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Reader’s Digest New Zealand Feburary 2021

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.

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

in this issue

1 min
why we value animals

IT OCCURRED TO ME, as I sat to write this letter, that the one issue that ignites the loudest cries of protest in so many of our readers, and indeed myself, is senseless cruelty to animals. This month’s Bonus Read, ‘Tracking the Tiger Butcher’, (page 114) details the efforts of one man to stop the farming of tigers in Laos. That’s right, farming of tigers. Today, Laos-based criminal syndicates have turned one of its natural and unique wonders into a commodity, with the animals’ prized features trafficked to consumers that value magical potions and trinkets over nature’s beautiful wildlife. The flip side of this cruelty is the love and affection expressed in stories like ‘He Trots the Air’ (page 60), which is a heart-warming portrayal of the depth of friendship horses…

3 min

Defending the Zoo Animals can say more without words than humans can with them (‘No Ordinary Day at the Zoo’, December). That was all that was needed to be said for keepers at Mogo Wildlife Park to risk their own lives to save these magnificent creatures during bushfires. The dedication of the rangers is a measure of their devotion which needs no explanation at all. MICHAEL WOUTERS Grizzly Drama Rarely does a Drama in Real Life (‘A Scream in the Wild’, December) have me on the edge of my seat, heart racing. Omar Mouallem describes the grizzly attack, Colin Dowler’s injuries and his amazing will to survive so vividly that I could almost feel the weight of the bear on my own chest. Thankfully all ended well for Colin but I don’t know that I’d…

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.…

1 min
bacteria that feast on plastic raise hopes for recycling

Since the 1950s, more than eight billion tonnes of plastic has been produced, with much of it polluting the world’s land and oceans. Now scientists are looking to nature to help with innovative recycling solutions to reuse hard-to-recycle plastics. A team at the University of Portsmouth, UK is working with a ‘super-enzyme’ derived from bacteria that can digest polyethylene terephthalate (PET), the material used in plastic bottles, opening up the possibility of fully recycling the plastic. Natural degradation of plastic can take hundreds of years, but the super-enzyme can convert PET back to its original building blocks in just a few days. The process would reduce our reliance on fossil resources, said Professor John McGeehan, director of the Centre for Enzyme Innovation. Meanwhile, a team at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in…

1 min
sunflower message spreads joy

Frederick James from Far North Queensland wanted to send a special cheery message to the world. The words “G’day world from Oz” were ‘written’ in huge sunflower letters that could be seen from the sky at Innisfail, south of Cairns. Neighbours and seasonal workers from Vanuatu helped Mr James plant more than 40,000 sunflower seeds on his property and, not surprisingly, it was a huge hit on social media with photos and videos attracting thousands of visitors, leaving him “gobsmacked” by the attention. Although the sunflowers have now wilted, James is already planning another message.…

1 min
old phones help kids to go online in indonesia

A request from her garbage collector for an old mobile phone so that his children could access the internet got journalist Ghina Ghaliya thinking about what she could do for underprivileged students stuck at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She and 11 fellow journalists had already organised a group to provide food and money for those in need, but this request along with appeals from parents who wanted their children to be able to study online caused a shift in focus. The group announced their campaign via social media and the response from the public was immediate. Very quickly the group collected more than 200 phones and cash donations, enabling them to purchase more phones and prepaid internet. As of December, nearly 300 phones had been distributed to students around Jakarta and…