2018

Cauliflower Pizza

19 October 2018

Who knew 10 years ago we would be replacing our starches with Cauliflower! There is cauliflower rice and cauliflower mash and even whole roasted cauliflower! This is a very versatile vegetable.

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Good Investment Advice

19 October 2018

One of the barriers to people working with a financial adviser is knowing who to talk to. The relationship between an adviser and a client is founded on trust and it takes time to develop. There is an element of risk in putting your trust in someone when you don’t them that well, but there are some signals that can indicate whether you are talking to the right person.

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Bread alternatives - Julie Buckley

12 October 2018

Bread alternatives normally taste terrible and eggy or dry and nothing like the real thing. This bread is life changing, not because it tastes like the addictive stuff that is hard to give up but because it is dense, tasty and satisfying. It makes a great base for many toppings or slathered with butter or nut butter.

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How photography can enhance mental resilience

12 October 2018

The theme of World Mental Health Day (10 Oct) is young people and mental health in a changing world, and it recognises that children and young adults are facing a crisis in mental health with fast-rising rates of anxiety, self-harm and depression.

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Funding prospect for walking and cycling in southern suburbs

12 October 2018

Wellington City Council is aiming to secure up to $24 million in Government funding for walking and cycling improvements in the city’s southern suburbs – Island Bay, Berhampore, Newtown and Mt Cook.

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SPENDING THE KIDS’ INHERITANCE

12 October 2018

Successive generations always seem to be better off than the last. Our parents had a better standard of living than their parents and our children seem set to have a much more than we ever had.

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A fresh crop of Mini Motocross Champions

10 October 2018

There were plenty of fresh faces on the various podiums at the 2018 New Zealand Mini Motocross Championships near Porirua at the weekend.

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Don't miss the Kāpiti Arts Trail

9 October 2018

Want a great weekend out exploring all the artistry the Kāpiti Coast has to offer? Then don’t miss the explosion of colour and creativity that is the Kāpiti Arts Trail.

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New IPCC report marks ‘end of magical thinking’ about climate change - UC expert

9 October 2018

Limiting global warming to 1.5​C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the IPCC said in a new assessment released today (2pm Monday 8 October NZTime). With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5​C compared to 2​C could go hand-in-hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said today.

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Seniors’ Week as good as gold

9 October 2018

Wellington City Council is proud to be supporting its biggest Te Wiki Kaumātua Seniors’ Week programme – celebrating, engaging and connecting the capital’s older residents.

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Let nature In

8 October 2018

Monday 8 October marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week here in NZ. This year’s theme is: Let nature in, strengthen your wellbeing – Mā te taiao kia whakapakari tōu oranga!

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Starting Out as a Share Investor

7 October 2018

Investing in shares is becoming a popular option with young people keen to get ahead. It’s much easier than investing in property. The entry cost is much lower (you can literally start with just a few dollars), you don’t have to borrow money to invest, there are no rules and regulations to restrict you, and you don’t have all the hassles of maintenance and dealing with tenants.

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First bike share scheme launches in Wellington

7 October 2018

Wellington City’s first bike share scheme was launched yesterday (6 October) as a six-month trial that will see 200 fixed-gear bicycles available for hire around the central city.

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Council grants a tower of strength for heritage

4 October 2018

Thirteen properties have received $450,000 in funding from the Built Heritage Incentive Fund (BHIF), continuing the Council’s commitment to heritage, tourism, the community, and the safety of future generations.

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Wellington Businessman makes mainstrem media news in USA promoting Socially Responsible Investing

3 October 2018

New Zealand - Robbie Schneider, a noted financial specialist has recently spent time in USA discussing his business Succession First, a niche investment service that helps people get involved in SRI. Financial advisor, Robbie Schneider offers a solution that the consumer can easily understand.

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Lack of exercise putting pressure on Kiwis’ health

2 October 2018

Lack of exercise is putting pressure on the health of many Kiwis, a leading New Zealand exercise expert says.

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Is it time to reset your anxiety system?

2 October 2018

One of the ways in which I explain anxiety to my clients is: “it's a mind/body system by which our subconscious mind (i.e. our out of conscious awareness) alerts our conscious mind (i.e. our conscious awareness) to potential danger.”

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Public-space plaudits for our waterfront

28 September 2018

The stunning design of the almost-complete north Kumutoto public space on Wellington’s waterfront has been recognised with two awards for landscape architects Isthmus Group.

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Get the picture and give us your best shot

28 September 2018

Wellington’s Botanic Garden is celebrating its 150th anniversary, and it’s looking pretty as a picture – so give us your best shot..

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How to be a Billionaire

28 September 2018

They say the best way to become a billionaire is to act like one. You can find the secrets of billionaires in their values, beliefs and strategies which, if you study them, can guide you to great wealth.

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Council proceeds with HNZ lease

27 September 2018

Wellington City Council has agreed to lease its newly built 104-unit social housing complex in Mt Cook to Housing New Zealand (HNZ) in what has been described as a “win-win-win” deal.

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Rainbow crossing to shine with pride in capital

27 September 2018

Wellington’s Rainbow Crossing will soon become a reality, with the controlled crossing to be officially opened on 10 October to coincide with the birthday of one of the city’s most iconic transgender activists, Carmen Rupe (1936-2011).

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Blockworks to unveil how NZ business is rapidly changing

26 September 2018

Blockworks, clearly the biggest and most significant event to consider the benefits and impacts of the burgeoning blockchain technology in New Zealand, will be held in Auckland on October 12.

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Change to University of Wellington approved

24 September 2018

Victoria University of Wellington’s Council has confirmed its earlier draft decision to change the University’s name to ‘University of Wellington’.

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Planning for a Market Crash

21 September 2018

For a while now, there has been talk of a possible share market crash. Since the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, share markets have shown a strong upward trend, and we have forgotten what it’s like when returns are negative.

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Top staff don’t have to be Aucklanders to be winners – Alpine Energy ceo

20 September 2018


Winner of the New Zealand executive assistant (EA) of the year award Nyia Strachan may come from one of New Zealand’s smallest cities but she would still be the best EA if she worked in Auckland, her boss Alpine Energy chief executive Andrew Tombs says.

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NZ facing growing number of cyber incidents

20 September 2018

Kiwis will continue to face record digital threats and cyber incidents every month, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

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The funky C-HR adds even more spice

18 September 2018

Toyota has enhanced the daring styling of the C-HR compact SUV with the availability of a two-tone paint scheme on a new Limited variant.

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New Wellington social housing site completed

17 September 2018

Te Māra apartments – 104 new social housing units built by Wellington City Council – were blessed in a dawn ceremony today (Monday 17 September).

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Waterfront lagoon name highlighted

17 September 2018

Confusion about the name of Wellington’s waterfront lagoon will be no more, with Whairepo Lagoon now etched into the landscape.

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Wellington City Council unveils new rental model for inner city

15 September 2018

A New Zealand-first model to help bring more affordable and quality rental accommodation to the central city has been unveiled in Wellington.

