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North & South February 2019

North & South is New Zealand’s premier monthly current affairs and lifestyle magazine, specialising in long-form investigative journalism, delivered by award-winning writers and photographers. North & South also showcases New Zealand ingenuity and creativity, explores the country and profiles its people. It is a touchstone of New Zealand life.

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taranaki dreaming

I HAD NOTHING adventurous planned for the Christmas-New Year break; nothing that required more than a daypack or beach towels and sun-block. Then a large, lazy anticyclone shuffled over the North Island and the highway called. But where to go at the height of the Kiwi holiday season with half a million overseas tourists roaming about the place? The beach resorts would be packed, likewise lakeside towns like Rotorua and TaupŌ. New Plymouth, I thought. Lonely Planet n a me d Taranaki one of the world’s best regions to visit in 2016, but those planet-scouring pollsters have moved on to Manitoba and northern Peru, among other slightly less trampled-over zones. Maybe I could find a hotel room for a couple of nights ahead of New Year’s Eve. It was also 10 years…

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reelin’ in the years

Psychologists call it the “reminiscence bump” – the feeling of being swept back to a time, place and mood when you hear a piece of music from your past. Songs from your teens and 20s create the biggest “bumps” because these are the years of new experiences and independence, when everything feels especially meaningful. And it’s often pop music – sometimes not even great pop – that stirs that rush of memory. Why? Because this was the music that formed the soundtrack of our lives, playing in the background, at parties, on the car radio, in bars and bedrooms. When North & South music writer Phil Gifford told me that for his February column he was quizzing notable New Zealanders about the songs that evoke memories for them of summers past,…

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kiwisaver. how active is your scheme provider?

One of the other benefits of active management is that managers can choose socially responsible investments. T hat’s why Kiwis need to look at what their scheme provider is doing behind the scenes, and whether it’s working hard for its members, says Paul Huxford, Chief Investment Offi cer at ANZ Investments. The difference between a good and a great KiwiSaver scheme can be significant. An additional 1% annual return for a 22-year-old earning $45,000 and contributing 3% of income matched by the employer could boost their KiwiSaver account balance by $100,000 come retirement. ACTIVE AND RESPONSIBLE Ask yourself, is your scheme provider actively choosing investments for your KiwiSaver account? This is called “active management” and involves hand-picking investments which it believes are best placed to succeed in the future. It’s the approach that ANZ…

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fates and furies

WE HAD IT COMING You have to feel sorry for those who have suffered from natural disasters, such as those that struck Christchurch and Edgecumbe, but I can’t help feeling a bit cynical about other such events, which should have been anticipated more effectively (Safe as Houses, January). Much suffering, financial loss and even death might have been prevented. Some years ago, over several stages, I walked around the coast of the North Island. I noticed that sometimes nature kindly replaces storm damage – for example, some large developing sand dunes on the Wairarapa coast and at the Manukau Heads, where the lighthouse, which used to be by the sea, is now several kilometres inland. All is not lost. However, I also witnessed the beginning of the coastal property speculation bonanza. I was…

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whiz quiz

1. What is the origin of the name of Toyota’s hybrid car Prius? 2. Where is your index finger? 3. Where in New Zealand is the self-styled “Mural Town”? 4. What are considered to be the two basic principles of natural justice? 5. In which year were the rowing World Championships held at Lake Karapiro? 6. Which is the only member of the cat family that cannot completely retract its claws? 7. If your taringa are burning, what’s going on? 8. In which theatre of war did the famed 28th Māori Battalion face its first World War II battles? 9. What is the English translation of the Latin phrase “dulce bellum inexpertis”? 10. Bessie Smith and Big Bill Broonzy are associated with what style of music? 11. Where is the Isla de Pascua? 12. Who wrote the songs “Under my Skin”…

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big short

JUST BECAUSE flash fiction is short doesn’t mean it’s easier to knock off, says Dunedin writer Emma Neale, whose story “Courtship” was highly commended in the prestigious UK Bridport Prize last year (previous award-winners include Kate Atkinson, early in her career). “It needs the same slow re-reading, re-thinking and re-working,” says Neale, who recommends setting aside an early draft and then coming back to it “with a less-feverish eye”. Entries are now open for North & South’s popular Short, Short Story competition, for pieces of less than 300 words (see page 84), so we asked Neale’s advice on how to tackle this deceptively simple challenge. The editor of arts and literary journal Landfall, she placed third with another of her short, short stories in the Bath Flash Fiction Award, judged by Irish novelist…