance 3. Which of these places is not mentioned in the Beach Boys song “Kokomo”? ❑ Key Largo ❑ Bermuda ❑ Tobago ❑ Jamaica 4. Which city is set to host the 2024 Summer Olympics? ❑ Paris ❑ London ❑ Los Angeles ❑ Beijing 5. Which novel begins with: “The terror, which would not end for another 28 years – if it ever did end – began, so far as I know or can tell, with a boat made from a sheet of newspaper floating down a gutter swollen with rain”? ❑ The Haunting of Hill House ❑ Atonement ❑ The Scarlet Pimpernel ❑ It 6. Who stormed offset in the first episode of Holmes in 1989? ❑ Greg…