One big reason not to touch your pōhutukawa this summer
Some of New Zealand’s most famous trees are at enormous risk but there’s one simple thing you can do to help them this summer.
DIY project: How to make a fresh garland for Christmas
Dreaming of a green Christmas? Deck the halls naturally with this fresh festive decoration.
16+ farm tasks to tick off this summer
Some tasks are non-negotiable as temperatures begin to soar.
6 summer gardening tasks: Feed tomatoes, keep celery hydrated
Water, liquid fertiliser and sun are the key ingredients to a fruitful late summer harvest.
How to deal with an aggressive rooster
Psychology can be your best friend when dealing with an aggressive rooster.
Quad bike accidents tend to happen to this kind of person in NZ
Injuries from quad bikes are increasing despite greater awareness of safety issues.
DIY: How to make homemade soap
Cut packaging out of the equation with homemade beauty essentials.
What’s On: Winding Up by Roger Hall, presented by Auckland Theatre Company
Giltrap Audi season of Winding Up by Roger Hall, presented by Auckland Theatre Company. 11 February – 8 March, ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland and touring to Hastings, Hamilton, New Plymouth and Tauranga in March.
What’s On: Black Lover, presented by Auckland Theatre Company
Black Lover by Stanley Makuwe, presented by Auckland Theatre Company. 6 March – 4 April, Q Theatre Loft, Auckland.
This mystery novelist has been trapping pests in the Waitākeres for a decade
Trapping rodents in the Waitākere Ranges is not as daunting as it seems, says bird-lover Jenny Wheeler.
Recipe: Broad Bean Falafel
Swap fresh broad beans for chickpeas for a garden-to-table version of this Middle Eastern staple.
Explore the sleepy Cambodian town that produces world-renowned pepper
New Zealanders Jon Lambert and Freya Horder are doing what they can to protect Cambodian pepper farms against European encroachment.
A Golden Bay mum's small business turns into a health product empire
In 1988, a solo mum living in the back of beyond launched a business selling health products. It now turns over $35 million a year.
Insider's Guide competition: Win a fly-and-stay romantic West Coast weekend valued at more than $3000
Win a romantic weekend for two valued at more than $3000, including flights to Hokitika with Air New Zealand, two nights accommodation at Canopy Camping’s Woodpecker Hut.
Meet the Ōtāhuhu artist who is hooked on crochet (and owns the word fat)
An artist has found joy after great heartbreak by connecting past and present with loops of hot-pink yarn.
Homemade sausages will give you and your cooking credentials the wow-factor, as well as add plenty of savoire fair to your barbecue fare.
Explore a furniture designer's alpine home in the Queenstown Basin
This couple, one a furniture designer and the other a general practitioner, work in vastly different disciplines, but are aiming for precisely the same goal.
Recipe: Kindness Kisses
How to spread kindness, do good and eat well – all at the same time.
Recipe: Elderflower vinegar
Elderflower can be used to make vinegar, jelly and wine.
Recipe: Creamy Asparagus, Spinach, Herb and Goat's Cheese Tart
Pair this savoury meal with a dollop of tomato relish and a glass of pinot gris.
This vegan cheese brand crowd-funded $385,000 in nine days
An environmentalist's heavenly range of vegan dairy producers is flying off the shelves.
Recipe: Simon Gault's Christmas Berry Pudding
This scrumptious alternative to traditional trifle is made with mascarpone, limoncello, brandy sauce and heaps of berries.
Be in to win one of two copies of coffee-table book Private Gardens of Aotearoa, valued at $90 each
Be in to win one of two copies of coffee-table book Suzanne Turley: Private Gardens of Aotearoa, valued at $90 each.
A bonsai collector learns resilience from meticulously pruned trees
A bonsai collector shares the lesson of caring for artfully pruned trees.
Penguin playtime: How to make a felt rockhopper mask
Eastern rockhopper penguins might be declining in number, but they’re no less loved by thisNZlife. The cute characters are our top pick for Forest & Bird’s Bird of the Year competition and your kids can play along with this easy-to-make dress-up mask.
How to spot seabirds and penguins in New Zealand
This isn't your average bird-watching. From the Hauraki Gulf to Stewart Island, there are plenty of seabirds to be seen splashing around.
Lynda Hallinan's Guest Blog: Lambs (not) to the slaughter
Lynda insists on keeping her lambs as pets, even as they (predictably) wreak havoc on her home.
Ruth Pretty's: Rockhopper Rocky Road
Ruth Pretty's rocky road is a delicious way to celebrate Bird of the Year.
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.
Forging ahead at the Iron Ridge Sculpture Park
Canterbury sculptor Raymond Herber has carved out a true niche for his life and work in an abandoned quarry.
Polly Greeks' Blog: The Big Bang
An explosive moment makes Polly reflect on the enterprising wilderness women in the Far North.
How farm microbes may help children avoid asthma
These itty bitty organisms are big players in health and environmental issues.
The Insider's Guide To New Zealand 2020 - special pre-order price $15
Pre-order The Insider’s Guide to New Zealand for the special price of $15* and save $4.90.
Yeshi Taye's homemade Ethiopian sauce is stirring up Wellington's food scene
A former refugee cooks up a taste of Sudanese culture in memory of her mum.
Are organic apples the secret to good gut health?
An apple carries about 100 million bacteria. Good luck washing them off.
House sale: A Taupo gem in an award-winning gardenSPONSORED
A beautiful Taupo home and award-winning garden is available for sale.
What's On: Ruth Pretty puts the Fiesta into Festive Season
Ruth Pretty puts the Fiesta into Festive Season with her special Christmas cooking classes (classes start October 19 and run until December 21).
Bumblebees have smelly feet: How a funny fact inspired a children's book
Discovering that bumblebees live in underground burrows sent the Bay of Plenty’s Rachel Weston on a hunt for knowledge. What she discovered is revealed in her first book.
Bluff oysters, blue cod, cheese rolls – Southland is foodie heaven SPONSORED
You can eat well Down South. Here’s a taster of five top local foods.
The Kiwi connection at Wardington Manor
Designing duo Bridget Elworthy and Henrietta Courtauld are the pick of the bunch with their design and cut-flower company the Land Gardeners.
Recipe: Ruth Pretty's Chirashi-Sushi
This deconstructed sushi bowl tastes as good as it looks.
Gisborne: What to do, where to eat, and where to stay
Visitors flock for the sun, sea and surf — the Holy Trinity of Gisborne. But beyond the salty air and year-round good vibes, the soul of Gizzy begs for more in-depth exploration.
Great New Zealand Gardens to Visit SPONSORED
When exploring the country, put these spectacular gardens at the top of the must-visit list.
Video: Queensland’s Lake Dunn Sculpture Trail
Get a bird’s eye view of Queensland’s Lake Dunn Sculpture Trail in our exclusive video — featuring spectacular drone footage — by writer/photographer Don Fuchs.
