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Articles all about our country, your favourites like food, wine, family, your home, gardening, retirement living and yes, something about pets also.

The Best Years Of Your Life?

"Age should not have its face lifted but it should rather teach the world to admire wrinkles as the etching of experience and the firm line of character." - Clarence Day, US writer.

Spinach & Ricotta Rolls

I’ve always loved sausage rolls, but I particularly enjoy this combination – it reminds me of my mum. She used to make a similar recipe when I was at school, and coming home to the smell of them in the oven was always a welcome treat.

Ding! How A Kitchen Timer Changed My Life

If there’s one gadget I would never part with, it’s my kitchen timer - not because I ever actually use it for baking! Rather, I use my kitchen timer to improve my health and well-being in a multitude of different ways.

Savoury Bliss Balls

Looking for an easily transported savoury snack thats also good for you? Try these bliss balls, they're great for afternoon treats, snacks on the run and lunch box fillers. Try them dipped in hummus or natural yoghurt.

After-Bloom Spring Bulb Care

Beautiful spring bulbs have been lighting up the country since late-winter. Now is the time to care for your spent bulbs so they have the best chance of blooming again, next spring.

Is NZ Super Enough To Fund A Comfortable Retirement?

It's no secret New Zealand has an aging population. As medical care improves, we’re living longer – on average, 80% of Kiwi men aged 65 can expect to live until they’re 90, and women until they’re 94. A longer life means a longer retirement, and a longer retirement means more spending.

Zucchini Slice

Perfect to take for lunch at work, or a light dinner at home. You could serve this zucchini slice with some sour cream or tomato relish on the side.