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Credit cards: To have, or not have?

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Effective credit card use can be very rewarding, but you have to be vigilant.

NZ's refugee quota should be raised to 2000

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New Zealand should be ashamed of the low numbers of accepted refugees entering the country.

What do you love about your city?

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Share your top tips for visitors, or tell us what you love most about your town or city.

Pet of the Day: Our marvellous Maine Coon

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Teddy is full of mischief, he goes on big adventures and will regularly come home sopping wet.

Are doctors allowed to get it wrong sometimes?

I find that doctors don’t want to listen and just think your problem will go away

Why did I have to plead to my doctor to receive the proper care?

House-sitting my way to my own home

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I'm single, in my early 30s and can't commit to anything. So house-sitting is perfect.

As a Maori-Samoan, I know we need to talk about racism

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As a Maori-Samoan, I'm not ashamed of who I am, but I am ashamed of our country’s systemic racism.

Pet of the Day: Mocha the 'Spug'

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Mischievous Mocha has the biggest personality - and her best friend is a cat.

A child is a bigger commitment than a marriage certificate

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'I am in a stable relationship. We have a two-year-old daughter. We are not married. We own our own home.'

All Blacks squad for Wales test 'solid'

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New selections like Damian McKenzie give the All Blacks side some valuable energy and enthusiasm.

Suicide and mental health: NZ's quiet crisis

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With 10 Kiwis taking their lives every week, we need to take a long hard look at our attitude toward mental illness.

Married or de facto? What's best for kids

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Are children better off in families where the parents are married?

Pet of the Day: Whoopsie Daisy

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It was a watery situation for Daisy, when she didn't realise the green stuff on the top of a duck pond wasn’t grass.

All Blacks squad naming - the good, bad and why nots

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Happy with the All Blacks team for the Wales series? Share your thoughts on the 32-man squad.

Review of Bryan Bruce’s documentary 'grossly unfair'

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I sat down with a healthy sense of righteous indignation, ready to hate it. I didn't.

The truth behind 'perfect' social media posts

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Behind the perfect life depicted on my social media account lies a different story.

Week nine: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

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A reader reviews Elton John albums to distract himself during his cancer treatment.

It was a lonely road being a teen mum

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It can be a very lonely road for teenage mothers. I struggled to make friends and needed someone to talk to.

Electric cars make 'economic sense'

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We’ve gone down the electric car route and I love it, writes Andrew McCarthy.

Weather photo of the week: May 27, 2016

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A hike on a beautiful autumn day in Canterbury was met with stunning views.

Pet of the Day: Mischievous, grumpy Phoebe

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She is the master of comfort, takes no crap from anyone and does not care for your personal space.

Finding my soulmate: 'We just felt right'

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Six months after leaving an abusive relationship, I decided to give online dating a go.

Kiwi studios need NZ On Air help

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Once upon a time, NZ had a great studio that produced some of the most iconic Kiwi music. But no more.

Single is the new black

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You know the best part about being single and 30? The single part.

Leave abusive relationships for the sake of your kids

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If you're in an abusive relationship, then your children are suffering just as much as you.

Pet of the day: Willow the sock sorting shepherd

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Who knew happiness could be found in chewing socks?

We need better support for the vulnerable

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The Budget needs to support the more needy Kiwis with benefits, public transport and social housing.

What's it like to be a teenage parent?

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We want to hear about the challenges you faced and how you overcame them.

New Zealand Budget 2016: What do you need?

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It's time for the Government to tell New Zealand what its spending plans are.

Bruce's education documentary 'does not disappoint'

Review: Bryan Bruce brings a quality critique of the New Zealand education system to our screens.

Northland's neglected native forests need our help

DOC needs an extra $10-20 million over 10 years to save Northland's neglected native forests.

Corrections needs to 'front up' on Blessie Gotingco

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High-risk offenders often leave prison with conditions that are difficult to enforce, writes a former probation officer.

Apartment living is the life for me

Apartment living is a very valid alternative to the house in the 'burbs. For a start, no lawns!

Pet of the Day: Fostering needy kittens

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My three children have loved being foster parents to a family of tiny, needy kittens.

Top 5 comments on our interactive income calculator

"I'm apparently better off than 83 percent of the population, yet... I can't afford a mortgage".

It's hard to be a young person in Christchurch

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There's nothing for young people to do in Christchurch. I propose we build a beach in Hagley Park.

From Romania to NZ, a life of trauma and resilience

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Unwanted in Romania, disowned in New Zealand. A reader shares her message of hope.

I'm addicted to random acts of kindness

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I performed my first deliberate random act of kindness about eight weeks ago. Now I'm hooked.

Pet of the Day: Phoebe's grumpy but cute

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Let's not talk about Phoebe's ability to whine, whine and whine some more. Especially at 4am.

Why it's OK if your dog doesn't like the dog park

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Get to know your dog and what they enjoy, not what you want them to enjoy.

'I left in tears, determined to fix this mess'

I would rather starve than go through what I did with Work and Income again.

Coming out of the single girl closet

So, the mythical successful tinder date has occurred. To me! A clumsy, beer-drinking, ex-farm girl from Paeroa.

Week Eight: Don't Shoot Me

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My caring, strong wife is a world-class nurse. She now has a patient that neither of us want.

Five things to love about X-Men: Apocalypse

There’s plenty to get excited about in X-Men: Apocalypse, writes Clayton Barnett.

Pet of the day: Energetic Taco loves others dogs

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Taco has developed into a great young dog. He is a very gentle, loving, loyal and smart boy.

Holiday romance still going strong 17 years on

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A spontaneous holiday to Bulgaria set these two lovebirds on a path to each other.

What's your love story?

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Was it all fireworks and love at first sight or was it an awkward encounter? We want to hear your love story.

What I wish I'd known as a suicidal teen

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Memories of waking in an ambulance with my mum holding my hand hurt my heart.

Pets of the day: The happy canine 'couple'

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Igor the greyhound and Ishtar the weimaraner get on so well together it's like they're in love.

Weather photo of the week: May 20, 2016

The sky captured over Eastbourne before the weather turned.

The sky was captured over Eastbourne in Lower Hutt, just before the weather turned.
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