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Reader’s Digest New Zealand July 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
forging better lives

WE THRIVE ON CELEBRATING individuals who strive to brighten the lives and hearts of others – and that includes our animal companions. That’s why we’re particularly excited to bring you ‘Finding Gobi’ (Bonus Read, page 114), which tells the amazing story of how Dion Leonard was able to complete the gruelling seven-day Gobi Desert ultramarathon race – thanks in part to the support of a very determined homeless dog. Their friendship, set in the parched landscape of Central Mongolia, helped forge new beginnings for them both. Our health focus this month is one of modern society’s silent afflictions – chronic pain. In ‘Conquer Your Everyday Aches and Pains’ (page 52) we take a close look at the latest pain self-management strategies, all of which are expert-approved. We meet Andrew Lloyd Webber…

2 min

Love Thy Neighbour Karen Stiller’s article, ‘Next-Door Strangers’ (April), must have struck a chord in the hearts of people everywhere. Her persistence and ingenuity in bringing good out of lockdown was inspiring. I would love to read the sequel describing the neighbours getting together over dinner. EULALIE HOLMAN Positive Perspective As a hypochondriac, I usually avoid reading other people’s experiences dealing with illness, especially the ‘big C’. I came across the article ‘My Shocking Diagnosis’ (May) expecting to feel fear and anxiety. To my surprise, I found the story uplifting. The author’s surrender to the unknown, yet dogged determination to live each day to the fullest, was inspiring. Instead of wallowing in depression, he accepted that there may be no tomorrow but today is enough to live for. JANINA BERNARDO Those We Trust What a marvellous cover photograph…

1 min
another one bites the dust

We asked you to think up a funny caption for this photo. I look like something the cat dragged in! EVE LAVELLE I hit the catnip too hard last night. DEBRA HARVEY I said that I need a laugh, not a bath. KAY MCGUIRK Darn Owl capsized the pea-green boat! CARLA BLOCKSIDGE I asked for a shower cap, not a showered cat! KAREN MILLARD Congratulations to this month’s winner, Debra Harvey. CAPTION CONTEST Come up with the funniest caption for the above photo and you could win $100. To enter, email editor@readersdigest.co.nz or 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 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…

1 min
waste micro-factories a new way to recycle

Veena Sahajwalla, a materials scientist and engineer at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), has devised a novel approach to revolutionise recycling: waste micro-factories. While most recycling plants refashion old materials into new versions of the same product, Sahajwalla’s micro-factories utilise thermal technology to ‘re-form’ them into something completely different. Her first micro-factory, launched in 2018, turns discarded computer circuit boards into metal alloys such as copper and tin. Her second, operational since 2019, repurposes scrapped plastics into filaments for use in 3-D printers. Both sites are funded by UNSW. The micro-factories are capable of operating with as few as two workers. “Recycling is normally seen as very much about large infrastructure and massive facilities,” says Sahajwalla. “What I wanted to do was turn that notion on its head.” PHOTOS: COURTESY UNSW;…

1 min
deaf sheepdog learns sign language

When border collie Peggy lost her hearing and was no longer able to follow voice commands to herd sheep, her owners were forced to put her into the care of an RSPCA shelter. After animal welfare manager Chloe Shorten and her shepherd husband, Jason, “completely fell in love with her”, she was welcomed into their Norfolk, UK, family home permanently. Though Peggy had lost her hearing, she had not lost her enthusiasm for herding sheep and the Shortens could see she did not like to be idle. “We started the long process of teaching her to herd and work with a shepherd without relying on voice commands,” explains Chloe. They taught her to respond to hand signals and body language and used positive reinforcement like a thumbs up for ‘good girl’. While Peggy…