New Zealand Listener Issue 41 2021

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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in this issue

3 min
mixed messages

It’s funny the way the universe works. The Listener welcomes on board a new columnist this week, who aims to give readers a regular reality check on the world. And as it happens, our cover story also takes a deep dive into the same topic. There is nothing new, of course, about conspiracy theories and propaganda. History is littered with the detritus they have left behind. The real issue is why they are thriving in an age when we have so much credible information at our fingertips. The answer, sadly, is that many people no longer know who or what is credible. As a society, we have trust issues. The internet has changed everything, and not always for the better. Journalist Stephen Davis is keen to help Listener readers wade their way through…

13 min
energy demands

When the topic of nuclear power arises, “Middle-earth” takes on new meaning, aptly describing this country’s outdated outlook (“The future is nuclear”, October 2). Our strong stand against nuclear weapons, although admirable, has unfortunately tainted our views on nuclear power (NP). David Lange’s political stunt at the Oxford Union put paid to any useful discussion on this subject for decades. The Climate Change Commission has carefully avoided any mention of nuclear as an option, deflecting effort towards a “band-aid” project called Lake Onslow pumped hydro, highly controversial among experts and not a solution. Prevailing conditions at any time dictate its use, hence limiting availability. The key to reliable and secure baseload power relies on distributed and diverse sources, not greater dependence on water. Tiwai’s doubtful future serves only to frustrate decision makers,…

1 min
caption competition

WINNING CAPTION Steve Godsiff, Timaru FINALISTS Taika Waititi: “Now we have moved from Level 4 to Level 3, let’s get to McDonald’s before the rush.” – Wendy Wilson, Pāpāmoa Rita Ora: “Get out, Jimmy. Two’s company, three’s a menagerie.” – Elaine McGlinchey, Kawerau Jimmy Kimmel: “Who’s she getting her claws into this time?” – Marie Curran, Dunedin All three together saying: “No MIQ available? But we’re rich and famous!” – Ann Neale, Nelson Waititi: “When you asked me my name, I said Taika, not ‘Take her!’ Now, give her back!” – Damian Peters, Auckland Kimmel: “Anyone out there need a hand?” – PM Lynch, Upper Hutt…

1 min
quips & quotes

“Why is every electoral system in this country so backwards and insane? Why can’t there just be a winner who gets the most votes and that’s it? Why is it easier on America’s Got Talent than it is to vote in America?”– Seth Myers on the recent California process for recall elections“I don’t have to agree with you to like you or respect you.”– Anthony Bourdain“Write the tale that scares you, that makes you feel uncertain, that isn’t comfortable.”– Michaela Coel speech at the 2021 Emmys“I am their proxy father. [My staff] all have an umbilical cord to my wallet.”– Auckland restaurateur Leo Molloy“The story of our lives is where we wish we had stayed longer and where we wished we had left sooner.”– Esther Perel“We are quick to forget…

1 min
10 quick questions

1. The 1979 song Crazy Little Thing Called Love by the band Queen was written as a tribute to whom? ❑ John Lennon ❑ Billie Holiday ❑ Elvis Presley ❑ Buddy Holly 2. Which of these is not considered a marine mammal? ❑ Polar bear ❑ Manatee ❑ Hippopotamus ❑ Dugong 3. Burgess scarlet, kara and kawano are varieties of what kind of fruit? ❑ Persimmon ❑ Apple ❑ Mandarin ❑ Pear 4. Who features on the New Zealand $100 banknote? ❑ Katherine Mansfield ❑ Ernest Rutherford ❑ Āpirana Ngata ❑ Truby King 5. Which of these words is an abbreviation? ❑ Decal ❑ Sticker ❑ Transfer ❑ Label 6. True or false? Electric taxi cabs were commonly used in the late 19th century. ❑ True ❑ False 7. Prince Humperdinck is the main villain in which film? ❑ Robin Hood ❑ The Princess Bride ❑ The NeverEnding Story ❑ Beauty and the Beast 8. What was the name of the ship that…

3 min
calling the tune

Within the neo-Roman splendour of Wall Street’s Cipriani Club, 80-year-old Dionne Warwick, in shimmering black, launched into her 1985 cover hit, That’s What Friends Are For. Before her sat 500 Australian and American politicians, diplomats, spies, tycoons and generals. The late-September occasion marked the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Anzus Treaty – the post-war defence pact that once bound the US, Australia and New Zealand. The night was one of backslapping bonhomie as Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, with his foreign and defence ministers, mingled. Peter Dutton, Australia’s Defence Minister, made a grandiloquent speech, invoking Winston Churchill: “We stand together in the strident defence of liberty against hatred and tyranny; no potential aggressor should be under illusion either nation stands alone.” Doubtless, Dutton hoped China’s strongman leader, Xi Jinping, might be…