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Wellington eyes flock of te reo reserve names during Te Wiki o te reo Māori

14 September 2018

Wellington City Council is embracing Te Wiki o te reo Māori by proposing to name several new reserves after native birds.

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Understand Your KiwiSaver

14 September 2018

A recent survey done by the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) for Money Week shows that we still have a lot to learn about KiwiSaver.

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A first for NZ: Delta Insurance releases cover for intellectual property

10 September 2018

Kiwi businesses can now afford to protect themselves against intellectual property (IP) risks, thanks to an audacious move by Delta Insurance.

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Eye-watering deal for NZ medical business

10 September 2018

New Zealand company ODocs Eye Care has signed its first overseas international partnership with Riyadh’s King Saud University, which is the biggest medical university in the Arab world.

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FRIDAY NIGHT

9 September 2018

When I thought up this joke on the way to the bank, I was laughing all the way to the bank. I put lots of money in the bank; I guess a genius and money are soon parted. I don’t bank my pennies though, because I burn through them so fast I keep them in a rather large urn. I guess a penny saved is a penny urned.

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Focus on Spending, Not Saving

7 September 2018

There is no question that it is hard to save – and harder for some people than for others. While it might be prudent to save 10% of your income towards your retirement, not everyone has an income high enough to do this. A focus on saving often results in feelings of guilt, failure and inadequacy which lead to a vicious circle of saving even less, and feeling even worse. With a fixed income, it is the level of spending that determines how much is saved.

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Mentoring initiative supports food for thought

6 September 2018

Wellington City Council and The Sustainable Business Network are excited to announce the four winners of the 2018 Good Food Boost programme – giving fledgling food businesses the wings to fly.

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Huge number of Kiwis say they will soon start structured exercising

3 September 2018

A total of 176,000 New Zealanders says they will definitely start exercising at a gym or fitness facility in the next 12 months according to a survey by an Auckland research company.

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Council proposes changes to alcohol ban areas

1 September 2018

Wellington City Council is reviewing the current Liquor Control bylaw and has proposed some changes to the alcohol ban areas.

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Stay alert at intersections campaign launch

30 August 2018

This spring, drivers across the Wellington region will receive the message to stay alert at intersections.

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User pays for weekend car-parking in Wellington

30 August 2018

Wellington City Council has agreed to proceed to a user-pays model with parking at weekends.

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ARE YOU READY TO WOW DAD AND THE REST OF YOUR FAMILY THIS SUNDAY WITH A DELICIOUS HEALTHY FATHERS DAY BRUNCH?

30 August 2018

This healthy-fat laden hollandaise sauce is made with the egg yolks left over from making the grain free bread. I posted that recipe a few weeks ago.

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Is agritech destined to save New Zealand?

29 August 2018

Agritech could be destined to save the New Zealand economy, leading New Zealand tech expert Graeme Muller says.

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The National Library

29 August 2018

Situated at the corner of Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Wellington’s National Library houses a huge amount of wonderful resources for the entrepreneurial researcher.

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WHAT IS A TREAT?

26 August 2018

When I was a child a treat was a special food to be eaten on special occasions such as birthdays. These days treats have become everyday foods and unfortunately all of that sugar and starch we are eating every day is having a massive impact on our health.

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Share Investing for Kids

26 August 2018

One of the greatest gifts you can give your kids is to teach them about money. It has been shown many times over that while academic success can lead to higher paying jobs, it is financial capability that gives young people the ability to create wealth. The earlier you start teaching kids about money the better. It just got easier to do that with the launch of Sharesies Kids Accounts.

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Lyall Bay restoration ‘dune’ the right thing

23 August 2018

Work is well underway in creating a new sand dune at Lyall Bay, and restoring Surfers' Corner at the popular south coast beach.

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PAs crucial to successful businesses and organisations

23 August 2018

A New Zealand business leader has come in to bat for many unsung personal assistants (PAs), just weeks out from the annual New Zealand Office and PA Show.

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Better structure for burgeoning yoga exercise – conference

21 August 2018

Yoga teachers want to introduce quality standards for yoga teacher training and support in New Zealand for yoga teachers.

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City lawns getting spring TLC

18 August 2018

Spring is almost here – and it’s time for Wellington City Council’s lawn renovations programme to get rolling.

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Investing with a Conscience

18 August 2018

Investing in managed funds such as KiwiSaver is a great way to save for retirement. For investors with small amounts or who wish to make regular, small contributions, managed funds offer a cost-effective, simple solution with diversification to help reduce investment risk.

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Wellington Mayor pays tribute to basketball stalwart

18 August 2018


Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has paid tribute to local basketball stalwart Justin Toebes following his death earlier this week.

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The Power of our Breath

17 August 2018

Imagine taking a leisurely walk in the park when a gun wielding man emerges from the bushes a few feet in front of you and demands you hand over your wallet/purse.

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Whittaker’s launch their first permanent store

16 August 2018

Whittaker’s has launched their very first permanent store which is located through customs in Auckland International Airport. The store opened yesterday and will be accessible to anyone travelling internationally from Auckland.

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Convention Centre & Movie Museum - announcement

16 August 2018

Wellington City Council and The Movie Museum Limited (TMML) have today announced a mutually-agreed parting of the ways for a joint project between the Council’s Convention Centre and TMML’s Movie Museum, which were proposed for Cable Street in central Wellington. Both parties remain optimistic for the future of their respective projects.

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Boxing classes better for people with brain diseases

15 August 2018

A New Zealand boxing-fitness expert is urging Kiwis with chronic neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s to lead more physically active lives and start boxing.

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WHY GO NATURAL?

15 August 2018

Hi there. Welcome to my first blog post. My name is Theresa Joyce. I've been an internationally qualified beauty therapist for the last 30 years, with 7 of those years abroad. Where have those years gone? Its true that time flies when you're having fun!! And yes... I so love my work.

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Success stories as strengthening deadline looms

15 August 2018

A clampdown on dangerous buildings in Wellington has sparked some unexpected transformations in the historic Cuba Street quarter as the deadline for remedial work looms

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WHANGAREI LEADING NZ’S CHARGE IN THE EV WORLD

13 August 2018

Whangarei, winner of the most electric vehicle friendly-town in New Zealand award, has a big advantage over other regions.

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Mayor welcomes plastic bag ban

11 August 2018

The Government’s decision to phase out single-use plastic shopping bags is being hailed by Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and local government leaders.

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Give yourself time to worry

10 August 2018

In last week’s blog I wrote about the difference between normal and problematic worrying and how categorising our worries can help us to deal with it. This week I’m sharing another practical, effective technique for controlling problematic worry – Worry Time.

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Johnsonville Community Hub taking shape

10 August 2018

Construction of the $22-million hub, on the corner of Moorefield Road and Frankmoore Avenue, is on track and it is scheduled to open in December 2019.

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Residential Care

10 August 2018

One of the biggest fears for retirees is the prospect of ending life in a rest home, and seeing the family fortune eaten up by fees. While at any given time only around 5-7% of people over the age of 65 are living in residential care, statistics show that just under 40% of older people die in care.

