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New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

Issue 51 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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1 min.
new zealand listener

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 Officer BRENDON HILL Managing Director TANYA WALSHE General Manager Publishing STUART DICK Editorial Director – Current Affairs BEN FAHY Commercial Brand Manager JOSH WILLIAMS, jowilliams@bauermedia.co.nz Direct Account Manager MIKE SANDERS, msanders@bauermedia.co.nz…

3 min.
dropping our guard

In November 1918, passengers from the steamship Talune were allowed ashore at Apia, despite several being seriously ill from influenza. As extraordinary as it may seem, the acting port officer was unaware that a flu epidemic was raging in Auckland, the ship’s port of departure. The consequences were catastrophic. Within a week, the disease had devastated the main Samoan island of Upolu and spread to neighbouring Savai‘i. Approximately 8500 people, more than a fifth of the population, died in the outbreak. Eighty-two years later, Prime Minister Helen Clark formally apologised to Samoa for New Zealand’s “inept and incompetent” administration of what was then a colony under New Zealand control. As with influenza in 1918, so with measles 101 years later. Once again, Samoa has been stricken by a deadly virus thought to…

1 min.
please give generously to samoa this christmas

All Blacks legend Sir Michael Jones, knighted for his leadership and work with Pacific Island youth, is one of many New Zealanders whose hearts have gone out to the people of Samoa as they suffer the tragedy of a measles epidemic. Please donate, if you are able, to one of the organisations helping right now in Samoa. These include: RED CROSS PACIFIC DISASTER FUND www.redcross.org.nz/donate/pacific-disaster-fund…

8 min.
empowering the young

The Editorial (December 7) on the Grace Millane murder case concludes by saying that it is not the justice system that needs to be challenged, but anyone who believes young women going on Tinder dates are “asking for it”. If we are to learn from Millane’s death, victim-shaming should not be the final word. It should be empowerment. Of course, Millane wasn’t asking to be killed. She had so much to live for. To avoid another tragedy like this, we can pin our hopes on a conviction of murder serving as a deterrent or we can empower young women to make critical judgments about self-preservation when dating an unknown person who may or may not be “dangerously dysfunctional”. Patricia Fenton(Whangārei) The Editorial takes some credit for the removal of the legal defence of…

1 min.
winning caption

Hans Zindel, Palmerston North FINALISTS Prince Charles: “Being royal means plenty of blood, sweat and tears.” – Hans Zindel Prince Charles: “My brother? You mean my bother!” – Rhonda Ramsay, Thames Prince Charles: “Have you come fah?” – Graeme Bulling, Auckland Prince Charles: “What did the prince say to the soprano? Do you get on the scales every day?” – Ann Love, Nelson Dame Kiri Te Kanawa: “If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times to my body guard: be discreet, blend in.” – Rita Riccola, Albany Prince Charles: “You’ve got out of opera, but what’s your advice for someone wanting to get out of a soap opera?” – Kath Jones, Waikanae Prince Charles: “One is pleased to see you’ve grown out of that bloody awful frock you wore to one’s wedding.” – Elise Graham,…

1 min.

“Hey, Trump, you can’t just drop an umbrella when you’re done with it. It’s not a wife.” – Stephen Colbert on the President discarding his open umbrella before boarding a plane “Habit is habit, and not to be flung out the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.” – Mark Twain “Common sense and a sense of humour are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humour is just common sense, dancing.” – Clive James “Last night, President Trump held a rally in Sunrise, Florida, and he called the impeachment inquiry a scam, a terrible hoax and a witch hunt. People in the crowd were like, ‘Looks like we’re getting leftovers before Thanksgiving.’” – Jimmy Fallon “They also expect that extreme chill to move across the…