10 Non-Edible Uses for Grapefruit
Grapefruit seem to be one of those contentious, love-it-or-loathe-it kind-of fruit. Here are some easy DIY ways to use up grapefruit that don’t involving eating them.
Lisa Scott gets her skates on for roller derby
Lisa Scott gets her skates and her badass attitude on at the roller-derby rink.
How to make a cosy hot-water bottle cover
Give Jack Frost the cold shoulder with this easy-to-make ‘hottie’ coat made from recycled materials.
Video: Wellington's characterful boat sheds
These Wellington boat sheds – some of them important local landmarks – mean many things to many people.
Owner restores his late grandfather's 1958 Morris 1000
When you learn the best childhood lessons in a garage, and spend the ensuing decades tinkering with troublesome classics, you’re a bona fide car devotee
Learn more about the design of Annika Streefland’s home
Getting a feel for the land helped an architectural firm create Annika Streefland's beautiful Central Otago home.
An ancient natural beauty tonic recipe
One of the first commercially-produced cosmetic products in Europe was the ‘Queen of Hungary’s Water’, a simple but versatile cleanser that you can make at home.
Why autumn is a great time to visit Queenstown
There’s no need to bungy-jump from a bridge or swing perilously close to a cliff-face in a jet-boat to sample the delights of New Zealand's adventure capital. Autumn is a time for gentler pursuits.
"Make me a supermodel"
Lisa Scott goes backstage at iD Dunedin Fashion Week, tries on an androgynous face and rediscovers her inner Milla Jovovich.
6 lifestyleblock design strategies to save time, money and effort
Here’s how to create a future-proof plan for your lifestyle block or farm to make sure you do it once, and do it right.
3 things to do in East Auckland
Trying to make sense of South and East Auckland is like peering into a kaleidoscope. Every twist reveals a new scene – there’s the colour of Otahuhu, the calm of Clevedon, the mana of Mangere, the solitude and beauty of the regional parks and the history of Howick.
Pandoro founder's brush with fate
The founder of a groundbreaking artisan bakery has returned to her childhood stomping ground and a creative calling that was always waiting in the wings.
Make Mum a knitted cotton facecloth
Wrap some scented soap inside one of these soft-as-silk facecloths and you have a beautiful gift for Mum on May 13.
7 homemade Mother's Day gift ideas plus 16 baking treats
Show your mum you love her, with a home made gift idea for Mother's Day. Find here six DIY projects plus 16 baking ideas that will make her smile.
7 ways to use up firewood ashes
If you're never sure what to do with the ash from your fireplace, don’t be too quick to dump it, give these helpful tips a try instead.
Review: Amy Schumer surprises in I Feel Pretty
Amy Schumer's new film I Feel Pretty is a departure from the brash comedy style the star is famous for.
How to subscribe to our magazines
A step-by-step guide to subscribing to NZ Life & Leisure and NZ Lifestyle Block magazines through our online store.
Canoe polo is "basketball in boats"
Whether competing in NZ's national canoe polo team or working with sharks, this sporting talent is paddling her own path.
Lost piece of NZ history discovered in Wairoa
An amateur art-world detective has discovered a dozen important public murals after years of digging.
How this family reduced their power bill to $30
Inside the life of a sustainable family who only need to work part-time and eat from a permaculture pantry that grows right up to their back door.
Four generations' memories at Rangitikei's Tyrone farm
For more than 100 years, a Rangitikei farm has been home to one family. Now the fourth generation is putting its own twist on tradition.
Film review: Tomb Raider
It may not be the female action-hero film you’ve been hanging out for, but a new movie starring Alicia Vikander breathes new life into the relic-hunting character Lara Croft.
How a dry garden and lavender farm helped Karen Rhind start again
For a lavender enthusiast and landscape designer, crafting a wild and beautiful garden in one of the country’s most inhospitable environments was an expression of letting go.
Tickled pink by a 1973 Holden LJ Torana
A 45-year-old Aussie eye-catcher has added colour to its owner’s life.
Dr Compost's recipe for the good life and top composting tips
As a champion of the health and happiness benefits of rich, rotting compost, nothing makes Ben Elms more content than the multitude of microscopic critters squirming in his compost.
Downloadable DIY Propagation Station plans
This propagation station is waist height for ease of use, and has weather-resistant UV plastic and mesh sides for ventilation
One family's experience with deer velvet farming
The Inch family farm red deer with a velvet hand and a soft touch, but it has been a learning curve for his city-born-and-bred wife.
