The Nork Walk and other good shirt

There are many reasons why you should wear a shirt, people, and frankly I’m a little disappointed that we are even having this conversation. This has been a difficult time for me, as I’ve been forced to write an entire column about breasts....... Read More

Set yourself some rituals not resolutions

It’s not a wellness retreat  in Bali or the occasional facial that will make a difference to your skin  over your lifetime.   Beautiful skin is not the result of momentary spurts of self-care. It’s what you do for your skin...... Read More

Why Hunter became Kaiwhakangau

There’s been no sight of him round the burrow. Not so much as a fuzzy ear or whisker ….not one fresh dropping. Wise rabbits are, at this time of the year, deep in the warren – sheltered from global warming, left-leaning politics,...... Read More

Bringing 2018 into sharp focus

Simon Bridges National MP It’s that time when you start to think about what you want to achieve over the coming year. Setting goals or resolutions are a good way to do this. As your elected representative...... Read More

Sharks, cakes and roundabouts

A week into the New Year and some of you are still struggling to come to terms with that fact it’s Twenty Eighteen and no longer Twenty Seventeen. Really, people, you’ve had all year to get ready for this. It’s lucky that hardly anyone...... Read More

The clear benefits of the beach for treating skin acne

Warm sands, blue skies and the gentle roar of the waves – few experiences are as therapeutic as time spent at the beach or near the sea. The entire experience is a tonic for the body, mind and soul. Seawater is like a miracle acne treatment,...... Read More

New Year Dishonours List

As we move beyond the festive furore for another year, we’re doffing our collective caps to the upcoming awards season with a look back at the mad, the bad and the sad of the last 12 months. So here, in no particular order, is The Weekend Sun’s...... Read More

New building projects for 2018 - pay now or later?

Building a new home is an exciting project, but it can also be very stressful if you don’t have the appropriate financial structure in place. When building a new home, there are two main payment structures available to you, both of which come...... Read More

Mancooks rule supreme on Planet Advertising

Women have a long way to go to reach equality with men in the field of outdoor cooking. At least that’s the impression we get, after seeing how it is repeatedly portrayed on Planet Advertising. According to the delusional world of advertising,...... Read More

Happy Christmas

“Tolerance and celebration of individual differences is the fire that fuels lasting love.” Tom Hannah   Love is the key ingredient needed to make Christmas a special time for each of us, and when we add tolerance to the mix it...... Read More

Camels and asses kept at bay

You know it’s getting close to Christmas when one of the Three Kings pulls up outside the office, climbs out of his Nissan and sets about adjusting the tea towel on his head. Either there’s a Christmas parade about to happen in town, or...... Read More

Comparing yourself to others

“Comparison is an act of violence against the self,” says Iyanla Vanzant. How often do you want to be somewhere else or be someone else?   Do you compare yourself constantly with others and ask: “Why am I not as intelligent,...... Read More

Advice to Santa: avoid the Jacinderference

We don't want much from Santa this year. Not in the material sense. Here’s some advice for the big guy, and we’re getting in first before our new PM tries telling him how to run the show. Because if she thinks she can boss Australia...... Read More

Avoid financial stress this Christmas

The holiday season is one of the most financially stressful times of the year, according to Hannah McQueen, director of financial personal trainers enableMe. “On average Kiwis spend $1.15 for every $1 they earn – irrespective of their salary...... Read More

What is it with strawberries in Summer?

As you know, I’m always banging on about using your nearest farmers’ market so you can make friends with the local growers. This is all good but not always practical if you can’t get to the markets. Instead, check out your local independent...... Read More

Being aware of single shortomings in oneself

To be aware of a single shortcoming in oneself is more useful than to be aware of a thousand in someone else. -Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama When I notice a shortcoming in myself it encourages me to see the areas of growth I need to address.   It...... Read More

Tapping into healing processes (part 3)

Sometimes in life you feel like you are trapped in a vicious cycle. You have a problem that becomes a new problem, which then worsens the original problem. In the winter a man in his 70s called me with such a story. He had a seriously deteriorated...... Read More

Ego or inner balance?

Take a quiet walk with Mother Nature. It will nurture your mind, body and spirit. - Anthony Douglas Williams When we listen to our spirit rather than our ego, we gain more balance. Ego is about ‘me’ whereas our intuition, inner guidance...... Read More

Nourishing and protecting your skin

Did you know that the epidermis, or outer layer of your skin, is only 0.2 – 0.3mm thick? Whilst incredibly thin, it provides our skin with a waterproof barrier, protection from UV light, temperature regulation, production of bacteria-resistant...... Read More