Metro Emirates Restaurant of the Year     Introducing the best restaurant in Auckland, and all the others that make up our Top 50.

Blood, Sweat and Fear    Putting his body – and possibly his sanity – on the line, Matt Zwartz teams CrossFit training with the Paleo diet to prepare for the PlayOffs at Les Mills.

Ready for Your Haircut?    The Reserve Bank’s OBR policy has sparked fears of a Cypress-style haircut here. Graham Adams asks how worried you should be about banks swallowing your money in a crisis.

End of the Golden Weather    Should the Takapuna campground give way to a yachting HQ? Steve Braunias reports on the battle for a slice of seaside paradise.

Crossing the Line    If you’ve spent your life catching criminals, how can you turn around and take their side? Donna Chisholm talks to police officers who have become defence lawyers.

The Meaning of X    Mega talent show The X Factor NZ is here. Entertainment for us, and an arena of smashed dreams for others. Greg Bruce goes behind the scenes.

Auckland Writers & Readers Festival    Don McGlashan, C.K. Stead and others introduce some of the star writers coming to the 2013 festival.

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Steve Braunias looks forward to the Auckland Writers & Readers Festival.

Matthew Hooton wonders why John Key has done so little to try to win the next election.

David Slack mourns the passing of Sista Sue Devoy.

Charlotte Grimshaw on the real New Zealand revealed by art.

Simon Wilson questions whether Auckland really needs an annual arts festival.

Duncan Greive on the trendsetting Harlem Globetrotters

Frances Morton talks to Harry co-creator and star Oscar Kightley.

Catherine McGregor talks to Illusionists Live star Mark Kalin.

Anna King Shahab introduces the culinary delights of Mt Albert.

Simon Farrell-Green cooks cheap-and-cheerful beef cheeks.

Delaney Mes on doughnuts and Connie Clarkson on late-night dining.

Steve Newall talks to 48 Hours founder Ant Timpson.

Chris Barton on Christchurch’s new cardboard cathedral.

Russell Brown looks through the archives of rock promoter Phil Warren.

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