11 tips to marketing a successful food business
Three experts share their wisdom on how to create a profitable food product.
Gourd-geous craft projects
If you’ve ever grown gourds you’ll know just how prolific these cucurbits can be, but do you know how to turn them into an art form?
Make money from honey (without being a beekeeper)
Here’s how to profit from bees without becoming a beekeeper.
How the southerly winds inspire Mark Hill's amazing sculptures
Southerly gales invigorate the Hills family life in a holiday house by the sea.
How much iron do you actually need?
Iron deficiency is common. How much do you need, and why? Dr Libby sums up a vital mineral.
9 secrets to turning your artisan product into a supermarket star
Food product developer Martyn Atack looks at why you need to start with pen and paper in your office, not the kitchen.
Lisa Scott... goes tramping
The earth moved for the Feckless Miss Scott on her first three-day tramp high in the Naumann range north of Lake Ohau.
Video: The buzz about Kelli Walker's booming business
Kelli Walker felt a business was brewing inside her, and found one that can’t stop bubbling, burbling and babbling about itself.
DIY project: Make your own egg carrier
Make sure your eggs stay intact when carrying them from chook house or farmer's market with this easy-to-make DIY egg carrier.
The Restoration of Daisy Mae, the caravan
Don Jessen shares his experience restoring a rusty 1958 14-foot (4.2 metre) Liteweight Kiwi caravan, one of only 28 built, to her former glory.
Water Cooler: DIY marbled paper
This week in the water cooler: Cheree gets crafty making marbled paper gift tags, Nadene has some handy advice ahead of the hot summer and Emma says, 'Yes, cheese'.
DIY hand-felted reindeer finger puppets
Ho, ho, ho! These cute reindeer finger puppets double as wine bottle toppers.
Water Cooler: Christmas tree hacks
This week in the water cooler we're using common beauty product to keep your Christmas tree looking great, sending love to those who need it most and are watching Goodbye Christopher Robin.
Cruising through Maniototo at a cool 160km/h
Eric Swinbourn hankered after a friend’s cobalt blue Alfa Berlina, and then his chance came his knocking.
Imake's 50M home brewing success story
A NZ home-brew company has doubled its turnover after launching an electric brewing machine called The Grainfather.
Video: Watch Amelia Ferrier transform a cake into a work of art
Cakes are a blank canvas for a talented baker and author of Melie's Kitchen.
Water cooler: dogs on Guy Fawkes
This week in the water cooler: we learn how to look after dogs on Guy Fawkes Day, let boy bands navigate us and are eating cakes that can't be beet-en.
Religious community launches tiny house business
Driven by a vision of a simpler way, five Manawatu families are reaping the benefits of living side by side.
Living and filming the good life in a 20 sqm home
The pair behind Happen Films spends their non-shooting time living and working in an unplumbed house that’s as small and perfectly formed as their short documentaries.
Water Cooler: The Huge Day Out and how the Gocks saved the kumara
This week in the water cooler: we're sheltering from the rain at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, exploring the Huge Day Out, binge-watching Stranger Things, and exploring Ashford Park.
Raglan biz chasing pet food market
The doggedness of two Raglan friends - plus a supportive community - helped launch a posh pet brand
Naturalist Sheila Natusch celebrated on screen
New Zealand naturalist, writer and illustrator Sheila Natusch brought science to the people. A film about her life captures her love of the natural world and her unconventional and indomitable spirit…
Water Cooler: Fat Yoga and the royal treatment
This week in the Water Cooler: we discover Fat Yoga, delve into rain science, get the royal treatment with Victoria and find a must-see exhibition.
Screen Sirens podcast: Top of the Lake
Are we living in a television golden age? The Screen Sirens discuss why award-winning Kiwi writer and director Jane Campion now prefers to work on TV these days. They then give the low down on the second season of Top of the Lake.
Video: Watch Ben Foster create his faceted sculptures
Between the mountains and the sea, sculptor Ben Foster and environmentalist Sabrina Luecht have found the best of nests.
Water Cooler: NZ's best chocolates
This week in the water cooler: We announce NZ's best chocolates, meet a very special creche at Ararimu School and wage a war on stickered fruit.
The 7 common reasons why a septic tank fails
It’s estimated that more than 40,000 of the 270,000 or so on-site domestic wastewater systems in NZ are at risk of failing.
