Anatomy of a 'real' man

Richie McCaw (C) of New Zealand during the 2015 Castle Rugby Championship rugby match between South Africa and New Zealand at Ellis Park in Johannesburg, South Africa on July 25, 2015??Barry Aldworth/BackpagePix

5 min ago  What makes a "real" Kiwi man ... and how living up to it can be harmful.

Plumbing the depths

Peta Mathias

5 min ago  Dear Peta, we have an occasional and mysterious pool of water near our loo - but why?

Is Steven Joyce a fashionista?

Serial fashion show patron, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce dons a bow tie at one of the many events he is invited to.

5 min ago  Steven Joyce will return to the catwalk next week when he attends a fashion show in Vietnam.

Shorts deemed 'too revealing'

Sylva Stoel says she's 'fed up' with dress codes that target women.

Teen worker told to go home and change after wearing shorts from the store's career section.

Dr sets sights on Miss World video

The daughter of two doctors, Deborah Lambie has been working towards a career in medicine since childhood.

Deborah Lambie graduates as a doctor on the day she leaves to represent New Zealand in Miss World.

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love & sex

The worst sex advice ever?

Whip him up a quick post-coital snack: the key to relationship success.

You sometimes have to wonder whether relationship advice from magazines is designed to help or humiliate.

Make your marriage 'mindful'

When your spouse leaves dirty laundry two feet from the hamper, this is what you should do...

Couples kiss for freedom video

Can adultery sites save a marriage?

food & wine

What to make on a cold day

Steamed ginger pudding and spiced hot chocolate – the perfect pairing on a winter's night.

Winter gives you free rein to indulge, so make the most of it with this ginger pudding and spiced hot chocolate.

Andrew Little hops to the Left

They say the test of a political leader is whether you would want to have a beer with them.

This molten chocolate pudding is dessert heaven and can be prepared the day before serving.

Dark chocolate pan pudding

This molten chocolate concoction is dessert heaven and can be prepared the day before serving.

beauty

Get Irina’s flawless bronzed look

Seeing model Irina Shayk here makes us want to perfect that natural mid-winter glow.

Sick of the winter pallor? Here's how to pull off a perfect glow without looking unseasonally orange.

Stop obsessing over women's beauty

OPINION: Instead of reassuring women that they can be beautiful at any size, let's reassure them that they don't have to be.

Jane Hitchfield says her skin always looks better when she's had plenty of fresh air.

In Jane Hitchfield's beauty bag

She counts some of New Zealand's biggest beauty brands as her clients, but which make her bathroom cabinet cut?

fashion

Is Steven Joyce a fashionista?

Serial fashion show patron, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce dons a bow tie at one of the many events he is invited to.

5 min ago  Steven Joyce will return to the catwalk next week when he attends a fashion show in Vietnam.

Zara dips toe in NZ waters

Zara comes to Auckland's North Shore, in a fashion.

Irina and Tyra both go for bold looks this week, with different results.

Best & worst dressed celebrities gallery

One top model makes sheer look classy, while another ends up with quite the opposite effect.

well & good

Most relaxed run you'll ever have

A mental checklist helps keep your body relaxed while you're running.

7 min ago  Chill out when pounding the pavement by getting rid of sources of tension.

12 health topics making headlines

From broth-gate to #bodylove, there have been plenty of hot topics on the health scene this past year.

Do you have 'face blindness'?

Is the yo-yoing worth it?

life

A different way to see video

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Elaine Waters started to go bland in her late thirties. Diagnosed with an overactive thyroid her sight has gradually deteriorated and led to almost complete blindness.

6 min ago  Almost 170,000 Kiwis have some form of vision loss. All of them see the world differently.

Boulevard of dreams

6 min ago  It seems only yesterday that Hope Bros. opened, but actually it was more like a decade ago.

Anatomy of a 'real' man

Family Album - Lydia Bradey

home & property

DIY your own mini hot house gallery

This hot box will shelter your seedlings.

7 min ago  Building this portable tomato seedling shelter will help you get a jump on spring.

Weekend gardening tasks

It's asparagus time! Plus caffeine fiends will be pleased to hear there's a great use for all those grounds ...

Katy Perry has to wait to see whether a judge will evict a developer from a convent she wants to purchase, in a bitter property battle.

Katy Perry waits on convent sale

Judge says LA archbishop can't sell former convent to pop star while lawsuit is unresolved.

luxury

Pencil drawing sells for six figures

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

Kim K's $2600 make-up routine

It starts with a $600 moisturiser...

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

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.

weddings

Introducing Bronwyn & Daniel gallery

The newlyweds in Mona Vale gardens.

They lived in the same spot for years, yet their paths never crossed until they moved to London. If that isn't fate, we don't know what is ...

The best age to get married

If you tie the knot in these four years, you're less likely to get divorced, study finds.

Onosa'i Auva'a has been a marriage celebrant since 2010.

Rugby hardman's softer side

Onosa'i Auva'a is known for his exploits on the rugby field but for his teammates, his relationship guidance in the locker room could be more significant.

Video

A different way to see

Almost 170,000 Kiwis have some form of vision loss. All of them see the world differently.

Parenting

Truths about C-section mums

An expectant mum, ready to go.

6 min ago  I see a certain type of birth held up as ideal, and in my work I capture many that would fit the standard.

When Mama Bear strikes

6 min ago  When we become mums, our instinct to protect our children is so strong we're often likened to a Mama Bear.

When obsessions take over.

Toddlers strange obsessions

6 min ago  When it comes to two-year-olds and birthday cakes there are a few requests that usually top the list.

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blogs

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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Blogger for STUFF

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

The super-secret life of pets

The Secret Life of Pets

It's my conviction that a pet spends part of every day practising to be more adorable.

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