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Leave out seasoning and noodles are fine
Leave out seasoning and noodles are fine

Instant noodles are the bane of my life and a source of constant disagreement in the convenience food aisle of the supermarket…

Talk to the Animals: Why do people hoard animals?

At what point does an individual go from pet enthusiast to 'animal hoarder'? Animal behaviour expert Sally Hibbard investigates…

Shelley Bridgeman: Does this ad encourage kids to smoke?

Quitline is running an ad depicting little children pretending to "smoke" their crayons, writes Shelley Bridgeman. Aimed…

The rules of cheating

Being cheated on is betrayal of trust - the knowledge that the rules were broken. It hurts a lot, writes Jill Goldson.

Lee Suckling: Cassava chips are a cultural icon
Lee Suckling: Cassava chips are a cultural icon

There was one thing that began to make me homesick every time I got on a plane. The absence of cassava chips.

Talk to the Animals: Put a stop to chained dogs
Talk to the Animals: Put a stop to chained dogs

What I find most frustrating about the all too common practice of chaining up dogs for months and even years on end is the…

Wendyl Nissen: Shaken up by the missing chocolate
Wendyl Nissen: Shaken up by the missing chocolate

This product wins two awards from me. The first for the most ridiculous sell lines and the second for producing a product…

Shelley Bridgeman: For or against school uniforms?
Shelley Bridgeman: For or against school uniforms?

The value of uniforms has been hotly debated since at least since I was wearing the blue tunic required by Hastings Girls'…

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Lee Suckling: What is the gay community?

Lee Suckling: What is the gay community?

The gay community isn't a physical community. It has nothing to do with geography. And though many who choose to think it, the gay community isn't something that happens on K Road at 1am on a Saturday.

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Louise Thompson: You don't need a 'New You'

Louise Thompson: You don't need a 'New You'

The "You" you are is absolutely perfect in your imperfection. Anyone who tells you you are broken in some way is undermining your personal sovereignty.

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Jill Goldson: The most over-rated relationship 'rules'

Jill Goldson: The most over-rated relationship 'rules'

A relationship is a big investment in our lives. We may think we are not influenced, yet there are "rules" out there which often create unreasonable doubt in our hearts.

Shelley Bridgeman: Do we still need a letterbox?

Shelley Bridgeman: Do we still need a letterbox?

I predict the gradual decline of the letterbox. One day only the homes of eccentrics and online shopaholics will possess one. You heard it here first.

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Lee Suckling: Do you take a risk with AirBnB?

Lee Suckling: Do you take a risk with AirBnB?

AirBnB isn't for everyone. And it's definitely not for the apprehensive or risk-adverse, writes Lee Suckling.

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Talk to the Animals: We're going overboard with beach rubbish

Talk to the Animals: We're going overboard with beach rubbish

Wondering how my local beach fared after a hot day with lots of human activity, I took my dogs for a run and did a spot of rubbish collecting along the shore and rock pools.

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Wendyl Wants To Know: Take close look at packaging

Wendyl Wants To Know: Take close look at packaging

While shopping for supplies for our New Year's Eve party, I found this very appetising "man sized" offering.

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Shelley Bridgeman: Periods are not taboo

Shelley Bridgeman: Periods are not taboo

It seems that last year I may have inadvertently indulged in a spot of menstrual activism, writes Shelley Bridgeman.

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Lee Suckling: Have you got summer holiday envy?

Lee Suckling: Have you got summer holiday envy?

If you're back at work this week, it's likely you're experiencing some summer holiday envy.

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Heather du Plessis-Allan: Living large in a tiny house

Heather du Plessis-Allan: Living large in a tiny house

The house I live in is tiny. It's a little smaller than 90sqm. It's possible to vacuum every room from one power point. The kitchen looks like it belongs in a hotel room. It's perfect.

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