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The Hop Garden

9 August 2018

I discovered a wonderful little pub in Wellington last night. I’ve been living in Mount Victoria for the last year and a half, and while I’ve walked past The Hop Garden a few times, I had never been inside.

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Major international agritech announcement expected for NZ

8 August 2018

In less than a fortnight, more than 30 New Zealand agritech leaders will make history in Silicon Valley.

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Worry Time

4 August 2018

It’s estimated we have between 12,000-80,000 thoughts per day. A large proportion of these thoughts involve us asking ourselves....

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Life – Why it has to change.

4 August 2018

When a major change in your life hits you, some people handle it well and others at times struggle. The fact is life is always changing, and well, it kind of has to. If it wasn’t so big or so shocking, we probably would not call it a change at all.

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What Young People Need to Know

3 August 2018

The basic principles of financial success do not change over time. Despite this, younger generations don’t always take on board the lessons learned by their parents and grandparents.

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Medical Emergency

2 August 2018

Last Saturday I bought an herb, mint. It grew nicely for a week or so, now it’s wilting. I think this is because I put it into a glass jar (because I’m a hippy and don’t like plastic) and there were no holes in the bottom. I realised yesterday the soil was still water-logged, so today I transferred it back to plastic.

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Wellington City approves record number of dwellings

2 August 2018

Wellington City is on the right track to cope with a population boom after approving a record number of new dwellings, says Mayor Justin Lester.

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Explaining Agile as a Sandwich

2 August 2018

Agile allows teams to deliver things of greatest value for the stakeholders every single time. But what do I mean by that and how?

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Sisters Soup Kitchen named supreme winner at 2018 Wellington City Community Awards

28 July 2018

At the 2018 Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards last night, long-running community care providers Compassion Soup Kitchen were honoured as Supreme Winner for their commitment to helping vulnerable people.

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Wellington’s inaugural Accessibility Awards honour inclusiveness

28 July 2018

Nine Wellington organisations were last night honoured at Wellington City Council’s inaugural Accessibility Awards for their efforts to help make Wellington more accessible for everyone.

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Money When You Need It

27 July 2018

There is nothing complicated about money; you either spend it or save it. Over the course of a lifetime it mostly gets spent, so saving is just money to be set aside for spending at some point in the future.

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The 3 keys to regaining control of your stress

27 July 2018

To stop stress impacting adversely on our performance, health and enjoyment of life there are three key things we need to do. But, before I discuss those three things, let’s take a look at what stress is.

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FOR MINT

26 July 2018

I bought you at Pak N’ Save for three dollars. I haven’t been with a mint plant for a few years, so I was a little shy. But you’re not judgemental so I don’t seem to have a problem opening up, the way you open up your frondy goodness to me.

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NZ’s top exercise industry body backs calls for tighter guidelines

24 July 2018

The country’s top exercise industry body, ExerciseNZ, is behind the call for industry-wide guidelines around high intensity workouts including a weekly maximum time limit for this type of training for gym-goers.

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Investing Without Risk

21 July 2018

As every investor knows, there is no such thing as a completely risk-free investment, and the lower the investment risk, the lower the investment return is likely to be.

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Investor Confidence Rating results for three agencies released

19 July 2018

The Treasury has today released the latest round of Investor Confidence Rating (ICR) results for three public sector agencies. The ICR assesses how well investment-intensive government agencies are managing their investments and assets and highlights areas for performance improvement.

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5 instant ways to switch off the stress response

13 July 2018

Have you heard about the Vagus Nerve? It’s the most important nerve you perhaps didn’t know you had.

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The Sunset Years

13 July 2018

As the saying goes, there is nothing more certain in life than death and taxes. The minute we are born we are on a gradual path towards the inevitable, while paying taxes along the way! Around the age of eighty people start to become conscious of their mortality. Beyond this point, a traumatic health event, such as surgery, a critical illness or a serious fracture, can trigger a sudden decline in overall health which may be difficult to recover from.

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Explore flavours of the world with new additions to Whittaker’s Destinations

13 July 2018

Whittaker’s have searched the world for the finest ingredients to showcase in their world class chocolate and created three delicious new flavours to add to their premium 100g Destinations. The new flavours give Whittaker’s Chocolate Lovers a chance to enjoy the tastes of Colombia, Madagascar, and Australia.

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If the whale’s gone, the fireworks are on

13 July 2018

A sighting of a southern right whale/tohorā in the Moa Point area yesterday morning – and no sightings for at least two days of a whale in Wellington Harbour – raises the prospect that Wellington’s first Matariki fireworks display will go ahead this weekend.

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Victoria University academic curates major exhibition in London

11 July 2018

Victoria University of Wellington’s Senior Lecturer in Art History, Dr Peter Brunt has co-curated the United Kingdom’s first major show to explore Oceanic art, at London’s Royal Academy of Arts.

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The Night in Mt Victoria

8 July 2018

I went outside (inadvertently) to use nature’s restroom you see – one of my housemates has a room a little close to the toilet and I didn’t want to wake him. I looked up, and here’s what I saw...

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Knowing When to Retire

6 July 2018

Choosing the time to retire is a key life decision that some people find extremely difficult. No doubt we can all think of someone who has stayed in the workforce a bit too long. There are a number of reasons why people can be reluctant to retire.

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Lexus’ electrifying start to 2018

6 July 2018

The luxury brand is the only prestige marque to have double figure sales increases – up 17 per cent to the end of June over last year.

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A four step approach to mastering your stress ....

6 July 2018

There are four key steps that we need to take in order to regain, and maintain, control over our stress and anxiety:

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How Cool is Karaka Café?

4 July 2018

Once a month I go to this café. If you haven’t been there, and you’re something of an intrepid explorer with good taste, go check it out.

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NZTech and NZBio combine tech forces

4 July 2018

New Zealand is beginning to witness unprecedented opportunities in areas of technology convergence as cutting-edge and world-first technology continues to accelerate and merge.

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Technology makes freedom camping more sustainable

3 July 2018

We’re pleased to announce a new trial of a donation scheme launching in Wellington – using existing sensors to support a free travel app designed to make freedom camping easier and more sustainable, with the ability for campers to make a koha.

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AI and IoT changing the face of NZ dairying

2 July 2018

A fledgling New Zealand agritech company run by a rising Kiwi entrepreneur who has worked for Rocket Lab has raised $8 million, from Silicon Valley venture capital firm Data Collective, which is likely to result in massive changes to the nation’s burgeoning dairy industry.

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100TECHWOMEN PROJECT LAUNCHING THIS MONTH

2 July 2018

NZTech Women will this month launch 100TechWomen which will feature a collection of inspiring stories from New Zealand’s brightest female tech talent from around the country.

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Hannah Shand Art Exhibition

1 July 2018

Solo Art Exhibition: Held at Zealandia Ecosanctuary (gallery space on the stairwell up to Rata café)

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Writing about your core values is powerful and beneficial

29 June 2018

Research tells us that writing about our core values is one of the most effective psychological interventions we can engage in.

