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Modern etiquette: How do I tell a workmate she's inappropriately dressed?
Modern etiquette: How do I tell a workmate she's inappropriately dressed?

"Enforce the implicit of office dress codes and the importance of not giving superiors any reason not to take her seriously."…

The really good thing about being busy

Busyness can be a good thing and a bad thing, writes columnist Louise Thompson.

Little use in keeping a low-carb diet

I'm tired of the debate about what we should eat being framed as "fat vs sugar". Just cutting carbs or fat is no guarantee…

Verity Johnson: Time to talk sexual consent

There is a problem among young people, and probably everyone else, over what constitutes consent, writes Verity Johnson.

Wendyl Wants To Know: Less is more in wrap battle
Wendyl Wants To Know: Less is more in wrap battle

On a quest to find store-bought wraps that don't have a strange chemical smell, Wendyl Nissen discovers a good organic alternative…

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
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
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…

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How do I refuse a handshake?

How do I refuse a handshake?

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

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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 really yelling at a toddler right now?"

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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 move it might not work out for me."

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Real organic berries - shame about the air miles

Real organic berries - shame about the air miles

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

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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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