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Reader’s Digest New Zealand June 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
extraordinary people

HEROES COME IN MANY DISGUISES. This month, we have two stories that highlight the extraordinary efforts of ordinary people. Both have endeavoured to resolve a problem and in doing so have improved the lives of others. In ‘Changing the Climate’ (page 32) we meet meteorologist Petteri Taalas who, as head of the World Meteorological Organization, spends his working day warning the world’s powerhouses of the pending climate disaster. Using the only tools he has at his disposal – his sharp scientific knowledge and an ability to share this science with political leaders in a way that doesn’t cause conflict – Taalas has grown to become one of the world’s most influential (and interesting) weather men. The other article, ‘Making A Difference: Raincoats for Change’ (page 26), depicts the positive change created…

3 min

Loyal Companion My late father, who was a doctor with the army medical corps, believed, “If I had my way, I would not send my children to school, but subscribe to Reader’s Digest!” ‘DNA Detector Dog’ by Fay Grimsey (Smart Animals, March) was an interesting read. It is worth noting that dogs featured four times in this issue and, symbolically, dogs represent loyalty, obedience, devotion and the Vedas (oldest scriptures of Hinduism). SHIVRAM RAVI All About a Healthy Heart While cardiologists have outlined how to overcome heart problems ‘How to Keep Your Heart Young’ (April), not much attention has been paid to outdoor physical exercises. Top sports coaches recommend that 30 minutes of Fartlek running (periods of fast running intermixed with periods of jogging or brisk walking), coupled with breathing and stretching exercises, will keep…

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 lifechanging 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 terms…

2 min
news worth sharing

All Aboard in Restoring Oamaru’s Vintage Trains There’s much more to Oamaru’s Steam and Rail Restoration Society than running vintage trains around New Zealand’s historic harbour and precinct. Men, women and young people from all walks of life have been set on the ‘right track’ by volunteering in the workshop. The society’s general manager, Harry Andrew, explains that school students, some of whom had been struggling at school, have come to the workshop over the years and learnt the tricks of the trade – many gaining credits for their National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) qualification. One young man with dyslexia qualified as a welder and then completed a Bachelor of Engineering. For others, it’s the life skills and sense of belonging that are important. The older volunteers take the younger ones under…

5 min
golf a game of life

In 2014, I qualified to play in the ‘Cock o’ the Walk’ golf event at a course on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, where players competed against one another according to their handicaps. My first opponent was Don – a former first-grade footballer, who, at over 1.8 metres tall, was all muscle. “Good luck,” said my wife, Margaret, as I left for the match. “Think of it as David versus Goliath,” I replied. I didn’t feel confident. I had played with Don in other rounds and he was a very good player with a low handicap. However, this was a handicap event so I was allowed an extra stroke on a number of holes. We shook hands at the first tee and wished one another the best. “Keep an eye on the crows,” I warned.…

2 min
smart animals

Returning the Favour IMAMAH HANIF I will never forget what I saw one spring evening in 2019 at my local park. At the time, I liked to go and watch the sunset at a park, which was a seaside area in Karachi. There, I would always see the same elderly lady feeding the pigeons. The birds, usually around ten to 15 in number, would gather around her before she even had a chance to retrieve the bag of bajra (pearl millet) from her handbag. It was the same each day, part of her routine. I found that watching her perform this ordinary task with such keen purpose was both calming and beautiful. On this particular evening, the lady arrived at her usual spot to feed the birds. But, as she approached the bench to…