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Managing a mental makeover

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Is it possible to overhaul your personality, or does a leopard really never change its spots?

Different schools for different children


Every child is different and every school has its merits, which is why three of my kids go to different schools.

Denial a 'slow death' for Labour

David cunliffe

Labour is in meltdown. The sideshow continues, but it's not really that funny, Bevan Berg writes.

Does Deans deserve a crack at the All Blacks?

Robbie Deans

Former Wallabies coach Robbie Deans is still desperate to coach the All Blacks. Should he be given a chance?

How do you choose the right high school?

High school students

Is it better to send your child to a school close to home or one with qualities you have to pay for?

What's your secret to stopping stress?


Eating lunch at your desk. Texting at dinner. Replying to emails in bed. Does this sound like you?

I'm a property orphan, and it's not so bad


Debating between renting and buying can go on forever and go nowhere. Do what's right for you.

Six (really) alternative NZ flags

Forget the silver fern. Forget the Southern Cross. These flags show the true glory of Kiwi heroes.

A taste of authentic Thai cuisine in Chch

Thai review

Who needs an overpriced holiday in Bangkok when you can simply dine at Chinwag Eathai?

Why Labour is losing my vote

David Cunliffe

I have voted Labour in every election since 1975. But I won't be doing that again unless things change.

Leadership goes beyond charisma

David Cunliffe

You can't help feeling just a bit sorry for David Cunliffe. After all, he's no outlaw.

Top five reader comments today

David Cunliffe

The Cunliffe 'ego-has crash-landed', and other great quips from our readers today.

Meteor streaks over Wellington

Capturing a wonder of the night skies

Mark Gee Meteor shot

It's amazing how the camera can reveal what our eyes can't see for themselves in our starry skies.

The poverty trap of Gen Y


I have great empathy for people who do not own their own home as I fear they will never be able too.

Film review: The Expendables go stale

It's not just the tired, old action stars, this whole franchise is past its expiration date .

Time to make voting easier

Ballot box

Would online voting get the missing million voters to the polling booths? Tony Duffy thinks so.

What's your favourite book of all time?


What's that one dog-eared, well-loved book that you always return to when you need a good read?

Want to see your town on the small screen?

Road trip Beni (Nua Finau) and Sarah (Meghan Heffern)

We need your help to tell the untold stories of New Zealand by taking part in an exciting interactive comedy.

Argentina just an ABs appetiser


We won't get a true picture of how the All Blacks are doing until the whistle sounds against South Africa.

Do we need all this technology?


Tell us what your view is on technology. Has it made your life better or worse?

What makes you happy, in 100 words?


What makes you happy? Share your instant feel good tips to help bring a smile to the faces of others.

Travel's more profitable than property


Getting a mortgage now would limit my chances to experience life overseas and it isn't worth the risk.

Special needs just part of parenting life


Our girl is autistic and not what we expected, but what child is? We wouldn’t change a thing.

Fish junk secret to seafood soup joy

The secret to a great seafood soup is one you won't find in any recipe book, writes Anthony de Villiers.

Labour roots need to strike hard and deep


Labour needs more than a few good policies to stand any chance of making a difference, writes Patricia Gabric.

Your traveller's guide to world food


We want to hear about all the food gems that have made your travels worth it.

All in a day's work for the All Blacks

Richie McCaw

Well done the Pumas, they're on the improve, but all the glory ought to be the All Blacks' after a superior showing.

Top five reader comments of the day

Sonny Bill Williams

Today's contenders include a suggestion for Sonny Bill Williams that we definitely don't see every day.

Labour needs more than a new leader

David Cunliffe


David Cunliffe's semi-resignation doesn't address the real reasons Labour failed so badly in the election.

My love affair with Christchurch

Re:start mall

I've been here since January 2012 and here's why I've fallen in love with Christchurch.

All Blacks undergoing evolution

Kieran Read

What makes the ABs great? That magical sleight of hand which sees the ball pop out of a mass of bodies.

Aurora Australis worth waiting for

All the variables aligned for Quentin Doig while shooting this spectacular light display from Banks Peninsula.

Do we need Ryder more than he needs NZ?

Jesse Ryder

Should Jesse Ryder have to change his life style or should NZC examine its terms and conditions?

Three weeks sober and determined


Before giving up, I had to get rid of the alcohol in the house and there was only one way to do it. Drink it.

Breaking the 'vicious cycle' of Facebook


Facebook became as addictive to me as hard drugs as soon as it was made easily accessible on mobiles.

More than one way to own your own home

House keys

My mother used to say there's more than one way to skin a cat, and when it came to buying our home she was right.

All Blacks v Argentina: You rate the match

Jerome Kaino

What caught your eye as the ABs wrapped up the Rugby Championship with victory over the Pumas?

Keeping the best bits for NZ's flag

Something old, something new and plenty of pride has gone into Dave Mabbott's flag design.

Timelapse video takes in the world



Thousands of photos and a lot of patience went into this timelapse video of New Zealand, India and Paris.

Is a warm, safe home so much to ask?

house sale prices

Even with a deposit of $100,000 I will not be able to own a home in an average neighbourhood in Auckland.

A clear view of our galaxy from Earth

I knew it was possible to identify the Milky Way with naked eyes but I never thought I'd see it so clearly.

Union Jack needs to go from NZ flag

How would the New Zealand flag look without the Union Jack? Joel Wiramu Pauling shares his ideas.

Labour's hit critical mass and exploded

Labour logo

We've ended up with a Labour caucus of independent MPs who can't even agree on what went wrong.

Giving an animal in need new life


This rescue pet owner's life was changed through her love of dogs who needed help.

Top five reader comments of the day

David Cunliffe

The debate over the future of Labour leader David Cunliffe has got you fired up in today's top comments.

Night wonders of the Wairarapa

Wairarapa Wonder!

A course in night photography and perseverance pay off for Mike Bouchier in the Wairarapa.

Cunliffe isn't the cause of Labour's woes

David Cunliffe

It was Labour's policies, not their leader, that caused them to lose the election so badly, writes Sue O'Neill.

What's your secret to lasting love?

Ross and Mary Grant

Have you and your partner been together a while and yet you've still 'got it'? Tell us how

Wine o'clock? Time to stop

Drinking wine

I'm a Kiwi mum who loves a wine. But when the glass became the bottle, I needed to make a change.

Recipe: Macadamia, cashew and apricot bars

When you want a quick snack to fill a gap, isn't it so much better to know exactly what is in your snack bar?
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