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Getting Back on Track

29 June 2018

Here we are half way through the year, with distant memories of summer, the start of the New Year and all those resolutions that were made. In the middle of winter, everything seems like a hard grind. In the darkness and cold it is easy to let go of promises made to get fit, lose weight and save more.

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Wellington City Council adopts visionary 10-Year-Plan

28 June 2018

Wellington City Council has chosen a course of growth and future-proofing the city for the next 50 years while also bringing forward work on sewage sludge growth and flood protection.

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Over 50? Whats next?

24 June 2018

So you are getting close to 50 years old or maybe you are like me and now into your 50's?

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Letting Go of Anxiety Arousing Thoughts

22 June 2018

When I was staring down the barrel of redundancy for the first time in my career, I experienced anxiety and stress big time. The trigger for my anxiety was a combination of intrusive, negative, distressing thoughts and images.

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AT LAST, A NEW GENERATION OF SANITARY PADS THAT TICKS ALL THE BOXES!

22 June 2018

Drion sanitary products are hypoallergenic, ultra-absorbent and technologically advanced, and support menstrual comfort. They contain a green strip infused with far infrared rays and negative ions. Drion sanitary products also help minimise vaginal odours.

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New era of stylish, dynamic, emotional design at Toyota

21 June 2018

The latest Prius Prime Plug-in Hybrid, C-HR, Camry and soon to be launched Corolla are a result of Toyota’s global president Akio Toyoda challenging the company’s designers to create cars that speak to people’s emotions.

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Yoga surging in popularity around NZ

20 June 2018

Tomorrow is international yoga day and yoga is surging in popularity all around New Zealand, while organised sport is in decline, Exercise NZ chief executive Richard Beddie says.

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WHAT DOES THE LAW SAY ABOUT TESTING AND TAGGING ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT?

18 June 2018

The Electrical (Safety) Regulations 2010 require all electrical equipment and fittings that are available for use in the workplace, in rental or leased accommodation, or are offered for hire, to be electrically safe.

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Customers the winners as insurtech investment ramps up

18 June 2018

The rapid rise of tech companies working in the insurance market and investment by traditional insurance firms into new advanced technologies is expected to lead to better deals for customers in coming years, InsurTechNZ chair Jason Roberts says.

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Funding approved for bike network projects

18 June 2018

More of Wellington City’s cycle network will be under way in the next few months following confirmation that the Government will fund the eastern suburbs cycling projects that the Council has recently approved.

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Thirty solutions to address Wellington housing

17 June 2018

Wellington City Council is looking at a 30-piece tool kit to tackle housing affordability, availability and quality as the capital faces increasing housing demand over the next 25 years – an approach welcomed by the Government.

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What is most important to you?

15 June 2018

The light-bulb moment that changed the direction of my life for ever, was when a fellow trainee coach read out to me the core values he’d just elicited from me. I thought he was reading from someone else’s values listing, because the ones he was reading out didn’t align with my perception of who I was.

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Planning for Retirement

15 June 2018

Your retirement years are around a third of your adult life and it’s worth planning ahead to make sure they are the best years of your life. Approaching retirement age is a bit like running up to the finishing line after a marathon race. A big spurt of effort is needed just at a time when you feel like giving up and taking it easy.

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Matariki events shine across the Capital

12 June 2018

ReCut, Ahi Kā, and the Sky Show are all part of the Capital’s Matariki calendar – but we’re also proud supporters of many smaller events, exhibitions, and initiatives celebrating the Māori New Year.

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Grenfell Tower fire and ACP panel investigation – Wellington City Council update

12 June 2018

Following the tragic fire in the Grenfell Tower in London and, in New Zealand, a nationwide MBIE request to gather information about buildings clad in aluminium composite panels, Wellington City Council has identified 113 buildings with aluminium composite panelling.

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Digital principles set up to help NZ businesses evolve

12 June 2018

The digital revolution that has begun will change, redefine and disrupt almost every sector across the country, New Zealand Techleaders chair David Kennedy says.

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New communications and digital centre north of Wellington

12 June 2018

New Zealand Police has signed a lease for a new building in Paraparaumu, north of Wellington.

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Building Your Personal Brand

11 June 2018

Every adviser dreams of the day when they can kick back and just wait for the leads to come rolling in effortlessly. Sure, there are some advisers who love the thrill of the chase, hunting down clients, but the majority of advisers I know would rather spend their time doing what they are good at – providing advice and looking after their clients.

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Rainy Days

8 June 2018

At this time of year it is a good idea to prepare for rainy days. That’s not just the wet stuff! Rainy days cause problems with our financial affairs as well, hence the old adage about saving for a rainy day.

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Come on guys ……. let’s start talking! Come on guys ……. let’s start talking!

8 June 2018

This month it’s Men’s Health month: #menstarttalking

This year's theme is about encouraging us guys to open up and start talking about our health (mental and physical) and to get along to the Doc for a check-up. The strap-line is “Ask Your Mate How He’s Doing.”

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Teachers need to be better paid for the tech revolution

7 June 2018

Teachers need to be better paid as they adjust to educating kids in the fastest growing sector in New Zealand, - technology, an award-winning Maori chief executive of a fast growing ed-tech company says.

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Happiness

7 June 2018

How do you feel right now? Are you happy? If not it is time to make some changes.

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Bronze plaques stolen from Botanic Garden

7 June 2018

Scrap metal dealers around the region are asked to keep a watch-out for a number of distinctive bronze plaques stolen from Wellington’s Botanic Garden last weekend.

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Wellington City Youth Council celebrates 20th Anniversary

7 June 2018

Wellington City Youth Council is today celebrating 20 years of bringing young people’s voices to the ears of the city’s leaders.

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Wellington to proceed with 10-year plan

7 June 2018

Wellington City Council’s 10-year plan is ready for adoption, after the Mayor and Councillors passed the proposed plan at today’s deliberation session.

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Help shape safer Newtown bike connections

5 June 2018

People who live or regularly travel in Newtown, Berhampore and Mt Cook are being asked to share their thoughts and local knowledge as planning gets under way to develop safer bike connections in the area.

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The 5 essential ingredients for success

4 June 2018

Throughout my life, I have been successful in many ways. I have genuinely succeeded in most things I put my heart and soul into.

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Want to grow your business?

3 June 2018

Whether you are starting out or have an established business you are wanting to grow there are some actions you need to take if you want to succeed quickly.

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Investing Forever

1 June 2018

New Zealanders have always been good at giving to others. Whether it is selling sausages, baking for a cake stall or running errands for elderly neighbours, most Kiwis pitch in at some stage in their lives to lend a helping hand.

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Build your personal brand to succeed

1 June 2018

I live in New Zealand and people here generally do not like to promote themselves. We like to be humble and there really is quite a tall poppy syndrome that goes on here.

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WORLD SMOKEFREE DAY 31 MAY - YOUR STOP SMOKING DAY?

31 May 2018

World Smokefree Day is on 31 May – if you are keen to stop smoking then hypnosis could be the secret weapon you’ve been searching for.

