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Vanessa Braganza: decoding messages left by Catherine of Aragon

Women’s voices have been largely unheard through most of history, but according to Harvard literary scholar and self-described “book detective” Vanessa Braganzathey are there in plain sight if we choose to see them. Braganza specializes in ciphers – coded messages – and recently uncovered what she believes to be a long-overlooked example of defiance by …

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Jack Harlow turns on charm during concert that mixed hits with deep cuts

After two years of high hopes and crushed dreams, international acts are back on the menu – and last night’s display at Trusts Arena showed fans were buzzing to welcome touring artists back to Aotearoa. Louisville rapper Jack Harlow Photo: RNZ / Liam Brown Louisville rapper Jack Harlow finally graced our shores for a sold-out, …

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Will Smith says he has ‘reached out’ to Chris Rock about Oscars slap

Will Smith has said he has “reached out” to Chris Rock after slapping him at the Oscarsbut the comedian has said he is “not ready to talk”. The actor slapped Rock on stage at the Academy Awards in March, after the comic made a joke about Smith’s wife. On Friday, Smith released a video reflecting …

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Property prices predicted to have fallen up to 15% by mid-2023

New Zealand’s declining property market is expected to continue sliding well into next year. Photo: RNZ / Marika Khabazi CoreLogic’s House Price Index fell 2.3 percent for the last quarter with big falls in Auckland and Wellington. Auckland house prices fell 4.9 percent for the three months from May, while Wellington’s were 4.7 percent lower. …

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Why do males continue to dominate NZ gymnastics?

Male gymnasts continue to outnumber their female peers in New Zealand teams selected for pinnacle events and a former Olympian says the disparity won’t change until Gymnastics New Zealand changes its approach. Misha Koudinov has been selected for his fifth Commonwealth Games. Photo: photosport Junior gymnastics is dominated by girls but a higher percentage of …

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Prasad criticizes NZ, Australia over not addressing democratic deficit in Pacific region

A Fijian political leader is calling out the Australian and New Zealand governments on their “deafening silence” on human rights issues in the region. Leader of the National Federation Party Biman Prasad Photo: VNP / Daniela Maoate-Cox The leader of the opposition National Federation Party in Fiji, Biman Prasad, has called out the two countries …

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