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  • WILD NZ: The forgotten world highway

    I’ve always held a soft spot for the wilder, more...

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  • The Geezer: Geezers and their cats

    I strongly believe that the veterinarians of the world regard...

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  • Take 10: Chelsea Winter

    Chelsea Winter is the creator of a number of popular...

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  • Our Boys!

    Our boys! It can be hard work living WITH them...

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  • Less Tech ... More Talk

    WOW! What an amazing age we live in! Thanks to...

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  • Home Sweet Home: How to change your life

    ANY FOOL CAN CHUCK IN their job, sell their house...

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  • Going Places: Italy’s sun-soaked riviera

    This sun-drenched stretch of Mediterranean coast is one of Italy’s...

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  • Backchat: The Joy of Camping

    The best family holidays the Cooneys ever had were the...

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  • Wild NZ: Adventure racing for dummies

    Adventure race. To the uninitiated, those two words sound like...

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  • Unstuffed!

    Does the inside of your house look like an inorganic...

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  • Take 10: Kelly Coe

    Augustine is owned by Kelly Coe and her husband Nathan....

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  • Raising stress-proof kids

    Stress: one of the unavoidable facts of modern life. Will...

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  • Home Sweet Home: How to do the Washing

    The washing machine is the continuously beating heart of the...

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  • Going Places: African Surprises

    I don’t know who spotted him first, but word quickly...

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  • The Geezer: Geezers and their Dogs

    Dogs are a mixed blessing to old geezers. They know...

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  • Backchat: Road-Rage

    IT ALL STARTED WITH A phonecall. Daughter and hubby were...

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  • Wild NZ: The Humble Honeybee

    Of all nature’s creatures, none has caught my attention more...

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  • The Geezer: Geezers vs Health

    THE ELDERLY BLOKE IN THE bed next to mine didn’t...

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  • Take 10: Tim Read

    Tracy Carter chats with the most recent winner of MasterChef...

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  • Home Sweet Home: How to Drive on Motorways

    There are three speeds on Motorways: fast, faster and “For...

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  • Going Places: We’re going on a Lion HUNT!

    The wake-up call comes at 5:45am. “It’s on your side,”...

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  • Top 5 Memory Tips

    Get these right and you’ll remember everything you need!

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  • The Dementia Dilemma

    DEMENTIA. It’s one of those words, like cancer, that can...

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  • Brick Walls & Jellyfish

    It’s funny how this parent-thing happens. One minute you’re a...

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  • Backchat: Spaghetti!

    I had a flashback the other night. We’d been enjoying...

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  • Home Sweet Home: How to be Security-checked

    Security checks are a cross between the police and your...

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  • Going Places: Rounding the Horn

    I’ve always fancied myself an adventurer. As a kid I...

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  • The Geezer: Great Uncle Roger

    I’ve often wondered where my rebellious old-codger streak comes from....

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  • Waves of Grief: Dealing with Loss

    Alright, here goes. I’m old. What that means is: I’ve...

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  • Wild NZ: Micro Adventures

    It’s been said by many that adventure is good for...

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  • You Make Me Mad!: How to handle those angry feelings

    Late one morning in a house near yours, a young...

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  • Look – There’s No Need To Yell!

    Yelling! It’s something nearly all parents resort to at least...

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  • Backchat: Cuddly Little Bundle of Fun

    I don't know what you did in the holidays, but...

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  • Wild NZ: Boys to Men

    “Adventure, with all its requisite danger and wildness, is a...

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  • Take 10: Tim Wilson

    Julia Bloore chats with TV presenter, radio host, author, husband...

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  • Home Sweet Home: How to be Polite

    Being polite is simply a combination of saying please, thank...

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  • Going Places: Paris – A Moveable Feast

    Somebody (probably a Frenchman) once called Paris “le deuxième pays...

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  • The Geezer: That Interwebby Thingee

    There's nothing an old geezer hates more than being unable...

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  • The Hope Factor: Courageously Coping with Cancer

    Cancer. The ‘Big C’. The dreaded condition that will touch...

