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It takes a special kind of person to be a midwife

Midwife standard

Something should change, midwives deserve a good wage, new mum Ellie Sorensen writes.

Top 5 reader comments of the day

Stuff readers weigh in on Scott Dixon's latest win, clubbing for oldies and that ABs lineup.

Canterbury quake 5 questions: 'I've changed for the better'

After all the stress following the quakes, I now have an incredible sense of accomplishment.

Auckland vs Wellington: Where would you prefer to live?

Auckland vs Wellington

Urban sprawl vs the hemmed in capital. What makes for better living?

Apartment life taught me to appreciate privacy



Thin walls, scratchy cats and singing neighbours. Living life so close together can be hard.

Canterbury quake 5 questions: Quakes taught me to live life

myself and my daughter Caitlin Bell looking at the Niagara Falls

The quakes showed me life is short, so now I'm doing things I always wanted to do.

All Blacks 2015 World Cup team: 'We don't need three halfbacks'

Lima Sopoaga should have been picked over Colin Slade, and we could use another outside back.

Pet of the day: Little cutie


Craig and Patricia fell in love with Jessie at the pet store. We can see how.

OE jobs about skills, not qualifications

I've been in London for eight years. It took seven to land the type of role I moved here to get.

'Our daughter fights every day just to wake up'

While we fight the battles of everyday life, our daughter Aallyn fights every day just to wake up.

All Blacks World Cup squad - have the selectors got it right?

All Blacks squad

Is this the team to lift the William Webb Ellis trophy?

Do you get along with your neighbours?

It can be rough living near people you have nothing in common with. How do you make it work?

The 10 commandments of happy

The Ten commandments of Happiness strap

I've learnt in my short 32-year life span that happiness is truly a prized possession.

Inked at age 69

Inked at 69

I did not feel comfortable about getting myself inked until after I retired.

Lessons from All Blacks' World Cup campaigns

L-R: Kieran Read, Dan Carter, Richie McCaw, Israel Dagg and Jerome Kaino

The ABs' track record is testament to their resilience, professionalism and sheer bloody mindedness.

A simple mantra changed my life

Loving and being loved is very powerful when it comes to personal happiness, writes Dan Crozier.

Leicester City looking to make short work of Bournemouth in EPL

Leicester City

Mark Kessell shares his latest EPL match predictions and why Leicester City are a team to watch.

Adopted Alan's easy life in new forever home

Alan the cat

With a broken leg and waiting to be adopted, Alan seemed so sad. Then Marama Mayrick came along.

Top 5 readers comments on the Porirua car washing ban

As a City Council bans car washing, readers split between outrage and being eco-friendly.

England, Wales are our keys to Rugby World Cup glory

There is only one team that could knock the All Blacks out. Let's hope they don't make it out of the pool.

Adopting a rescue pet's 'totally worth it'

I always wanted to give a loving home to an animal in need but didn't realise how much love you get in return.

Changing your life, one month at a time

Wabi Sabi

I thought I could pretty much suffer anything for 30 days. Famous last words!

Adjust your expectations about working in London

There are heaps of opportunities in London. You just have to be patient and work damn hard.

Five questions to mark five years since September 2010

Deans homestead at Homebush s

Is your life better or worse than it was five years ago? What has been the most significant change?

ITM Cup player power rankings

Charlie Masters gives his take on five players who are in the hunt for a Super Rugby contract.

Pet of the day: Fluffy boy keeping warm

Rove for pet of the day

This is Rove, who loves to sleep upside down on my laptop when he gets cold in winter.

Weather photos of the week: August 28, 2015

Whitebaiting at the Waimak River

We headed out to the Waimak to kick off the whitebaiting season. There were no whitebait, but what a view!

Top 5 reader comments on model deemed 'too big'


"When is the fashion industry going to catch up with respecting people for what they are?"

How weird is too weird when naming a baby?


Did you give your little one an unusual moniker? Tell us why, and what the reaction has been.

Sum up the Sept 4 quake anniversary in a single word

QUAKE: A house in Parish Lane, Kaiapoi.

We're collecting your submissions to create a word cloud to be published on the fifth anniversary.

Why are we so squeamish over tattoos?



NZ isn't the benevolent society we think it is, writes Daniel Noapte. And that shows in our attitudes to tattoos.

Bridget Jones' London life is far from reality for most

Bridget Jones gave Abigail Drane a rose-tinted image of living and working in London. The reality was very different.

Finding calm in the storm of mental illness

Working with animals won’t cure you from mental illness, writes James S, but it can change how you manage.

Why the All Blacks struggle to win Rugby World Cups

All Blacks haka

With less at stake you could bet your house on the ABs, writes Lindsay Amner, but at a World Cup all bets are off.

New Zealand in the eyes of a proud migrant dad

Guojing Chen loves raising his daughter in clean, simple, safe New Zealand.

I'm grateful to New Zealand for providing my daughter with a perfect environment to grow up in.

Pet of the day: We love Coco

I'm not sure if Coco thinks she's a cat, a small dog or a person, but she definitely thinks she's the queen.

Wandering stray to much-loved pet

Mum put her finger between the bars, and the kitten put his paw over her finger. That was it.

Encouraging kids makes all the difference


"I'm proud of you" can make all of the difference in the world to a person who needs to hear it.

Top 5 comments on what Kiwis Google

Some of our readers obsess over social media profiles and forget what Google's tracking.

Kyle Lockwood flag design for past and future

nz flag proposal

Kyle Lockwood's flag design reminded me to be proud to be a Kiwi citizen, Tom Brian writes.

The five keys to unlocking your true happiness

These are the five keys you need to unlock the doors to happiness in your life, writes Amanda Rawiri.

Popular pup Loki's 'short but amazing life'

Our first pet Loki taught us more than we could have imagined about love and companionship.

The good, the bad and the ugly of tattoos


From works of art that took ages to design to mistakes you're living to regret, share your tattoo tales.

'I am a foul human post-flight'


No-one looks good after 40+ hours of travel, writes Hannah Keys. I am a foul human post-flight, and I know it.

People demand TPPA transparency


Opponents of TPPA are only as misinformed as our Government chooses to make us, Richard Cruice writes.

Pet of the day: Scruff's a real softie

Scruff loves stretching his legs with a blast on the beach, but when he's at home he's a big teddy bear.

London: One week, one interview, one job

Don't think you'll be the only person applying and that you'll get the job because your CV says you're a Kiwi.

A very nice, Kiwi welcome home

Winter in South Cantebury has been a welcome wonder to Gary Wentworth Smith.

England was a depressing place to live. After coming home to NZ, I've found the true Kiwi spirit.

Top five reader comments on facial tattoos

Jesse Wright

"Why offer to cover them up with make­up? Stand up for your beliefs, no matter what!"

'We are supposed to be living in a democracy, not a dictatorship'

TPPA protest in Christchurch

As a TPPA protester I am not uninformed, I am a grandmother who wants to better our country.
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