The biochemist discovering secrets in NZ soil
A spirited New Zealand biochemist and entrepreneur is finding ways to support women in science on her own home soil.
Water Cooler: Dog adopting and ballet
This week in the water cooler, we're tutu impressed by the Royal New Zealand Ballet's Romeo & Juliet, are finding heart-melting dogs, are celebrating Tanya Carlson's 20 years in fashion and are watching Helen Clark documentary, My Year With Helen.
Smooth riding in the 1962 Porsche Karmann
This German-born dream machine is loving Kiwi country roads
How to build a pigtail rack
If you’ve got a big, messy pile of tangled pigtails, here’s a simple solution you can build to keep them neat and tidy.
Maori herbal tonic business in growth mode
A young entrepreneur from Great Barrier Island is tasting success from his own bitter medicine
Water Cooler: Virtual worlds and grapefruit hunting
This week in the water cooler, we're foraging for grapefruit, exploring virtual worlds, taking trips to Spain and are feeling inspired by a New Zealand business leader.
Why manuka is New Zealand’s super-healing oil
A New Zealand super-plant is powering the healing properties of a must-have multi-tasking new balm.
9 tips for starting a local food co-op
For more than 25 years, the locals of a small rural Southland community have co-operated to provide themselves with mostly locally-grown, organic food. They encourage others to try it, and to learn from their years of experience.
Make these crochet fingerless mittens
These fingerless mittens are an easy to make winter project, perfect for crochet beginners.
Water cooler: Dunkirk review and garden goals
This week in the water cooler, we're raving about Dunkirk, achieving our garden goals and digging up our old handbags for a good cause.
Video: 21-year-old NZ mandala artist with worldwide fanbase
Meet 21-year-old fine arts student and artist Lizzie Snow who is winning fans around the world with her intricate geometric mandala designs. Watch our exclusive video.
'Prioritize time to rest' says Dr Libby
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be a juggle but finding the right balance is essential for happiness and wellbeing.
How Tuhoe is leading the way in sustainable design
Te Kura Whare is a new-generation building embodying super-green values and the spirit of Tūhoe
Off-Topic Book Club Podcast: The Suicide Club
Water Cooler: Bird count and tunnel vision
This week in the water cooler: Lynley walks the Waterview tunnel, Yolanta is counting birds and Emma learns about the strange wrestling world.
Water Cooler: Winter solstice and Lumps and bumps
This week in the water cooler, we celebrate the winter solstice, go on a coop cleaning mission, watch trees walk before our eyes and take part in the great Jaffa Lump debate.
People are swooning over this 1966 Cortina
Rongotea dairy farmer Alan Rowe has struck a surprising little problem with the car he has owned for 47 years.
Water cooler: we wage a war on clothing moths
This week in the water cooler: we wage a war against clothing moths, try reduction wood block printing, make lavender cuttings and review The Handmaid's Tale.
Water cooler: long weekend movies and wild Waikato roads
This week in the water cooler: we review McLaren and Wonder Woman, avoid some nasty slips in the Waikato and put porridge to the test.
Water cooler: How to find a missing cat (we hope)
This week in the water cooler, we're using our CSI skills to search for a missing cat, eating all of the pies and are singing in the rain.
Former America's Cup sailor floats new business
A three-time America’s Cup winning team member is back on a boat but in a wooden dinghy.
Anthony Byrt and the conversation of art
Journalist and art critic Anthony Byrt is doing his bit to make the world – and Northland – a better place.
Bird brains and darling dahlias
This week in the water cooler: Nadene has a flower flight of fancy, Kate is on a carrot crusade and Emma is squawking to save the birds.
Artisan willow weaver encourages community spirit
This old craft is still immensely popular, and encourages a true community spirit on a Golden Bay lifestyle block.
Raglan tiny home wows George Clarke
An innovative 35sqm house in Raglan might be small in space but it’s big on design features.
The inspiration behind Fred van Brandenberg's organic building design
A revelation turned an experienced and successful architect away from the traditional styles in which he’d always worked towards something far more organic.
'10 lessons I learned living in a 27sqm tiny house'
Golden Bay writer Charlotte Squire learned a lot about life in downsizing her family into a 27sqm home
Water cooler: podcast labyrinths and a harbour boardwalk
This week in the water cooler: Cheree gets lost in the maze of S Town, Emma strolls along the prom, Milla gets kinetic and Nadene has a full plate.
