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New Zealand Listener Issue 26 2019

New Zealand Listener is the country’s most respected general interest magazine, bringing you a wide variety of news, stories, columns, reviews, plus TV listings, every week.

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Editor-in-Chief PAMELA STIRLING Books & Culture Editor RUSSELL BAILLIE Art Director DEREK WARD Senior Writers DONNA CHISHOLM, DIANA WICHTEL (Auckland), SALLY BLUNDELL (Christchurch) Chief Sub-editor GEOFF CUMMING Sub-editor NICK RUSSELL Entertainment Editor FIONA RAE Political Columnist JANE CLIFTON Assistant Art Director SHANE KELLY Senior Designer RICHARD KINGSFORD Digital Producer RYAN HOLDER Editorial Assistant LAUREN BUCKERIDGE Editorial office Bauer Media Group, Shed 12, City Works Depot, 90 Wellesley St West, Auckland 1010 Editorial postal address Private Bag 92512, Wellesley Street, Auckland 1141, New Zealand. Editorial contact 09-308 2405, listener@bauermedia.co.nz Published by Bauer Media Group (NZ) Chief Executive and Publisher BRENDON HILL Managing Director TANYA WALSHE Editorial Director BEN FAHY Commercial Director KAYLENE HURLEY Commercial Brand Manager JOSH WILLIAMS jowilliams@bauermedia.co.nz Direct Account Manager GUY SLATER 09-308 2114, 021 104 0304, gslater@bauermedia.co.nz Classified sales KIM CHAPMAN 07-578 3646, classifieds@xtra.co.nz…

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speed freaks

Transport officials’ enthusiasm for a sweeping lowering of speed limits looks set to go the way of the once-proposed ban on cats in dairies, and regulated showerheads. And thank goodness. Drivers are well aware that speed kills. It increases both the risk of injury and death in crashes. But speed is far from the only factor causing road accidents, which is why politicians on both sides of the House, with the exception of Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter, have been reluctant to endorse the lower-speed-limit suggestion, or the pending recommendation for an increase in speed cameras and fines. Official figures do not provide a convincing case that lower speeds would make a difference. Indeed, by some reports, 85% of fatalities occur below the existing speed limits, not above. Let’s be charitable and…

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alcohol and the damage done

If New Zealand had an infectious disease that caused irreparable neurological damage to young children equivalent to that of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), there would be an outcry and a demand for public health action (“Damage done”, June 15). Yet, when an estimated 600-3000 children are born with alcohol-related damage each year, little positive action occurs. We continue widespread advertising of alcohol and ensure there is an excess of outlets to encourage sales. The recommendations of the Law Commission’s 2010 “Alcohol in our lives: curbing the harm” report are largely ignored. Alcoholic drinks will soon carry labels warning of the risk to pregnant women, and these should be as conspicuous as those that appear on tobacco products. Maybe alcohol advertising should also include a health warning. Strong action is required by…

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winning caption

Donna McKenna, Wellington FINALISTS Donald Trump: “I get a bum wrap from the press every time.” – Ann Love, Nelson Trump: “I like it. A trophy for overeating.” – Nozz Fletcher, Waikawa Caption: “Big Ass presents cup to Sumo Champion.” – Ted Hamill, Auckland Presenter: “And the trophy for the biggest baby goes to…” – Nancy Sinclair, Wellington Trump: “Careful! My tie won’t protect me down there.” – Hans Zindel, Palmerston North Caption: “From one brazen cheek to another.” – Marie Curran, Dunedin Caption: “One champ, one chump.” – Marie Curran Trump: “You and I are alike – big on cover-ups.” – Kath Jones, Waikanae Trump: “Boy, I like my reflection.” – Russell Bowen, Bulls…

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quips & quotes

“Good heavens! There are more of them than there are of us.” – Princess Anne on meeting the Trump family“The essential characteristic of a nation is that its individuals must have many things in common, and must have forgotten many things as well.” – French philosopher Ernest Renan, quoted in the Guardian“A life without fame can be a good life, but fame without a life is no life at all.” – Clive James, quoted in the Daily Telegraph“When I pick out a bottle of wine, I like to look at the label, check the origin, note the year and then buy whatever is under $15 and has a nice picture on it.” – musician Brad Walsh“As a member of a former British colony, I enjoyed every minute of Trump’s trip…

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life in new zealand

Napier cemetery bomb scare: Investigation into ‘homemade’ device hits dead end nzherald.co.nz, 2/5/19 She told the property manager of the leak on January 18, 2017 but it was not replaced until February 2018. Press, 4/5/19 13. TJ Faiane (Blues) Highly industrious as normal and put his head in a dark place to grab an important try. Taranaki Daily News, 10/4/19 While marijuana isn’t the obvious move for a software guy, Haddleton says he sees a group of talented people coming together for a joint purpose… Weekend Herald, 4/5/19 Musos have been aware of Lizzo for ever, or at least since 2013… Canvas, 27/4/19 She now runs her own show, The Intern Hour, every Friday morning from 10am till noon. Dominion Post, 25/4/19 LIFE IN NEW ZEALAND: Entries must describe New Zealand events. The first sender of those accepted will receive a $5…