Nadia Lim: Why I planted 968,000 sunflowers

This year Nadia Lim planted almost a million sunflowers - 968,000 to be precise - over about six hectares of land.

OPINION: We planted almost a million sunflowers - 968,000 to be precise - because sunflowers are as useful below the ground as they are beautiful above it.

Coeliac disease forces popular Wellington baker to quit

Jack O'Donnell, former head baker at Leeds St Bakery, had to give up his job after he was diagnosed with coeliac disease.

Ex-Leeds St baker Jack O’Donnell was told he couldn't go anywhere near gluten after his diagnosis.

After sleep apnoea diagnosis, woman lost 75kg

Janine Langdon-Lee before and after she lost more than 70 kilograms.

Janine Langdon-Lee used to stop breathing every 30 seconds overnight.

Nine to five style: Four ways to work it

Ditch the black suit for one of these fresh outfit ideas.

Suiting up doesn’t have to be an exercise in boredom.

Jacinda Ardern had to apologise to Clarke Gayford over wedding details

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford will marry in Gisborne this summer.

The prime minister revealed she has twice had to apologise to Clarke Gayford after letting slip private details about their upcoming wedding.

Homed

The Block NZ's Alice and Caleb step into development

HOMED: Alice and Caleb Pearson and first Waihanga development

They have renovated 10 old homes, and now they are building seven new ones in Auckland — saying housing intensification is vital.

Overcoming a steep site and tiny budget

Why was something so good on paper so cheap, they wondered? Then they visited, and fell in love.

Why you shouldn't use the bathroom at an open home

Twenty ideas to help you go green in the kitchen

well & good

Life lessons from Mr Bump: 50 years of the Mr Men books

The 50th birthday of the Mr Men and Little Miss books is being celebrated with new characters.

OPINION: A child psychologist explains why the colourful straightforwardness of Roger Hargreaves’ series is exactly what children need.

Core strength: Why is it important and how do you maintain it?

A sedentary lifestyle may be impacting your core strength. But, what exactly is the core? And why is good core strength important?

Poor health status for Māori prompts wāhine to run for health awareness

Wāhine run in Rotorua Marathon to promote whānau health and wellbeing video

Te Ao Mārama reporter Herewini Waikato talks with a group of wāhine about how a marathon can bring health and well being among whānau Māori.

food & wine

Covid-19 lockdown the kickstart for Christchurch chef's in-home dining service

Yuki Maekawa is the chef behind The Drifting Table, a yakitori chicken catering service where he prepares and cooks the ...

Lockdown inspired Yuki Maekawa to ditch traditional chef life to bring the taste of Japan to Christchurch homes.

Blend of innovation of marketing boosts wine business

Picking their way through the ever-changing challenges of the wine industry, the co-owners of Kahurangi Estate are building a variety of respected wines.

“Lesley is calm and fair and earns the respect of everybody he works with. This isn’t something you can teach – you have ...

End of an era for Auckland restaurant Sidart video

A desire to “pay it forward” has prompted the the sale of one of New Zealand’s most celebrated restaurants.

beauty

Maisie Williams unrecognisable with blonde hair and bleached eyebrows

Image: E!

Maisie Williams turned heads (literally!) when she debuted a dramatic new look at the 2021 BRIT Awards.

Meet the social media influencer beating the bullies and body shamers video

Ellie Haines was once obsessed with losing weight, but now she wants to be that "different body, different outlook" for her 66,400 Instagram followers.

After 16 months away, Stuff writer Harriet Pudney is coming home.

After 16 months of pretending NZ didn’t exist, I'm coming home

As a New Zealander, you move to Australia thinking you’ll be able to visit whenever you want. Home was always right there, until it wasn’t.

fashion

Shackets are your new trans-seasonal wardrobe must have

Looking for a cosy but cool wardrobe essential to stylishly bridge the gap between seasons? The shacket is here for you.

Shirt-styled, but weightier and more structured, shackets are ideal for when a full-blown jacket is too much, and a conventional shirt won't quite cut it.

11 White Shirt Day options that mean business

Witchery White Shirt Day and World Ovarian Cancer Day is Saturday May 8, so here are 11 white shirts to wear loudly and proudly this weekend.

Paul Van Doren, cofounder of the Vans shoe company, has died age 90.

