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New year’s resolutions are great in theory, much harder in practice. We asked two experts for their top tips on how to turn your goals into reality. Plus: Five eco-friendly resolutions 1. Timing isn’t everything Antipodeans have it lucky when January 1 finally rolls around. Our spring cleaning is

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

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

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

As darkness and winter chills kick in there’s comfort—primal pleasure even—in the sight of leaping flames. If you love fire, what’re your best options? As darkness and winter chills kick in there’s comfort—primal pleasure even—in the sight of leaping flames. Trouble is, open fires are hopelessly

Niki Harré, senior psychology lecturer, believes so. In the first of our Green Room discussions, she tells us why integrity matters. Niki Harré, senior psychology lecturer, believes so. In the first of our Green Room discussions, she tells us why integrity matters.   It’s tempting to believe

Take the world’s most reliable, constant and universal waste product, and use it to fuel cars, planes and homes. Sound far-fetched? Vicki Buck, ex-mayor of Christchurch, is doing just that She took on local politics, the education system and now Vicki Buck is emerging as an

Sally Jackson, author of the new book Hot Springs of New Zealand lists her top five hot springs worth a visit on your next road trip  Photography Maryann Williams Welcome Flat Hot Pools As life-enriching goals go, here's a fun one: visiting every hot spring in the country. Hot

Seed saviour Kay Baxter founded the Koanga Institute, beloved by Kiwi gardeners for reviving New Zealand’s almost-lost food plants. Francesca Price heads east to meet a 60s chick who is still trying to change the world Gardening guru, seed saver, guardian of the nation’s food supply

From allergy prevention to zero waste, we help you through your 21st-century home renovation. Make sure your home ends up healthier and comfier after your do-up: start here We Kiwis spend billions renovating our homes. So why aren’t we all warmer and more comfortable? We need

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