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Kiwi kids need to be more active, getting to and from school

30 May 2018

Being active during childhood helps with brain development and leads to lower rates of degenerative diseases later in life, a national exercise expert says.

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Wellington’s scorching summer tourist boom

30 May 2018

Eco-sanctuary Zealandia continues to be increasingly popular with tourists and in the January-March quarter more than 42,000 people visited, up 14 percent on the same time last year. Fifty-seven percent of visitors were from outside Wellington.

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Psychedelic cave figures in the heart of Wellington

30 May 2018

Where can you feast your eyes on some psychedelic cave figures “cavorting wildly around large canvases” in the heart of the capital?

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It’s 100% natural and can help you change your life for the better ….

25 May 2018

You’ve probably had this experience many times…..

You get in the car and drive to work. During the journey, your mind is focused on an upcoming holiday, or what to buy your partner for their birthday, or where to go for dinner on Saturday etc. You arrive at work but can’t recall anything of the journey. Why is that?

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KiwiSaver Fees

25 May 2018

There has been much talk lately about KiwiSaver fees and the impact this has on the value of KiwiSaver funds over time. Simplicity KiwiSaver is a recent market entrant which prides itself on low fees and uses this as a selling point. The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has recently changed the way in which KiwiSaver providers disclose fees so that funds can be more easily compared.

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Awards celebrate social enterprise in the city

25 May 2018

Three local organisations were celebrated in a Social Enterprise Showcase presentation at the Wellington Gold Awards finalist announcement event at Te Wharewaka last night.

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Whittaker’s welcomes awards voted by NZ public

25 May 2018

Whittaker’s is delighted to have been named New Zealand’s Most Trusted Brand for the seventh consecutive year, and thanks the New Zealand public for their ongoing support.

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Wellington tops world quality of life rankings for second year in a row

25 May 2018

Wellington shocked many when it was ranked the most liveable city in the world last year, but it won’t surprise Wellingtonians to learn it has kept that number one spot in 2018, says the capital’s Mayor Justin Lester.

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Survey shows Wellingtonians want art in their lives

24 May 2018

A recent survey shows Wellingtonians are proud of their city’s creativity, and are backing investment in art and culture to make the Culture Capital a vibrant and interesting place to live, says Mayor Justin Lester.

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Launch of the UpStarters – NZ tech and innovation story

21 May 2018

The New Zealand Tech and Innovation Story, the UpStarters, launched this morning by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at Techweek ’18, is a key milestone in supporting our tech and innovation companies to promote themselves on the world stage.

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Fiscal responsibility but can we wait for wellbeing – BERL

21 May 2018

Budget 2018 oozed fiscal responsibility, but for many a shift to a truly wellbeing Budget cannot come quick enough, BERL chief economist Dr Ganesh Nana says.

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Make the Most of Good Times

18 May 2018

Life has seasons. There are good times and bad times, and the changes are often caused by factors outside our control. At a personal level, our health, employment status and family relationships can all work either in our favour or against us. At a higher level, the economic state of the region we live in, of New Zealand, and of the world, can have an impact.

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Basin Reserve’s Museum Stand to be saved after council vote

18 May 2018

The Museum Stand will remain a fixture at the Basin Reserve after Wellington City Council agreed the 94-year-old structure is worth preserving.

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Council proposes new name for Wellington waterfront

17 May 2018

The capital’s increasingly popular waterfront walkway could get a new official name – Ara Moana – following a proposal at a meeting of Wellington City Council’s Regulatory Processes Committee today.

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Technology will make NZ rivers cleaner

15 May 2018

Technology will soon help make New Zealand’s farms more productive while also making lakes and rivers cleaner, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

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It's never too late to break a habit …..

11 May 2018

Up until my mid-thirties, I chewed my nails down to the quick, very often until my fingers bled. It was a habit I’d learned as child when, unable to master trimming my nails with scissors, I’d resorted to using my teeth to trim them. Then one day I stopped, and I haven’t bitten them since. Read on to find out how I achieved that breakthrough ….

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Lessons from Your Garden

11 May 2018

If you want to know how to manage your money and create wealth, look no further than your garden. The principles you use to create a beautiful, flourishing garden are exactly the same as you need for wealth creation.

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Future of Basin Reserve Museum Stand to be decided

11 May 2018

A proposal to save, refurbish and strengthen the Basin Reserve’s heritage-listed Museum Stand will be debated by Wellington City Council next week, with Mayor Justin Lester strongly behind the proposal.

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Fire, fun and fireworks for Matariki ki Pōneke

11 May 2018

Wellington’s winter will light up with fire, fun and fireworks over three events for the first Matariki ki Pōneke festival.

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Electrical Safety and Hazard Prevention in the Workplace

10 May 2018

Electrical safety and hazard prevention are the key to longevity and success for every business in New Zealand. Imagine, after the all the hard work you’ve poured into your business, that your organisation is closed down due to safety issues. If you fail to deal with hazards, it won’t be just your reputation that’s damaged – you could receive huge fines and have your operating licenses removed – not to mention the lives that could be damaged in the process.

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$11m earmarked for Ngaio Gorge resilience

10 May 2018

As part of its draft 10-Year Plan, Wellington City Council has earmarked $10.7 million to ensure Ngaio Gorge Road remains useable in the event of a disaster or severe weather.

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Double the delight for lovers of caramel-filled chocolate

10 May 2018

Whittaker’s has perfected a new caramel filling and is releasing two new caramel products. As well as pairing the new creamier, smoother and more velvety caramel with Whittaker’s 5 Roll Refined Creamy Milk Chocolate, Whittaker’s has also created a 62% Dark Salted Caramel.

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Pasifika Learning Adviser (Wellington)

9 May 2018

Massey University has strategic goals to increase the quantity and quality of Pasifika tertiary graduates. To help achieve our strategic goals we are seeking a knowledgeable, empathetic professional with the right skills, attitude and enthusiasm to support our Pasifika students to achieve their academic goals as independent learners.

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Are you buckling under all the pressure?

4 May 2018

“All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” ~ William Shakespeare

Shakespeare was correct – we’re all performers and we play many roles each and every day. Each of those roles places demands on us and we strive to satisfy those ever increasing demands to the best of our ability but often the pressure becomes excessive and it all becomes too overwhelming.…..

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Get Your Financial Balance

4 May 2018

Managing money is more of an art than a science. There is no right and wrong when it comes to managing money. It is simply a matter of finding the right balance.

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Interview with Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand Alumnus Josh Ross

1 May 2018

Graduating from Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand in 2015, Josh has achieved a lot within the last three years; now Head Chef at the Logan Brown-owned restaurant Bellamys, he tells us about his time at Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand, his experience at Logan Brown, and his future plans for the new restaurant.

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Is Health Insurance Worth the Cost?

27 April 2018

One of the biggest dilemmas for people with a limited budget is whether it is worth taking out health insurance. This group of people includes retirees, young people at the beginning of their career and couples with young families. For retirees the dilemma is magnified, because both claims and premiums escalate very quickly with age. In the event of an accident, emergency, or critical illness, the public health system generally provides an excellent standard of care. However, our aging population is putting severe pressure on health services which is only going to get worse.

