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Jill Goldson: Is shopping ruining your relationships?
Jill Goldson: Is shopping ruining your relationships?

Your letter about your concerns about your sister raises many issues, some named and some not. There is certainly such…

Shelley Bridgeman: Why is healthcare so hard?

What's your experience of being processed by healthcare providers? Shelley Bridgeman has been less than impressed.

Lee Suckling: The dos and don'ts of message boards

Ah, the message board. Almost primitive in internet technology, online forums have been popular since the dawn of dial-up…

Talk to the Animals: Is this electric shock treatment for dogs?

My perception of bark collars is that they are a last resort when other less punishing methods of control have been tried…

Relationships & Pets

Pair's double engagement joy Pair's double engagement joy

As Mark Trenberth sat buckled into Auckland's reverse…

Parenting on a hire level Parenting on a hire level

We're in the changing rooms of a West Hollywood gym…

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Dave Shaw: Stop blaming everything on sugar
Dave Shaw: Stop blaming everything on sugar

Sugar is not the reason for our epidemic of obesity and chronic disease. It is not as toxic as some experts argue, writes…

Louise Thompson: Six new ways to feel energised
Louise Thompson: Six new ways to feel energised

Pushing through when you have little in the tank can be a fact of our busy lives. So much to do, so little time. Where can…

How to deal with indecision
How to deal with indecision

We can all relate when someone tells us they just can't make their mind up.

Shelley Bridgeman: Leave truckies alone
Shelley Bridgeman: Leave truckies alone

Pick a fight with truck-drivers and you pick a fight with me. Having held a class 2 licence since 2012, I understand why…

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Lee Suckling: Ten sacrifices worth making in your twenties

Lee Suckling: Ten sacrifices worth making in your twenties

Our twenties are supposed to be our formative years. It's the decade we're supposed to find - or create - ourselves. Those years are full of ups and downs, loves found and lost. Whether twenty-somethings like it or not…

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Talk to the Animals: Pets in apartments

Talk to the Animals: Pets in apartments

I have a long history of stuffing as many pets as possible into small apartments. My first experience with apartment living was ten floors up in a flat just off K Road. I had a chinchilla in the laundry, about thirty native…

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Un-processing processed food

Un-processing processed food

The other day one of my friends called me up to settle a nutrition-related debate between him and his girlfriend.

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Louise Thompson: How to be happy right now

Louise Thompson: How to be happy right now

My Gran had a whole cabinet full of china that she kept "for best". Now, as all her things are being sold and given away after her passing (at the ripe old age of 103), it occurs to me that I don't think I ever once ate…

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Jill Goldson: When to start dating again

Jill Goldson: When to start dating again

Of course you will still have low times, because that is the nature of the grief process. We can be feeling pretty good then suddenly hear a song, or see someone who resembles our ex-partner, and in a flash we go back to…

David Thomas: Manopause? There's a pill for that

David Thomas: Manopause? There's a pill for that

There's a hot new drug called TRT that its users take to make them feel more energetic, more alive, more aggressive and sexier, too.

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Shelley Bridgeman: Should flight attendants warn about drugs?

Shelley Bridgeman: Should flight attendants warn about drugs?

In classic teenage girl style, I used to want to be an air hostess. These days they're called cabin crew members or flight attendants but I think we were allowed to say air hostess in the late-seventies.

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Lee Suckling: Kids in bars? No thanks

Lee Suckling: Kids in bars? No thanks

Sometimes it feels like you have to own a purple dinosaur costume to prove you don’t hate kids. Some kids are great, but saying you “love kids” is like saying you “love people”.

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Talk to the Animals: Lizards: The new 'must have' pet?

Talk to the Animals: Lizards: The new 'must have' pet?

When it comes to choosing a new pet, some people are opting for a beady eyed and scaly companion in preference to the traditional cat or dog.

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Dave Shaw: Reduce stress, eat well, be healthy

Dave Shaw: Reduce stress, eat well, be healthy

In our high speed, commuting life, we don't often think about food. Labour saving devices like cars and computers have actually reduced our spare time, rather than created more.

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