Kara Isaac photographed in her Wellington home by Andy Spain.
MIQ, From Both Sides
Spending time in managed isolation in both Australia and New Zealand led senior public servant Kara Isaac to join MIQ’s management. She reveals what it was like being part of an entity that “had to react like a ninja when it was more like an oil tanker”.
By Yvonne van Dongen
Les Kiwis et le Rugby
For New Zealanders playing rugby in France, the rewards include enthusiastic crowds, good money, travel opportunities and le sweet life off the field.
By Gregor Thompson
My Dearest Friend
A number of literary greats, Charlotte Brontë and James Joyce amongst them, have surprising connections to New Zealand.
By Thomas McLean
This Time, He’s Not Joking
Conchord and Oscar winner Bret McKenzie begins a solo tour of the country to showcase his new album, Songs Without Jokes.
By Elisabeth Easther
The Grapevine: Pinot Power
When Larry McKenna started Martinborough’s Escarpment Winery, pinot noir wasn’t the superstar grape it is today.
By Tobias Buck
The September Bookshelf
There’s blue blood on the walls, a history of Aotearoa’s foreign service and memories of Barry Crump by his sons and more.
By Paul Little
There’s a whale of a time to be had at Butler Point Museum in Northland.
By Lindsay Wright
Twice the Break
Our travel pages finally go offshore. Enjoy a few nights on Aitutaki and Rarotonga, in the welcoming Cook Islands.
By Kirsty Cameron
About Town: Wellington
North & South’s deputy editor finds her gaze softening when she returns to her home town.
By Tess Nichol
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