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Socially Responsible Investing Made Easy With Robbie Schneider

27 April 2018

New Zealand – Robbie Schneider, a noted financial specialist has recently launched
Succession First, a niche investment service that helps people get involved in SRI.

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Final straw for plastic straws in the capital

25 April 2018

It’s the final straw for plastic straws on the Wellington waterfront, with the area now 100 percent free of them thanks to two American exchange students, Wellington City Council and Sustainable Coastlines.

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Dealing with an Age or Health Gap

20 April 2018

Retirement planning is not easy, and it’s made even harder when there is a significant difference in age or health status between two partners in retirement.

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New Oriental Bay bike path to go ahead

20 April 2018

The most congested part of the Oriental Bay pathway will be made safer for people on bikes and on foot later this year with no loss of parking.

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Diverse workforce helping strengthen mental health services

20 April 2018

The changing face of local communities is being increasingly reflected by those working to support people with mental health needs.

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I was suffering with social anxiety …..

20 April 2018

All through my childhood, teenage years and early adulthood I was described as quiet and shy – someone who much preferred their own company to that of others.

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The importance of continuous learning

13 April 2018

So, you finished College, University or your trade course, started work or founded a cool business, it must be time to forget about learning and focus on making the most of the time you have, right?

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Why Retirees Needn’t be Conservative Investors

13 April 2018

Conventional wisdom says that once you are retired you shouldn’t take risks with your money. That’s good advice, however it doesn’t mean you need to be a ‘conservative’ investor. It simply means that if you invest in assets such as shares and property which have a high return but high volatility, you need strategies for minimising the risk of loss.

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NZ highly regarded for global tech talent

11 April 2018

Tech is the fastest growing and third biggest industry sector in New Zealand contributing more than $6.3 billion in annual exports and now other countries are chasing the cream of our tech crop.

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Kiwi company selected in women-only Australian tech accelerator

10 April 2018

A New Zealand start-up company, RIP Global, is among eight companies to be selected for the next women-only Springboard Enterprises Australia (SBE) accelerator programme.

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Govt may force NZ’s umbrella rural health organisation to close

6 April 2018

New Zealand’s umbrella rural health organisation will move to shut down if it does not receive government funding next week.

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Transition to Retirement

6 April 2018

Compulsory retirement ended in New Zealand in 1999, and since then, the percentage of people over the age of 65 who are working has rapidly increased. It is estimated that 27% of men and 17% of women aged 65 or more are working – some through choice and some because they cannot afford to retire.

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Optimists live longer and suffer fewer health problems ……

6 April 2018

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

~ Winston Churchill

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Conflicted Advice

31 March 2018

One of the most contentious issues with financial advice is the way in which advisers are remunerated. There is a great deal of variation between advisers as to how they are rewarded for their services to clients and regulators struggle to achieve consistency and transparency of how much is paid by whom to whom.

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Hey Guys: You don’t have to tough it out …..

30 March 2018

“Frustrated. Perhaps a little angry. There’s some stuff going on at work I’m not happy about.” He stared at me, holding my gaze. “But, I’m not stressed....,” he paused, “.... you know, I’m only here because my wife wanted me to come.”

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Toyota and the changing face of personal mobility

29 March 2018

The motor industry and personal mobility are changing radically and Toyota is leading the way in making changes to its overall business to keep pace.

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New Zealand becoming global centre for blockchain

26 March 2018

New Zealand is becoming a global blockchain centre, FintechNZ general manager James Brown says.

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NZ part of global exercise explosion

23 March 2018

New Zealand is about to see an explosion in the number of people taking up yoga, 24/7 gyms, boutique studios, boot camps and mobile trainers, a leading exercise expert says.

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The WOW Factor

23 March 2018

Baby boomers are not only getting older – they are getting wealthier. As they reach retirement age, they bring along with them a large amount of wealth that needs to be invested, spent, and finally bequeathed to their heirs or charity.

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Karori community designs shape of things to come

20 March 2018

The Karori Project was formed in 2017 when the Council agreed to provide the support necessary to help the people of Karori develop a long-term vision for their community.

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Do You Want to Survive or Thrive in Life?

16 March 2018

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”

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Invest in Cash

16 March 2018

Interest rates have been low for some time now - great for borrowers but bad news for investors. Looking ahead, there are signs that interest rates will rise, albeit slowly. We have had low inflation, so leaving your money invested in the bank at a low rate hasn’t led to a loss of purchasing power.

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NZ seen as the world’s living global tech lab

15 March 2018

The announcement of the world’s first self-driving electric air taxi being piloted in Christchurch is just one of the examples of New Zealand becoming a living tech laboratory, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller said today.

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AI now bringing exciting possibilities to NZ

15 March 2018

In Phoenix, Arizona, cars are self-navigating the streets. In many homes, people are speaking to digital assistants, with the machines responding.

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Lexus Sport Yacht concept wins international recognition

12 March 2018

The unique Lexus Sport Yacht concept was recognised with a special award by Japan’s “Boat of the Year” committee at the Japan International Boat Show in Yokohama on Friday.

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Geshe Jampa Tharchin Wellington talk

12 March 2018

Awareness of each moment is the easiest way to find joy and have a happy life. Geshe la will speak about and give instructions, including practical and meditation techniques for the powerful practice of staying in the present moment.

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Hopelessly addicted inventor saving native birds with AI

12 March 2018

A researcher described as a hopelessly addicted inventor who is using artificial intelligence (AI) to find native bird predators such as rats, stoats and possums, will be an interesting speaker at AI Day in Auckland on March 28.

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Wellington to get New Zealands first rainbow pedestrian crossing

10 March 2018

Wellingtonians will be walking on rainbows later this year when the city becomes home to New Zealand's first rainbow-coloured pedestrian crossing, with the city's Mayor announcing that work will commence on Cuba Street to prepare the site.

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I'm not anxious I'm Excited!

9 March 2018

Last week I performed as the right hand man for a blue puppet in Late Night Puppets  produced by the Wellington Improvisers Troupe (WIT), as part of the Fringe Festival.

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Moments that Matter for Women

9 March 2018

International Women’s Day is a global celebration of women which occurs on 8 March every year. While women continue to make progress on gender parity, this year’s theme of #PressforProgress indicates there is still lots to be done. Women face a range of specific financial risks stemming from gender related issues - the gender pay gap, the roles they are expected to play in families and society, and how they perceive themselves.

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Encouraging signs of more Kiwi women in tech

6 March 2018

The worm has turned in the tech world as a wave of females are joining the tech community, according to national and global reports.

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10-year plan seeks to deliver on Wellington’s housing vision

2 March 2018

Wellington City Council’s 10-year plan sets out a clear road map to deliver on our vision for all Wellingtonians to have safe, dry, warm homes, says Mayor Justin Lester.

