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Reader’s Digest New Zealand December 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.

New Zealand
Direct Publishing Australia PTY LTD
R 20,27
R 152,70
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor’s note

FOR EVERYONE, 2020 has witnessed too many changes to list. Like so many workplaces, we changed to a remote-based office within just a few short weeks. Face-to-face meetings became Zoom productions (see picture, right). I’m proud to say the initial disruption was not reflected in the magazine. In so many positive ways, the magazine remained the constant focus that kept us all sane. Despite the uncertainty and loss that we’ve witnessed across the world, the importance of local concerns has never been more pronounced. Individual to individual we are stronger and even though some leaders may have faltered in their indecision, our families, neighbours, colleagues, healthcare workers, shopkeepers and teachers have never been more valued. This issue we meet Alexander Albon, a young Formula One driver (page 30), encounter a family living…

3 min

Possum Commotion Reading ‘Possum Magic’ (Smart Animals, October) reminded me of when I was living in the middle of an apple orchard in the Huon Valley in southern Tasmania. On moonlit nights, a group of possums would climb a tree at the end of the house, race along the ridge of the iron roof, skid with a loud screeching of nails on metal, then jump to the ground. Round they’d go again, over and over for hours. It made for little sleep. LORNE HENRY Ramsay Turns Up the Heat in the Kitchen Since I bear the needs of chefs in mind when I sell oysters in Brisbane, I loved Paul Dargan’s profile on Gordon Ramsay (October). With this magazine’s typically high standard of reporting, it shows Gordon as a chef whose convictions are buffered…

1 min
giddy up!

We asked you to think up a funny caption for this photo. Once again he made a foal of himself at the party. MICHAEL GOATHAM I have a feeling this race will be a tie. JOSEPH BAKER The transformation of cowboys during COVID-19. LAKIRA JAYASUMANA I ‘wooden’ back him winning this one! JUDITH HOOKWAY Congratulations to this month’s winner, Michael Goatham. CAPTION CONTEST Come up with the funniest captionfor the above photo and you could win $100. To enter, email editor@readersdigest.co.nzor see details on page 8.…

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. 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 editor@readersdigest.co.nz 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 submissions become our property on payment and subsequent publication in the magazine. We may edit and fact-check submissions. For…

1 min
whales find sanctuary after life in captivity

Two 12-year-old beluga whales that spent years in captivity entertaining humans at an aquarium in Shanghai, China, have found freedom at an open-water sanctuary in Iceland. The four-metre-long whales, which each weigh about 900 kilograms, were flown almost 10,000 kilometres in a 747 aircraft fitted with purpose-built containers from Changfeng Ocean World to a sanctuary in a bay at Iceland’s Heimaey Island. The whales, both females and previously known as Little Grey and Little White, will enjoy open water for the first time since they left a Russian whale research centre in 2011. Andy Bool, head of the charity Sea Life Trust, said, “We’re delighted that they are safely in their sea sanctuary care pools.” The conservationists hope the sanctuary will be a model for rehoming the 3000 whales and dolphins currently housed…

1 min
volunteering can lead to longer life

Altruistic acts such as volunteering can lead to a longer life, according to a Harvard University study. The study focused on 13,000 adults aged over 50 who volunteer for two hours a week and found that they have a substantially reduced risk of mortality, less chance of developing physical impairments and an improved sense of wellbeing compared to those who don’t. A growing body of research has linked volunteering to health and wellbeing benefits. Eric Kim, the study’s co-author says, “Our results show that volunteerism among older adults doesn’t just strengthen our bonds to others, helping us feel a sense of purpose and wellbeing, and protecting us from feelings of loneliness, depression and hopelessness.”…