This isn't a new diet disguised as a 'lifestyle change', and it's not another guilt-inducing article about avoiding anything delicious. Sarah Heeringa surveys expert opinions and comes up with five simple principles for eating well, enjoying food and staying healthy Are any of us truly happy

When Sharad Paul told his friends he was opening a bookshop they wondered how he would find the time. Like the shelves of his Auckland store Baci, Sharad’s life is full of variety and packed to the rafters. Words Sophie Bond He’s a surgeon and novelist with

Can a birthday party be a memorable celebration of another year in your child’s life without turning into a wasteland of cheap plastic, rubbish food and wanton commercialism? Party veteran Sarah Heeringa offers 22 tips for hosting great green parties for kids of all ages.  Sarah Heeringa. Sylists

Most of us spend our weekdays at work, but at what cost to our health and happiness? Here's how to make quick, cheap and effective changes to your work environment that'll help make you and your colleagues happier, healthier, greener and more productive. Photo: Jeff Brass

As you watch water gurgle down your sink, shower or tub, you've probably thought about reusing in the garden or to flush the toilet. But beware: environmental health professionals advise caution. Words Andy Kenworthy As you watch water gurgle down the drain from your sink, shower, bathtub

The peaceful environment of Manawa Ridge, near Waihi, is truly inspiring—and so are its owners, who built the mud-brick and straw-bale retreat by hand. Annabel McAleer visits their adobe dream house Words Annabel McAleer. Photographs Elton McAleer. Carla van de Veen believes there’s something special about the

The future of modern building looks modular Words Sophie Bond There’s more than one way to build a house, and not everyone wants to grapple with the uncertain cost and complications of a new build. One solution is modular housing. Sophie Bond investigates Prefabricated housing may conjure up

Chocolate is a rich treat—often made with ingredients produced by the world’s poorest. Sarah Heeringa indulges in some fair trade recipes that deliver a chocoholic bite—without a bitter aftertaste. By Sarah Heeringa. Chocolate cake, chocolate fudge, or straight from the block … whatever way you take it, there’s nothing quite like chocolate

Cold, damp and filled with toxins—we sure know how to build ’em. Many of our houses seem better suited to growing toxic moulds than raising healthy children. Attack the problem with the typical arsenal of household cleaners and you’re likely to add to the unhealthy conditions. Are

Stylist Susan Elijas shows how to create a new chair covering in eight steps, using a fine-looking hemp fabric from Hemptech You will need: An old chair Approximately 1 x 2.5 metres of sturdy fabric (depending on size and style of chair) Sewing machine and thread Sharp scissors Staple gun or

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