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Leverage your Way to Wealth

2 March 2018

There are two ways to build wealth – the slow way and the fast way. The slow way involves saving and investing part of your income over a long period of time, in other words, building wealth using your own money. The key to building wealth faster is to use other people’s money; that is, to invest borrowed funds. This is the principle of leverage, and it allows you to multiply your investment gains. It is highly unlikely that significant wealth can be created without using this principle, barring a windfall such as an inheritance or a lottery win.

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How to stop living in fear of being judged

2 March 2018

We’ve all been affected at some point in our lives by the fear of being judged.

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10-Year Plan prioritises Wellington being predator-free and eco-friendly

2 March 2018

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester is giving Wellington’s predator-free projects extra priority and is bolstering the city’s efforts to be eco-friendly.

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Investment in Arts and Culture will keep Wellington at the top of the game

2 March 2018

Wellington will enjoy a refreshed and reinvigorated arts, events and culture scene as a result of a $127 million investment over the next 10 years.

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Is period pain normal?

2 March 2018

As a holistic health practitioner, it’s been a revelation to learn that periods needn't be a painful or negative experience, particularly when I help so many women deal with this often debilitating issue.

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90-Day Planning Competitive Edge Workshop

28 February 2018

Are YOU Wanting to Create a Simple 90-Day Action Plan for Your Business?…
and have the competitive edge?

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Be A Communication Champion

28 February 2018

Join us in a relaxed down-to-earth workshop as we give you practical tools & strategies to improve your communication & leadership skills.

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Silicon Valley Amazon Kiwi manager speaking at AI-Day

27 February 2018

A New Zealander who is leading one of the world’s most exciting artificial intelligent (AI) teams at Amazon in Silicon Valley is working on cutting-edge social impact projects such as catching game poachers and child sex traffickers.

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New Look, New Office, Same Award-Winning Service

26 February 2018

Kapiti Coast, Monday 26 February - Craig Pope has announced its new location and refreshed brand, shortly after being confirmed as one of ‘NZ Advisor’s Top 10’ Mortgage Advisors for 2017.

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BE – DO – HAVE – A simple but powerful mind-set shift

23 February 2018

Today I’m going to share a simple, yet powerful, mind-set shift that helped me to be more successful in my life.

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From Financial Stability to Financial Freedom

23 February 2018

Financial freedom is a concept that most people aspire to, but which few people understand and even fewer people achieve. The term financial freedom means different things to different people.

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What does 2018 hold in store for NZ?

22 February 2018

A leading economist says New Zealanders will have to wait until later in the year to see where the needle settles on the government’s ‘superficial change v substantive change’ spectrum.

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Chief tech officer appointment critical for NZ

20 February 2018

The appointment of a chief technology officer for New Zealand is critical for the future of the country if we hope to be a thriving digital nation by 2030, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

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Luke Willis Thompson debuts new work in first major New Zealand solo exhibition

19 February 2018

Internationally acclaimed London-based New Zealand artist Luke Willis Thompson will open his first major solo exhibition in this country tomorrow at Victoria University of Wellington’s Adam Art Gallery.

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Textbooks and landline phones likely to be gone by 2030

19 February 2018

Spark Digital chief executive Jolie Hodson, who is speaking to the international Digital Nations summit in Auckland starting today, has painted a picture of dramatic tech changes in New Zealand over the next 12 years.

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The importance of networking

17 February 2018

Whether you are building your business or developing a career there is one essential skill that you must put time into - networking.

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Want to lose weight? Reset your mind

16 February 2018

The New Zealand Health Survey 2016/17 found that around 1 in 3 adults (aged 15 years and over) were obese (32%) and a further 34% of adults were overweight but not obese.

It’s estimated that at any point in time, one in four adults are trying to lose weight, most of the time usually by going on a diet. Most of those people are going to be disappointed because as I wrote a few weeks ago, diets don't work long-term (The BIG Con – Diets Don’t Work).

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Older People in Housing-related Poverty

16 February 2018

The Government has recently released its report ‘Stocktake of New Zealand Housing’ which looks at homelessness and housing-related poverty. Undertaken by a team of independent experts, this report brings into the open the consequences of falling home ownership. A significant cause is the under-supply of housing; the number of houses being built has fallen behind the rate of population increase. This has pushed up house prices and rents.

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How will tech be impacting NZ by 2030?

15 February 2018

More than 500 tech people are gathering at the international Digital Nations Summit in Auckland on Monday to share ideas and thoughts about what sort of country New Zealand will be like in 2030 and the role technology will play, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

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This place is gigantic. An apartment in the sky

14 February 2018

A penthouse in the sky, look at all this information
Vendor highly motivated. Property vacant. Registered valuation of Fritz Stigter. Market value range $1,000,000 - $1,100,000. Dated valuation 14 November 2017.

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Give some thought to your heart on Valentine’s Day

13 February 2018

Kiwis should think seriously about their heart and their loved one tomorrow on Valentine’s Day, a leading New Zealand health expert says.

Heart diseases is the single biggest killer of New Zealanders. Every 90 minutes a New Zealander dies from heart disease and cardiovascular disease accounts for 30 percent of Kiwi deaths every year. The Heart Foundation says many of the deaths are preventable.

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Kiwi kids to give world tech experts coding lessons

13 February 2018

Some of the world’s leading tech experts, including tech Ministers from other countries, will attend a coding session with a bunch of young New Zealand’s school children at the Young Coders Showcase during the international Digital Nations tech summit in Auckland next week.

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Valentines Day

13 February 2018

Its not too late...
Spoil a loved one with beautiful flowers on this special day. Choose from Juliettes special valentines collection or choose from her everyday bouquets....

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Demand for portable units to help hospitals increasing

12 February 2018

The demand for portable operating departments to ease hospital surgical strain is growing substantially, Mobile Health chief executive Mark Eager says.

Over the Christmas break, Mobile Health’s surgical bus unit was busy working in Auckland at the Counties District Health Board as an extra theatre helping them to get through their elective surgery lists, Eager says.

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Are you struggling to get quality sleep .......

9 February 2018

On Wednesday morning I woke up at 4am. The bedroom was way too hot (see below for the optimum temperature for sleep). I gave myself 10 minutes to get back to sleep and, when I didn’t, decided to get up and start work for the day. I re-framed the situation as an opportunity to use the two extra hours to progress a project I’m working on. When I turned on my PC I discovered it was #InternationalWellbeingWednesday, and that the theme for 2018 was all about getting a good night’s sleep! How timely!!

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A Lesson in Volatility

9 February 2018

Over the last few days we have been reminded of something that has almost been forgotten; that share markets don’t always keep going up. The last ten years have been very good for share investors. The long period of good returns followed the Global Financial Crisis in 2008, which prompted various central banks around the world to inject cash into their economies and drop interest rates.

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Handling Telephone Interruptions When Running a Home-Based Business

9 February 2018

Whether from your dining table, a converted garage and everything in between, it’s important to set certain boundaries when you are running a business from home. One of the biggest time thieves – apart from the Internet, is the telephone. Not only does it steal precious time (usually at the most inopportune moment), it can also raise havoc on your busy schedule.

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Worser Bay tree swing saved from chop

8 February 2018

Wellington City Council is saving a much-loved Worser Bay tree swing from the chop following requests from the community.

