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North & South March 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

6 min
the secret economy of superyachts

The America’s Cup floweth over with wealth, and much of it can be found on superyachts. Where the Aulde Mug goes, huge, gleaming boats are not far behind — some worth more than $100 million, every one a Vitamin B booster shot for our economy. For the summer 2020–2021 season, more than 150 superyachts applied to enter New Zealand for the America’s Cup and its glamour events. And then Covid burst the bubble. Superyachts cancelled their bookings, either unable or unwilling to leave their home ports. Others wanted to shelter here from cyclones or Covid, but were stymied by New Zealand’s tightened border controls. This is a major blow not only to our marine industry, which superyachts often use for maintenance and repairs, but many businesses around the country who benefit…

9 min
is this us?

IT WAS AFTER her brother was murdered that Aya Al-Umari started training in martial arts. Hussein Al-Umari was one of 51 people killed by a white supremacist who opened fire at two Christchurch mosques on 15 March 2019. Aya, a 35-year-old bank worker with blonde hair and a wicked sense of humour, got her orange belt in krav maga, a combination of techniques for self-defense. When Al Noor mosque announced a volunteer security detail, she rushed to sign up so she could protect the place where her older brother had died. But physical empowerment could only protect her from so much. On 28 December 2020, she and her mother were shopping for makeup in a Rangiora department store when another shopper heard them chatting in Arabic. The shopper accosted them, demanding…

2 min
the power of prayer

15 March 2019 will go down as one of the deadliest days in our nation’s history. At Al Noor mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch, 51 Muslims were murdered and millions of people around the world were forced to confront the reality of hatred and terror in New Zealand. A year on, many of the survivors were still suffering from their physical injuries, but the two mosques continued to provide solace. Despite being the places where almost everyone in the local Muslim community had lost a loved one, they were now needed more than ever. Carpets had been replaced, new windows put in, and state-of-the-art security systems installed. Prayer continued, five times a day. Sarah Rowland went along on a quiet Tuesday in February last year to capture the two…

5 min
a matter of records

It started with an incorrectly labelled cassette tape. A mistake so minor that most people wouldn’t even notice it. Archivist William Daymond isn’t most people. With his intervention a small, careless error caused by a bit of messy handwriting became the catalyst for rescuing an important part of New Zealand’s musical history. In February last year, Daymond, a public servant, decided to forego his usual lunchtime sandwich for a visit to Wellington’s Alexander Turnbull Library. The tall, affable 36-year-old father-of-one was keen to check out the recently-digitised 162 cassettes of live gigs, demos, rough mixes and interviews of bands signed to iconic Kiwi music label Flying Nun, stored in the bowels of the library in the audiocassette archives. Flying Nun, which celebrates its 40th birthday this year, has launched the careers…

7 min
recovery island

Jo Ritchie was laying tracking tunnels on Rotoroa Island when she began finding glass jars secreted in the foliage. The sanctuary island in Auckland’s Waitemat? Harbour was undergoing intensive pest control, and the tunnels, equipped with ink pads and card, were laid to capture the footprints of the species passing by and monitor their numbers. The jars were nestled amongst the large roots of pōhutukawa trees, where the shelter of a natural “larder” kept them clean and dry. At first, Ritchie was puzzled. But then she recalled a story she had heard about the history of the island. For nearly 100 years, it was the Salvation Army’s rehabilitation facility, where addicts were sent to overcome their affliction away from the temptations of the mainland. The jars were the remains of…

6 min
about town waipu

There is a sign along State Highway 1 that hundreds of people must pass every day on their way north to Whangarei. WAIPU, it says, in big letters. A hundred thousand welcomes. Next to it is a painting of a giant white man dressed in a kilt, holding bagpipes. He is the mascot for Waipu, a symbol of a town deeply rooted in Scottish heritage and history. I used to get asked “No hea koe?”, “Where are you from?”, and I would say Waipu, a small coastal town in Bream Bay. That’s where I grew up, where I spent the formative childhood and teenage years of my life. About a two-hour drive north of Auckland City, Waipu has a population of more than 2000 people and is famous for its idyllic beach…