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North & South December 2018

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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riders on the storm

ON A SUNNY spring Sunday, I rode my sister’s bike from our garden shed in Bucklands Beach, where it had been over-wintering, to her apartment in Grey Lynn. I didn’t actually ride Google Map’s suggested 30km; instead I cycled to Half Moon Bay, ferried to downtown, then biked from there to my sister’s.Fair to say, though, I didn’t take the most direct route. I was trying to follow a couple of the city’s bike pathways, which didn’t quite connect for my purposes so required diversionary tactics. Unfortunately, I’m at the hopeless end of the spatial abilities spectrum, which covers map reading and something called “self-location”. I’m one of those people who gets lost in shopping malls and should not go into the bush alone. You might see us…

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vanishing point

Donna Chisholm interviews then-Prime Minister Robert Muldoon during the Thames floods in 1981. In the 1980s, reporters in the newsrooms of papers such as the now-defunct Auckland Star hammered out stories on Olivetti and Imperial typewriters wreathed in a fug of cigarette smoke that became steadily thicker as deadlines approached. Copy was despatched via Lamson tubes to the compositors and, after lunch, the newsroom floor seemed to vibrate with the thrum of the printing presses starting up below. North & South’s editor-at-large Donna Chisholm was the Star’s first female chief reporter, and in 1988 was the go-to staffer when bright-eyed, would-be journalists inquired about pursuing what must then have seemed a rather glamorous career in newspapers. One of the aspiring writers she met was 17-year-old Joanne (Joe)…

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SHIP TO SURE Yes, I did thoroughly read the November issue of North & South and yes, I was impressed with the usual wide and informative range of articles and views. What stood out significantly for me were the glaringly different cultures and attitudes described between the cover story, No Defence by Nicky Hager and Jenny Nicholls’ Nerd Nation column, The Gender Thing.The New Zealand Navy talks of [the NZ Defence Force’s] Operation Respect, yet at the very same time are spending hours and hours and thousands of dollars to challenge one of the women who is speaking out about the abuse and harassment she received while serving in the force.If the Navy wants to encourage people to talk about and address a sexist and gender-based culture, then…

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whiz quiz

1. Which musician was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Silver Scroll awards in early October? 2. Who was named Entertainer of the Century in 1998 by CNN? 3. Who scored the crucial last-minute try for the All Blacks in their nail-biting October test against the Springboks in Pretoria? 4. Which New Zealand institution offers artist residencies at Tylee House? 5. Which five people have held the post of prime minister of Australia since late June 2010? 6. Who designed Miss Piggy’s wedding dress for the 2014 film Muppets Most Wanted? 7. Who captained the United States Ryder Cup golf team this year? 8. In which year was the Brynderwyn hill bus disaster? 9. Who wrote the short story “The Gift of the Magi”? 10. Who…

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letter of the month

(GETTY) THIS MONTH’S best letter wins a fabulous prize pack of skincare and hair products, valued at more than $150. This basket of summer treats includes hydrating and nourishing Hask Coconut Milk & Organic Honey shampoo, conditioner and hair treatment sachets, Soft & Gentle aluminium-free Dry Deodorant, Co Lab Dry Shampoo, and Burt’s Bees skin-brightening moisturiser and facial cleansers. ■…