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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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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 vets and the…

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behind the story

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 an artist’s tray was delivered to their table. “I thought Laurence had ordered us a calligraphy lesson on the side. But no, it was edible: a potato-pastry ‘brush’ you dip into…

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renters, beware

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 of mine. He also made negative comments about my appearance and what I ate,…

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whiz quiz

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 trader who has sold faulty goods? 11. In which novel is Holden Caulfield the troubled narrator? 12. Who…

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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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four corners

AUCKLAND RAGPICKER AT 4AM Pah Homestead, Auckland, until 11 November Accomplished illustrator, ceramicist, cartoonist and sometime North & South contributor Anna Crichton showcases abstract bead and thread embroideries from a three-month artist residency in Varanasi last year. Moved by the struggles of the rural poor in India, Crichton worked alongside local craftspeople to develop pieces she says reflect the lives of those affected by issues such as child marriage, female infanticide, and the caste and dowry systems. ON TOUR DONAVON FRANKENREITER San Fran, Wellington, 27 November; Totara St, Tauranga, 28 November; The Tuning Fork, Auckland, 29 November; Leigh Sawmill Cafe, Leigh, 30 November; Coroglen Tavern, Coromandel, 1 December California native and surfer dude Donavon Frankenreiter tours the North Island performing tracks from his new solo record The Heart. Filled with sentimental moments from both his musical career…