Dog’s Own Country

There are a MILLION mutts in New Zealand. Many live better than we do. What does that say about us?

November 20, 2022 in Feature Article, North&South

Following The Threads

The loss of a collaboration between artist Colin McCahon and weaver Ilse von Randow has sparked both a deep search and a conversation about how we value art. By Hayden Donnell
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Island Life

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Over 35 years, a barren former sheep farm overrun with rodents has been turned into a lush landscape alive with native wildlife. By Colin Miskelly

How’s the Air Up There?

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For more than 40 years, scientists in a tiny Central Otago pitstop have been studying the ozone layer and the carcinogenic UV rays from the sun. By George Driver

The Virus Hunter

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By choosing a career in science over dance, evolutionary biologist Jemma Geoghegan may have saved your life. By Paul Gorman

Blue Smoke: The Past, Present and Future of Our Cars

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Our vast fleet of aging cars is a growing problem. But as our Nissan Sentra-owning journalist finds, it’s not easy getting rid of old bangers. By George Driver

Voice Control

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Discussions about what is and who should have free speech rarely reach consensus. By Yvonne van Dongen

From Both Sides Now

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Career public servant Kara Isaac experienced New Zealand’s managed isolation both as a “guest” and on the leadership team of the organisation running the frontline defence against the spread of Covid-19. By Yvonne van Dongen
August 14, 2022 in Feature Article, North&South

A Call for Care

Residential care facilities for the treatment of mental health or addiction have fallen out of favour. By Sally Blundell
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August 14, 2022 in Feature Article, North&South

The Writing’s on the Wall

Being an adult who can’t read is enormously challenging — though as people who’ve been functionally illiterate their entire lives can attest, there’s always time to learn. By Sharon Stephenson
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August 13, 2022 in Feature Article, North&South, PIJF

The Goldfields Gravediggers

Otago’s earliest cemeteries are filled with unmarked graves. Now some of the skeletons are telling their tales. By George Driver
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November 20, 2022 in Culture Etc, North&South

A Foreign Flock

How did a small spa town in Austria end up with the largest collection of kea in captivity — and what is it doing with them? By Gregor Thompson
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Building Bridges

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The last two years have marked big changes in writer Pip Hall’s life, including the end of her 19-year marriage, a move south to her childhood town, and writing the third season of the crime drama, One Lane Bridge. By Eric Trump

About Town: Oamaru

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In Aotearoa’s steampunk capital, a self-professed history geek appreciates a much more obscure connection. By Thomas McLean

About Town: Leigh

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A popular weekend escape forAuckland road trippers, the tiny town of Leigh is home to a tight-knit and big-hearted community. By Tulia Thompson
November 12, 2022 in Four Corners, North&South, PIJF

Away with the Birds

The Map: Baby bird-spotting
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Love of the Hunt

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Whether you dream about Crown Lynn patterns in your sleep or love to scour op shops for cheap and cheerful treasures, these places to rummage are, we reckon, a cut above.

Island of SIN

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Chooks called BlueBum, ratting tales and Prince Harry are all part of the mix at the Stewart Island News, as Ben Mack discovered.
June 10, 2022 in Backstory, North&South

The Northern Bear

Our relationship with Russia has been characterised by instability — cycling between friend and foe, the nation and its citizens have often become symbols of our own fear and anxieties.
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The Lost Islands

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Historic artefacts washed up by the tides hint at lost lands whose full stories we can only guess at.

Beyond the Badlands

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Strange monsters and ominous ghosts can be traced to repressed memories of violent histories, argues one Australian researcher looking at the past through a novel lens.

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