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North & South November 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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English
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Bauer Media Pty Ltd
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12 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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big bang theory

“Eventually I resorted to putting the dog in the car, driving 20km out of town to the rubbish-strewn shoulder of a remote road, and trying to nap there.” SO, HERE WE GO AGAIN. Soon, the country’s skies will flash and boom with fireworks as we mark Guy Fawkes night by way of colourful explosions. Long distant from the origin of the occasion, long divorced from its meaning, Guy Fawkes in New Zealand is a custom that survives through sheer spectacle. It’s hard not to like the glittering displays, the arcing luminescence, the festival feeling.Yet, if you look at virtually every public poll on fireworks, the majority of people want private use banned or restricted in some form. So do the police. So do the Fire Service. So do…

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behind the story

Virginia Larson and son Laurence at the Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi’an. Colourfully painted turtles for sale in Beijing. A bride poses in an alleyway in Xi’an. The message came to Middle-earth from the historic heart of the East’s Middle Kingdom. “Ni hao from Xi’an,” wrote North & South editor Virginia Larson from China, where she was visiting her Beijing-based son Laurence, a singer-songwriter who’s handily fluent in Mandarin. “Buying tickets on the bullet train to Xi’an? I could have ended up Korea!”One of China’s oldest cities, Xi’an is the eastern starting point of the Silk Road and home to the famous Terracotta Army (eight of these 2000-year-old warrior figures go on display at Te Papa in mid-December).One night, the pair were out for dinner when…

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this month’s

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renters, beware

Cheeky kea, so it seems, aren’t always a laughing matter. HOUSE OF HORRORS I enjoyed the story on the perils of flatting in your October issue (Home Advantage). Unfortunately I know first-hand that landlords can be worse than negligent. In 2001-02, I was a student in Auckland between part-time jobs, with literally $20 a week left after rent, bills and food. With few cheap places in flats available, I took a room in a house where the builder-owner lived. He turned out to be the worst human I've ever met, a bully and perhaps a psychopath.I’m almost 100% sure he imported human growth hormone; I heard from someone that he had underage porn; and he showed degrading adult porn to my brother and to a male friend…

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whiz quiz

Vladimir Putin at 18. 1. Which two American literary giants both died in May this year? 2. Who is Linda Burney? 3. Which country has land borders with Bulgaria, Ukraine, Hungary, Serbia and Moldova? 4. Vladimir Putin studied which discipline at Leningrad State University? 5. Which performer out of Shirley Bassey, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Julio Iglesias and Cliff Richard has never performed at Napier’s Mission Concert? 6. And which artist performed at the inaugural Mission Concert in 1993? 7. Would you attend a Mission Concert if you were demophobic? 8. What distances are covered in a marathon, and in a half-marathon? 9. Who wrote the operatic number, the “Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves”? 10. What three remedies under the Consumer Guarantees Act are available to a…

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national treasure

Congratulations to North & South editor at-large Donna Chisholm, who won Best Journalist: Current Affairs, Business & Trade at the Webstar Magazine Media Awards in September – for the third year running. “Our winner Donna Chisholm is a national taonga whose work demonstrates a perfect balance of interrogation and rigour with emotional sensitivity,” said the judges. Deputy editor Joanna Wane was Highly Commended in the same category, with the judges noting she “made links that no one else had in the story about Catholicism and its prominence in national politics”. ■…

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