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Shelley Bridgeman: Should 'grotesque' Santa go or stay?
Shelley Bridgeman: Should 'grotesque' Santa go or stay?

It seems you can't keep a creepy Santa down, writes Shelley Bridgeman. The gigantic Santa is set to grace (or should that…

Lee Suckling: The rise of Halloween in NZ

We're a culture that loves hysteria, and Halloween is a great vehicle for which people can go nuts. Is it an important celebration?…

Talk to the Animals: Glassons rodeo ad shows 'stupidity and ignorance'

I was shocked to see the latest Glassons ad featuring a glamorous young woman astride a bull, writes Sally Hibbard.

Louise Thompson: Conscious Christmas energy

The run-in to Christmas creates a perfect storm for Kiwis to become exhausted. Why?

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Christchurch Romeo organises a flashmob on a tram…

What animals see in mirrors What animals see in mirrors

Studies have shown that mirrors can improve the lives…

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Jill Goldson: Is Tinder safe?
Jill Goldson: Is Tinder safe?

Tinder: tacky, or just a super-efficient way to meet a match in this new age of need-it-now-ness? wonders relationship expert…

Dave Shaw: Stop going nuts over coconut
Dave Shaw: Stop going nuts over coconut

Stop going nuts over coconut, it might not be as healthy as what you think, writes Dave Shaw.

Shelley Bridgeman: Are you confused about food?
Shelley Bridgeman: Are you confused about food?

In short, eating is a moral, political and ethical minefield, writes Shelley Bridgeman.

Lee Suckling: Are we coming of age too late?
Lee Suckling: Are we coming of age too late?

If what might've happened at seventeen 50 years ago is now happening in our mid-twenties, are we a generation of late bloomers…

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Talk to the Animals: The dos and don'ts of animal clubs

Talk to the Animals: The dos and don'ts of animal clubs

When you have an all consuming interest in something you may soon find your regular circle of friends and family do their utmost to avoid your fascinating observations and insights on the topic. This is where clubs and societies…

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Jill Goldson: How to deal with self absorbed people

Jill Goldson: How to deal with self absorbed people

Dealing with a self absorbed person, including work mates and family members, can be tricky territory to navigate, writes Jill Goldson.

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Blog: Let's ditch 'kids' food'

Blog: Let's ditch 'kids' food'

We need to ask the questions: Should children be eating the same as adults? And, if so, should we take kids' food off the shelves?

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Louise Thompson: How negative people hold you back

Louise Thompson: How negative people hold you back

The rags to riches entrepreneur Jim Rohn famously said "You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with". This is a great concept to consider if life is not looking how you want it to look. Though we…

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Shelley Bridgeman: Bring back gentleman's clubs

Shelley Bridgeman: Bring back gentleman's clubs

After visiting clubs and speaking to members, Shelley Bridgeman wonders why any women would want to spend their leisure time in such a testosterone-rich environment.

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Lee Suckling: What are the rules of gay engagement?

Lee Suckling: What are the rules of gay engagement?

Gay engagement shouldn't be any different than straight engagement (after all, that was the point of marriage equality), but it is, writes newly engaged Lee Suckling.

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Talk to the Animals: What to do when dogs attack

Talk to the Animals: What to do when dogs attack

Sally Hibbard spoke to a leading dog trainer and behavior expert who made it very clear that there is no definitive way to stop an attack, but offers these tips.

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Dave Shaw: The best way to eat for your brain

Dave Shaw: The best way to eat for your brain

With high school and university exams fast approaching, it’s important not to forget about what keeps your brain firing. Dave Shaw shares his smart eating tips.

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Louise Thompson: The power of the word sorry

Louise Thompson: The power of the word sorry

Sorry. Sorry sorry sorry. Sorry can be such a powerful word. The ability to know when we are wrong, to make a heartfelt apology and make appropriate redress is fundamental to a life well lived. It's important to know when…

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Jill Goldson: Five ways to foster empathy

Jill Goldson: Five ways to foster empathy

Reader question: My partner is self-centered and can often be cold and uncaring. Is there any hope for our future when this is going on?

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