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Six reasons I hate cafés
Six reasons I hate cafés

Shelley Bridgeman missed the memo about NZ's café culture. She only visits them if she has to. Here are six reasons why…

How mannequins are destroying women

From the the depths of an eating disorder, even the most harmless image, comment or interaction could trigger waves of self…

Blog: Baby No.1 vs baby No.2

The first time around I relished being pregnant and felt like Mother Earth herself. But this gushy mum-to-be was gone the…

How do I refuse a handshake?

I hate shaking people's hands. Is it bad form to refuse? - No Joy for Germs, Tauranga.

Tara Carson: I'm the mother of the 'demon' child. Here's what happened
Tara Carson: I'm the mother of the 'demon' child. Here's what happened

She pointed at my baby's face and screamed, "You need to shut the hell up!" My husband replied, "Are you serious? Are you…

Louise Thompson: Courage or comfort
Louise Thompson: Courage or comfort

"How do I know it's time to move jobs/country/city/relationship? How do I know it's right? I'm really scared if I make this…

Organic berries flown here, not grown here
Organic berries flown here, not grown here

The fine print reveals that although these bags of summery goodness are packaged here, the contents are grown overseas.

Verity Johnson: Self-righteous? I just want to be understood
Verity Johnson: Self-righteous? I just want to be understood

The phrase "check your privilege" is a favourite among lefties, writes Verity Johnson, but what does it really mean?

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Feel richer than you are

Feel richer than you are

Lee Suckling tells us how to feel richer than you really are, and enjoy big city life without a big city budget.

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Darlena Cunha: Can you yell at another person's child?

Darlena Cunha: Can you yell at another person's child?

When a strange adult yells at a child, it alters their world. It's a humiliation to the parents, but to the child, it can be life-changing, writes Darlena Cunha.

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Women always at risk of 'crotch shots'

Women always at risk of 'crotch shots'

Crotch shots are nothing new. I’d go so far as to say they’re something of a cottage industry on the world-wide-web, writes Shelley Bridgeman.

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Can I tell my hairdresser to shut-up?

Can I tell my hairdresser to shut-up?

"I really like the way my hairdresser does my hair, but she insists on chatting the whole time. I don't want to chat. How do I tell her to pipe down?"

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Louise Thompson: How to love your body

Louise Thompson: How to love your body

Hating your body will never get you as far as loving it will.

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Wendyl Wants to Know: Nice mussels, but why the artificial colours?

Wendyl Wants to Know: Nice mussels, but why the artificial colours?

If you want chilli flavouring on your mussels, the DIY option is a much healthier choice than these artificially coloured ones, writes Wendyl Nissen.

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Shelley Bridgeman: Is the F-word okay for kids?

Shelley Bridgeman: Is the F-word okay for kids?

Is it hypocritical if parents swear while expecting their children to shun the curse words? Are foul-mouthed kids okay? Shelley Bridgeman ponders.

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10 things not to say to a military spouse

10 things not to say to a military spouse

Military life is hard, especially when spouses are deployed to far off places. From experience, Lee Suckling shares the worst things to say to military spouses.

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Hitting back at mean mums

Hitting back at mean mums

Who are these do-gooders posting messages on social media? And why are they spending time on Facebook, not making memories with their families? vents Rhonwyn Newson.

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Modern etiquette: Is my nose job a disgrace to feminism?

Modern etiquette: Is my nose job a disgrace to feminism?

I consider myself a feminist, but I want to get a nose job. Am I letting down the sisterhood?

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Rich celebrated or condemned?
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