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What makes love last?

Keep that passion alive in your relationship by showing your partner a bit of kindness.

A renowned relationship expert has the answer - and it may surprise you.

Is Instagram the new Tinder?

#Ionlygooutwithmodels is the not just a hashtag but a reality for some people.

Competing with a man's first love

Bad driving a real turn-off

food & wine

Tasting wine is hard work – really

When you taste a wine, nothing else matters for the next half minute except what that wine's smells, tastes and texture mean to no-one else but you.

A day's wine tasting is both mentally and physically exhausting.

Food parcels go gourmet

City Mission food parcels to go gourmet after The Food Show.

Chocolate pani popo are perfect for Father's Day breakfast.

Treat Dad with chocolate

If your dad's a chocolate fan (and aren't they all?), here's what to make him this Father's Day.

beauty

Beauty 'not about being average'

A female average.

Take a bunch of faces and layer them together and they turn out to be really, really good looking.

The power of self-pamper

Self-care is not just an indulgence; it's an investment in your wellbeing.

the MC1R series

Proof redheads aren't all white

Photographer Michelle Marshall is on a mission to bust myths about redheads.

fashion

Costumes all Cyrus, not serious gallery

Miley Cyrus poses backstage after hosting the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, August 30, 2015.  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

We thought she'd be left field, not dressed like Xena: Warrior Princess on acid.

Cyrus in barely there silver straps at VMAs

Miley Cyrus shook a long, rock goddess ponytail and strutted in barely there silver straps on the arrivals carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Kim Kardashian, Chrissy Teigen and Miley Cyrus all rocked some pretty memorable outfits on the VMA red carpet.

Best & worst dressed: The VMAs gallery

Chrissy wears the naked dress to end all naked dresses, Kim goes camo, and Miley bares pretty much everything.

well & good

Do you need a 'man-plan' diet?

There's not a lot of support for men, as many of the diet and weight loss plans appear to be aimed at women.

11:36 AM  Female-oriented dieting clubs can be off-putting for men. Are new men-only groups the answer?

Walking can add on seven years

Just 25 minutes of brisk walking or slow jogging every day could buy you extra time, experts say.

A helping hand in cancer battle

Moving to find happiness stuff nation

life

'Every fear I had vanished'

Ryan and Jillian on their wedding day.

Dad reveals pride and love for daughter with Down syndrome in a letter penned for her wedding day.

Turning abuse scars into artwork

Brazilian inker covers up physical marks of domestic violence with her clever tattoos - and all for free.

Believe it or not, they're not related

Miley, stop 'whitesplaining' race

home & property

Sharing a flat with 'devil cats'

The feline Bonnie and Clyde.

12:04 PM  Maybe, just maybe, apartment-living isn't right for everyone – or everything.

House of the week: Lyttelton gallery

This family battled against the odds to salvage their quake-damaged loft, but their tenacity was worth it.

Bring some spring indoors with the use of gorgeous indoor plants.

Bring a bit of spring inside

Winter is done and dusted. Inject some spring into your interiors with these 10 design tips.

luxury

Is this the Rolls-Royce SUV? gallery

A computer-generated concept of what the Rolls-Royce SUV will look like.

This vehicle shapes as the new face of luxury motoring that the mega-rich will crave.

Crazy new must-have of the super-rich

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

'Dinner Time' by British artist L S Lowry commanded $95,000 at Dunbar Sloane's Wellington auction on Wednesday. The work beat Lowry's previous record for a work on paper of AUD $38,000, setting an Australasian record.

Pencil drawing sells for six figures

Pencil drawing of working-class men eating dinner snapped up for six figures in Wellington.

weddings

My singles-friendly wedding

Tossing the bouquet? Not at my wedding.

11:59 AM  It was important to me that my wedding didn't single out my single friends.

How to have a horsey wedding gallery

If horses are the love of your life (bar your future spouse, of course), here's how to tastefully include them in the big day.

As young Chinese become wealthier, they have taken to Paris the national tradition of having wedding photos taken in advance for display on the big day.

Paris: Perfect for pre-wedding bliss gallery

Chinese tourists are flocking to the 'City of Love' in search of the perfect wedding photo.

Video

Chimp undergoes ear op

Wellington Zoo's Cara the chimp is recovering after an ear operation to save her hearing.

Parenting

Alyssa Milano: I'm so blessed

Alyssa Milano and her son Milo, now 4.

Alyssa Milano felt reborn when she welcomed son Milo into the world.

Why I kiss my kids on the lips

To the "expert" who said parents kissing their children is inappropriate - you could not be more wrong.

Vickie Krevatin claims breastfeeding her 4-year-old son helps alleviate his ADHD symptoms.

Why I breastfeed my 4-year-old

Mum claims breastfeeding her 4-year-old keeps his ADHD at bay.

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blogs

When pets are 'naughty'

Oscar is a freedom fighter. He liberated the spaghetti from its bonds. Now Oscar's work is done, and yours begins.

Stuffed toys, paper towel, spaghetti - they're all fair game for curious cats and dogs.

Why dogs make us smile gallery

Dog

Whether it's their knack with selfies or a love of cushions, they're guaranteed to do something cute every day.

My toastbusters mission

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Try as I might, I struggle to be served bread items at cafes that aren't flattened into a melty oblivion.

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