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A twist of citrus

Mum's leeks

Take a leek & make a cake

Leeks are a vegetable that Kristina loves and hates, and then she gets baking.

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World-class climber reaches new heights

Height is no limit for Dale Thomas. New Zealand's champion tree climber is just as comfortable at the tops of giant trees as he is with two feet on the ground.

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10 things to know about growing walnuts

The fabulous walnut is a tasty treat for the home orchard owner, or a potential future crop with New Zealand’s climate meaning we can produce high quality nuts.

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The Artisan Paper Pusher

David Stedman is doing his artisan bit to keep our digitally drenched society in love with paper.

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6 drought-resistant pasture plants

If you’re planning to renovate pasture and you're in an area that gets dry or drought conditions, consider something tougher than ryegrass.

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How to prepare a vege patch

It’s almost time to get the vege garden ready and for that, you’ll need to make the earth move.

Start growing tomato seedlings on window sills in preparation for spring.

Garden jobs for August

Spring is just around the corner, get ready by planting tomato seedlings and aubergines.

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How to spin wool and weave

Looking for a new hobby? Weaving and spinning your own wool is an easy and really addictive.

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Knit a lamb jacket

You can buy ‘woolover’ jackets to keep newborn lambs warm, but you can also make your own from scratch, or re-purpose an old jumper.

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Grow a giant pumpkin

If you've ever wondered how people win pumpkin-growing competitions, get ready for some seriously strange gardening.

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Finding Love in the Outback

In a parched and withering place, a New Zealand photographer gets instructions on how to live.

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What to sow in the garden right now

The wind-up to spring planting is starting, and one big decision is going to have year-long repercussions.

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10 natives that like wet feet

If you have a wet or swampy area, fence it off, plant something that thrives on wet soils, and turn it into a thing of beauty.

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Things to consider when buying a ride-on mower

If you’re tired of pushing yourself to do the lawns get our tips on how to buy possibly the biggest investment in a single product you’ll make when you live on a lifestyle block.

 

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Finding flower power

To cement their partnership, Antonia de Vere and Mark Seeney got married. Now they combine their talents in one very creative business, Markantonia

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Screen Sirens podcast: UnREAL

The Screen Sirens discuss why you should binge-watch the Lightbox drama UnREAL.

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5 things to know if you had a drought at your place last summer

The after-effects of a dry summer will still be with you this spring.

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Thinking inside the box

This shipping container uses every square inch to nurture the future of country kids, and the adults too.

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Walking the magenta path

Sue Moody explores Auckland's magenta cycle way - by foot.

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Movies that made us cry... and yet more dogs

Farm trips for the kids, a movie that made our heart sing and yet more dogs... things that got us talking in the thisNZlife office this week.

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Two weddings and a Land Rover

Romance has fulled the revival of a family's much-loved 60-year-old Land Rover.

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Great-uncle Stephen was a pirate from Penzance

Searching for forebears takes an exciting turn for two NZ Life & Leisure writers.

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A colourful life

There’s an element of Wonderland in interior designer Anya Brighouse’s home but this creative force is anything but out of control

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What to do if you find an injured bird

Sometimes you may need to help an injured bird, and sometimes its best to leave it alone.

Beekeeping operation on Rangitatau West Rd near Whanganui. Photo by Mark Coote for Te Tumu Paeroa.

Boosting the Maori land economy

Taranaki-born Jamie Tuuta is enhancing the potential of Maori land and assets in his role as the Maori Trustee

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Lambing 101

Are your ewes due to lamb? Are you ready? Here are some things to consider.

The only right angles in Kotare House are between the walls and the floor. Even the roofs of the three "funnels" change pitch from one end to the other.

Architect's dream home built from coolstore panels

An architect designed his dream house on the shores of the Kaipara using coolstore panels.

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Netflix and Food Show survival tactics

This week in the water cooler: we make new discoveries on Netflix, search for the perfect umbrella tree and plan survival strategies for The Food Show

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Mulching over winter

Mulching is an easy way to protect your soil until you’re ready to use it in spring.

