'Inappropriate nose jobs'

I heard this week that people are having inappropriate nose jobs due to their noses appearing 30 per cent larger in selfies than they really are.  I thought about this and took a selfie myself, just to see. Shock! Horror! Consternation! It’s...... Read More

Encourage those around you

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”   - Leo Buscaglia. Have you ever...... Read More

Time to lighten up!

After a summer in the sun, you might have noticed that your skin pigmentation is more prominent. We tend to have more exposure to the sun during summer while we enjoy the longer hours of daylight, and this increased exposure causes freckles, age-spots...... Read More

A ‘good volunteer experience’

Research tells us that people in New Zealand still want to volunteer, but there has been a 40 per cent reduction in the amount of hours they can do so in the last decade. People have increasingly busy lives, with work, sport and kids as well as recreation. This...... Read More

Osteoarthritis talk (Part 2)

Last week we saw that damage to specialised cartilage cells called chondrocytes was the first step in the development of osteoarthritis (OA). Research suggests that chondrocytes can be damaged by physical damage from accidents or gradually, probably...... Read More

Simon: It is a huge privilege to lead the National Party

Last week I was incredibly fortunate to be elected to lead the National Party. It is a huge privilege and a great responsibility, and comes with the inheritance of the biggest and strongest political party in New Zealand.   Our focus is on ensuring...... Read More

Understanding osteoarthritis (Part 1)

My recent Tauranga seminar included a detailed discussion on osteoarthritis (OA), and the many things we can do to help. My introductory point was that it is important to see osteoarthritis as a true disease process rather than just wear and tear. An...... Read More

Should you be worried?

If you’ve bought your first home in the last decade or so, you could be forgiven for thinking  that the interest rates you’re enjoying now are the same as they’ll always be. As Hannah McQueen from enableMe states, there has been...... Read More

Junior Fa targets fourteenth win

After a four-month break, kiwi heavyweight Junior Fa, will aim to extend his undefeated record to fourteen wins when he steps into the ring for an eight round fight with Detroit native Craig Lewis, in the once infamous city of Deadwood, South Dakota this...... Read More

Real concerns for New Zealand history

With Rogers Rabbits taking a breather this week, Ryan Wood steps up to the plate with an in-depth look at the myths in our history.   Interest in New Zealand history has experienced a revival in recent years, particularly in regards to the New...... Read More

Skin benefits of vitamin A

I often get asked: "What is your favourite skincare brand?” and I have to say I don't actually have one particular favourite brand. What I do like are particular ingredients that healthy skin must have. These would be my favourite base...... Read More

Looking after our pets the best way we can

We are a nation of animal lovers. A recent report confirmed 64 per cent of New Zealand households have at least one companion animal - more than anywhere in the world except the USA. Numerous studies have shown that people’s lives are enriched...... Read More

Improper names for proper things

I remember very clearly the day I discovered raisins were actually dried grapes. It was shocking and embarrassing at the same time. I nearly fell off my tricycle, which can be quite dangerous when you’re 28. Not a slow dawning, like gradually...... Read More

Think of the children

Blended families are not without their challenges. Ensuring everyone is happy  can take time and patience. It’s equally important to make sure you have your legal affairs in place - if you don’t have the right legal structures in place...... Read More

Learning to be your own biggest fan in life

"The way you tell your story to yourself matters." Amy Cuddy How you see yourself is how others will see you. If you consider you have no power, then that is what other will believe. If you think you are lovable, that’s how people...... Read More

Backyard Paradise

Summer days start early at Orewa beach on the Hibiscus Coast. Dogs and their owners are the first of many to footprint the sand as they perform their daily ritual. Cheery good mornings exchanged, balls thrown, and paddles at the water's edge before...... Read More

Volunteering makes a difference, doesn't it?

Almost everybody accepts the wisdom that volunteering is good for the community and that, in general, volunteering makes you a better person by helping others in need. So why don’t we just pay these people? If there is a need for a specific service,...... Read More

Is your exercise regime hurting your skin?

Clients who come to see us  for a holistic skincare consultation are often surprised when we ask them about their exercise regime. Whether they pump weights at the gym or do Saturday morning yoga may seem neither here nor there to them in terms...... Read More

Addressing the heffalump in the room

This week, Jim Bunny ventures out of the warren to share his thoughts  on an issue that keeps on growing.   It must be coming. Surely. I sense, because of all the fomenting over Rogers Rabbits two weeks ago, a cynical, insensitive assault...... Read More