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North & South January 2021

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

3 min
from the editor

When Christchurch journalist Felicity Price wrote the cover story for the very first issue of this magazine, published in April 1986, she tapped out a draft of around 9000 words (9000 words!) on a manual typewriter. The resulting story was a harrowing account of mountaineers Mark Inglis and Phil Doole, who spent two weeks trapped in an ice cave on Mount Cook. Ashleigh’s cover story is one of my favourite types of piece — after you’ve read it, you see the world in a slightly different way. For 10 days, their feet were frozen solid, and after a dramatic helicopter rescue, both men had their legs amputated. In precisely observed detail, Felicity recounts not only the ordeal on the mountain but the trauma of the surgery and the long months of recovery…

3 min

I would like to thank you for such a wonderful new magazine. On the first look, I thought this would be very heavy reading for a 75 year old. The next day, a wet and cold Southland day, I sat down with it and was soon reading the magazine from cover to cover. Keep up the great read. Robin-Rosemary Mclaren Kia ora, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the December 2020 issue, right down to the quirky factoids. I would like to see foreign views of Aotearoa, like those of the Dutch Zeelanders, continue to be revealed to us, to prick us out of the insularity that can bedevil us, and for you to continue highlighting not only our national whakapapa and history from a variety of perspectives, but also our wide variety of visions for…

3 min
featured contributors

Hayden Donnell Hayden has either worked or written for nearly every major media company in New Zealand and is currently a producer on Radio New Zealand’s Mediawatch. He also has a history as a musician and songwriter, an experience he drew on when writing about singer Marlon Williams’ new album. Emma Espiner Emma won Opinion Writer of the Year at the 2020 Voyager Media Awards, only to announce she would no longer be writing opinion columns (or at all) six months later. But it was for good reason: Emma has graduated from medical school and is now a doctor. In her conversation with Dame Naida Glavish, she combines her insight into Māori health with her skill as an interviewer. Scott Hamilton Scott has a doctorate in sociology and a masters in art history. He received…

2 min
four corners

TĀHUNANUI Nelson’s Ark In the ancient text of the Book of Genesis, Noah built an ark to save all the Earth’s creatures from a flood that lasted for 40 days and 40 nights. In Nelson, it was a storm surge in February 2018 that got local zoo officials worried. So Stephen Standley, the trust chair of Natureland, came up with a bold proposal. “Lots of zoos are talking about rising sea-levels,” he says. “But I don’t know of any other zoo that is actually doing something to adapt.” Natureland is a smallish kind of zoo located on a peninsula that juts out into Tasman Bay like a crooked nose. In floods, the peninsula can be inundated, threatening the livelihood of all the native birds, exotic monkeys and cuddly farm animals that the…

1 min
tree rage

LAKE WANAKA One willow …in Lake Wanaka lost its lower branches when an unknown offender cut them off with a saw in March 2020. The motives were unclear. But a local photographer said that “some people hate the tree because it attracts so much attention”. INVERCARGILL One Christmas tree …in the Glengarry suburb of Invercargill had to be retired early after some baubles and the wiring for the fairy lights got damaged in a series of attacks in December 2016. The city councillor said “it’s so disappointing that the thoughtless actions of a few people can ruin it for everyone else”. AUCKLAND Eight pōhutakawa …that lined a street in a quiet suburb of South Auckland got chopped by an unidentified male in October 2020. Media labelled the mysterious incident the “Karaka chainsaw massacre”. WHANGAREI One kauri …died on the hospital campus…

5 min
newly listed

A Thursday afternoon in late November. New Zealand’s 53rd parliament has kicked off in Wellington. While government and opposition leaders are trading barbs over the housing crisis, Paula Bennett — former deputy prime minister, former National Party deputy leader, former lots-of-other-things — is sitting in an office building in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter, talking about property. It’s Bennett’s third meeting of the day. She has already had two morning meetings, one internal and one with an Auckland Council official, plus a lunch of take-outsushi that she ate in her cubicle while checking Stuff and the New Zealand Herald for news. Now, she’s in the meeting room again, conferring with a man named Lloyd Budd who is several years younger than Bennett and also her boss. Bennett is still getting used to the finer…