Health & Lifestyle

Don’t let Christmas be a turkey

With 2020 crashing on us like a wrecking ball, it’s no surprise that for some ‘being jolly’ these holidays might feel a bit of a stretch. But with health being on a lot of people’s minds, the added thought of Christmas just around...... Read More

Cuisine - Festive feasting

Christmas, New Year and the barbecue season. Not only is the festive season coming at us faster than anyone can believe, the warm weather has had everyone out scrubbing their barbecues in anticipation of celebratory times and outdoor eating. I love this...... Read More

Science - Vaccines to the rescue

While New Zealand is among a small group of countries doing well in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, the broader world situation is dire. It’s not surprising, then, that the announcement that the initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 95 per cent...... Read More

Health - Slimming down for summer

If the mere mention of having to squeeze into your summer beach wear is a scary idea, then perhaps this may be of interest. It seems that losing weight is a very hot topic, and there is no shortage of info around in that area. However, like anything...... Read More

Listen up, new mums

Over the years many new mothers and babies have walked through my door, but it was not until mid-October 2017 that I was really able to understand what life was like for a new parent. This is when my daughter Lauren was born. It is with all honesty that...... Read More

Homebuilders - ’Tis the season …

Varying emotions, from bliss to mortal dread, can be activated by the approach of Christmas. Expectations that are pitched too high can rob us of the joy of the holiday season, leaving a trail of disappointment, stress and debt in its wake. Getting clear...... Read More

‘Tis the season to be gouty

With the excesses of eating and drinking that often accompany Christmas and the summer holidays, it would appear that ‘the gout Season’ is upon us. Gout is a form of arthritis and a gout ‘attack’ usually comes on very quickly...... Read More

Nutrition - Plan your meals

Goodness me! After the crazy mixed-up year that it has been, it is hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner. As if life wasn’t hectic enough, Christmas seems to ramp up the busyness and rushing, with all the festive events, planning...... Read More

Cuisine - Terrific tarts

There’s much to celebrate about late spring. Whenever I think about spring food, I dream about my ideal meal. Wonderful pink lamb, new potatoes with sweet spring butter and fresh mint, and a pile of bright green asparagus and broad beans. Gorgeous! Spring...... Read More

Science - Natural gas? It’s as bad as coal

Natural gas is a fossil fuel that consists almost entirely of methane, which is a molecule that consists of a carbon atom bonded to four hydrogen atoms. Methane is 86 times more damaging than carbon dioxide (CO2) as a heat-trapping greenhouse gas. The...... Read More