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Reader’s Digest New Zealand May 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.

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

in this issue

1 min
the moon’s future

THE NEXT TIME YOU GLANCE UP into the night sky and marvel at the beauty of a full moon, try to imagine the surface cluttered with scenes of industry – scenes of mining, to be precise. Sounds like some unlikely scenario from a sci-fi film? Not according to our feature, ‘Saving the Moon’ (page 114). Science writer Ceridwen Dovey investigates the new space race currently underway that has seen space and resources companies planning to mine the moon and fuel exploration of space frontiers. My favourite article, ‘You Call That a Compliment?’ (page 68) is classic Digest – funny, relatable and shareable. This compilation of short reallife stories from readers reveals some hilarious moments when, thanks to a fumbled delivery, words of praise end up being an unintended insult. Priceless. In…

3 min

What a Surprise I normally read my Reader’s Digest from beginning to end but wasn’t looking forward to ‘Indonesia’s Snake Bite Doctor’ (March) as I don’t like snakes! To my surprise, I found the Bonus Read most interesting with some fantastic previously unknown facts. Dr Tri Maharani – known as Maha – must have saved hundreds of lives by passing on her toxicology knowledge to other doctors. A wonderful lady. SHIRLEY APLIN Roany’s Good Nature Pam Houston’s story ‘He Trots the Air’ (February) brought tears to my eyes. It so beautifully and eloquently reflected her love, respect and compassion for her horse, Roany, and his intelligence and loyalty to Pam. I felt like I was experiencing Roany’s life and dignified ending first-hand. COLLEEN J. ATKINSON Sustainable Vehicles The race to reduce landfill is being won by Dutch researchers who have…

1 min
feeling stressed? try watching a cute animal video

Do you get captivated by cute videos of cats and dogs on the internet? Watching them may actually be doing you some good. Scientists already knew that hanging out with pets in real life can relieve stress, but now a small UK study suggests that watching adorable animals on a screen can trigger a similar effect on your heart rate and blood pressure. Subjects watched videos of quokkas, a small but engaging marsupial, but YouTube has countless sweet videos of a variety of animals, from puppies to piglets and pandas and even baby hippos. The next time you’re feeling a bit anxious, spending some time online with these cute creatures might help you relax.…

1 min
sensory room improves inclusivity

Holidays provide a wonderful break from routine. However, for families with children on the autism spectrum, the sudden absence of all things familiar and the disturbance to routine can be unsettling and overwhelming. The Reilly Room Project was founded by special education teacher Gail Watts in honour of her son Reilly, who lived with Asperger’s Syndrome and passed away in 2018. Watts wanted to establish more inclusive holiday settings for people with autism. The Big4 Adventure Resort in the Whitsundays has become the fourth in Australia to incorporate a Reilly Room in their holiday park. Designed by Watts, the sensory room has all the features expected in an autism-specific educational setting such as a hammock, weighted blankets, calming music, a variety of tactile experiences and a toy box. Whitsunday regional councillor, Jan Clifford,…

1 min
kiwi designs skylight that desalinates water

Drinking water is scarce for the 110,000 families living in shanty towns along Chile’s coast. Windows are also often boarded up which removes almost all natural light. But not for much longer. New Zealander Henry Glogau, who recently graduated with a masters degree specialising in architecture for extreme conditions, wanted to create a sustainable, passive, and striking feature inside the dark homes, and has designed a solar-powered lighting fixture that desalinates water. Inexpensive to manufacture, one light can purify 440 ml of water per day, and the leftover brine is used in batteries that power an LED light. Glogau’s invention is one of six finalists in this year’s Lexus Design Award. Even if he doesn’t win, his device has already won the hearts of Chileans.…

5 min
shocking secret of the gown

My aunties all said my mother was a very beautiful debutante; shy, demure and dressed in the most exquisite lace gown. As the partner chosen by her parents to escort her to the 1938 Debutante Ball at St Margaret’s College, my father fell in love with her that night and eventually they married, and the rest is the unfolding history of our family. But my story is about my mother’s beautiful ball gown. She had carefully wrapped it in tissue paper and placed it in a cardboard box – carried from house to house in Christchurch, as over the years my parents had upgraded their dwellings – and it was hidden away in a top cupboard. From time to time it would be lifted out of its box and shown to us, and…