Skip to main content

January 2021

By 14 January 2021August 7th, 2023Issue


Photo: Cameron McLaren

Man of Letters

The stunning global success of typeface designer Kris Sowersby of Klim Foundry.

By Ashleigh Young

The Race for Our Lives

As wealthy nations and pharmaceutical powerhouses rush to create a coronavirus vaccine, where does that leave the team of five million?

By Donna Chisholm

Molesworth cattle station. Photo: Andrew Macdonald.

Magic of the Molesworth

The extreme environment of a legendary goose hunt.

Photography by Andrew MacDonald

Peeling back the picture-perfect facade of Queenstown.

48 Hours in Queenstown

Exploring a boomtown’s tough new economic reality.

By Felicity Price

Dame Naida Glavish and Emma Espiner. Photos: Supplied.

A Lot of Harm to Put Right

Emma Espiner is a newly graduated Māori doctor. Dame Naida Glavish has been fighting for Māori in the health system for 30 years. They talk about what’s changed and the inequities that remain.

Four Corners

Mussel Vision, shellfish reader. photo: Courtesy of Sanford

Newly Listed

Paula Bennett, real estate agent.

Mussel Men

A futuristic vision for shellfish farming.

Way Off Broadway

Musical theatre returnees go on tour, and more.

Culture Etc.

What’s Chasing Marlon?

With his new release, the signer finds comfort in the familiar structure of fold music.

By Hayden Donnell

Back to the Burt

This summer, motorcyclists will again flock to the far south for the Burt Munro Challenge. Meet
some of its most devoted regulars.

By Mike White

Make Yourself At Home

The imperfect art of elevating domestic travel.

By Anna Rawhiti-Connell

Points of Connection

An exhibition of contemporary Māori art is the largest show in Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki’s history. But it’s just one of many exhibitions by Māori artists happening around the country.

By Bridget Reweti


Paul Little reviews a collection of the letters of Denis Glover; a history of the Polynesian Panthers; Catherine Chidgey’s rich Holocaust novel, Remote Sympathy; an anthology of art created during lockdown, and more.
Plus: Paul talks to Howie Morrison about his candid biography of his father, Howard.

By Tobias Buck

Go Big And Print Bravely

The tiny mother-and-son publishing house responsible for two back-to-back literary sensations: Auē by Becky Manawatu and Victory Park by Rachel Kerr.

By Maggie Tweedie

New Zealand’s Forgotten Love Affair With Nude Tramping

During the Great Depression, Kiwis were trapped at home and embarked upon more domestic adventures. The result was a golden age of travel writing.

By Scott Hamilton

The National Gallery

Featuring work by a New Zealand amateur artist every month. January’s artist is Carina Sim-Smith, with her work entitled Blush, 2020

Contact Us

If you want to get in touch with us, please send an email to

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

For regular updates on what’s happening, please sign up for the newsletter here.

* indicates required