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  • How to Hug a Hedgehog: Connecting with Teens

    Is there a hedgehog in your house? Do you have...

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  • Backchat: Lucky to be Alive!

    We seem, these days, to have an over-supply of rule-makers,...

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  • Take 10: Dayna Galloway

    Julia Bloore chats with one of the most popular past-presenters...

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  • Shortcut: Embrace the Risk

    A couple of years ago, while guiding some students in...

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  • Home Sweet Home: How to Use a Lift

    Calling a lift is easy. Simply press the button and...

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  • Old Geezer: Geezers, Cars and Style

    I am not sure this happens to every geezer, but...

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  • Going Places: China's Mountains in the Mist

    It was Wednesday. I was seated in this flat-bottomed boat,...

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  • Backchat: Pass Me My Poles Please!

    In the ongoing effort to keep our bodies beautiful, my...

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  • I'm a Wowser? Sober up

    I’m reluctant to write this column. That’s because I know...

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  • When your Mother Says She's Fat

    I was seven when I discovered that you were fat,...

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  • Beyond Sticks and Stones

    ‘Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can...

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  • Wildboy!

    A conversation with Brando Yelavich

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  • Backchat: Where's a street map when you need one?

    It may not seem funny now, but it was funny...

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  • Going Places: Irresistable Italy

    Travel. We Kiwis do it for all kinds of reasons....

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  • Home Sweet Home: How to Wash Up

    The world is divided into those people who do the...

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  • TAKE 10: Stan Walker

    Julia Bloore chats with this Idol winner turned X-Factor judge...

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  • Keeping Kids Safe in Cyberspace

    Space (we’ve been told) is the final frontier. But a...

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  • My Dad My Hero

    The importance of fathers is not a subject that gets...

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  • The Geezer: Welcome to Geezerhood

    There’s a line. And I have crossed it. It’s called...

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  • Wild NZ: The Great Kiwi Camping Holiday

    There are few things as iconic as the Kiwi camping...

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  • Why's It Always About You?

    Once upon a time, in Greek mythology, there lived a...

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  • The Sixty-Minute Family

    You can't change the world in an hour, everybody knows...

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  • The Bully, The Bullied And The Bystander

    Do you remember when you were at school? Were you...

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  • Take 10: Kevin Milne

    Personal chit-chat with this long-time-favourite TV & radio bloke …

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  • Punch-Drunk Families

    Peter found his mum in the spare bedroom. Unconscious ...

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  • Lost In Space

    Her dad was forever losing things: his glasses, his chequebook,...

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  • Children Of The World

    DEVASTATING EARTHQUAKE IN HAITI ... SOMALIA GASPS FOR WATER AS...

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  • How To Survive In A Step Family

    Think about families in today’s world, and, most likely, you...

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  • Home Sweet Home: From The Dog About The Cat

    To: Master of the House ...

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  • Going Places: Happy Feet In The Falkland Islands

    If you’d asked me 12 months ago where I would...

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  • Feuding Families

    Feuding families! Chances are, you know one or two or...

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  • The Geezer: Growing Old Disgracefully

    Growing old disgracefully has its ups and downs ...

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  • Backchat: Battling the Blizzard

    We decided to surprise a young grandson yesterday. We decided...

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  • Going Places: China's Children of the Yangtze

    The hottest cup of instant coffee I drank on my...

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  • Home Sweet Home: From the Cat about the Dog

    To: Large Human Resident of My Home ...

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  • Wild NZ: Annual Firewood Muster

    Splitting your own firewood, they say, warms you twice: firstly...

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  • Stand By Them

    One-in-six New Zealanders will experience depression at some time in...

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  • He Loves Me – He Loves Me Not

    You may never have heard of the Sophie Elliott Foundation...

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  • Dingdongs And Other Bits

    The time had finally arrived. There was no point in...

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  • The Geezer: Don't Stop the Music!

    Gee, us Geezers really are sentimental old coots aren’t we?