Poet Amy Leigh Wicks on love, marriage and earthquakes
Amy Leigh Wicks’ second volume of poetry, The Dangerous Country of Love and Marriage, looks back to her childhood in the United States, untangles her arrival in New Zealand, and charts the upheaval of her adopted hometown, Kaikōura.
Ruth Pretty's Ricotta and Pesto Torte
Impress your guests with this delicious dip from Ruth Pretty. One of the top cook’s most sought-after recipes, it’s great to have when entertaining.
Polly Greeks' Blog: All in a lather
Polly searches for the recipe for success when she gives soap making another shot.
Backstage at Six Degrees of Separation with costume designer Lucy Jane Senior
Costume Designer and stylist Lucy Jane Senior agonized over finding the perfect pair of jewelled block heels for the new Auckland Theatre Company show.
An upcycling couple's eco home next to a train track
Two bike-loving upcyclers have built an eco home that is off the rails in suburban Auckland — but only just.
Tasting the future of sausage...
Emma Rawson encounters a strange new world of flavours while dining on sausages of the future.
An Oamaru family breaking the mould with a very special blue cheese
Good things take time say the team behind the winner of this year’s NZ Life & Leisure spirit of New Zealand award.
Recipe: Cacao Almond and Fudge Slice
An easy no-bake slice that's a crowd favourite.
'Garden angels' transform cemetery into a blooming garden
An old cemetery — the final resting place of many notable Taranakians — is fully appreciated by the still (thankfully) alive and kicking due to the efforts of a bunch of hardworking volunteer gardeners.
Recipe: Gluten-free, dairy-free saffron almond cake
This cake is gluten and dairy-free - and delicious. It’s a beautiful saffron-gold colour, and has a delicious orange flavour and moist texture, plus it’s easy to make.
Brigit and David Kirk's Hawke's Bay retreat
David Kirk and his wife Brigit live in Sydney, but have established a part-time New Zealand base not far from where their shared story began.
Foxton's DIY queen creates upcycled treasures
Meet Foxton’s upcycling queen. Not only does she create stylish effects with masking tape and bright paint, she also redistributes any profits she earns from her clever crafting.
Why Survivor winner Avi Duckor-Jones considers his tiny house 'abundant'
New Zealand’s first Survivor winner is back-to-basics again in an Auckland tiny house, using lessons learned during his time in Nicaragua and Ghana.
How Kurow locals transformed a wasteland into a clean, green wonderland
North Otago locals transform a polluted river island into a community paradise.
Omaka marae 'aunties' say their preserves are 'Maori culture in a jar'
Manaaki condiments, made in Blenheim with traditional Māori ingredients, aren’t just delicious. They also spread hospitality and generosity.
Topp Secret Gingernut recipe
The Topp Twins had to beg their mum Jean to share their nana’s famous Gingernut Biscuit recipe for their new cookbook Topp Country: A Culinary Journey.
Recipe: Blackcurrant Muffins
Put a fresh and healthy twist on muffins by swapping out blueberries for antioxidant-rich blackcurrants.
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.
The Catlins: What to do, where to eat, and where to stay
Rugged, dramatic, pristine... the Catlins are mesmerizing. They’re also comparatively under-explored. Pack those bags.
A couple's yacht voyage inspires safety device for boaties
A voyage on the high seas inspired an entrepreneurial couple to create a marine tracking system for boaties.
5 easy things to do to ensure a fruitful orchard
Your fruit trees will thank you (with fruit, of course).
Why every day is an open house at this Dunedin couple's gallery
A creative couple have established a gallery in their Dunedin home with everything for public view — even the art in the loo.
Polly Greeks' Blog: The rumpty retreat
Polly and co return to the rumpty caravan (and former tiny home), this time to test out their DIY fireplace.
Recipe: Lemon Meringue Cake
A cake on a grand scale that tastes as good as it looks. Make it from scratch or buy the best sponge cake, meringues and lemon curd you can and proceed to assembly. Use a cardboard cake round if possible. The cake is lovely to eat the day after making.
A midwinter Matariki road trip SPONSORED
As the Matariki star cluster emerges in the crisp mid-winter dawn sky, the time is right to jump into the new Holden Equinox for a trip on some of New Zealand’s oldest roads.
Two ways to get into a cauliflower pickle
If you are struggling to eat up your cauliflower, Kristina Jensen can get you into a pickle.
This couple have sent no rubbish to landfill for three years
Yes, you can cut down on plastic waste. All it takes is a little planning to change to more eco-friendly habits says the experts.
Jim Kayes’ blog: The merits of exercise
Why does life sometimes make being active more difficult than it should be? asks sports-lover Jim.
Maximalism in tiny spaces: Inside a designer's bold 65sqm apartment
A top interior designer has a new London pied-à-terre and a modern side business — one that builds on the links between home, wellbeing and state-of-the-art technology.
How the eco-friendly commute is evolving in New Zealand
The race is on to get commuters out of their cars in favour of more sustainable ways of moving around.
3 warming apple recipes for a chilly day
A glut of apples is easily transformed with a little brown sugar and pinch of nutmeg.
Antibiotic resistance - what you need to know
Antibiotics were once touted as miracle cures. But their ongoing misuse may mean that even the most common operations won’t be available to future generations.
Recipe: Ruth Pretty's Winter Salad with Pomegranate Dressing
This hearty salad combines sweet, savoury and tangy flavours for a refreshing dinner accompaniment.
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.
The Wool Wagon Pathway packs a scenic punch in Western Australia
Australia’s iconic Wool Wagon Pathway — a 1100-kilometre route across the Western Australian outback - originally came into being thanks to profits made from wool.
Three zesty recipes to celebrate Meyer lemon season
It's lemon season, and in celebration of this New Zealand backyard stalwart we've created three tangy, citrus recipes to add some zest to your winter menu.
29 delicious NZ products that should be on every foodie's radar SPONSORED
Here’s a list of some fantastic New Zealand artisan food producers you should be adding to your shopping cart.
A Timaru roller-derby dame's colourful slice of life
The bright side of life isn’t half bright enough for a roller-derby dame feeling her groove in Timaru.
Recipe: Ruth Pretty's Lamb with Lemon & Oregano, Hummus & Lamb Jus
Make merry with this chill-beating med-inspired feast to warm a cold night.
A former movie exec creates a whimsical garden
Making movies in London one minute; growing grapes and welcoming guests to a rural garden the next. Life is full of surprises.
What's On: Winter Detox at Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat SPONSORED
Winter is a wonderful time at Gwinganna With warm days and lovely evenings to help you sleep well, it is an ideal time to break from your routine, rest and refocus on your health and wellness.
Jim Kayes' Blog: School ball
Jim cruises down memory lane, recalling his Miami Vice-esque ball ensemble as his daughters get ready for school ball.
At home with Wellington oil painter Jane Blackmore
Jane Blackmore has been painting in oils for 25 years. Her work is well-known to fans of her landscapes, seascapes and florals, but Jane is anticipating a move.
Recipe: Ruth Pretty's Baked Chocolate and Amaretto Cheesecake
This indulgent cheesecake is not only pretty, but worth every single calorie.