VW Super Beetle resurrected from a hay shed
A not-so-common species of beetle has been adored, stored and restored
7 types of natural home
Old methods of using local natural materials is still some of the greenest building options around.
What type of heating suits your home?
There are more options than ever for heating your home, but how do you work out which one will work in your space?
Water Cooler: Back on Topp
In the water cooler this week: Cheree's explores her old stomping ground, Emma is in Denial and Yolanta campaigns to see New Zealand back on Topp.
Water cooler: The sweet life
This week in the water cooler: long time baker Molly Coughlan gives reduced-sugar biscuits a crack (and discovers she's Sweet Enough all along).
Creating a culture of innovation
An Auckland-based technology entrepreneur is making going to the doctor as easy as pushing a button
Water cooler: fowl play
This week in the water cooler: Nadene addresses the viral Brahma rooster, Cheree talks fritters and Jessica boycotts palm oil.
New exhibition transforms dead animals into art
Visual artist Rebecca Swan's exhibition at the Auckland Arts Festival transforms dead animals into works of art.
Why this artisan cheesemaker doesn't get paid
The award-winning owners of Lonely Goat say the costs of compliance are nothing to yodel about, and explain why they are working for love, not money.
Make your own moisturising bars
Use natural beeswax and coconut oil to make your own luxe moisturising bars.
'Why I eat with the seasons'
When Loveday Why discovered she had chronic fatigue syndrome, she found the answer to good health was in her garden.
Podcast: Off-Topic Book Club
In a summer reading special, The Off-Topic Book Club discuss The Spy, a novel about Mata Hari by Paulo Coelho as well as I'll Take You There, the latest novel by Wally Lamb.
Happy campers: A 1966 blast from the past
A retro car and caravan combo brings reconnection with the past and a raft of brand new memories.
10 inventive NZers share their DIY coop designs
From a water-powered hen gate to a repurposed trampoline - ten inventive New Zealand chicken lovers share their best DIY coop designs.
Gandering at geese and Gandalf ganders NZ
This week in the water cooler: we discuss the great school-term debate, gander at the moon, explore Gandalf’s beautiful New Zealand and take a walk on the wildside.
Farm reinvented as Southland wedding venue
A love of beautiful things- particularly weddings- has transformed the lives of a Southland family from the ground up.
Water cooler: Griffons go global
This week in the water cooler: Nadene is seeing stars in Hunua, Emma has gone to the dogs (again) and Cheree goes banana(grams).
The colourful couple behind the Mussel Inn
The Mussel Inn beats at the heart of Golden Bay's creative, organic community. Its music-loving owners created it with grit, vision... and a bit of inspiration from Bob Dylan.
Auckland family catches piece of fishing history
She may be berthed close to the super yachts of the world’s well heeled at Auckland’s Silo Marina but the Moerangi is no flash-n-crass gin palace.
Dr Libby: post-natal health
Some of the physical and emotional consequences of giving birth can be felt for up to 10 years afterwards. These are Dr Libby's tips for combating tiredness and focusing on your wellness.
Family of 5 living large in a 20sqm tiny house
This family of five lives in a 20m², off-grid and smart phone-free home with a composting toilet and a shower they share with the sky.
Living large in a 20sqm gypsy caravan
Life is a movable feast for these house-bus-living, fun-loving, free-spirited ‘gypstas’.
Cruising in the Trinidad
For more than half a century, this classic launch has been a summer base afloat.
The Perry family on how to "Raglan-afy" a bach
A universal truth is the power of three. In the coastal township of Raglan, three adored baches subscribe to that hypothesis.
Three hot summer fashion trends
From sexy swimsuits to silky separates, skin-baring tops to transparent jumpsuits, summer is all about show.
Lunch hour workout
Fitness coach Mat Lewisham shares his 20-minute workout designed to elevate the heart rate using body weight resistance training.
Review: A United Kingdom
Rosamund Pike shows off her acting talents in the new drama A United Kingdom.
Water Cooler: Westworld and ice cream galore
This week in the water cooler: we get very confused watching Westworld, make green pizza bases and are screaming for ice cream.
A life lived large: artist Deidre Copeland
Central Otago artist Deidre Copeland's paintings are immediately recognizable . Big canvases. Hyperrealism. She talks to Nathalie Brown about her career and crazy lifestyle.