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Our reviewer found this book life-changing

Book reviewer Miranda Spary sees the world differently after reading The Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent.

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What gardeners can learn from this man

The late Japanese farmer and philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka created a revolutionary way of farming that has no plowing, no fertiliser, no weeding and no pesticides.

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Self-sufficiency on Norfolk Island

When you live on a little island in the middle of a big ocean, you have to make your block of land pay its own way in the most self-sufficient manner possible.

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Wood entrepreneur finds eco niche

Daniel Gudsell turns a customer complaint into a thriving, environmentally friendly wood business.

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How this woman is changing NZ wine

A wine producer is allowing her creative spirit to pop while exploring the Chinese heritage of Central Otago.

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4 amazing museums to visit in Ireland & the UK

Caught out by the weather while visiting the UK or Ireland? Here are four great museums to visit on a rainy day.

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Is there a mouse in your house?

Pests are tricky, secretive creatures and it can be difficult to know if you have a small problem, or a really big one.

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Coop of the month

Goats and chooks live in harmony in this funky recycled coop in Portland, Oregon.

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Bare, naked tree planting tips

Winter is a great time to plant your future fruiting trees, but do you know how to do it so you give a tree the optimal start?

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Blog: A bathroom at last

The demise of a local coincides with the near-death of the family’s bathroom plumbing.

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Recipe: chocolate stout cake

Kristina  Jenson brews up some great beer-based recipes, including a fabulously decadent chocolate cake.

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What to do if a goat eats something toxic

Most goats have a tendency to nibble first, check the toxicity of a plant later kind of strategy to life, and that can be deadly.

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Will an app ever beat a book?

From the creator of Downton Abbey, the Belgravia serves up old-fashioned Dickensian serialised storytelling on a new digital app. But is the medium successful? Kate Coughlan weighs in.

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Tips for getting 20kg of tamarillos per tree

They’re fussy, but tamarillos are a tangy treat, and prolific if you know the secrets to high production.

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How a school is making a profit from the land

The enterprising students of Hukerenui School are making a profit from growing maize, lavender and keeping bees.

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How hard can it be, to plant a stick?

Two great options for fodder, shelter, shade and firewood can be as simple as a stick in the ground

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This inspiring 80- year-old will make your day

Noeline Young is a trail-blazer who adores aviation.

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A life saving houses

Despite growing up on the cutting edge of the minimal Modernist movement, this interior and architectural designer’s heart is in the past.

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Derelict milk station transformed

A 1926 Grade II Historic Place-listed concrete milk station is seeing a new life as a spectacular Otaki wedding venue.

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Design a home orchard

A well-designed orchard means you can be self-sufficient in fruit all year-round.

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Three amazing parsnip recipes

Don't overlook this gourmet low calorie vegetable. Jenny Somervell shares three tasty parsnip recipes.

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Trailer for Richie McCaw doco

What makes some people great? The documentary Chasing Great, featuring one of our best All Black captains ever, promises some answers.

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Career Path: The vegan soldier

Apollo Taito is a manager in the mental-health sector, part-time soldier, PhD student,  vegan and animal-rights campaigner.

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We try... racing a WRX

Cheree Morrison puts pedal to the metal on the Highlands Motorsport Park course in Cromwell.

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Dunedin shoe school kicks off

She made her first pair of shoes out of some car mat, now Dunedin’s Louise Clifton has opened her own shoe school.

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Don't get stuck in the mud

No-one likes mud, and it's something you need to manage carefully or the damage to soil can be devastating.

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Trend spotting: the future of skincare

From weird face masks to smart skin patches, there are plenty of beauty trends to help you face the future.

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Using herbs to aid stress

When she began she thought $100 was a good day's takings, now Brownwyn Lowe is helping hundreds of people cure the symptoms of stress.

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Turn this peel into a cake

Don't throw away your banana peels, they are the secret ingredient in this cake.

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Water Cooler: How to cut into a pumpkin

Busy bees, balls of bliss and a country bumpkin and her pumpkins - things that got us talking this week.

