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North & South April 2020

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.

New Zealand
North and South Media Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

4 min

I DIDN’T WANT to write about Mark Lundy’s case. I’d been approached in December 2007 by Lundy supporter Geoff Levick at a conference in Wellington because I’d just written a story about Scott Watson, controversially convicted of murdering Ben Smart and Olivia Hope. Levick thought I’d be interested in what he’d discovered about Lundy’s case, but I wasn’t overly enthusiastic – I assumed Lundy was guilty of killing his wife and daughter, and lawyer Greg King told me the evidence would be difficult to challenge. But I agreed to have dinner with Levick at a Japanese restaurant near the Supreme Court, and he left me with the draft of a book he’d written, the result of several years picking apart the evidence Lundy had been convicted on in 2002. A few…

1 min
andy reid

Many years ago, Andy Reid and his wife, Tara, moved from a busy street in North London to the Coromandel bush, where the loudest sounds come from moreporks calling each other in the night (and they’re bloody noisy, he says). Twenty-seven years later, they still love living on the peninsula and being part of such an inclusive community. Andy spends a few days each week in Auckland, where he lives on an old kauri motorsailer and co-manages an advisory business, StantonReid. At home in Coromandel, he runs a series of sporting events with like-minded friends Keith and Rita Stephenson. For the past 20 years, with a huge amount of local support, they have staged New Zealand’s longest existing adventure race, the ARC; also the K2 cycle challenge; and the Great Kauri Run,…

11 min
people watching

SOBERING VIEW It is a truly sobering photograph of George and Alexander Hillary practising for their Mt Everest climb (Four Hillarys and a Mountain, March). The mountains in the background display the location and pathways of many former glaciers now totally melted away. The rock where the glaciers were is still fresh and unweathered – so fresh that I expect that in 1953, when Sir Ed and Tenzing Norway reached the summit of Everest, these glaciers would still have existed. Powerful photograph. DONALD MURRAY, NEW PLYMOUTH NORDIC PARADIGMS Virginia Larson’s editorial and Graham Adam’s essay on immigration (Immigration: The Winners and the Losers, March) highlight New Zealand’s dire housing crisis. Larson correctly condemns our politicians for failing to resolve this issue: “For doing very little to avert this crisis over the past 20-30 years,…

1 min
whiz quiz

1. US basketballer Kobe Bryant, who died in January, won the Best Animated Short Oscar in 2018 for which film? 2. Who is currently the world’s youngest prime minister? 3. Who is Dr James Muecke? 4. In which US state would you find the towns or small settlements of Melbourne, Hastings, Bristol and Venice? 5. Which five new sports will be introduced to the Olympics in Japan this year? 6. Who, according to the Hebrew Bible, brought spices and gold to Solomon, and has been the subject of myth and legend ever since? 7. Who is our Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage? 8. What is the capital city of Canada? 9. Which was the first settlement to be made under the Waitangi Tribunal process, and in which year was it reached? 10. Architecturally speaking, what is the difference…

1 min
festival winner

Congratulations to Suzanne Kendrick, who is the winner of our Auckland Arts Festival competition! Suzanne says she’ll be using the generous prize as “an intergenerational family birthday celebration”. One lucky family member will accompany her to the festival’s boundary-busting circus production Limbo Unhinged. She adds: “Everyone is very excited about spending time at Four Points Sheraton and enjoying the restaurant and bars. It’s so nice to be able to share the prize with family and friends.” Four Points Sheraton is a new hotel in Queen St’s theatre quarter, just a stroll from Aotea Square and the festival’s Spiegeltent.…

4 min

ON TOUR THE TEN TENORS 15 April-7 May Since forming in 1995, Australian music ensemble The Ten Tenors (or TTT, as they’re known) have released more than 10 albums, recording genre-crossover covers of classic operatic arias and contemporary rock songs. Their 2018 New Zealand tour was a sell-out; now they’re back with their latest release, Love is in the Air, which features a combination of both English and Italian-language songs, including singalongs such as “Shallow” (from A Star is Born) and The Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows”. WELLINGTON GONE HOME City Gallery, till 14 June Gavin Hipkins’ epic 80-photo frieze, “The Homely II”, mingles images of New Zealand and Great Britain, and in Gone Home , this “Victorian melodrama” is set alongside some 50 images by the late Peter Peryer, chosen by Hipkins to resonate with his…