NZ Life & Leisure

Is it time NZ banned plastic bags?

A sea turtle with a plastic bag on its nose in Cairns, Queensland. Sea turtles are particularly at risk as in the ocean plastic bags look similar to jelly fish which are a food source.

New Zealand churns through about one billion lightweight plastic bags each year.

Inside Max Patte's quirky Island Bay home gallery

Who needs a burglar alarm? With two towering stone-faced bouncers and an iron resin guard-dog (albeit distracted by a ball) out front, most would reconsider seeking unauthorized entry.

Who needs a burglar alarm with two towering stone-faced bouncers outside your home?

Big skies and big dreams in North Dakota gallery

As the sun lowers, a group of horse riders pass by on horses that were once wild and were captured to control their numbers.

The Badlands of North Dakota reveal a wild history as well as America’s longest continuous mountain-bike trail

From hospital to health buff

Home is where the health is: Buffy runs her organic empire from the kitchen table, with help from six-month-old Mila.

How young Auckland mum Buffy-Ellen Gill turned her tough medical diagnosis into a booming business.

Career Path: Elizabeth Cotton, Auckland Museum

Elizabeth Cotton

After a childhood exploring castles in the UK, Elizabeth Cotton fell in love with history.

NZ Life & Leisure Travel

Love in a tropical climate

The view from Tavanipupu across the lagoon to Marapa Island, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge planted a coconut palm during their stay in 2012.

It may take a while to get there but the Solomons are close to the heart.

A world of its own

Where the earth meets the sky: 
Mount Ngauruhoe under heavy cloud above Oturere Valley.

The mountains of the Central Plateau also host a network of walking trails through ever-changing landscapes

Meeting the locals at Niue's show day

Avaiki Cave, vast and cathedral-like, has a rock pool that’s ideal for swimming.

The Niuean people's laid-back friendliness is on show in Lakepa Village.

Cruising in style on the Nile

Mahmoud (right), son of Nour El Nil’s owner, helps Ahmed the captain at the tiller to keep the 40-metre dahabiyya on course.

Visions of genteel 19th-century travel inspired a leisurely cruise on one of the world’s most romantic rivers.

Inspiring New Zealanders

The women behind I Love Pies

Friends and business partners Jessie Stanley (left) and Maree Glading.

A shared taste in pies – and just about everything else – is driving the success of Auckland’s Lovely Little Food Company.

This 16-year-old made her dream reality by combining talent with crowdfunding

The black curls, the twinkling smile and the way with words embody Jenny’s Irish heritage.

Jenny Mitchell's debut album was

How I started an animal sanctuary

Carolyn Press-McKenzie, founder of no-kill shelter HUHA - Helping You Help Animals.

The founder of animal sanctuary HUHA has rescued several arks’ worth of animals, yet her journey hasn’t always been smooth sailing

How this woman changes young lives gallery

Nancy McConnell and Martin Hansen.

Nancy McConnell is driven to bring work into the lives of disengaged young people.

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