Outdoor classroom inspires kids

Budding yachties Liam and Rhys Blackmore.

An outdoor classroom in the Marlborough Sounds has been built on community spirit, goodwill and hard work.

'Rape made me feel powerless'

Actress Lena Dunham poses at Elle Magazine annual Women in Television dinner in Los Angeles, California January 13, 2015. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

Girls star Lena Dunham opens up about surviving sexual assault while accepting an award.

What does 'loving life' mean?

Here's what I'd like to read in a dating profile: "Sailing is expensive. Sunsets are overrated. I feel between 16 and 100 years old. Life is good, it is bad, it is frequently indifferent."

In my year or two of online dating, I've concluded that people who write that phrase actually don't.

Kim 'most accepting' of change

Bruce Jenner has told Diane Sawyer he's transitioning to become a woman.

Bruce Jenner said Kim Kardashian was the first who "caught" him dressing as a woman several years ago.

The secret anxiety of actors

Nothing Trivial actress Tandi Wright gets overwhelmed in big crowds.

Entertainers are all extroverts, right? Wrong. The shy performer is surprisingly common.

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What does 'loving life' even mean?

Here's what I'd like to read in a dating profile: "Sailing is expensive. Sunsets are overrated. I feel between 16 and 100 years old. Life is good, it is bad, it is frequently indifferent."

In my year or two of online dating, I've concluded that people who write that phrase actually don't.

Record number of rural bachelors

Waikato hunts for the best Rural Bachelor.

Perfect shot a year in the making

Neil Rosenthal: Sabotaging the Relationship You Want

food & wine

Choc raspberry mousses

By layering Choc Raspberry Tim Tams, raspberries and chocolate mousse, you get these decadent desserts.

Dark chocolate, cream, raspberries and Tim Tam Choc Raspberry biscuits combine - what’s not to love?

Pasta with a Japanese twist

This salmon and nori cream dish is unlike anything you've had before.

Research has found wine novices have the same smelling and tasting abilities as experts.

How to become a wine expert

Baffled by tannins and terroir? Teach yourself to become a pro in less than a day with these six quick tips.

beauty

Unmentionable beauty problems - and how to solve them

Stressed out over a few beauty problems?

Some beauty problems are worse than others. But - relax - there's usually a remedy.

In a soap star's beauty bag

Shortland Street’s Amelia Reid-Meredith is all about celebrating inner beauty, but she relies on a few favourite products.

Auckland beauty salon owner Hayley Robinson, 27, is frown-free after receiving Botox treatments from dentist Krystal Tarak.

Dentists offering liquid facelifts

Would you go to the dentist for a Botox-like facelift? An increasing number are.

fashion

Kiwi designer slays competition video

Massey University graduate Steve Hall, right, takes to the catwalk with one of his models.

Massey graduate takes out top prize at Emerging Designer Awards with his ninja-inspired collection.

The week's best & worst dressed

Blake Lively appears five times, Scar-Jo and Emma Watson confuses and Kim K surprises.

tess

'It's wrong to say fat is fabulous' video

Normalising such gargantuan appetites and bodies is nothing short of dangerous says Dr Sarah Burnett.

well & good

Cocoa v cacao - the difference?

Both cocoa and cacao come from the cocoa pod - the difference is in the processing and heat required to make the powder.

Cacao is the buzzword among foodies and health nuts, but how is it different from cocoa?

Bone up on the latest heath fad

Yes, the new nutrient-rich food of the year is a soup - or bone broth, to be exact.

The unhealthy health kick

The most down-to-earth cure

life

'Rape made me feel powerless'

Actress Lena Dunham poses at Elle Magazine annual Women in Television dinner in Los Angeles, California January 13, 2015. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

Girls star Lena Dunham opens up about surviving sexual assault while accepting an award.

Kim 'the most accepting' of transition

US Olympic champion Bruce Jenner said Kim Kardashian was the first who "caught" him dressing as a woman several years ago.

The allure of the ponytail

The outdoor classroom inspiring Kiwi kids

home & property

Sea forts turned into luxury stay

No Man's Fort has been turned into a boutique hotel with panoramic sea views.

English forts built in the late 1800s to defend against the French get new lease of life with helipads, spa and five-star rooms.

Book lover's personal paradise

Too many books around the place? Copy this French homeowner and build library extension.

Demi Moore's penthouse is being marketed as 'a floating mansion'.

Demi Moore lists pad for $98m

Ghost actress bought "floating mansion" in New York with former husband Bruce Willis.

luxury

Crazy new must-have of the super-rich

A top dog life - A pup at Somerset House during London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015.

A dog nanny: akin to that of a governess, but entrusted with a slobbering pug in a pink diamond-studded collar.

Jeremy Renner's $6m property gallery

A 1920s house with a 550m 'great room', renovated by Jeremy Renner and his business partner, is up for sale.

LOW MAINTENANCE: Kim Kardashian uses three different make-up artists depending on how 'ethnic' or 'glam' she wants to look.

Kim K's $2600 make-up routine

It starts with a $600 moisturiser...

weddings

Introducing Laura & Damo gallery

Laura & Damien

He admired her from afar when they were teens, but it was seven years until this pair had the chance to finally hit it off.

Arranged marriages on reality TV video

Married at First Sight is a genuine social experiment, say its creators. Protesters disagree.

Amal Clooney, Mrs Oscar Wilde, Kim Kardashian - the many faces of 'trophy wives'.

Trophy wives - then & now

They used to be smarter, better rounded and more cultured than those we associate with the term today.

Video

Kiwi designer slays competition

Massey graduate takes out top prize at Emerging Designer Awards with his ninja-inspired collection.

Parenting

Family 'adopts' dumped baby

Randwick Councillor Brendan Roberts laying flowers where the baby was found.

Kind-hearted couple arrange funeral for newborn baby whose body was found abandoned in Australian sand dunes.

Set boundaries on screen time

It is one of parents' biggest challenges these days, and though we try, it is pretty darn impossible to get it right.

Charlie and Harry in the “biggest viral hit on YouTube".

YouTube stars all grown up

Brothers from 56-second clip, viewed more than 800m times, turned home video into a lucrative career.

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blogs

Furry Friday: Delicious ginger cats

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Prince Harry agrees that redheads rule, but do redheaded cats? These ones certainly do.

Confessions of an X-Phile

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I may have, at one point, penned an ode by rewriting lyrics from Shaggy's Mr Boombastic.

Dunhill's amazing rescue story

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How an army of pet lovers banded together to help find a blind and deaf dog.

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