Polly Greeks is an NZ Life & Leisure contributor.

Blog: Online shopping fails

Why all-terrain roller skates are no match for a goat track in the Far North.

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Recipe: deconstructed cheesecake

This edible flower cheesecake tastes as good as it looks.

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Auckland edible flower business blooming

A South Auckland grower shares the secrets of her edible garden.

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The perfect cup of tea

New Zealand has a good climate for growing tea. Here's our guide to making the perfect cuppa from garden to table.

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Is this the ultimate Kiwi dog?

This 30cm dog might be the ultimate Kiwi canine.

Winter is the time to start thinking about planning your garden

5 tips for a prettier vegetable garden

Now is a great time to create something pretty and functional for this spring.

Autumn is a good time to buy poultry.

Top tips for buying your first poultry flock

Avoid ruffling feathers when buying your first flock with our simple guide.

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Rhubarb and rosehip jam

Gather rosehips and rhubarb to make this yummy winter jam.

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3 green-fingered generations

A chance vacancy at Olveston Homestead has enabled three generations of the Goldsmith family to polish up a bit of Kiwi history

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5 organic ways to weed

You can get rid of weeds using everything from a rabbit to a steam gun (but not together).

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Coop of the month: Hönshus-1

There's no reason your hens shouldn't live in style. Introducing our coop of the month, the Hönshus-1.

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Macadamia passionfruit truffles

Make these truffles even when passionfruit is out of season.

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Donkey business at Clovercrest

Peter and Marion van Dijk have taken the concept of downsizing to a whole new level.

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Gluten-free spiced apple cake

Pantry adventurer Duncan White shares this gluten-free alternative to this afternoon tea classic.

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3 easy beetroot recipes

Easy to grow and delicious, beetroot are a versatile vegetable in the kitchen.

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How a personalised number plate led to rockabilly love

Hey Daddy-O! Meet the Nixon-Sparkes - the coolest bunch of crazy cats to ever shake rattle 'n' roll.

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Great firewood trees (and what you might want to avoid)

Here’s what will keep you warm and cozy when you fire up your wood burner this winter.

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Are ducks the new chickens?

If you like the benefits of keeping chickens, you’re going to love having ducks.

Polly Greeks is an NZ Life & Leisure contributor.

Blog: Off-the-grid and online

In the first of her fortnightly blogs,  NZ Life & Leisure columnist Polly Greeks shares an update of life in her mudbrick off-the-grid home in the Far North.

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Recipe: Thai fish pie

An Asian spin on a winter Kiwi classic from Japanese-born cooking tutor Sachie Noumura.

Mary and Jessica take a milk break.

Does a cup of tea taste better with Jersey cow milk?

A Waikato farming family takes the cow by the teats and markets its own jersey milk.

The setting sun tints the peak of Aoraki/Mt Cook beyond Lake Pukaki.

My wayward wheels: from mountains to the sea

Riding 300 kilometres on the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail can be hard work  but it’s worth every turn of the wheel.

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A walk on the wild side in Southland

On foot through northern Southland’s high country and on board a helicopter to the roof of the world – a weekend in Southland is an awfully big adventure.

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Peony flower power: the secret beneath the soil

The peony is one of the most beautiful flowers in the world, but it’s what it grows beneath the soil that has turned into a unique business for one Nelson couple.

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My wayward feet: walking the Onehunga Foreshore

Aucklanders have a brand new $28 million foreshore on the Manukau Harbour at Onehunga, Sue Moody goes exploring.

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Kurow lavender farm’s sweet smell of success

A picture-perfect lavender farm, is just one of a bunch of businesses nourished by a Kurow dairy farm.

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The king of Kombi vans

A series of chance encounters with volkswagens has steered an Auckland family to a love of vintage campers.

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Saving the world through cake

What started as an idea to spread some sweetness throughout Wellington has blossomed into a national charity movement.

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Kate’s good news: From Madame Mizuna to magazine mogul

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