200 meals per day for kids in need
A community that not only grows its food — but also shares it around — is incredibly powerful, says this Wellington altruist.
Inside a bach and matching tiny house at Waikawa Beach
Life in Aotearoa is celebrated in a bach and matching tiny house on the Horowhenua coast.
Recipe: Turkish Baked Cauliflower with Spiced Lamb Sauce
The bed of spiced lamb mince sauce packs some serious flavour in this hearty winter dish.
From doctor to author: A Lower Hutt woman's path to award-winning fiction
As a doctor, Eileen Merriman knows the science of blood and bone. As an author, she delves into the intricate depths of heart and soul.
Inside a colour-blind gardener's 800-sqm wonderland in Taupo
Renowned gardener Gordon Collier is red/green colour blind — but it isn’t the reason he refuses to plant by painted numbers in his small suburban garden; he prefers to mix it up a little.
Pan-fried and vegetable scones
One of New Zealand’s best-loved children’s authors shares the secret to his childhood scone recipe.
Boutique distillery owner Patsy Bass returns to Reefton for a shot at artisan gin
Reefton Distilling Co is striking gold in one of New Zealand’s oldest mining towns.
Recipe: Green Leek & Potato Soup
Celebrate cold weather with sweet leeks and hearty potatoes.
8 warming soup recipes
Warm up from the cold weather with these hearty and easy soup recipes.
Recipe: Ruth Pretty's Rugelach with Apricot, Walnuts and Chocolate
Pair a few of these sweet Jewish scrolls with your morning coffee.
Meet the NZ couple finding love on a 350,000 km road trip
A shared passion for four-wheel traveling has this New Zealand couple chasing all seven continents.
Polly Greeks' Blog: What does the future hold for planet Earth?
Some predict Earth's imminent doom while optimists remain eternally hopeful. As a mum, Polly wonders where she should stand.
Recipe: Cream of Watercress Soup
Our make your own Cream of Watercress Soup from this easy to grow green.
Behind the scenes at a third generation angus stud auction
A historic angus cattle stud takes winter by the horns with a seasonal celebration.
Cranmer Square's Red House rises again
When this Christchurch couple saw their dream home disintegrate before their very eyes, they discovered the Phoenix inside — and skills they never knew they had.
Recipe: Salted caramel macadamia slice
Impress at your next work morning tea with this paleo vegan slice from Buffy Ellen at Be Good Organics
Auckland start-up's game-changing wine technology
An idea spun from a university project is making an explosive impression on the wine industry.
Putting Gisborne oranges on the map
A delivery business with a twist boosts returns for a Gisborne orchard.
From clay soil to a block blooming with herbs
Cathy Bouma never planned to have a herb business. Or a block.
The Kiwis behind the next generation of eco-products
Meet the innovators driving the push for products that last.
Review: Theresa Healey in The Audience
Kate Coughlan sees the Queen in a whole new light after watching the new Auckland Theatre Company production of The Audience.
Homegrown Farm Fresh Meats' lamb hot in demand
Wairarapa sheep and beef farmers Dion Kilmister and Ali Scott of Homegrown Farm Fresh Meats are focused on ensuring what their customers eat is as good as what they eat at home.
A life in isolation on the Chatham Islands
Helen Bint turned her back on the city to live a pioneering life on New Zealand’s remote Chatham Islands.
Jim Kayes' Blog: Telly troubles
In the age of Netflix and infinite TV choices, it's Dancing with the Stars which makes Jim's family gather around the TV.
Recipe: Ruth Pretty's Apple Crumble Cake
This classic crowd-pleaser is all about the harmony between warm spices and granny smiths.
7 creative ways to celebrate mum's special day
Mother’s Day is almost here (it’s this Sunday, May 12th) so get sorted with these fresh ideas for activities, gestures and gifts to show you care.
How an Auckland couple is bringing native butterflies back to the city
Robert Jones and Angela Moon-Jones are bringing native butterflies back — one garden at a time.
Taranaki farmers go with the grain in dairy country
A Taranaki family with an eye on the future have sown their faith in an ancient grain.
Recipe: Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Smoked Mussels
Celebrate the earthy jerusalem artichoke with this warming, potato-based soup.
Lassi three ways
My Indian Kitchen author Ashia Ismail-Singer shares three variations of this classic Indian drink.
Guest Blog: Ashia Ismail-Singer’s journey to My Indian Kitchen
It was a bout of homesickness that prompted Malawi-born New Zealander Ashia Ismail-Singer to start her blog.
Woman in the Wilderness author loves a life without walls
Miriam Lancewood lives the epitome of an “open door” policy – except, for the past eight years, she’s had no doors. Or a roof. Or an address. And that makes her very happy.
The best ways to unwind in Queenstown this autumn SPONSORED
Queenstown in autumn is the perfect time of year to experience this beautiful region at a different pace and to indulge the senses in the colours and flavours of the season.
Magnolia Kitchen Recipe: Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Bernadette Gee's cookbook Magnolia Kitchen is an internet sensation. These chewy delights were named after Bernadette's one-and-only light-of-her-life daughter Charlotte.
Recipe: Kristina Jensen’s Crab Apple & Walnut Streusel Cake
It takes a little more work than the average cake, but this streusel-topped treat is well worth it.
The Chia Sisters reach new heights for award-winning, solar-powered juicery
The success of a South Island soft-drinks company has its owners juiced — and selected as winner of the earth category in the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards for 2019.
Recipe: Ruth Pretty's Easter Buns with Lemon Icing Drizzle
Please a crowd these holidays with Ruth Pretty's zesty Easter buns which are packed with spices, dried apricots, raisins and sultanas.
Wooden Spoon Freezery named Supreme Champion at 2019 Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards
The ice-cream makers at Wooden Spoon Freezery are proof that business and pleasure can be mixed.
160kg of fruit per tree at this Whakatane feijoa orchard
Whakatane’s White Goose Orchard produces fantastic feijoas and winning wines, and its owners are huge proponents of the potential nutritional benefits of the aromatic fruit.
Recipe: Venison Shepherd's Pie
Venison brings an extra level of luxury to this humble classic.
Recipe: Chunky Monkey Feijoa Chutney (the best-ever feijoa recipe)
Kristina reluctantly shares one of her best-ever chutneys.
Plans for organic farming teaching centre in Motueka
Work is underway on a teaching centre that will offer workshops, lectures, and apprenticeships for anyone eager to learn the peculiarities of organic enterprise.
A Marlborough distiller is putting New Zealand bitters on the map
Marlborough-made bitters are making waves in the cocktail world, and their creator is just getting started.
Is this the feijoa cake of your dreams?
Kristina Jensen's gooey upside down feijoa caramel cake is the autumn cake you've been waiting for.
Jim Kayes' Blog: Finding the Spirit of New Zealand
In the days following the Christchurch mosque attacks, Jim Kayes reflects on the power of hope and the Spirit of New Zealand.
The best NZ cheeses of 2019
Over 200 medals have been handed out to NZ’s top specialty cheese makers.