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  • Backchat: What Rubbish!

    We were babysitting recently. For No.2 Son & Wife ...

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  • Going Places: 500 Million Bikes

    There are more than 500 million bicycles in China ...

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  • Take 10: Megan Alatini

    Running in heels is no easy task, but Megan Alatini...

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  • Home Sweet Home: How to Give Clear Directions

    It's worrying to thing that, at any given time, 25%...

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  • Wild NZ: Of Mice and Men

    The best laid plans of Mice and Men ...

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  • That Kid In Your Child's Class

    DEAR PARENT: I KNOW. YOU’RE WORRIED ...

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  • Sweet As!

    It seems our sugary love affair isn’t as sweet as...

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  • 16 Ways I Blew My Marriage

    The other night I was sitting with my family, most...

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  • The Geezer: Memories of a Geezer

    A great thing about becoming an old Geezer ...

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  • Backchat: Right on Target!

    Got an early morning call from a small blonde grandson...

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  • Going Places: Fair Dinkum - Australia's Red Centre by rail

    The European tourist at Adelaide’s Parklands Train Terminal has finished...

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  • Take 10: Sole Mio

    The award-winning operatic trio rose to the top of the...

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  • Home Sweet Home: How to Drive a Trolley

    There are two main types of trolley. The first is...

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  • Wild NZ: Himalayan Tahr - King of the Mountain

    I stood there, surrounded by giant snow-covered peaks ...

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  • Connected

    He says, “You don’t talk to me anymore!” She says,...

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  • Your Brain Is Fantastic!

    Tell the truth, now: What do you know about your...

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  • The Geezer: Long Live the Geezer!

    I’ve decided I simply wasn’t meant to live this long.

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  • Backchat: Moments Like These

    It was a laid-back sunshiney afternoon. We were seated in...

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  • Going Places: Chilling out in the Cinque Terre

    We were in Europe, wanting a dose of La Dolce...

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  • Take 10: Scott Dixon

    For many kids around the world, becoming an Indianapolis 500...

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  • Home Sweet Home: How to Cry

    Kiwis aren’t given much to crying. They used to cry...

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  • Wild NZ: Timberrrr! Biking the Pureora Timber Trail

    The North Island’s Pureora Forest Park is a relatively unknown...

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  • Joe Follows His Hoodie

    Fairtrade. Organic. Overworked and underpaid labourers … but cheap products...

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  • Dads Raising Daughters

    A respected clinical psychologist, prolific author, and popular TV personality...

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  • The Geezer: How Geezers Should Behave

    The great thing about becoming an old geezer is ...

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  • Backchat: Getting a bit Expensive!

    Once upon a time, many moons ago, I made a...

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  • Going Places: Making Tracks - The world's great train journeys

    Travel, for most people, is all about speed …

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  • Take 10: Luke Smith

    Rebecca Murdie chats with one of motocross’s most extreme...

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  • Home Sweet Home: How to Fix Things

    Things are very like people in that at any given...

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  • Wild NZ: Gold Rush! Striking it rich in Central Otago

    I worked the pan carefully, worried some of that precious...

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  • 16 Silly Myths About Old Age

    Most of us want to live a long time –...

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  • Siblings Without Rivalry

    There are, in this world, certain absolutes ...

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  • Backchat: Guilty as Charged!

    I'm not normally a grumpy grandad. I want my grandkids...

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  • Going Places: Tombs, Graves & Mausoleums

    Travelling abroad wouldn’t be half as much fun if it...

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  • Take 10: Matt Watson

    Rebecca Murdie chats with televisions Extreme Fisherman…

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  • Home Sweet Home: How to Have a Wash

    Washing is something we all do almost every day ...

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  • Aslima

    The Yakkum Rehabilitation Centre sits on a volcano in Jogjakarta,...

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  • Sexual Abuse

    Some people have the lousiest jobs. Take Mitch Whitman, for...

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  • Birds And The Bees

    The time had finally arrived. There was no point in...

