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June 2021

By 10 May 2021August 7th, 2023Issue, North&South


Cover Illustration: Ross Murray

The Nazi Who Built Mt Hutt

The untold story of a former Waffen-SS soldier who lied his way into New Zealand — and got away with it.

By Andrew Macdonald and Naomi Arnold

Aerial view of a CBD hemp field. 

High Growth

How hemp, a niche interest of hippy enthusiasts, became an industrial cash crop.

By Oliver Lewis

Illustration: Imogen Greenfield

A space for life to grow

The anger and anxiety of the fertility game.

By Michelle Langstone

Nicola Willis. Photo: NZ Herald/Mark Tantrum

Confidence and supply

How MP Nicola Willis orchestrated a radical shift in National’s housing policy.

By Hayden Donnell

Photography: Hōhua Kurene

Polyfest Returns

The world’s biggest Pacific dance festival turns 45.

Photos by Hōhua Kurene

Four Corners

The Gorsebusters army. Photo: Petr Hlavacek/Jason Blair


A bit of weed-clearing on the West Coast inspires an army of volunteers — and a poet.

Welcome To The Hotel Okoroire

An historic Waikato hotel falls on hard times.

By Aimie Cronin

Cemetery Celebrities

Meeting the long-dead personalities of Karori Cemetery.

By John Summers

A ruru before a blow-dry.

Culture Etc.

Rose Matafeo. Photo: Shamil Tana

New Zealand Books

Paul Little on Patricia Grace’s careful yet emotionally warm memoir, an overdue anthology of Asian New Zealand writing, and a guide to ageing well. Also, an interview with Sue Kedgley on 50 years at the coalface of New Zealand’s feminist movement.

Prime Time

Comedian Rose Matafeo on her “accidentally feminist” new show.

By Lana Lopesi

About Town: Featherston

Despite an influx of city slickers, the town at the foot of the Remutaka hills retains its sense of humour and no-nonsense attitude.

By Alex Casey

Under Down Under

Long overlooked as a tourist destination, Tasmania offers glorious wilderness and wild art.

The National Gallery

Featuring work by a New Zealand amateur artist every month.

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