Recipe: Baked Quinces with Vanilla Whipped Coconut Cream
An old-fashioned fruit is transformed with a little heat and a lot of airy coconut cream.
Is sheep milk NZ's next big export industry?
Businessman Scottie Chapman was told: ‘No one wants that product.’ It was music to his ears
In your Backyard: Living Lightly online extra resources
In Your Backyard: Living Lightly, is a guide to making small steps towards a lighter footprint. We’ve compiled extra materials and videos here to help further your understanding of this exciting topic.
Video: Sustainable living in a tiny house on wheels
A tiny house that includes upcycled parts of a state home is the first step towards sustainable living for an Auckland couple.
A Motueka couple's long road to importing adorable Valais Blacknose sheep
They’re often mistaken for stuffed toys, but Valais Blacknose sheep are real and spreading their cuteness around New Zealand.
Polly Greeks' Blog: Reclaim the Christchurch shootings through love
Let the bullet-holes blasted through the fabric of New Zealand society on Friday be a call to lovingly take the hands of strangers.
Beekeeper's tiny house passion stemmed from a teenage illness
Nathan Orr’s enthusiasm for tiny homes and leaving a smaller footprint on the planet is rooted in a teenage illness.
ONZFPA Awards: Medal winners revealed
Foodies have a slew of top-quality products to look out for when they are shopping following today’s announcement of the 2019 Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards medal winners.
NZ Booklovers Awards 2019 Winners Announced
Fiona Kidman, Jo Seagar and Kimberly Andrews are winners in the inaugural NZ Booklovers Awards announced today.
Cucumber Salad with Buttermilk Dressing
Stay cool as a cucumber by pairing this simple salad with any main dish.
Christchurch terror attack: How to support NZ’s Muslim communities
Mass murder at mosques in Christchurch on Friday targeted Muslim New Zealanders at worship. Here are some things you can do to support a devastated community.
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
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.
Recipe: Hokey Pokey Melting Moments
This classic biscuit is taken up a notch with crunchy hokey pokey.
A set designer's showstopper home
Of all of the scenes set decorator Megan Vertelle has crafted into reality, her patchwork Piha villa is the one that steals the show.
Jim Kayes' Blog: Too much homework
School-life balance becomes seemingly impossible for Jim's daughter when she comes home with five hours of homework.
Sister Mary Horn's third calling
From the moment she was baptised Mary Dominica, Mary Horn was on a path to a convent. Her call to be an artist came much later — at nearly 60.
Recipe: Parmesan-Crumbed Eggplant with Red Pepper Mayo
Late summer calls for lovely finger food that celebrates fresh ingredients, like eggplant and red pepper.
Polly Greeks' Blog: An advert for the off-grid lifestyle
A fish-fuelled weekend has Polly dreaming of how to write the perfect advert for the off-grid lifestyle.
How to avoid metabolic syndrome
Add metabolic syndrome to the long list of medical maladies that can be avoided by living well.
Classic baking: Yoyo recipe
These Yoyos are guaranteed to melt-in-the-mouth. This classic sweet treat is quick to make and will no doubt be an absolute crowd pleaser.
John Rhys-Davies: Fresh Eggs is a hoot
Lord of the Rings and Indiana Jones Actor John Rhys-Davies brings an international flair to the new TV2 black-comedy, Fresh Eggs.
3 delicious ways to use up a peach glut
Make the most of a late summer peach glut with three quick (and tasty) recipes.
Jim Kayes' Blog: Parental hypocrisy
As Jim nervously lets his daughter loose in Six60's 50,000-person deep crowd, he recalls his own gig mischief as a teen.
In Your Backyard: Living Lightly on sale now
Learn to live a greener and more sustainable life with our special edition. In Your Backyard: Living Lightly.
From a cluttered workshop to a modern crib
A workshop, once bursting at the joists with a lifetime of useful things, is reworked into an exceptional holiday home.
A fabric upcycler Sarah Lancaster's cute tiny house
A sewing teacher with a superhero-like enthusiasm for saving the planet packs a heap of personality into her tiny house.
Finding their tūrangawaewae in the Abel Tasman
Making sense of the past has allowed a Kaiteriteri couple to shape the future — titiro whakamuri, kōkiri whakamua. Now they are paddling forwards and taking others with them.
When Helly met Sally: love through the lens
Sally Maguire’s dog knew a thing or two when it introduced its owner to the love of her life, Helmut Hirler. They walk us through their beautiful home and art gallery, 'Artmosphere' .
Jim Kayes' Blog: Hopelessly unromantic
When Jim's daughter gets a boyfriend, he hopes her beau is as unromantic as he used to be.
Preparing water tanks for the un-rainy days
Young, smart-thinking innovators are developing remote methods to ensure the country’s rain-water tanks never run dry.
A beginner's guide to foraging in New Zealand
There are plenty of edible wild plant foods in the NZ countryside, if you know where to look and what to look for.
Fiordland cruise with a difference: Passengers participate in conservation work
An entrepreneurial couple have built a Fiordland-based business that takes New Zealanders out of their daily lives and back in time.
Recipe: Ginger, Lime and Peppermint Rock Melon with Mango Sorbet
An easy-to-make fruity dessert that epitomizes the taste of summer.
Polly's Blog: Potty mouths, revelations and #MeToo
When her seven-year-old expresses foul-mouthed fury, Polly reviews events in her own life that should have provoked absolute outrage but left her confusingly silent.
Recipe: Panzanella with nectarine
This is a non-traditional panzanella (bread salad) with the addition of nectarine. Central Otago is famous for its stone fruit and the nectarines are perfectly ripe at the same time as tomatoes, the combination of which creates a nice acidity and sweetness.
Jim Kayes' Blog: The politics of camping
While camping in Mangawhai, Jim is envious of his mate's luxurious tent set-up which includes a bar leaner and Nespresso coffee machine.
Whangamata business owner can work 20 days in a row over summer
Boutique owner Karan Gregory Has an eye for business based on experience earned, not learned.
On the BBQ: Ginger and Soy Salmon
Grilling on the barbecue one of the easiest ways to cook salmon.
Tasty ways to use avocados
The smooth, creamy texture of avocados makes them a great ally in baking. Give these delicious recipes a try.
Discovering the lost spring of Taputapuatea
Most people avoid getting into hot water, but the creator of a Coromandel resort spent two decades, and many millions of dollars, drilling for it.
Could llamas help us beat the flu?
A simple nasal spray using antibodies produced by llamas could give humans protection from the flu.
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.
Photo essay: Rangitoto Island's historic baches
Rangitoto, Auckland’s most familiar landmark, harbours unexpected reminders of less-complicated times.
Recipe: Rhubarb Frosé Ice Blocks (alcoholic)
For a refreshing twist on the popular frosé cocktail, try these adult ice blocks with stewed rhubarb.
Volunteer divers keep Wellington's waterfront plastic-free
Meet the scuba diver on a mission to clean up Wellington’s ocean floor.