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  • Take 10: Judy Bailey

    Julia Bloore chats with the Mother of the Nation …

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  • Home Sweet Home: How to Keep Tidy

    Everything in life has its proper place. If it’s not...

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  • Wild NZ: Snap Attack!

    I slowly drifted over them and cast back into the...

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  • Going Places: Dubrovnik

    Dubrovnik. Not so long ago, I’d never heard of the...

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  • When Men Get The Midlife Crazies!

    Stress. Crisis. Trauma. As a man, you’ve had your fair...

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  • Saved By The Sun?

    For three decades now, we’ve been fed an unwavering message...

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  • Wild NZ: Winter Fly-Camping

    I’d been promising my boys a trip into the bush...

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  • The Primal Wound

    Chances are you know someone who’s adopted ...

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  • Intimacy

    Like a hunger that gnaws at us, like a homesick...

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  • Going Places: O Sole Mio!

    Getting lost in a big city is not normally a...

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  • Take 10: Wendyl Nissen

    Julia Bloore chats with this passionate domestic goddess …

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  • Home Sweet Home: Keeping Warm in Bed

    There are basically two ways of keeping warm in bed...

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  • Wild NZ: A Dog's Show

    Blue arrived at our place last spring from a farm...

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  • Manhood

    Some 16 years ago an Aussie bloke called Steve ...

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  • Empty Arms

    The average length of time it takes New Zealand couples...

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  • Going Places: Astonishing Angkor

    There’s more than one way to climb a hill ...

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  • Take 10: Joy Reid

    Julia Bloore chit-chats with this vivacious young news reporter …

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  • Home Sweet Home: The Truth About Armpits

    Your body is like a superbly engineered luxury car ...

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  • Wild NZ: Tiritiri Matangi - Island life as it used to be

    New Zealand is one of the most varied and unique...

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  • Grandma's Secrets

    Old age. It happens to all of us eventually. It...

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  • Wellness

    ‘LIVE LONG AND PROSPER!’

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  • Going Places: Glaciers, Gardens & Gables

    Tuesdays, on the whole, are just like any other day...

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  • Take 10: Matt Gibb

    Julia Bloore chit-chats with this popular young TV presenter …

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  • Home Sweet Home: One Woman's Week at the Gym

    DEAR DIARY: For my birthday this year, my husband signed...

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  • Wild NZ: Sleeping God Canyon

    I eased myself over the edge and into the bowels...

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  • Storytime

    Reading aloud to children is one of the most life-enhancing...

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  • High Voltage Hedgehog

    Sooner or later, most (if not all) of us will...

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  • Going Places: Medieval Bergs & Burgs

    If you’ve ever had a halfway-decent look around Germany ...

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  • Take 10: Simon Bridges

    Chit-chat with Tauranga MP, National Party up-&-comer and all-round good...

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  • Home Sweet Home: Understanding Fishing

    Fishing is the act of sitting in a boat for...

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  • Wild NZ: Riverside Romance - Jetboating the Whanganui

    My wife and I recently celebrated our 16th or 17th...

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  • Going Places: Fairytale castles on the Rhine

    You may not know this, but travel is a bug....

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  • Take 10: Norm Hewitt

    Chit-chat with All Black veteran & Dancing with the Stars...

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  • Home Sweet Home: What Women Want in a Man

    Women want a man who ...

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  • Wild NZ: Paddling for Dinner - Kayak fishing in the Coromandel

    The peace and solitude was rudely interrupted by an almighty...

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  • Forgiveness

    Few of us have as much reason to hate someone...

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  • Coping with the Ex Factor

    Many people emerge from separation and divorce feeling scarred, bitter...

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  • Take 10: Pippa Wetzell

    Personal chit-chat with this gorgeous TV personality …

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  • Home Sweet Home: You can't talk to my back right now - it's out

    I’ve never actually seen my back, but I know it’s...

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  • Wild NZ: Into the wild

    Sweat streamed off Geoff’s* face as he clung nervously to...

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  • BRAIN DRAIN!

