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Reader’s Digest New Zealand

Reader’s Digest New Zealand August 2020

No wonder Reader's Digest is the world's most widely read magazine. Hard-hitting, thought-provoking and entertaining, with unforgettable stories in each issue, RD is packed with features short enough to read in one sitting, but stimulating enough to keep you thinking for days. Every month millions of people get inspired, informed and entertained by its wide variety of stories about people, health, humour, adventures and world events, written by the best local and international journalists. All the stories are fact checked to the smallest details to ensure that readers get the most accurate and truthful stories, making Reader’s Digest the world’s most trusted magazine.

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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
paying it forward

THE POSITIVE BENEFITS OF GIVING BACK, returning a favour and paying it forward are values Reader’s Digest celebrates. Repaying a good deed with kindness to others can be a powerful force. It’s something our hero in this month’s Drama in Real Life, ‘Nature’s Deadly Venom’ (page 38) by Diane Godley, proved was possible even after the most harrowing of experiences. Not many victims of a deadly funnel-web spider bite would want to see another of the little creatures ever again. Not so Adrian Main, who saw the need to help scientists continue producing the life-saving antivenom that spared him from death. Today, he regularly ventures out to collect funnel-web spiders and delivers them, unharmed, to be milked to create future antivenom. The capacity to give back in this way has…

3 min.

Healing Ideas to Heed It is no wonder that Reader’s Digest is ‘the world’s best loved magazine’. ‘18 Foods Proven to Heal’ (February) sure has educated this old girl – many of us readers have medical conditions and I am heeding every wise word. The three articles in ‘News Worth Sharing’ had me shedding a sentimental tear as kindness really changes the world. LORRAINE POINTON Inside the Minds of Dogs I was so pleased to read that a dog has a mind that is equivalent to a human aged between two and two-and-a-half-years (‘What Pets Want You to Know’, June). I have been describing my dog as being a cheeky two year old for the last seven years. I thought it was my ‘bad training’ and soft touch that enabled her convenient disobedience. Thankfully, it seems…

1 min.
reader’s digest shop

For quality products, book sales and more, call 0800 400 060 or head to Readersdigest.co.nz/shop CONTRIBUTE READERSDIGESTNEWZEALAND Anecdotes and Jokes $50-$100 Send in your real-life laugh for Life’s Like That or All in a Day’s Work. Got a joke? Send it in for Laughter Is the Best Medicine! Smart Animals Up to $100 Share antics of unique pets or wildlife in up to 300 words. Reminisce Up to $150 Share your tale of an event from your past that made a huge impact in 100–500 words. My Story $400 Do you have an inspiring or life-changing tale to tell? Submissions must be true. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR AND READER SUBMISSIONS Online readersdigest.co.nz/contribute Email nzeditor@readersdigest.com.au Mail Editor, Reader’s Digest, PO Box 90489, Auckland 1030 Include your name, address, phone number and email. Letters: We may edit letters and use them in all print and electronic media. Submissions: All…

1 min.
news worth sharing

Tabby cat P-Puss used up at least one life when she set off on a 2500-kilometre adventure around Queensland in June this year. P-Puss, who loves to climb into open cars, jumped into a removal truck being packed to move neighbours to Brisbane – 1200 kilometres away from her Longreach home. Her owner, Georgia Whip, thought it strange that P-Puss didn’t come in on that cold Friday evening but when she missed breakfast the next morning, her suspicions grew. Although the removalists initially said that there was no sign of the cat in their load, Georgia received a call on Sunday afternoon to say that P-Puss had been found. But the tabby was not ready to head home yet. Half an hour later, Georgia was informed that P-Puss had escaped from…

1 min.
covid-19 lockdowns lower global carbon emissions

A prediction by the WMO (World Meteorological Organisation) that global carbon emissions would fall by up to six per cent because of Covid-19 may have been grossly underestimated. A global study of 69 countries found daily emissions had declined by an estimated 17 per cent between January and April 2020, compared with 2019 daily averages, to levels last observed in 2006. It’s a drop that scientists believe could be the largest in recorded history. “Globally, we haven’t seen a drop this big ever, and at the yearly level, you would have to go back to World War II,” said the study’s lead author Corinne Le Quéré, a professor of climate change science at the University of East Anglia in the UK. Fewer cars on the road and drastic changes to air travel and…

1 min.
new zealand startups can make the world a better place

Audacious, a free programme run by New Zealand’s Startup Dunedin, builds entrepreneurial skills and confidence in students at the University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic so that their enterprising ideas can be made a reality. More than 50 per cent of Audacious projects are focused on sustainability or mental wellbeing. The programme, which has run for ten years, is behind businesses such as Globelet, which supplies ongoing reusable products for stadiums around Australia and New Zealand. One aspiring entrepreneur is researching how to turn discarded shoes into high-end leather belts and wallets, while two others are developing an online resource so that teachers can share their lesson plans with those outside their immediate circles. PHOTOS: ARTHUR HON, GETTY IMAGES…