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May 2021

By 12 April 2021August 7th, 2023Issue, North&South


Grant Robertson. photo: Hagen Hopkins

The Man In Charge Of The Money

With the economy recovering and the housing crisis escalating, Finance Minister Grant Robertson wields a lot of power. How will he use it?

By Madeleine Chapman

Tokotoko of past laureates. photo: Florence Charvin.

The People’s Poets

New Zealand’s under-recognised poet laureate programme democratises an art form that’s typically seen as the province of literary elites.

By Tobias Buck

Illustration: Daron Parton

Hired Guns

Former New Zealand soldiers who have gone onto lucrative careers as private contractors in foreign war zones often experience deep trauma when they return home. What, if anything, should we do about it?

by Pete McKenzie

Tennis court. photo: Petra Leary

Air Play

The visual poetry of sports.

Petra Leary

Four Corners

Barber to the Beehive

By John Summers

Swimming with Sharks

By Elle Hunt

Plus: Kangaroo alert in Breaker Bay; surviving a hair-raising night on a log; predicting the Ockham book awards, and more . . .

Culture Etc.

Kākāriki karaka / Orange-Fronted Parakeet. photo: Peter Young

To Catch A Predator

A stunning new documentary takes viewers inside our ambitious effort to eradicate pests by 2050.

By Helen Glenny

In Tune

Two practitioners discuss the revival of taonga pūoro — traditional Māori instruments.

By Ruby Solly

About Town: Te Anau

By Sonya Wilson

Simply Red

The trend that upends everything you thought you knew about red wine.

By Jo Burzynska


Paul Little on a husband-and-wife crime writing team, a biography of pioneering femist Kate Edger, a country station cookbook, and more.

The Absolute Fan

The American writer on a one-man mission to bring New Zealand literature to the United States.

By Tess Nichol

The National Gallery

Featuring work by a New Zealand amateur artist every month. March’s artist is Antonio Ko with Green Mussels.

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