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The many uses of microwaves

HANDY AND HEALTHY: A healthy salmon and veggie dinner can be made using in less than 10 minutes using a microwave.

From bringing condiments back to life to disinfecting sponges, here are 10 handy uses for the appliance.

A beautiful garden on a budget

Hanging wisteria, surrounded by buxus borders and David Austin ‘Constance Spry’ roses.

This Wairoa marvel is proof that a glorious garden can be made with time, patience and a shoestring budget.

Reward yourself for progress

ME TIME: Make time for some R 'n' R to balance out the stress of home improvements.

Some of us need all the help we can get to start, and finish, a home-improvement project.

Five staycation essentials gallery

HAPPY VIBE: Festoon lights are an instant way to add a summer vibe to your outdoor living space.

Staying home these holidays? Here's how to have a relaxed break in your own abode.

Creative space best for relaxing

Best spot: Debbie Pointon with dog Chagall in the hammock where she sits to look out at the hills and sky.

Kapiti artist Debbie Pointon's favourite room is perched on a steep bank with majestic views of the hills.

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House of the week: Island Bay

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A colourful Island Bay renovation was designed to meet the needs of three generations.

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It took Diana 30 years to convince her husband to move to Devonport, but it was worth it.

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