Vans sneakers creator dies at 90

Paul Van Doren, the man behind the classic skateboarder's sneaker, has died.

love & sex

MAFS: Brides and grooms reflect on their time in the 2021 experiment

Married at First Sight's Alana and Jason struggled during the Commitment Ceremony, but they both wanted to stay in the ...

It may be over, but what do those who were in the experiment make of what happened?

My husband told me he'd had a vasectomy a year into trying for a baby video

When a full year of trying had passed unsuccessfully, Ashley's doctor suggested her husband get his fertility tested. That’s when it all began to unravel.

Married at First Sight: Rebecca explains her kissing another man at reunion finale

Maybe I actually should marry my bestie video

life

End of an era for Auckland restaurant Sidart video

“Lesley is calm and fair and earns the respect of everybody he works with. This isn’t something you can teach – you have ...

A desire to “pay it forward” has prompted the the sale of one of New Zealand’s most celebrated restaurants.

Gwyneth Paltrow is a wellness advisor for a cruise ship. This could get weird

The actress and Goop founder is partnering with Celebrity Cruises on a wellness programme.

Free-range employees good for wellbeing and business

Jacinda Ardern reveals wedding location

luxury

Tesla Model S named most desirable luxury car - even though it isn't one video

Tesla’s Model S has been named the most desirable luxury car, despite it not really being one.

A new study from the UK has found that the Tesla Model S is the most desirable luxury car, outranking even the Rolls-Royce Phantom.

Jets, yachts and NZ citizenship: How the mega-rich are dealing with Covid video

The world's wealthy are getting by just fine thanks to private jets, luxury yachts and citizenship in "safe" places such as New Zealand.

For my next move ... Jane Bowron sees a future for herself as a perfumier.

I can scent an opportunity

OPINION: I've got a shed, and lots of catchy titles. I'm halfway to becoming a perfumier.

weddings

Wedding dress from 1874 worn by five generations video

Tricia Jamieson from Stratford has inherited her great-great-grandmother's handmade wedding dress.

A bridal outfit kept for a baby who never knew her mother has been treasured by her family for nearly 150 years.

Delayed honeymoon on horizon after island travel opens

Covid put the brakes on a Marlborough couple's honeymoon plans, but the Cook Islands bubble opening has revived them.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford are planning to get married this summer, nine years after ...

Jacinda Ardern reveals wedding plans

The Prime Minister said the couple, engaged since 2019, had picked a date, but they hadn't told anyone or sent invitations.

Parenting

NZ teens among world's biggest internet users

A report shows New Zealand teens were spending 42 hours per week online, well above the OECD average of 35 hours per week.

An OECD report shows New Zealand's 15-year-olds spend more time on the internet than their peers in all countries except Denmark, Sweden and Chile.

Having kids is a lifelong lesson in guilt video

OPINION: We've all been somewhere like Axle's mum and dad - just not so publicly.

Lloyd and Hinga Whiu, with two of their children, who toured their smoke-free message around New Zealand.

How a family of 10 spread a smoke-free message video

Lloyd and Hinga Whiu travelled around the country with their eight children to save others from a life of smoking. Years on, they are still advocating that message.

complex

Kanye West’s Yeezy and Gap deal reportedly valued at nearly US$1 billion

Kanye West’s Yeezy and Gap Deal Reportedly Valued at Nearly $1 Billion - Thumbnail

Kanye West has reportedly been laser-focused on his upcoming Gap collection recently, and the value estimate for the team-up makes it abundantly clear why.

Auckland designers to judge at fashion awards

Three Auckland fashion designers are on the judging panel at Gore's Hokonui Fashion Design Awards this year.

The makers of the “nap dresses” made more revenue than it had made in the entire year of 2019 in one day.

How $1 Million worth of viral nap dresses sold out in 12 minutes

On February 10, Hill House launched its latest collection called “The English Garden" and sold $1 million worth of its viral nap dress in just 12 minutes.

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Furry Friday: cat charm

To introduce today's therapeutic cat-viewing session is Sherbet - not his 'real' name but a nickname given by a ...

Looking at cat pictures is good for you, say the scientists. So don't feel guilty today.

Furry Friday: the view

Luci (left) feels the rush of wind and a thousand scents; Lottie, a star of last week's Furry Friday, is back in a ...

A window or glass door is a pet's vital connection to the events of the world.

Furry Friday: cat company

We started with a magical Merlin and we end with another. This Merlin is an eight-and-a-half-year-old fluffy ginger with ...

Cats are great company, even when doing their own thing.

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