Life & Style

Eight cleaning hacks for lazy people

Do you hate cleaning? These hacks will make your day.

Nadene Lomu reveals Jonah's infertility fears and their 'miracle' children

The big-hearted rugby behemoth believed children were out of the question, says his wife.

Competing while pregnant: Wonder women or pushing the limits of pregnancy?

Serena Williams and Alysia Montano are normalising pregnancy in sports, but is it really safe?

School holidays: Free, fun experiences for the family

Off-the-radar adventures for kids up and down the country.

The beauty advice I give most often: wear cream eyeshadow

Primers promise a lot and deliver little. Cream eyeshadow is your best bet here.

Kim Kardashian criticised for son Saint’s car seat position

The reality TV star's recent photo of 18-month-old son Saint has attracted the attention of concerned mums.

Brooke Houia in the running for Miss Universe New Zealand

Whangaparaoa early childhood teacher Brooke Houia has made the top 20 in the Miss Universe NZ competition.

Asexuality: Can a relationship without sex work?

If you're asexual and not interested in sex at all, can you have a successful relationship?

Colonial homestead in North Canterbury abandoned by UK owners, looking for love

UK owners abandon North Canterbury colonial mansion after their dream falls through.

Americans can't believe Kate Middleton uses a flannel to wash her face

Over in the US, they can't believe the Duchess uses a flannel to wash her face.

Auckland's best food to try in just 48 hours

Whether you’re an old hand or a newbie to the big smoke, Anna King Shahab’s guide to attaining bliss by mouth won’t disappoint.

The Queenstown home built for $26,500

This home in one of NZ's toughest markets cost less than the usual house deposit.

Being honest about your weaknesses could land you a job

Presenting as perfect can make you seem fake to a future boss, new study says.

Sleepy new parents still finding time for sex

90 per cent of mums and dads resume their sex lives four months after bub's arrival, survey shows.

Jay-Z and Beyonce take the twins home to luxurious Malibu estate

The Carter twins will likely have a pretty posh nursery at this palatial estate in Malibu.

What to do in Nepal that's not trekking or climbing Mt Everest

What should one do in Nepal, if they aren't trekking great distances?

DIY: Living and leafy book-ends

Here's an easy project to keep your reading area tidy and on trend.

5 surprising things that will give your relationship staying power

Want your relationship to go the distance? Adopt these five habits.

Yoga 'more dangerous than previously thought': study

While yoga can help relieve some aches and pains, it can also lead to an injury, researchers warn.

Carpet care: How to properly clean your deep-pile or delicate rugs

Follow these tips to ensure your deep-pile and delicate rugs are cleaned properly.

Pregnant Serena Williams poses nude for Vanity Fair cover

Serena Williams has stripped down for Vanity Fair.

Middle-age marriage: Why it's best to marry old

OPINION: Marry older and you know exactly what you want - and what you’re getting.

Model Miranda Kerr returns jewellery gifted in alleged money laundering scheme

US authorities say jewels were given to the model as part of a money laundering scheme.

Recipe: Creamy Pumpkin & Spinach Risotto with sage

A bowl of this creamy risotto will satisfy even the hungriest teen after sports practice.

Get the look: Blake Lively's natural look

Ace this natural yet glam look at home.

In my grooming bag: JW Sam

Property entrepreneur and social media influencer JW Sam shares his tips for making a first impression.

Review: Big Breakfast from Escape at 12 Cafe, Hamilton

It's big, it definitely can be described as breakfast, and it's a criminal's delight.

Morning trivia quiz: June 28

Got a good quiz question? Send your questions to

Cafe Chat: Sci-fi movie bar opens in Wellington CBD

Get a taste of Beervana, watch the rugby with some brews and go check out some sci-fi flicks.

Recipes: They might be fat and knobbly, but yams are yummy

Whether wrapped in bacon, turned into soup or roasted with spices, yams are delicious and nutritious.

Lush co-founder Rowena Bird on making beauty ethical

Lush co-founder Rowena Bird knows what really matters - and it shows in her company.

Cafe review: Stolen Bagel does it dangerously well

If you’re serious about bagels, this tucked-away gem is dangerously good.

Neat places: Porridge picks in Christchurch

Kickstart your day with a bowl of steaming hot porridge.

Cafe chat: Return of Fat Eddies, juice bars to expand, doughnuts in demand

The Christchurch jazz bar knocked out of Sol Square by the quakes will reopen by The Terraces.

Recipes: Comfort food for dinner and dessert

An indulgent pudding slathered with sauce is the perfect ending to a winter roast.

Germany set for vote on gay marriage after Angela Merkel softens stance

There's a push to hold it this week after chancellor's surprise shift.

More or less: Owning just enough

Briar Hale pared down her possessions before moving into her tiny house on Waiheke.

More or less: An artful mash-up

For this maximalist, life is richer when surrounded by art.

More or less: White out

Father Rabbit's Claudia Zinzan's family home has taken the minimalist route - nothing is there that can't be used.

More or less: When more is definitely more

“I love to be surrounded by beautiful things,” says Daniella Norling of Auckland’s Trove Interior Design.

More or less: A distillation

Architect Guy Tarrant designed his family’s Pt Chevalier, Auckland home to have exactly the spaces they needed, and no more.

More or less: The collectors

Maximalists vs minimalists - this couple are collectors extraordinaire.

Furniture update: The best in bar stools

Whether for your breakfast bar, kitchen island or your home bar, think carefully about the seat height so you have plenty of leg room.

House of the week: Bland is banned in this colourful home

Shades of scarlet are best left to motorbike gangs. Minimalism is boring. And white is what well dressed beds wear in Jodie Robertson's Hawke's Bay home.

Furniture update: How to choose a dining chair

Comfort is king when choosing a dining chair, says Fiona Hayvice of Yoyo.

Furniture update: Current colours

If there’s one piece of furniture enjoying its moment in the spotlight, it’s a green velvet couch. But pink, gold and mustard hues are also having their heyday.

Rosemary Hepozden: When to abandon possessions

There comes a point where you have to abandon rather than accumulate possessions. But the change of direction can be a tough one to navigate.

Private eye explains how to spot a cheating partner

A private investigator says Kiwi men fail to spot the signs their partner is having an affair.

Recipe: Warm beef and vege salad with Brazil nut dressing

If baby vegetables aren't available, chopped regular carrots and beets are fine to use in this beautiful salad.

Recipe: Roasted quinoa and crispy kale salad

Quinoa is a wonderful ingredient as it's so versatile and packs a protein punch.
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