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New Zealand Listener Issue 28 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 Chief Executive BRENDON HILL Managing Director TANYA WALSHE General Manager: Publishing STUART DICK 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…

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star attraction

It’s a quirk of politics that familiarity can breed content. If voters see enough of a persona, they come to believe in it. There was global mirth this year when Ukraine elected as its president Volodymyr Zelensky, an actor who had simply played the president on a popular TV sitcom. Yet this was hardly the most absurd development. Arguably, politics had already parodied itself beyond a joke with the election to the US presidency of Donald Trump, best known as a reality-TV star. Now the charming but notoriously chaotic Boris Johnson is clear favourite for installation as British Prime Minister to clean up the Brexit shambles, which, as chief political vandal in the campaign to leave the European Union, he did so much to cause, including by telling lies. Yet Johnson remains…

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help for housing’s hindrances

TheEditorial (“House of cards”, June 29) raises the issue of the cost of housing. Building costs, in particular materials and labour, seem stubbornly resistant to real change, except for mass-production and prefabrication, which are being done on a wider scale than previously in larger (invariably multi-unit) projects. But the cost of consenting is now astronomical, as I have been finding out during a year-long attempt – still incomplete – to obtain resource consent for two dwellings on two titles with an existing house spanning the common boundary. As for getting building consent, 15 days elapsed before the first tranche of council queries (46 of them) was received, only to be followed seven days later by an additional 17 queries, most of them of a trivial – and in some cases plainly incorrect…

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Mark Bradley, Dunedin FINALISTS Emmanuel Macron: “True beau Trudeau.” – Kevin Boyce, Raumati Beach Justin Trudeau: “I just can’t kiss a man with Gallic breath.” – Graeme Bulling Trudeau: “I said, ‘Justin’, not ‘Je t’aime’!” – Paul Kelly, Palmerston North Macron: “Come with me on French leave.” – Kath Jones, Waikanae Macron: “Sacré bleu! We are so well-suited!” – PM Lynch, Upper Hutt Trudeau: “True? Doh!” – PM Lynch Macron: “Et ’ees Boris le Barbarian!” – Ann Love, Nelson Macron: “Get a grip – Trump won’t tariff your maple syrup!” – Robbie Blair, Warkworth Macron: “Don’t move – I’m avoiding Donald.” – John Stribling, Wellington Caption: “The French Connection.” – Steve Godsiff, Timaru…

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“Mayor Pete is 37, he looks 27. He’s the only veteran who came back from Afghanistan looking refreshed.” – US comedian Bill Maher on Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg“I always strive, when I can, to spread sweetness and light. There have been several complaints about it.”– PG Wodehouse, quoted in the Washington Post“An Iranian general named Hossein Salami said they’re ready for war. Trump’s already got troops in Turkey ready for action, but Putin’s warning the White House against the conflict. So, if you’re keeping track, we’ve got Salami and Turkey on white, hold the Russian.” – US comedian Jimmy Fallon“You know, for all his bad environmental policies, Trump is very committed to recycling his garbage.”– The Late Show’s Stephen Colbert“The company that can’t even keep your data safe now…

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life in new zealand

They’re more visible [on the show], so they’re more popular [in real life], so they’re more visible [with people buying them] … Taranaki Daily News, 28/5/19 … the four kilometres of toilet paper being used in the toilets at the carpark may be the best indicator of just how popular this place is becoming. Nelson Mail, 18/5/19 University rocket sparks criticism from fire chief Bay Harbour News, 20/3/19 “It was pretty bad weather, the whole day was delayed by a few hours.” Otago Daily Times, 23/5/19 Govt plans to build 6400 public houses by 2022 NZ Herald, 11/6/19 The rookie playmaker has been given a clearly defined role complimenting halfback Blake Green and the coaching staff just want him to do his job. Press, 16/3/19 LIFE IN NEW ZEALAND: Entries must describe New Zealand events. The first sender of those accepted will…