Architect couple's two different approaches to design
He’s interested in how everything is interconnected; she in the personal story of her clients. This pair of Sydney-based Kiwi architects continue to make their mark on both civic and private jobs
Beauty product gift ideas
Beauty-junkie daughter? Fragrance-loving friend? Or just looking for some inspo for your own Christmas lust list…? here’s a guide to some of the best beauty gifts of this festive season.
Fantastic films and the cream of the crop
This week in the water cooler, we review Fantastic Beasts, whip up some cashew cream and make Paua Porridge.
The ultimate wedding gift
Sheryl welcomed her husband Tony into their marriage by giving him the key to her fabulous 56-year-old fin-tailed Ford.
Beautiful gardens, flying pigs and posh sheds
This week in the water cooler: we celebrate the highlights of Garden Marlborough, see some flying pigs and create posh sheds.
Water Cooler: Breathless theatre and treasured faces
Thieving sparrows, heartless geese, breathless theatre and treasured faces: things that we were talking about in the thisNZlife office this week
Dr Libby on nutritional deficiencies
In a two-part series, Dr Libby fronts up to a question about nutritional deficiencies.
We test 'The world's most comfortable shoes'
Allbirds shoes, made of New Zealand merino, have been named the 'world's most comfortable shoe'. Co-founder Tim Brown shares his story, and thisNzlife's Yolanta Woldendorp puts them to the test.
Capri's journey from Berlin to Blenheim
He wanted a race car, she wanted a comfortable ride, turns out the 1974 Ford Capri was the car they didn't know they always wanted.
Small town fashion success
Jenny Drury is finding success with fashion label Ketz-ke by focussing on wholesale and supporting New Zealand retailers.
Water cooler: guess the gadget
This week in the water cooler: We all scream for ice- cream, go crazy over cats in the tube and Anna Tait-Jamieson plays guess the gadget.
Podcast: The Off-Topic Book Club
The Off-Topic book Club raves about The Light Between Oceans, by M L Stedman.
Wee little lambs and strange fruit
This week in the thisNZlife office: We're feeling inspired by a wee spring lamb, try some strange fruit and find hares in the garden.
Book review: The Eagle Tree
Ned Hayes' novel The Eagle Tree is an honest depiction of autism, without heavy-handed sentimentality, writes Miranda Spary.
Watercooler: magnolias, bliss balls & a song for walking
In this weeks water cooler, we devour delicious bliss balls, sing along with Geoff Chapple, and give away tickets to an award-winning Christchurch play.
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.
Screen Sirens podcast: UnREAL
The Screen Sirens discuss why you should binge-watch the Lightbox drama UnREAL.
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.
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
Origami bins and a canine Frida Kahlo
This week in the water cooler, we find an use for The NZ Herald, relive our calf club glory days and pay homage to a canine Frida Kahlo.
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.
Pokemon and the best marmalade ever
This week in the thisNZlife office: we survive a zubat Pokemon attack, make some marvellous marmalade and discover the best lip gloss ever.
Nuts, bikes and the boogeyman
This week in the watercooler the thisNZlife team talks about tough nuts, big friendly giants and big friendly vegetables.
5th generation artist explores heritage
With art in his arteries, Michael MacMillan maintains a family tradition in a valley of hops and hopefulness, his greatest supporter by his side.
Doggy couture and cake culture
This week thisNZlife office we were talking about greyhound couture, cake culture, popcorn for breakfast.
Book corner: Jann Martel is back
We review the new Yann Martel book and discover a new talent in historical fiction.
A beginner's guide to buying a chainsaw
Chainsaws are an essential backyard tool, but it pays to do your research before you buy and learn how to maintain them.
Screen Sirens podcast: Me Before You
The Screen Sirens find Emilia Clarke's eyebrows hypnotic in Me Before You.
We review this really thick book
Book reviewer Rosemarie White says this 672 page book is worth its weight in gold (even if it doesn't fit in her handbag).
A long lost Bambina
Some cars lead a colourful life this, is the story of vibrant Italian icon called Niko.
Build an efficient fire
How to make sure your firewood is working at its best and tips for staying warmer than ever this winter.
Syrian conflict explored through architecture
Can architecture change society? One book explores how a war-torn community has been shaped by its environment.
Make your own beeswax food wraps
This environmentally friendly alternative to plastic cling film is easy to make at home.
Florence Foster Jenkins film podcast
In our inaugural film and television podcast Screen Sirens, film fans Emma Rawson and Andrea Burke rate the comedy Florence Foster Jenkins.
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