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Engendering Controversy
For children who feel they were “born in the wrong body” and their parents, the onset of puberty is a traumatic time of potentially life-changing decisions. The Tavistock case in the UK has heaped confusion on to the already emotionally charged proce
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System Breakdown
‘January 6” has become shorthand for the storming of the US Capitol, intended to prevent the formal certification of Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election. January 6, 2021, was also the 75th anniversary of a poignant historical moment
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Not So Easy Being Green
I’m becoming cynical about the number of articles and letters arguing that the green-technology economy is going to save the planet and therefore mankind. I can recall seeing posters on our primary-school classroom walls in the late 1960s saying our
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10 Quick Questions
1. Which of these best describes the historical occupation of “mercer”? ❑ Innkeeper ❑ Soldier of fortune ❑ Carriage maker ❑ Textile merchant 2. Which of these is not an independent nation? ❑ Malta ❑ Seychelles ❑ Maldives ❑ Easter Island 3. Which of t
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Call Of Duty
‘Raging against the dying of the light is a pointless exercise, certainly after a long and very fulfilling life. I am not fighting a battle against my cancer. It will do what it will do, and in the meantime, I will do what I can. Death is no more tha
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Body Check
Nick was at his third birthday party when he realised he was a boy in a girl’s body. “I had a butterfly cake. I vividly remember looking at the cake and thinking, ‘I don’t like the look of this. It’s all pink and girlie.” His certainty about his gend
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Fleeting Glimpses
You can write pessimistically but still produce great poetry. That’s the message to take from Alice Miller’s third collection, WHAT FIRE (Liverpool University Press, $37). The expatriate New Zealander, now a resident of Berlin, has a philosophical be
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Caption Competition
Robert Hunter, Gisborne Scott Morrison: “We could be a celebrity couple like Bennifer or Brangelina and call ourselves Modern.” Jacinda Ardern: “Not happening!” – Joy Malloy, Coromandel Ardern: “When you said, ‘Let’s swap jerseys’, I thought you mean
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Waiting In The Wings
As many Americans emerge from a yearlong, Covid-inspired hibernation, we are joined in parallel emergence by trillions of weird, winged, red-eyed insects that – at least around here – have bumped the pandemic below the fold. If you’ve ever thought th
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Greg Wilson (Talkback, June 5) referred to a second big drop in RNZ National’s audience. I’m encouraged to offer a possible reason for what seems a significant loss. Checkpoint has been one of my favourite RNZ National programmes for many years, but
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TV Films by
THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2 (Three, 7.00pm). True, no one thought it possible, but the second movie based on the Angry Birds video-game franchise is somehow better than the first. (2019) BARNYARD (Māori TV, 7.00pm). Awful and slightly creepy computer-ani
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Tailored Solutions
Obesity and diabetes rates among New Zealand’s Pasifika communities continue to be higher than in the general population. Increasingly, it is being recognised that the only way to change this is to tailor preventions and treatments more effectively t
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Bitter Harvest
The title of this Canadian film certainly spells out its story of a little guy in a big fight. Percy vs Goliath stars Christopher Walken as Canadian canola farmer Percy Schmeiser, whose crops were contaminated by genetically modified seeds, resulting
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Picture Imperfect
The photo is seven decades old this week. It’s the shortest day of 1951, I’m sitting on the back veranda of our shabby old house, and I’m about to turn eight. I know it was the shortest day, because that was part of my Mum’s mantra whenever she brou
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Calling The Shots
I picked up NewstalkZB host Mike Hosking’s recent opinion piece about Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal from this year’s French Open with my usual anticipation of righteous outrage. However, I was neither as outraged nor as stimulated a
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GRETA THUNBERG: A YEAR TO CHANGE THE WORLD (TVNZ OnDemand, full season). This three-part BBC documentary follows last year’s doco-feature I Am Greta, which traced the Swede’s rise to becoming the world’s most famous 18-year-old. This may be considere
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The Body Politic
Spiralling growth in the number of children identifying as transgender is sparking heated international debate: does it simply reflect increased societal acceptance of diversity – “they were always there” – or is it perhaps linked to the rise of soci
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Emissions Tax Blowback
Sometimes, things have entirely unexpected consequences. For example, my local paper reports that the nearby quiet village of Havelock North has had a 401% increase in the sale of sex toys from a certain company since the start of the Covid-19 crisis
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Devil In The Detail
I call them Big ToE books: big as in long, ToE as in “Theory of Everything”. Inspired by the success of writers such as Yuval Noah Harari and Jordan Peterson, this newish genre mixes philosophy with the natural and social sciences to deliver grand ex
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King Of All
‘What would you like for your birthday?” Michele asks. “Peace and quiet,” I say. She rolls her eyes. This used to be our June ritual. As my birthday in July approached – I’ll be 55 this year, if you must ask – she would inquire as to what sort of thi
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Nutrition Bites
US consumers spent more money on food when doing their grocery shopping online than in-store, researchers report in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. However, the shoppers spent less on sweets and desserts when they bought online. With
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Mighty Oat
Question: I read that oats can improve gut health. Is this true? I know they’re good for lowering cholesterol levels, but I am not sure about these latest claims. Answer: If ever a food deserved the title of “superfood”, it would be the humble oat. B
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Readers were asked to submit alternative definitions for words starting with D and G. Raumati Beach’s Kevin Boyce suggests “groundless” is being outer space. Barbara Matthews of Onehunga: “gender” is an informal meeting lacking an agenda. Auckland’s
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Theme Songs
If there were an apartment block for soundtrack composers, like the old Brill Building of songwriters in New York City, the penthouse suites would have long-term residents like Hans Zimmer (Gladiator to Kung Fu Panda), David Arnold (the recent Bond f
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What’s The Experience In NZ Schools?
‘We certainly have had a marked increase in students who identify as non-binary and who use they/them pronouns. The use of puberty blockers is still rare, but many are thinking of transitioning and a few are already transitioning in their own way and
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Sharp Times
With his third feature, 12 Years a Slave, winning the Best Picture Oscar in 2014, director Steve McQueen might be considered the pre-eminent black British film-maker of his generation. He also has a knighthood and a Turner Prize, from his earlier day
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Stars Align
Composer Gareth Farr is enormously proud of his new work for the NZSO, Ngā Hihi o Matariki. “It’s a little cracker,” he says. “No, a big cracker!” Commissioned as a “symphony”, at 55 minutes it is the longest orchestral piece Farr has written. The se
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