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'Gay village' vetoes church union

Sara Rimmer, left, and Alexandra Saunders were refused a church wedding in St Peter's Anglican Church in Paekākāriki, on ...

Paekākāriki is known for being liberal. But not when it came to Alex and Sara's wedding.

Fighting to live her dream video

Kerry McGrath wants to live her dream and travel the country in her house bus. But she needs some help to do so.

Kerry McGrath just wants to get on the road again, but cancer keeps throwing up roadblocks.

Fun fabric that stays clean

Practical and beautiful textiles from the mind behind The Jungalow.

We're loving these beautiful, and very practical, textiles born in The Jungalow.

The even-better tiny house gallery

The Escher is the new tiny house developed by New Frontier Tiny Homes CEO and founder David Latimer.

'Is this the best ever tiny house?' we asked when this guy built his last place. This one is even better.

Cyrpus thrills Wellington

Theo Papouis at Wellington's Harbourside Market.

Meet the young chef bringing a fresh taste of his heritage to the capital.

New lattes: Novelty or nutritional?

Turmeric and beetroot lattes are becoming popular but won't be replacing anyone's flat white or cappuccino any time soon.

Turmeric and beetroot lattes are trendy and tasty but aren't a miracle health cure.

Are you having an emotional affair?

A few texts might seem harmless enough, but they could develop into a full-blown affair.

Yes, it is possible to cheat on your partner without laying a hand on anyone else.

Recipe: Greek-Cypriot haloumi ravioli

Ravioles kypriakes are a great taste of Theo Papouis' cypriot heritage.

Theo Papouis from Wellington's Oikos shares his recipe for ravioles kypriakes.

Home designed around cats gallery

An innovative bookshelf helps create a functional living space for the residents of this home, humans and feline alike.

An innovative bookshelf helps create a perfect escape route for the shy cats in this New York home.

From ridicule to Riversdale

Spectators watching a surf carnival at Riversdale in the early 1960s.

One man's dream led to a holiday spot now enjoyed by generations.

Becoming a dad - it's tough

Eli Finkel was one of the 25 per cent of men who suffer from postpartum depression.

This new father was surprised, and somewhat dismayed, by how much having a kid changed his life.

Six must-grow spring flowers

Viburnum opulus.

Whatever your favourite spring flower, make room in your garden for these six harbingers of the new season.

Bad spellers can still be smart

Sylvie Lamontagne tries to spell a word during a spelling bee in Maryland, USA last year.

Much of the concern about spelling is from the insecure. The prime example is the social media troll.

The $1.95 school lunch

One of the 50 lunches Hamilton mum Kathrine Lynch made for $100.

Cheap, kid-friendly school lunches are not just a dream.

7 habits to keep weight off

You've worked hard to get those abs - you don't want to lose them now.

Losing weight is hard, but keeping it off can be even harder. Here's how to stay on track.

Food with a view

Chef Prateek Rawat from the Slip Inn cafe in Havelock.

Havelock's Slip Inn serves up a waterfront view with plenty of entertainment from the nearby boat ramp.

Kiwi design ingenuity the best

Not Just An Udder Stool, which is made from recycled plastic milk bottles, is one of the Best Design Award finalists. ...

An 'udder' stool' made from recycled milk bottles is just one of the finalists in Best Design Awards.

Guests told to breastfeed in loo

Mum not impressed by this wedding invitation.

Mum not impressed by wedding invitation suggesting she feed her baby in the ladies room.

Saving Jose the tabby stuff nation

Jose became part of our family when he was abandoned by his old owners.

Jose became part of our family when he was abandoned by his old owners.

Recipe: Fish kebabs with lemon leaves & feta mash

Lemon leaves give these fish kebabs a lovely flavour, and look pretty as a picture too.

In the latest in the Chop Chop video series, Cuisine's Ginny Grant shares an easy way to liven up fish.

What not to spend money on

Real estate agents say swimming pools require maintenance that others may not appreciate.

If your house isn't your 'forever home' think twice about before adding that swimming pool, say real estate agents.

Rules to being a royal's other half video

Rumours are swirling of an engagement to Prince Harry. But can Meghan Markle handle life as a royal's other half?

Rumour has it a royal engagement is imminent, but can Meghan Markle handle life inside "the Firm"?

Recipe: Cucumber and pineapple salad

Recipe and styling by Bernadette Hogg

Refreshing, quick and perfect for the warmer months.

Foo Fighters' royal hospital visitor

Prince Harry and Foo Fighters' front man Dave Grohl have an unusual shared history.

The rockers reveal their unusually close relationship with Prince Harry.

How to jazz up the bach

Artist and bach owner Mela Greenslade has used outdoor fabrics on all the sofas and chairs in the family's Marlborough ...

Should the bach be the place for cast-offs? Maybe not.

Miss Turkey dethroned over tweet

Miss Turkey 2017 has been dethroned over a controversial tweet.

Organisers have stripped Miss Turkey 2017 of her crown over a social media posting that was deemed "unacceptable".

'My gosh, I've got so much!' gallery video

Sue sits on the stairs; the walls throughout the house are adobe-style plaster.

The owner of this treasure-filled Mt Maunganui home describes herself as the Imelda Marcos of furniture

Turning a negative into a positive

Fixing a customer's negative experience can quickly transform a critic into a fan.

Businesses can turn disgruntled customers into happy ones by fixing problems and listening to feedback, says Erin Reilly.

Teaching kids about money

Talking about money and laying the groundwork for a sound financial future doesn't have to be complicated. Taking an ...

Including money in everyday conversations is a great way to encourage good money habits.

NZ Festival leads the way

New Zealand Festival executive director Meg Williams has been involved since 2011.

Wellington-based arts festival was the first of its kind when it began in 1986.

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