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Wellington takes lead on sexual harassment

8 February 2018

Newly-sworn in Southern Ward Councillor Fleur Fitzsimons will start her term mandated to tackle sexual violence in Wellington, with Mayor Justin Lester announcing Cr Fitzsimons as portfolio lead for City Safety.

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Attitude injection for the Hilux range

8 February 2018

Toyota Hilux will ramp up its attitude with the introduction of the SR5 Cruiser variant, which sits above the SR5 and replaces the outgoing SR5 limited in the 21 strong range.

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Whittaker’s spices up their Artisan Collection with two new flavours

8 February 2018

Whittaker’s Chocolate Lovers are in for a treat with the addition of two exciting new flavours to the Artisan Collection: West Coast Buttermilk Caramelised White Chocolate with Gingerbread Biscuit, and Marlborough Sea Salt and Caramel Brittle with Saffron in 62% Dark Chocolate.

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Go by Bike Day to celebrate growing pedal power

6 February 2018

Go by Bike Day this Wednesday 7 February will be a big celebration for the growing number of Wellingtonians who are choosing to make some trips by bike.

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Making Wellington a te reo city

6 February 2018

Wellington City Council wants to hear from the public on how it can achieve the goal of making Wellington a te reo Māori city, Deputy Mayor Jill Day announced today.

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Te Rā o Waitangi – fun for the whole whānau

2 February 2018

The Capital will be celebrating Te Rā o Waitangi in style this coming Tuesday with an exciting line-up of entertainment and activities at Waitangi Park, and along the waterfront.

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The Four Pillars of Retirement Income

2 February 2018

There are several different ways to generate cash from an investment portfolio to top up your retirement income. Many retirees make the mistake of confusing cash with income and this leads them to invest in interest-bearing investments such as bonds and term deposits to supplement their superannuation. Yet interest is only one of the ‘four pillars’ of retirement income.

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AI, the new tech frontier, changing the world

1 February 2018

Some of the top cutting-edge tech companies, academics and leading tech chief executives will unleash all the latest information and how AI (artificial intelligence) is impacting on New Zealanders’ lives at a major event in Auckland in March.

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The most accessible little capital: a six-year journey

31 January 2018

Be. Accessible's journey in Wellington began in 2011 with the genesis of our organisation. We started with a vision to make Aotearoa a leader in accessibility, beginning by working with organisations and councils to adopt best practice in preparation for the Rugby World Cup.

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Rainbow vision to delight Cable Car riders

30 January 2018

The ride up in Wellington’s Cable Car is now brighter and more colourful thanks to a new mural.

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Wellington hoping to expand mentoring programme for Māori young people

30 January 2018

Wellington is hoping to double its involvement in a national Māori mentoring programme this year, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says.

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Open letter to the PM on improving NZ fitness levels

29 January 2018

The New Zealand 2017 personal trainer of the year winner has sent an open letter to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, pleading for more government input to help Kiwi school children get fitter.

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Silver Splitters

26 January 2018

It is common for two people to stay in an unhappy relationship for the sake of children and because they can’t afford to split their assets and income in half. But is seems that now, the number of people who divorce later in life is on the increase. Known as silver splitters, they are over 50, the kids are off their hands, they have a home with little or no debt and they are looking for freedom and independence.

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New air route gives Wellington a world of opportunities

26 January 2018

Changes to Singapore Airlines’ route linking Wellington to the world will enhance economic opportunities for the region.

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Time for a change?

26 January 2018


For many people, their New Year’s resolutions concerned breaking bad habits or building new, more useful ones.

If you were one of those people, then perhaps you’ve already discovered that breaking an unwanted habit, and installing a new one, can be more challenging than you anticipated.

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13 hot summer tips to keep the Coolest Little Capital cool

25 January 2018

We all know Wellington is renowned for its great weather, but this summer has been something else. It’s hot – so Wellington City Council’s experts have compiled the following tips to help locals beat the heat:

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Build ‘your’ system

25 January 2018

There is a lot to remember when you are motivated to change your life for the better.

The first step is to make a personal plan that covers all aspects of our life which may include career or business, relationships, health, financial, friends & family, personal growth and development, fun and recreation, and environment etc. For more information on goal setting visit my blog ‘Dreaming and goal setting’

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Three big tech trends critical for Kiwis in 2018

23 January 2018

Digital learning skills, smarter homes and medical drone deliveries will be major tech developments that will significantly impact lives of Kiwis, a leading New Zealand tech expert says.

NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says while the tech talk is often about issues such as robots stealing jobs or virtual reality worlds New Zealanders may sometimes overlook some of the advances that are happening already that will be important for Kiwis in the coming days of 2018.

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The BIG Con – Diets Don’t Work

19 January 2018

Did you read The BIG Con article in the Your Weekend section of last Saturday’s Dominion Post (written by Rose Hoare)? It carried the by-line: “If you’ve been thinking about going on a diet as part of a New Year resolution, don’t bother.”

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Simplify and Automate

19 January 2018

Holiday time is a great time to declutter. Just as cupboards and wardrobes fill up with unused or out of date items, your financial affairs can become cluttered. Whether it is bank accounts, credit cards, store cards, loyalty cards, loans, investments or insurance, you can easily get to the point where you have so much going on you lose track.

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Ngaio Gorge Road strengthening

18 January 2018

Major strengthening work will continue on Ngaio Gorge Road next month as part of the long term project to improve resilience on this key transport route.

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Exercise still #1 new year’s resolution

15 January 2018

Exercise is still the #1 new year’s resolution for most Kiwis, a leading New Zealand exercise expert says.

Exercise NZ chief executive Richard Beddie says just doing something is better than nothing, and people wary of huge fitness challenges should start with things they enjoy.

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Goal Setting Secrets

12 January 2018

Having goals focuses your mind on what you need to know and do to be successful, so that you can make the most of your life. The start of a new year is great time to set goals. However, if you want to be able to achieve your goals there a few secrets in how you set them.

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The two keys to success often overlooked when setting goals ….

12 January 2018

I don’t know about you, but over the last few weeks, my inbox has been bombarded with offers of help and advice on setting my goals for 2018.

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Digital era, matter of survival for Kiwi companies

10 January 2018

Kiwi businesses are having to substantially change how they operate with the rapid arrival of the digital age, a leading New Zealand business expert says.

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Get Rid of Money Guilt

5 January 2018

The New Year is a chance to make resolutions to eat healthier food, exercise more often and manage money better. Just like diet and exercise, money is something that people feel often guilty about. Opening your credit card bill after Christmas and the New Year sales can certainly create the feeling that you have done something wrong or spent money you weren’t supposed to. However, while an initial rush of guilt can trigger desire to change money behaviours, New Year’s resolutions get forgotten about as life settles back to normal. There is an easy way to avoid feeling guilty about money and to keep on track with money goals.

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Is Your New Year's Resolution to Lose Weight?

5 January 2018

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful, enjoyable festive season and wish you a healthy, happy, successful and prosperous New Year.

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