Retro caravan called Roxanne restored to heyday looks
Summer holidays for a Hamilton family mean a beach on the wild Waikato west coast with a small dog called Rosie and a retro caravan called Roxanne.
Recipe: Sugar-cured venison
This luscious dish makes good use of seasonal produce. You need to make the red pepper relish at least a day ahead.
This couple call a wildlife sanctuary on Great Barrier home
The only human residents of a thriving Great Barrier Island wildlife sanctuary are fiercely protective of their native neighbours.
Watch: NZ's first flock of cute Valais Blacknose sheep
Valais Blacknose must be the cutest sheep in the world. We meet Sally and Lindsay Strathdee on their piece of paradise in Motueka, and meet their friendly flock in an exclusive video.
Christmas spirit aboard a European winter cruise
Swapping pavlova and sunshine for European waterways and cuckoo clocks helps one voyager realize the festive spirit she never knew she had.
A guide to the Rangitikei river in New Zealand for the intrepid traveller
Characters, curiosities and intrepid opportunity lie around every corner of one of New Zealand’s longest rivers.
Jim Kayes' blog: Christmas giving
Jim reflects on present etiquette — is it okay to shake the presents under the Christmas tree?
What to consider when adopting a dog
There are rescue groups around NZ with dogs that need homes, from puppies to pensioners. Here's what you should think about when saying hello to your potential pet dog.
Christchurch's ring master: Meet hilarious hula-hooper Toni Smith
Hilarious hula-hooper Toni Smith brings her international street performance routines home for Bread and Circus, the World Buskers’ Festival in Christchurch from January 10 to February 3.
Recipe: Perfumed punch
A fruity non-alcoholic drink, fit for a festive feast.
Waihi & Whangamata: Things to do, places to eat and where to stay
While the golden triangle of Waihi, Whangamata and Waihi Beach isn’t short on glittering activities and pristine landscapes, the Coromandel’s true gems are not tour stops but people giving back to the community.
Recipe: Green Bean Salad with Cranberries
Green beans with a tangy cranberry twist, a delicious side from Ruth Pretty's make-ahead Christmas lunch menu.
Recipe: Honey-Glazed Pork Loin with Guava & Raisins
A pork roast with a fruity filling, fit for Christmas Day.
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Jo Seagar's BBQ St Clements Lamb
‘Oranges and lemons say the bells of St Clements.’ This is the inspiration for this easy but fabulous way to cook lamb on the BBQ. What more perfect choice for our New Zealand Christmas feast than lamb.
Pottery hens with a cult following
Yvonne Sutherland has been firing and painting hens for more than three decades and collectors around the world obviously adore them as much as she does.
Recipe: Spicy Korean-Style Meatballs
These tasty meatballs will be a hit at your next barbecue.
From backyard hobby to blooming business
A novice gardener's flower growing efforts have bloomed into a home-based business.
Round cucumber varieties to try
If you like the long green cucumbers, you're going to love these extraordinary orbs.
Recipe: Pepparkakor gingerbread biscuits
These delicious little spice biscuits are not too sweet, easy to roll out and quick to bake.
Take a peek inside Wellington's iconic boat sheds
For more than 100 years Wellington’s Clyde Quay boat sheds have been happy places for people who love tinkering with boats.
Recipe: Beetroot Salad with Horseradish Dressing
Horseradish dressing gives this beetroot salad the x-factor.
Polly's Blog: Bird calls and tubular bells
Polly digs deep to make sense of a world that keeps spinning despite the family’s ongoing efforts to slow it.
How St Fabiola (the patron saint of divorce) inspires artist Kirsten Sutherland
Wellington digital textile artist Kirsten Sutherland has stitched together her art, an eclectic home, a creative boutique and a new husband, who just happens to own a brewery.
From KwaZulu Natal with love
Beautiful, hand-made beadwork decorations put the compassion into Christmas.
NZ-made clothes designed in a high-country sheep station:
Hayley Rhind moved onto a new farm with her husband and two young children. Then she had a brilliant idea for a clothing business.
Recipe: cheesy eggplant bake
This dish is a household staple at tomato grower, Gemma Romano's home. Her grandson Anthony likes to eat it as an afternoon snack, sandwiched between two slices of white bread.
Recipe: Jude’s Chocky Rocky Road
This gourmet version of a classic sweet makes a great homemade Christmas present.
Native plant nursery founder wins big at NZI Rural Women Business Awards
A group of innovative thinkers has been given top honours at the prestigious NZI Rural Women Business Awards.
Jim Kayes' Blog: Losing my cool
Jim struggles to stay silent while sitting in the backseat during his daughter's driving test.
Putting Dunedin back on the chocolate map
A craft chocolate company is winning awards, and the hearts and minds of dunedinites.
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A unique opportunity to own a fairy tale property in Central Otago.
Recipe: New Potatoes with George’s Guacamole
Give new potatoes a Caribbean twist with a healthy dollop of zesty Cuban guacamole.
3 new books NZ foodies will love
Three books that traverse the diverse culinary landscapes of Central Otago, Sri Lanka and Dunedin are bound to get food and wine-lovers talking.
Jim Kayes' Blog: Exam season
As exam season looms, Jim's eldest threatens to take a three-year-long gap year.
Buy the best artisan food products in our new Farmers' Market
NZ Life & Leisure and thisNZlife's involvement in the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards has opened our eyes to the wonderful boutique products New Zealanders are making.
thisNZlife Farmers' Market Recipe: Spicy Tamarind Ribs
This pork rib recipe from Jenny's Kitchen is so delicious and easy-to-make it will become your summer go-to. Make them in the barbecue or the oven and order Jenny's Kitchen Tamarind Chutney direct from the thisNZlife Farmers' Market .
Permaculture systems in your garden
Permaculture is a fancy name for all the things many of us are already doing in our orchards. Ben Gaia shares tips to get you growing more food using fewer chemicals.
A guide to importing farm animals
Bringing a new breed into NZ is expensive, and you can only import certain species of farm animals from approved countries.
Recipe: Tomato Cashew Soup
This tomato soup with carrots, celery and cashew cream is a local favourite.
Finding a solution to period poverty in NZ
Six months' volunteering abroad inspired a 24-year-old Wellingtonian to look for a sustainable and economical solution to a worldwide problem - and to implement it on her university campus.
Recipe: Raw vegan coconut yoghurt tarts
Breakfast for a sweet-tooth doesn't get much better than this.
Recipe: Pineapple sage tisane
A tisane or infusion is a drink made by steeping fresh or dried herbs in hot water.
Recipe: Moroccan honey and mint syrup cake
This cake from East End Café in Wairoa is delicious served with a dollop of cream or unsweetened Greek yoghurt.
Polly's Blog: The Unfathomable life kaleidoscope
Polly and James are on nursing duties as the kids battle a nasty bug, but in the backyard Bugs Bunny has been at play.
Lance and Bridgette O'Sullivan's wedding plans
New Zealand’s Lord of the Reins, Lance O’Sullivan, and his wife Bridgette have found new passions beyond the heady days of Bollinger and BMWs.
