Know your Local Real Estate

Client focus leads to success

Providing advice on market conditions, legal compliance, and preparation of a property for sale are three key components of Derek Roser's work with clients. “Clients regard me more as a property advisor rather than a salesperson.” An... Read More

Health & Beauty

here is no cure for the common cold

If you get a cold or flu this winter it might just pay to stay at home wrapped up, sipping lemon and honey and downing a few paracetamol. Because Consumer NZ suggests ditching the trip to the chemist to collect a myriad of cold and flu remedies, stating... Read More

Kids Corner

New resources to combat bullying

New online resources to support schools, parents and their communities to tackle bullying are being launched this Bullying-Free NZ Week. The resources will include a new parent pack with information and tips for parents, carers and whanau on how to deal... Read More


Government delivers Budget 2017

The ninth budget delivered by a National-led government was unveiled in Wellington on Thursday. Finance Minister Steven Joyce's first budget focuses on investing in the country's infrastructure and public services, plus reducing debt as a... Read More


Three top awards for Mangatawa Tari

Mangatawa Tari was recently nominated for the NZ Commercial Awards and was successful with three top national architecture and construction awards – the Gold Award, Value Award – NZ Commercial Under $2 million, and a National Commercial Special... Read More


Pet of the Week - Jagger

Hi, my name is Jagger. I am a pretty laid-back boy looking for a new home. I was sadly abandoned in a box with my litter mates. I am such a softy, a little more relaxed compared to my litter mates. I love to play and cuddle so if you can offer me a loving... Read More


A tense and thrilling affair

The game between close rivals Greerton Marist and Rangataua this Saturday is set to be a tense and thrilling affair. Hosted by Greerton Marist Recreation and Community Sports Club, the game on May 27 is the first of a proposed two-yearly charity rugby... Read More


The big yeasty debate

The issue polarises families. They are one or the other. They are either Marmite or Vegemite. Like they are Protestant or Roman Catholic. They are never both. My family was Marmite. The next door neighbours were Vegemite. It defined us. But it's... Read More


Competing to be the very best

They have to be the best of the best – at everything. They don't know what will be thrown at them but they do know that they have to ace it and be better than everyone else. But managing director of Mount Crossfit Luke McGruer knows his team... Read More


Lovely, quiet and looking for a home

Hi, my name is Carlie. I am a lovely, quiet girl looking for a new home. I had been looked after for a while with my kittens but unfortunately a change of circumstance meant we could not stay any longer. I was a little nervous at first, but I have come... Read More

Kids Corner

How Kiwi kids are faring at four

The latest report from the Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal study shows that 14 per cent of Kiwi kids are classified as overweight or obese by the age of four. 'Now we are 4' provides a comprehensive look at how Kiwi kids from the study... Read More

Health & Beauty

Budget sweetener for the ambos

The Budget will provide for 375 new emergency medical and paramedic roles over the next four years. Fifty-nine of those roles will be based in the Bay of Plenty and will ensure all road ambulance call-outs are double crewed by 2021. “It'll... Read More


Time to plant spring bulbs

If you want early flowers this spring you must get your bulbs in soon because they require the chilling that comes with winter. Yes, unfortunately it's hard to manipulate bulbs to flower when you want, according to Paul Hoek at NZ Bulbs, and this... Read More


Half of us need a coffee kick-start

If you feel you can't get through the morning without a coffee to kick-start things – don't worry, a new survey suggest you are not alone. A survey of 1902 Kiwis reveals 44 per cent need a coffee to get them going in the morning. Also,... Read More


Wrap Mum up warm this winter

There's plenty of options to keep Mum warm during the cooler nights this winter, with a large range of new season dressing gowns and nighties from Langtons Lingerie. From trendy to traditional, the Grey St store has plenty of different dressing... Read More


'The best air anywhere'

Heat pump/air conditioning units are recognised as one of the best means of keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Buyers have also quickly recognised the advancement of technology and new designs available, says Webber Refrigeration... Read More


Passchendaele competition launched

Ten senior students will get the opportunity to join the 100th anniversary commemorations of the Battle of Passchendaele in Belgium later this year, as part of a competition for schools and kura. Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Minister for Arts, Culture... Read More

Health & Beauty

Have you tried tinting?

Have you ever gone out with your best friend to the movies? And when you came out after a tearjerker, your best friend looked fine while you've got the eyes of a raccoon. How did she do it? The answer: lash tinting. Women know that wearing mascara... Read More


Effective learning for the kids

NumberWorks'nWords was established in 1984 and is part of Crimson Education. The tuition caters for 11 levels of the school curriculum and NumberWorks'nWords centres collectively deliver more than 120,000 lessons every term. NumberWorks'nWords... Read More


Keep warm this winter with new curtains

The team at Harvey Furnishings say it's time to make sure your home will be warm and cosy for the winter months ahead. Having good quality curtains is an ideal way to keep the heat in and save on power bills, says manager Chris Lambie. Chris and... Read More