North & South is New Zealand’s premier monthly current affairs and lifestyle magazine, specialising in long-form investigative journalism, delivered by award-winning writers and photographers. North & South also showcases New Zealand ingenuity and creativity, explores the country and profiles its people. It is a touchstone of New Zealand life.
From the Editor
READER LETTER WINNER
Letter of the Month
North & South
In Memoriam • When Covid-19 hit last year, economists predicted a glut of bankruptcies. So far, the worst fears haven’t come true. But sadly, some businesses, big and small, did close down. Here’s an incomplete list of casualties:
Stalking Wolfskehl • A literary goose chase.
OLD TRICKS • Elderly geckos have rewritten the lizard textbooks.
Rock’n’Hole • The travails of the man who built the capital’s strangest landmark.
IN EXILE • Thousands of New Zealanders can’t get back into the country because there aren’t enough places in quarantine. Some of their tales are harrowing.
THE GREAT DIVIDE • In a single generation New Zealand has transformed itself from a home-owning democracy into a society fractured by property wealth — between those who have it, and those who do not. How did it happen and what is it doing to us?
THE ROARING GAME • Curling, the 500-year-old sport which garners a cult following every Winter Olympics, is in many ways a game of precision and exacting science. But one mystery still remains: why the game’s distinctive stones move the way they do.
AN EQUAL SHOT • Māori and Pasifika communities will be among the most vulnerable if a highly transmissable Covid variant hits our shores. Even as the vaccination rollout gathers pace nationwide, why are their numbers lagging so far behind?
Next Small Thing • A Hawke’s Bay stonemason is bringing big names in music to some of the region’s tiniest venues: community halls. The project has been so successful, it could be about to go nationwide.
ABOUT TOWN–POINT WELLS • Butting up against the wealth of its increasingly ostentatious neighbour, this quiet beach town is determined to stay that way.
HARD SLEEP • On a night train, even a disillusioned traveller can sleep like a baby, cocooned from the raucous real world that awaits at their journey’s end, and still feel just a little intrepid.
DARK PLACES • In Coming Home in the Dark, first-time feature director James Ashcroft blends Owen Marshall’s classic short story with some of our country’s most horrific, shameful recent history. The confident and menacing debut has already seen Hollywood come knocking.
HOW I WROTE • Former National Party leader Simon Bridges on writing his “not-political” memoir.
10 THINGS TO
Cook Island Connections • A place long seen by many Kiwis as somewhere to head for a “flop and drop” beach holiday, the Cook Islands is rich with tales of adventure and colonial resistance, much of which interlaces with New Zealand’s own history in surprising ways.
The National Gallery