Sisters making intentionally unsexy underwear
A pair of Wairarapa sisters are two decades in to making comfy underwear designed for the wearer, not the viewer.
A blockbuster adventure in Hawai'i
A cinema-lover discovers a world beyond the familiar attractions of the movie-esque Hawai’ian island of Kaua’i.
Creative thinking is driving a blooming biological economy
A book argues New Zealanders are already starting to make a living out of the natural world in new ways based on “value” rather than “volume”.
Recipe: Ruth Pretty's Christmas Fruit Mince Croissants
Get Christmas morning off to a cracker start with coffee, perhaps a glass of champagne and this festive take on filled croissants.
Recipe: Chilli Prawn, Roasted Kūmara, Yellow Pepper & Pistachio Salad
A little planning, a touch of prep and — voilà — a make-ahead Christmas lunch menu that leaves plenty of time for hosts to spend with guests.
Pagan Karauria's shear determination overcoming adversity
She’s a hard job, wool handling. For some, it’s harder than shearing. Pagan Karauria of Central Otago says that’s the case for her, and she’s a master wool handler as well as a shearer.
Recipe: Frenched Lamb Racks with Ponzu Sauce
Jazz up new season lamb with this classic Japanese citrus-based sauce and pink-peppercorn rub.
Dr Libby's Beetroot chocolate mud cake
This cake packs all the divine flavor of a traditional chocolate cake but is so much more beneficial for your health.
The truth about E. coli
A common bacteria sounds a warning of contamination, but it’s not the baddie it seems.
Recipe: Homemade cultured salted butter
Add some local flavour to the traditionally homemade staple.
Highlights from the NZ Life & Leisure and Walk Japan Reader Lunch
The food was exquisite, the sake was flowing and the conversation was filled with colourful travel stories at the NZ Life & Leisure and Walk Japan reader lunch.
Polly Greeks' Blog: Bird detective work
Polly and family discover ornithological treasures at wildlife sanctuary Tiritiri Matangi.
This cheese sold out before the cheesemaker cut the curd
Kirsty Silvester and Dave Chapman are true DIY cheese producers, from pasture to pecorino.
7 reasons why the eastern rockhopper penguin should win Bird of the Year
Meet the cute and sassy eastern rockhopper penguin and vote it Bird of the Year.
The farming family taking Blue Ducks under their wing
Fortunate indeed are the endangered Blue Ducks now flourishing under the protection of a family that has figured out how to combine farming with eco-tourism.
6 flowers for the cottage garden
If you want to emulate the soft, frothy hues of a cottage garden, these six flowers are a good start.
Anthony Hoy Fong's big bites in the Big Apple
From deep-fried chicken to fine-dining foams, and from family man to food warrior, this New York-based New Zealand chef loves his kai – in more ways than one.
Artisan sea salt created with buckets of ingenuity
With a custom-made vacuum chamber Greg Beattie turns seawater from the Hauraki Gulf into New Zealand’s first truly artisanal sea salt.
Pollys' blog: Wheelchair ballet
Wheelchair-bound Zendo discovers a new dance routine.
How to grow tequila
The plants really want to hurt you, the harvest is carried out by digger, then chainsaw, you cook the heart out of it for three days, but the end result is worth toasting.
My day as a chocolate judge
From “bottom leakage” to “fat bloom”, Emma Rawson brushes up on her chocolate lingo to join the world of bonbon judging.
Recipe: Tropical Grilled Salmon SPONSORED
A sweet and savory glaze gives grilled salmon big flavor.
Ditching the boardroom for the brushes
Jumping off a cliff was a free-to-be-me revelation for a one-time middle manager who ditched the boardroom for the brushes.
Guest blog: 'How deep-mulching transformed my garden'
Guest blogger Elien Lewis doesn't let a shady garden stop her from producing a bounty of produce.
Jim Kayes' Blog: Man flu
Jim comes down with the flu and has a hard time receiving any sympathy from his family.
A food farm in the heart of Remuera
Reuse, reclaim and recycle is the motto of a zero-waste Auckland gardener inspired by Michelle Obama.
What feathers can tell you about your bird
Feathers are a feature of all birds, whether they can fly, swim or just live on the ground, and there’s a lot they can tell us.
How this tiny goat breed found its way to NZ
A small herd of tiny goats are NZ's newest breed and it has been a long journey for them and their determined owner.
The US market is hot for this NZ-designed electric farm bike
An award-winning New Zealand-designed electric utility bike for the farm is on the road to success in the US market.
Travel essay: Saving smiles in Kenya
Not every baby is born with the ability to smile. Cleft palates are a heartbreaking but treatable condition. In Kenya, one photographer documents the mothers and children that make their way to surgery as they embark on a journey of hope.
Polly Greeks' blog: A ghastly silence
Polly knows trouble is afoot when rambunctious three-year-old Zendo is suddenly silent.
Attention young gardeners
Entries are now open for the Yates Budding Young Gardener competition.
Bolt-resistant coriander varieties to grow
Coriander can be a little bit fussy to grow, but with the right care you can prolong leaf growth.
Wild yeast ale made in a low-ceilinged cavern
An Oamaru couple play with wild yeasts and wild ideas in a low-ceilinged cavern where they brew Belgian-inspired ales that could put hairs on the chest.
Jim Kayes' Blog: 49 candles
As Jim celebrates his 49th year, he reflects on how birthdays tend to matter less when you are older, that is, unless you have children.
'How empathy makes me a better director'
A happy childhood in a musical family led one young woman to pick up an instrument, whisk up life with a wooden spoon, and ultimately, to film stories of human compassion.
Five generations of Central Otago orchardists
Five generations of a Central Otago family have tilled soil, trained trees, and fought the forces of nature and political upheaval to sustain a lifestyle they love.
Video: Home sweet tiny home
A young Wellington couple talk about designing and building their first home, a tiny house on wheels, and reveal what it’s really like to live in a whare iti in winter.
Orchid growers put down roots in Titirangi tree house
Ice cream and photography were the unlikely stepping stones that led a couple to a house among the trees and into the exotic-flower business.
Recipe: Salt and Pepper Taro with Szechuan Pepper Salt
Think you've tasted taro, wait until you try Ruth Pretty's tasty take on this Pacific Island staple, a sneak peek from the upcoming September/ October issue of NZ Life & Leisure, on sale August 24.
Guest blogger: Living the good life in Te Akau
Never a day goes by without Laura MacDonald's toddler eating dirt. But that doesn't stop her living the good life on her rural property in Te Akau.
Recipe: Homemade 100's & 1000's Biscuits
Laura MacDonald from thekiwicountrygirl.com shares her homemade version of this New Zealand kids' favourite.
This is the most common cause of death in poultry
A breathing problem in chickens is difficult to diagnose, and not to be sneezed at.
After 20 owners, Bertha the Impala finds her forever home
A custard-coloured Impala has had a string of owners over the decades but has now found her sweet spot – her forever home.
