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How to keep your pets cool
How to keep your pets cool

If spending hot summer days in a fur coat doesn't appeal, then spare a thought for the cats, dogs and other furry creatures…

Dave Shaw: Are carbs really evil?

Most nutrition debate these days is fuelled by carbs – or lack of. Our fear of fat has faded and now we’re in a state of…

Louise Thompson: Believing in things unseen

Our worries often seem so real it's as if they have happened already. The client has cancelled. The kid got hurt. The…

Jill Goldson: Low self-esteem can ruin relationships

So we do know that low self-esteem is going to be problematic for healthy relationships - but what to do about it?

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Good sex is for oldies too Good sex is for oldies too

A longitudinal study from earlier this year challenges…

Matt Heath: Coping with the kids after a big night out Matt Heath: Coping with the kids after a big night out

Children sense when you're hungover like a lion senses…

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Shelley Bridgeman: Prince Charles drops a baby clanger
Shelley Bridgeman: Prince Charles drops a baby clanger

Unfortunately, it seems Prince Charles is not familiar with the unwritten codes of behaviour when awaiting a new arrival…

Lee Suckling: Five young guns killing it in fashion
Lee Suckling: Five young guns killing it in fashion

You may have never heard of them, but it won't be long before their efforts are making an impression on you, too.

Talk to the Animals: The serious business of smuggling
Talk to the Animals: The serious business of smuggling

Stories about lizards hidden in underpants and monkeys strapped to midriffs may cause some amusement, but is a much more…

Delaney Mes: 'I'm sick of people feeling guilty about food'
Delaney Mes: 'I'm sick of people feeling guilty about food'

If it's part of a balanced diet, and a generally healthy existence, then shouldn't we enjoy it? Food is so much more than…

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Dave Shaw: Don't be a mindless meateater

Dave Shaw: Don't be a mindless meateater

Meat eating is a complicated business - although the beef medallions and chicken breasts perfectly packaged in the supermarket may not reflect that.

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Louise Thompson: Finding time

Louise Thompson: Finding time

Gorgeous client who I will call Maggie; busy lady, juggling work and home and all that good stuff. As is really common she is struggling to find time to eat healthily and exercise consistently. "I was going to do it Wednesday…

Jill Goldson: Dealing with the death of your partner

Jill Goldson: Dealing with the death of your partner

Thank you for writing in about this topic which a very important one concerning older family members and which, and sadly, in the rush and bustle of daily life, often goes under the radar. In many cultures, elders are highly…

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Shelley Bridgeman: I hate bucket lists

Shelley Bridgeman: I hate bucket lists

The problem with most bucket lists is that the items on them tend to be irredeemably shallow and pointless - such as streaking during a rugby game, writes Shelley Bridgeman.

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Lee Suckling: A delicious reason to vote this weekend

Lee Suckling: A delicious reason to vote this weekend

In the interest of ensuring a large proportion of the modern generation heads to the polls this Saturday, I'm going to do a little unsolicited work for the Electoral Commission and suggest yet another reason to tick a few…

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8 mistakes dog owners make

8 mistakes dog owners make

Do badly behaved dogs start out that way or are they are helped along by their owners? Animal behaviour expert Sally Hibbard tackles the question.

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Dave Shaw: Top health tips for guys

Dave Shaw: Top health tips for guys

Chaps, don't cave to obesity, diabetes and prostate cancer. Make better decisions, starting now.

Louise Thompson: Forgiveness

Louise Thompson: Forgiveness

Forgiveness is a big word. It's so loaded with emotion that we can circle it and circle it but never actually start with the process of forgiveness that might set us free from a situation where we feel deeply wronged. Often…

Jill Goldson: Will the election ruin your relationship?

Jill Goldson: Will the election ruin your relationship?

How much does it matter if one of you harks from a liberal left position, and the other from the far right?

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Shelley Bridgeman: Do you give to beggars?

Shelley Bridgeman: Do you give to beggars?

'I've heard the arguments against giving money to beggars,' writes Shelley Bridgeman. 'But if you can remain hardened to their plight then you're a tougher person than I am.'

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Pike River had 'worst of everything'
Pike River had 'worst of everything'

The Pike River Mine tragedy will go down as a lesson in "what can go wrong when everything's wrong"…

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