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Something special about low-fat snacks
Something special about low-fat snacks

The problem with many crisps/crackers which are low in fat is that they taste terrible unless they are dipped in strongly…

Jill Goldson: How do deal with a broken heart

I know you get a lot of letters about break ups. My girlfriend and I were together for seven years. We have made big joint…

Shelley Bridgeman: Has your husband stopped noticing you?

I sprained my wrist two days before Mother’s Day. In the middle of a show-jumping lesson, I lost my balance over a jump…

Lee Suckling: Does gay pride still matter?

Throughout the last month, gay pride weeks have shone brightly across the northern hemisphere.

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Vicar quits over same-sex relationships Vicar quits over same-sex relationships

Outspoken Anglican vicar Michael Hewat walked out…

Dog trapped in hole with cat Dog trapped in hole with cat

A dog who spent 30 hours trapped down a cold, four…

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Talk to the Animals: Enforcing animal welfare - whose job is it?
Talk to the Animals: Enforcing animal welfare - whose job is it?

There are three approved organizations in NZ that can act on animal welfare complaints: the police, the Ministry for Primary…

Blog: The real weight loss tool you need
Blog: The real weight loss tool you need

Life coaching is about building better relationships - primarily with ourselves, our work, our loved ones, our body.

Jill Goldson: How to make the most of being single
Jill Goldson: How to make the most of being single

There is no doubt that pressure and views from others about how we live our lives will impact our feelings and perceptions…

Shelley Bridgeman: Is 'staying fresh' over-rated?
Shelley Bridgeman: Is 'staying fresh' over-rated?

Kleenex Cottonelle's new television commercial certainly caught my attention.

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What makes a magic meme?

What makes a magic meme?

Memes carry the cultural ideas of the day. They are short-lived, thus timeliness is of the essence, writes Lee Suckling.

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Talk to the Animals: Why do we love animals?

Talk to the Animals: Why do we love animals?

"Oh look at the Turtis!" I hear this a lot as it seems to be what you say to cover all bases if you're not sure if it's a turtle or a tortoise. During the course of animal themed events where I am often found knee deep in…

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Delaney Mes: An invitation to 'dress like a lady, and drink like a man'

Delaney Mes: An invitation to 'dress like a lady, and drink like a man'

When an email arrived in my inbox recently inviting me to a ladies only cocktail class, my initial response was a bit of a yawn. It's boring and tired that companies use the same clichés and stereotypes for promotion. The…

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Louise Thompson: Stop negative self-talk

Louise Thompson: Stop negative self-talk

I see many clients who come to me as their last ditch attempt to stop dieting forever and to create habits of health that last a lifetime, rather than the latest fad.

James Griffin: What's with kale?

James Griffin: What's with kale?

Where the hell did kale come from? Seriously, how did the cauliflower’s ugly cousin go from this thing no one outside a few food/health freaks had ever heard of to suddenly being the single most important vegetable none…

Should you set people up?

Should you set people up?

In this time of Tinder - and any number of the plethora of dating sites - is playing Cupid to your friends an old fashioned ritual better suited to a Jane Austen novel? Are you a mysterious and magical conduit drawing people…

Shelley Bridgeman: Should vaccinations be compulsory?

Shelley Bridgeman: Should vaccinations be compulsory?

About every 18 months the issue of vaccinations (or, more specifically, the issue of not having your children vaccinated) becomes especially newsworthy.

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Samantha Bluemel: Top tips for a balanced lifestyle

Samantha Bluemel: Top tips for a balanced lifestyle

Here are some of the tricks personal trainer Sam Bluemel calls on to strike the right kind of balance for your lifestyle.

Why Out of Office replies rock

Why Out of Office replies rock

Until last week, I'd never used Out of Office on my e-mail account. It's a bit of a "two-finger typer" concept among a fast-swiping, smartphone using world. Who doesn't have their iPhone with them at all times? Who is…

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Louise Thompson: Dealing with negativity

Louise Thompson: Dealing with negativity

I get lots of lovely emails from readers when these columns or my weekly blog resonate with an issue they are facing in their life.

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