The earthquakes have not affected us emotionally, but financially, we have hit the wall.
Would you like to see taxes on fizzy drinks and companies who sell or produce fatty foods?
Love 'em, hate 'em or utterly bewildered by their behaviour, it's all about the people in today's top comments.
You need to know what you're selling, and how much, to stay afloat. Whatever you do don't guess.
Don't expect any trophies for overcoming your addictions, the reward comes from life itself.
It's great our kids get to try exciting things at school, but not at the expense of reading, writing and maths.
Rodger has the attitude of a German shepherd in the body of a chihuahua/papillon cross, but we all love him.
Were you adopted or have you adopted a child or children?
I placed my first bet on a horse when I was 13, and now I'm close to losing everything.
There must have been powers at play on my last day in Rio de Janeiro.
It's election time once again, and this time round I'm struggling to find a reason to vote.
I was lucky in the quakes, but now constant and unpredictable road works are horrendous.
Treading that fine line between things in common and zero individual thought is tough on the dating scene.
First he came for the cats, and we said nothing, for we are not cats. Now Gareth Morgan's after Little Shop...
What's the secret to success in owning a small business? We're looking for Kiwis to share their experiences.
The author thought her daughter maybe had ADD. Finally she told her the truth.
What would you do if you were the Prime Minister? Share your vision for New Zealand.
Do you wake up every morning and worship at the cup of the caffeine god? You're not alone.
Violence in video games and sex in music videos - is it anything to worry about or am I overreacting?
The city that I grew up in feels barren and looks like a skeleton of its former self, Matthew Ohs writes.
We're looking for crafty brides and grooms who have made big or little parts of their weddings themselves.
The Emperor of Man U has gone. The force is weak. The Death Star nosediving. Can they come back?
Our spoodle is the most energetic puppy I've had so who else to chose as ring bearer at my wedding?
Fake IDs help high school students give a passenger a cab ride to remember.
Whether you're an addict or close to someone who is, what's your reality of living with addiction?
ANDREW FERGUSAndrew Fergus proves you don't have to venture far from home to get some awesome macro photos.
I was so immersed in this fairytale I forgot I'd already passed the age where you still believe everything.
Maximus Aurelius began life in Spain. Now he slays hearts in New Zealand.
From day one breastfeeding was hard, there was certainly nothing natural about it. But things changed.
Players who work hard all year to fulfil their All Blacks dream hung out to dry by exemptions for code-swapping superstars.
Will Manchester United's latest signing get the Reds back on track to beat Burnley this weekend?
Molly left her mark on the world by eating her way through everything from flu tablets to acne medication.
We're all about showbiz secrets, gadgets and the lighter things in life in today's top comments.
Does it feel like the beginning of a fresh start for Christchurch and Canterbury where you are?
Living with chronic pain can make you vulnerable to pseudo-scientific remedies but trust me, they don't work.
Our unis are failing us by focusing on science and ignoring academia, languages and the Arts.
We all like to indulge a little sometimes, so send us your favourite dessert recipes.
It's not all about the money, money, money for the humble SBW, writes Lindsay Amner.
What are your favourite and no-so-favourite parts that make up the physical nature of you?
Ignore the frozen water droplets, lovely though they are. We're taking this to mean spring has sprung.
What do you think needs to be done to improve the educational standards of young Kiwis?
We thought we could never have a conversation with our autistic daughter. Then I told her to 'shut up'.
Bright sun peeps through the dark clouds over the Mokihinui Gorge in Morag Hamilton's featured shot.
Who said life was fair? If you want to win and Sonny Bill Williams is the best man for the job, give him the job.
It isn't easy, but here's how having your own business can unlock the wealth and freedom you dream of.
Boss was just 12 months old when we were told he had to be put down or have an expensive operation.
When is a cat not a cat? When it's Hello Kitty. We're as surprised as you in today's top comments.
LUKE REEVESA last minute flight to Australia became the trip of a lifetime for Luke Reeves.
Whether it's Europe, America, Asia or any other epic journey, we want to hear your backpacking stories.
The mutton bird may be a prize for Kiwi palates but I learnt the hard way - pick your birds wisely.
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