    Of all the ills that can mess-up our lives, few...

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  • Last Child In The Woods

    There’s no question, Godzone boasts a great outdoors ...

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  • Wild NZ: Paintball Carnage

    Unfortunately, a momentary lapse in concentration allowed the little traitor...

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  • Take 10: Brett Mcgregor

    Personal chit-chat with this foodie nice-guy and competition winner …

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  • Home Sweet Home: Your Dog Is Calling

    Last year a South Korean company began offering a service...

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  • Growing Up Too Fast

    Padded bras for six-year-old girls? Pole-dancing kits for children? ...

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  • Going Places: St Petersburg's Golden Gushing Fountains

    Have you read the book, ‘The Bronze Horseman’? Well, guess...

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  • Wild NZ: Crossing The Tongariro

    After putting on my right boot, I grabbed the other...

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  • Take 10: Colin Meads

    Personal chit-chat with this revered rugby icon and All Black...

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  • Home Sweet Home: Diary Of A Colonoscopy

    I recently called my gastroenterologist, Andy, to make an appointment...

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  • Going Places: The Ever-Changing Never Changing Nile

    Imagine being pampered for five days aboard a luxury, triple-decker,...

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  • All Blacks Don't Cry

    "Depression was not something I ever thought would happen to...

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  • Wild NZ: Into The Deep Blue

    "I looked into the sea with the same sense of...

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  • Take 10: Kate Hawkesby

    Personal chit-chat with this popular broadcaster and Kiwi mum ...

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  • Home Sweet Home: What The Dog Thinks

    My dog believes it is starving and that I'm the...

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  • Going Places: Goede Morgen Amsterdam!

    When it comes to destinations that ought to be on...

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  • Free Range Kids

    The world is a dangerous place. Scary even ...

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  • Wild NZ: One Gear, One Day, One World

    Huge cheers erupted from the multitude ...

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  • Take 10: Inga Tuigamala

    Frances Coventry chats with Inga Tuigamala: rugby legend ...

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  • Remotely Controlled

    Do you realise that, by the time you're 75 ...

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  • Home Sweet Home: Gift Wrapping Tips For Men

    Men are not big gift wrappers ...

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  • Going Places: Sicily - Sight For Sore Eyes

    I almost drowned one Wednesday last year ...

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  • Wild NZ: A Quacker Of A Season!

    The fog was so thick, we couldn't see a thing...

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  • What's Keeping You Awake At Night?

    Are you a worrier? Do you lie awake in the...

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  • Take 10: Danny Watson

    Frances Coventry chats with this popular broadcaster and Kiwi dad...

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  • Home Sweet Home: How To Be Bald

    Women rate baldness somewhere below webbed feet ...

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  • Going Places: Around Cape Horn

    Life works in strange ways. Sometimes the things we most...

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  • Wild NZ: Cavorting With Queen Charlotte

    We came flying down a lovely piece of single-track ...

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  • Take 10: Maggie Barry

    Frances Coventry chats with this gardening legend, TV & radio...

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  • Home Sweet Home: Warning All Women!

    You may have read the scare-mail about the person whose...

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  • Going Places: Gallipoli Pilgrims

    There's a date in history and a place in Turkey...

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  • Forget The Whales: Save The Kiwi Bloke!

    The Kiwi male is an endangered species! Well, maybe endangered...

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  • Wild NZ: Moods of the Routeburn

    The Routeburn track, traversing 32 kilometres of the Mt Aspiring...

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  • Take 10: Hilary Barry

    Frances Coventry chats with this popular TV presenter, radio broadcaster,...

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  • Scared Of Dying?

    'Tuesdays With Morrie' is an inspiring, much-loved memoir. And if...

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  • Home Sweet Home: The Curse Of Curfew

    My eyelids snap open at exactly 2200 hours, responding to...

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  • Going Places: Just Loving Vancouver

    Big cities rarely excite me. "See one - you've seen...

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  • Brainy!

    It's widely known these days that the first two or...

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