Top chefs share party tips

Cracking good fun: Crab boil from the American south is Will Balleau's hit dish.

Want to throw a banging party this Xmas? Here's expert advice on what to serve, and how to get festivities going.

Pressies for green fingers gallery

An apple suet bird feeder from Creative Woodcraft will attract lots of birds to the garden, including wax eyes. $19.

Here's some of the nicest gifts you can give a gardener, or would-be gardener, in a range of price brackets.

Builder's North Pole contract

Jim Cameron is half-way  through his special assignment from Santa Claus.

When Santa Claus needs a new sleigh he doesn't call on his elves, he calls Turangi's Jim Cameron.

Chocolate & beer puddings

Great little individual Christmas cakes to bake.

These great little individual Christmas cakes can be made ahead and frozen.

How to avoid boozy work dos

It's not just women who are uncomfortable with the interminable late-night work functions.

Women's careers are suffering because they put family before work dos - so what are their alternatives?

More Christmas Headlines

Sallies appeal to spirit of giving

The Salvation Army have begun their annual Christmas appeal to fill the hampers of those in need.

The Salvation Army has begun its annual Christmas appeal to fill the hampers of those in need.

Eclair expert shares her secrets

Eclairs by Violet Patisserie.

The owner of Auckland's Violet Bespoke Patisserie shares tips for choux pastry perfection this Christmas.

Donation funds Santa Grotto in Te Aroha

Siobhan Beilby, 6, gives Santa a hug.

Te Aroha children will be able to visit Santa in person this year after a generous $2000 donation.

Champagnes worth the splurge video

Cuisine champagne over $100

Blow the budget with Cuisine's guide to the best bubbles over $100.

Students gather Xmas in a box

Vinnies Youth Group members with some of the goods collected for Christmas In A Box.

Kind-hearted group collect goods to send to kids in countries who wouldn't otherwise get anything for Christmas.

Biggest Xmas tree rises

Last year's Christmas tree all lit up.

The nation's tallest Christmas tree stands more than six storeys high.

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