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North & South September 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

4 min
from the editor

I landed at JFK airport in New York late at night in the middle of a hot summer. By the time I made it through immigration, it was well after midnight, and in my first taxi ride to the city all I could really see was the outlines of buildings and billboards for cut-rate lawyers and discount dentists. I didn’t get my first glimpse of Manhattan until the next day, when, groggy with jetlag, I wandered downtown with no set destination in mind. It was one of those first-day-in-a-new-place walks, where you’re intensely aware of every sight and sensation that is different from what you’re used to. In this case it was the smell of heat radiating off concrete, sharper accents jangling in my ears; the unaccustomed feeling of weaving…

1 min
reader letter winner

This month’s best letter wins a book bundle from Otago University Press valued at $210. It includes: Common Ground: Garden Histories of Aotearoa, a loving look at gardens and garden practices in Aotearoa New Zealand over time, by Matt Morris; Ko Aotearoa Tātou | We Are New Zealand, edited by Michelle Elvy, Paula Morris, James Norcliffe; Crossing the Lines, by Brent Coutts; Map for the Heart, by Jillian Sullivan; and Kate Edger: The Life of a Pioneering Feminist, a remarkable tale about the first woman to graduate from a New Zealand university, a pioneer of women’s education and a crusader for women’s suffrage, by Diana Morrow.…

6 min
letter of the month

It was pleasing to see North & South shine a light on what has been an ongoing problem in rural areas (“Down on the Farm” by Paul Gorman, August 2021). Depression and suicide have come to the fore frequently during the last 10 years. Sadly, these conditions have been around for much longer. I believe it is untrue for our prime minister to say that there is no divide between urban and rural communities and to dismiss it as a situation we all have to face. Urban dwellers have become the larger section of New Zealand’s population, with probably the majority now having little or no contact with rural life. Newspaper reports and commentators are based largely in urban areas and so tend to speak from an urban perspective. No longer…

2 min
featured contributors

Braden Fastier Braden is a multi-award-winning press and documentary photographer based in Nelson. He is a founding member of the Toru Collective and the New Zealand Photography Festival. He (half-jokingly) fancied that a photo series on outdoor “crampet” curling might win him a World Press Photo award — it didn’t, but it was a lot of fun to shoot, and makes a wonderful photo essay in this issue. Scott Hamilton Scott filed this month’s Backstory column, on the history of the Cook Islands, via patchy internet from the Cooks themselves, where he was visiting for a holiday despite not liking the beach that much (something he maintains is not unusual in Polynesia anyway). Rebecca Macfie An experienced and multi-award-winning journalist and writer, Rebecca was on staff at the Listener for 11 years before leaving in…

1 min
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2 min
four corners

MARTINBOROUGH The Wearable Art Gang Every year, on a weekend in autumn, a group of women from Wellington’s eastern suburbs get together in a five-bedroom house in Martinborough to eat food, drink wine — and work on some of the world’s most extravagant fashion designs. They typically arrive in cars large enough to carry sewing machines, glue guns, recyclables and lots of fabric. They don’t waste much time as they sit down at the dining table and get started. The outfits they work on have strange names. Like Squash Stitch and Jellytits. From time to time, one of the women will try on an acorn-shaped bra or a dress made of computer keys and parade around the room so everyone else can comment. Word never gets out. Everything that happens in Martinborough stays…