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February 2021

By 18 January 2021August 7th, 2023Issue, North&South


The Pigeon Valley fire burns through the night. Photo: Jarod Barton.

On The Cover: Inferno at Pigeon Valley

For two weeks, helicopter pilots battled one of New Zealand’s worst wildfires. That was just a preview of our fiery future.

By Charles Anderson

The demolition of Christchurch’s Catholic cathedral. Photo: Sarah Rowlands

A Tale of Two Churches

Why is Christchurch restoring its Anglican cathedral and demolishing its Catholic basilica, a far more architecturally significant building? The answer boils down to history, politics and real estate.

By Sally Blundell

Lauren Elkins, Jordan Elkins, Matthew Baggott playing in Atlantis Street, New Brighton. photo: Anthony McKee</span

Christchurch, Still Standing

Portraits of recovery and resilience.

Photography by Anthony McKee

A Walking Tour of Past and Future Christchurch

The city the quake built.

By John Walsh

Four Corners


Poetry Slam

The Taxpayer’s Union finds its muse.

Not Peter Thiel

An overseas investor’s odyssey.

Army of the Dark

Star-gazing in the Wairarapa, and more.

Culture Etc.

Photo: Courtesy of New Zealand Rugby

Ian Foster, The Man With the Toughest Job In Sport

The All Blacks coach looks back on a rocky first year.

By Patrick McKendry

Photo: Jonathan Kennett

The Cycle Tour Pumping Money Into Small Town New Zealand

The Tour Aotearoa is both an epic bike ride and a surprising financial success story for towns up and down the country.

By Helen Glenny


Paul Little reviews Vincent O’Sullivan’s masterful biography of Ralph Hotere, a collection of poetry by incarcerated youth, a very uneven “cli-fi” (that’s climate fiction) anthology, and more.

Boysenberries: Our Global Dominance Explained

Everything you’ve always wanted to know about New Zealand’s favourite berry.

By Don Rowe

The Cure

The South Island hunter on a mission to end our dependence on bad salami.

By Mike White

The National Gallery

Featuring work by a New Zealand amateur artist every month. February’s artist is Mark Simpson with Light Relief in Happy Blues, 2020

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