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June 2022

By 14 May 2022August 7th, 2023Issue, North&South


The 440-metre Otira Viaduct is built to withstand earthquakes, but landslides could cut off this key arterial route between the coasts. Photo: Jason Blair.

Not If, But When

The Alpine Fault, our longest fault line, is due for a quake far more powerful than Christchurch, which could rock the entire country. Are we ready?

By Peta Carey

Marisa Newman had to downscale to a less stressful job because the single mother was overwhelmed with her caring roles. Photo: Victoria Birkinshaw.

Spread Thin

Longer lifespans and more economically dependent children mean the “sandwich generation” is feeling the squeeze for longer, with retirement plans impacted by the needs of older kids and geriatric parents.

By Sarah Catherall

The 1326-hectare Fairview farm in the Waitaki Valley was planted in pine trees as part of a permanent carbon forest about nine years ago. Photo: George Driver.

You Have Now Entered Carbon Country

New Zealand’s climate policy is creating a dense forest of winners and losers. 

By George Driver

Christina O, owner of legendary vintage clothing store Hunters and Collectors. Photo: Andy Spain.

Photo Essay: content: ¡Viva Cuba!

Documenting the capital’s cultural centre.

By Andy Spain

Four Corners

Wānaka Wastebusters
Photo: Wānaka Wastebusters.

Utopia in a yard

A trip to Wānaka Wastebusters.

By Gabi Lardies

National Treasures

A regular peek inside some of our country’s most fascinating small museums: This month Rakiura Museum Te Puka o Te Waka.

By Ben Mack

A Man of His Times

Why did a significant anniversary for Michael Joseph Savage go largely unnoticed?

By Nicholas Sheppard

Foreign correspondence: Looking into His Eyes

Understanding Vladamir Putin.

By Peter Bale

Read all about it

Second-hand book shops from around the country.

By Taualofa Totua

Culture Etc.

Yuki Kihara, Paradise Camp, curated by Natalie King. Installation view, Biennale Arte 2022. “Paradise Camp”. Photo: Luke Walker.

Paradise Camp

Queer Pacific fabulousness comes to the 2022 Venice Biennale.

By Tobias Buck

About Town: Auckland

Memories of freedom growing up in central suburban Auckland, connected always to the water.

By Celia Mahon-Heap

The Grapevine

Coal Pit: How the granddaughter of an early prohibitionist ended up running her own boutique winery.

By Tobias Buck


Paul Little on new novels by Brannavan Gnanalingham and Deborah Challinor, a new biography of the artist Robin White, the second volume chronicling notable members of Ngāi Tahu, and more.


Jessicoco Hansell Aunti FM: To be of Secret Service (Psychic Frequency Unknown). Installation.


Crosswords and quiz by Graeme Wilson.

Things To…

. . . go to, book and eat this month.


How strange monsters and ominous ghosts can be traced to repressed memories of violent histories.

By Scott Hamilton

The National Gallery

Starring the work of a non-professional artist each month.

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