Film review: She Shears
A must-see New Zealand documentary follows five female sheep shearers on their journey to the Gold Shears.
Part-time vet, full-time romance novelist
An Otorohanga vet has won an international following writing romance novels with a country twist.
Recipe: Stecca bread with roasted butternut dip
This all-time favourite bread is exceptionally easy to make. The dip can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for up to three days.
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.
Jim Kayes' Blog: Wheeling and dealing
Jim's daughter adopts a 'squeaky wheel' strategy to get a new car, while he reflects on the Ford Falcon that got away.
Kate White's crusade to protect the Waitaki river in Kurow
Just as the Waitaki River grinds down mountain ranges carrying them in serpentine fashion to the sea, Kate White is an irresistible force changing the face of a small south island town.
How a family of four ditched cling film for good
Lunchbox snacks, leftovers and half-eaten avocados can all be kept fresh plastic free with a few simple swaps.
Celebrating Sue Macfarlane's Winterhome garden
In between many entrepreneurial pursuits, one hardworking, creative woman has left a living legacy - a five-star garden and a close-knit family - and made her mark on her community.
A new take on the classic NZ sheepskin
A Wanaka couple’s enthusiasm for natural-fibre products weaves essential purpose into their business, warmth into their home, and ties them to a very personal pioneering past.
Recipe: The best marmalade ever
Marmalade is easy to make if you get organised in advance. This is a great recipe which produces a wonderful, bright yellow marmalade that keeps well.
An eco school where kids learn outdoors - and take risks
Dani Lebo uses her family’s permaculture farm to teach local children about farming, food, fun and taking an element of risk – all outdoors and in all weathers.
Why Golden Bay should be your next weekend trip
Discover a region where the sunshine hours are unrivalled and the beaches are shared with sunbathing seals.
Menu sneak peek: Harbourside Winner Dinner
Harbourside's head chef, Shaun Tyagi is serving up a menu to die for at the Auckland Outstanding Food Producer Winner Dinner
Sacha Jones: "The older you are the funnier you get"
Amid teenage comic hopefuls sweating backstage at a comedy club, 52-year-old Sacha Jones sat reading a Charles Dickens’ novel. “People said, ‘Aren’t you nervous?’ and I told them, ‘I’m old!’”
Recipe: Crumbed terakihi with creamed mushrooms
You can also try this dish out with gurnard or blue cod (although, these will take a little longer to cook than terakihi).
Polly's Blog: Matariki musings
Our Far North blogger Polly gazes into the Matariki sky to see if the future is clear and bright or if it's a little hazier for struggling Northland families.
Book review: Pruning Fruit Trees: A Beginner’s Guide
A new book from a permaculture expert helps beginners conquer their fear of fruit tree pruning.
Recipe: Cauliflower and truffle soup
Cauliflower never had it so good. This is a fabulous starter for an evening meal or serve in espresso cups or shot glasses as an amuse-bouche.
We're going on a truffle hunt
Hunting for truffles is not for the impatient or the olfactorily impaired. Success calls for a sniffer-out of buried bounty – in other words, a dog.
Passive Houses: Is it time NZ embraced this European trend?
Shocked at the number of cold, damp houses in New Zealand, a Waikato-based couple searched for their own building solution. A ground-breaking passive house provided the answer.
The most ambitious (and delicious) Lemon Meringue Pie
Looking for something special to bake? Why not try Simon Wright's Lemon Meringue Pie.
Is it time for mead to make a comeback?
By rejuvenating an ancient tipple, Oren Dalton hopes to breathe new life into our regions.
Exploring Tasmania's pristine south coast by ship
Whales and wild waters, sugared beaches and dramatic landscapes, kangaroos and convict chronicles are all wrapped into the story of this isolated coastal stretch made accessible when explored by small ship.
How this couple built a thriving quail egg business from scratch
Gourmet delights wander round this lifestyle block south of Gisborne, and its owners can’t get enough of what is turning into a delectable little bird business.
Jim Kayes' Blog: In the swing of things
Jim Kayes is egged on by a 12-year-old and gives a terrifying ride in Rotorua a swing.
Vegan probiotic caramel slice
A sweet no-bake made with coconut yoghurt and raw cashews.
Have you given Botox a fair chance?
Want skin that looks film-star fab and forever wrinkle-free? Develop a more trusting relationship with needles say the experts.
Recipe: Ruth Pretty's pommes purées
Reserve this decadent potato mash for special occasions.
Polly's Blog: kiwi encounters
Polly and the kids delight in things that go whistle and scrape in the night while Pax the dog quivers in the corner.
From bare dry pasture to successful lavender business
When Karen Rhind left behind her carefully-maintained Garden of National Significance for bare, dry pasture and a new challenge, she also opened the door to a sweetly-scented business.
Camp Glenorchy transformed into sustainable Zero Energy site
Two American environmentalists have turned a run-down campground in Glenorchy into a sustainable development where technology and nature work together.
8 things you need to know before you try growing hazelnuts
Hazelnuts are still a niche product in New Zealand but they have the potential to be the country’s main nut crop.
The high-protein, low-fat fermented food you can make yourself
If you’re interested in eating more plant protein, a little fermentation can go a long way.
Roasted beetroot with sorrel
An earthy salad to warm up any winter gathering.
How the Coromandel environment inspired Cathedral Cove Naturals
Wholesome ingredients and happy memories of childhood holidays on the Coromandel form the DNA of coconut yoghurt and cereal business Cathedral Cove Naturals.
Jim Kayes' Blog: Forget me not
When Jim's daughters say he is getting forgetful in his old age, he takes it to heart.
How micro-organisms can super size your soil
This award-winning organic farmer near Kaipara coast may have hundreds of sheep and cattle, but what she’s really farming is millions and millions of invisible helpers.
Frodo's chainmail used for architectural solar screens
A Wellington entrepreneur who created chainmail worn by Frodo and others in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy is making sturdy armour for buildings.
4 places to indulge in retail therapy in Palmerston North
What better way to get to know a region than by doing a little retail therapy? Treat yourself to a little something special in these four Manawatu stores - a souvenir of sorts.
Have your chocolate cake and eat it without sugar
Unlike sugar, stevia doesn't add calories or carbs. So you can afford to have an extra slice or two of this chocolate cake delight.
What your dog is trying to tell you
If your dog often barks and jumps at strangers, pulls on the lead, or whines when you leave for work these could be symptoms of a relationship problem. Selina McIntyre, a former lion-cub carer turned dog-behavioural expert explains why.
From Hollywood to Wellywood: A renowned costume designer comes home
In a world where robots rule, superheroes surprise us and gorgeous frocks rock, costume designer Kate Hawley has found her forever home. Occasionally, she returns to Wellington where she’s surrounded by treasures magpied on her travels.
TV builder Cocksy's Tairua home
Popular TV builder John Cocks is a keen diver who refuses to simply go with flow: although his body is ailing, his maverick spirit prevails – so there’s no cause for the undersea critters around Tairua to rest easy just yet.
Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Pork Meatballs with Buttery Apple Sauce and Make-Ahead Gravy
Many food cultures claim meatballs, albeit in different guises, as one of their specialities but Scandinavia happens to take the crown.
Jim Kayes' Blog: Lol moments
Jim's cringey efforts to use the latest lingo provide amusement to his teenage daughters.
Bags not: Retailers are ditching plastic bags – are you ready?
It’s finally happening. After lots of talk, greener bagging options are set for a checkout near you.
Take a tour of Chris Ballantyne's organic mini-farm in Te Atatu
A landscaper with a mini backyard farm believes small-scale food production is key to well-being and urban ecological balance.
Outstanding New Zealand products every foodie should know about SPONSORED
NZ Life & Leisure is very proud to celebrate people who create beautiful food. Here's a list of some fantastic New Zealand artisan food producers you should be adding to your shopping cart.
Lisa Scott gets her skates on for roller derby
Lisa Scott gets her skates and her badass attitude on at the roller-derby rink.
Recipe: Cos leaves with pear, walnuts, mozzarella
These cos leaves make a delicious, healthy nibble. Use the best of fresh seasonal pears to really bring out the flavour.
10+ management tips to ensure your lambs survive
Lamb survival rates can vary dramatically from farm to farm, and your management plays a big part.
Recipe: Tamarillo Cheesecake
The rosy blush of tree tomato lifts this delectable dessert to luscious new heights.
Beyond knitted jumpers: The future of the wool industry
These NZ entrepreneurs may have invented their way to an economically viable future for the New Zealand wool industry. Their products aren't what you'd expect.
Recipe: Soy and honey chicken nibbles
This classic flavour combination is always a party favourite.
Video: Wellington's characterful boat sheds
These Wellington boat sheds – some of them important local landmarks – mean many things to many people.
Jim Kayes’ Blog: Girls Can Do Anything
Gender bias has no place in the Kayes’ household – and Jim is happy to don a pinny or even a frock when the occasion merits.
Why red mites are such a big pest for chickens
One of the most aggravating pests in any hen house is red mites. They’re also one of the hardest to spot until they’re a real problem.
Exploring South East Asia by cruise ship
A cruise passenger speed-dates destinations along the south-east Asian coast, and hopes to meet some of them again.
From the UN to a back-to-nature apothecary
Once on the international stage for environmental causes, Georgina Langdale returned home to set up a back-to-nature business that makes a difference, one purposeful potion at a time.
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
The best heritage apples to plant
You definitely won’t have eaten as many varieties of apple as a couple who have made it their personal crusade to save the heritage apple trees.
How the advice of a headmistress shaped a corporate exec turned viticulturist
Annika Streefland’s dreams of being a botanist stalled when a formidable headmistress gave her a lecture on the value of independence. How thankful she is now.
A culinary journey through Wellington's Cuba Street
The flavours of Cuba Street are celebrated in a new book Cuba Street: A Cookbook. We meet the passionate foodies behind three colourful Wellington businesses.
WOW: At home with the creator of WearableArt
Vision, grit and a good shot of gumption propelled the World of WearableArt from a small-town show to a global spectacle.
Secrets of the Cook Islands
There are secrets to discover in the Cook Islands by following the road less traveled.
Recipe: Cheese Shortbreads and Cauliflower Mousse
Why serve plain old cheese and crackers when you can dish up these simple cheese shortbreads topped with cauliflower mousse? Place a tablespoon of cauliflower mousse in the centre of each shortbread and garnish with tomato.
West coast jewellery family's silver linings play book
When a Texan belle arrived in New Zealand for a three-month holiday, she didn’t plan on meeting a rugged West-Coaster. Thirteen years, two kids and a thriving jewellery business later, there’s nowhere else she’d rather be.
Growing, dividing and harvesting garlic chives
This chive is not meant to be eaten raw, but cook it properly and your dishes will dance.
Recipe: Decadent chocolate-stuffed dates
Serve up this decadent, fruity finger food at your next party.
A Pink Ribbon Mocktail
The clever team at the Cocktail Collective have put on their mixing aprons to create a pink mocktail worthy of the Breast Cancer Foundation's Pink Ribbon Breakfast.
Polly's Blog: Solo rat-trapping duty
Left in sole charge of the children and the land, Polly connects with the wildness within.
You be the judge in the Silver Fern Farms Restaurant Awards
New Zealanders have the chance to step into the judges’ shoes to sample 12 finalist dishes in the Silver Fern Farms Restaurant Awards.
2 apple stevia recipes
Serve up stevia instead of sugar in your autumn baking for a diabetic-friendly dessert.
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.
Jim Kayes' blog: Sweet 16
As his eldest turns 16, Jim remembers when she was just a wee bub and how fast they grow up.
Trading London life for paddock-to-plate
Getting to grips with the grassroots of growing, and of a community, Lloyd Rooney and Michael Fraser found contentment by leaving the glamour of London for the quiet backwaters of the Waikato.
Philippa Fourbet fell for Anduze pots, then the French potter
When a French potter met a vineyard-owning investment banker from the opposite side of the world, they discovered their talents and tastes were sublimely matched.
Polly's Blog: Headlamp season
This week, Polly feels illuminated when investigating solar power.
Behind the scenes on a Central Otago saffron harvest
It takes 125,000-150,000 flowers to produce just one kilogram of saffron which can sell for $30,000. So harvesting the stigmas is a delicate process at Wynyard Estate in Central Otago’s Teviot Valley.
Video: Exploring Crete by horseback
Sabine Ruijters guides NZ Life & Leisure's Yolanta Woldendorp for a horseback ride to remember in Crete.
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.
Five minutes with US author Karen Joy Fowler
We caught up with Karen Joy Fowler, author of the bestseller The Jane Austen Book Club, ahead of her Auckland visit in May.
Lisa Scott wings butterfly yoga
Social butterfly Lisa Scott is bent out of shape and all in a flutter doing hot yoga in the butterfly enclosure at the Otago Museum.
Video: 138 kg of food harvested from 15 sqm in 6 months
When NZ Life & Leisure editor Kate Coughlan left behind her vast veggie beds at the Rocket Ranch for city life, she called in the experts to create a 100% edible courtyard garden.
NZ's finest food producers revealed
We raise a glass, and a tasty morsel or two, to the winners of this year’s Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards.
Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards Supreme Winner announced
Richard and Helen Dorresteyn are committed cheesemakers, inadvertent buffalo farmers and deserving Supreme Winner of the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards for 2018.
Screen Sirens podcast: A Wrinkle in Time
The Screen Sirens didn't enjoy watching A Wrinkle in Time, starring Oprah Winfrey, although they have a lot of fun discussing the Disney fantasy film in their latest podcast.
Polly's Blog: Love thy neighbour
Tensions with a neighbour force Polly to learn lessons from the land.
Cocktail delivery service? Sign us up
Cocktails look and taste great, but are tricky to do at home. Meet the NZ entrepreneurs making them easy. Plus 2 bonus cocktail recipes.
Polly's blog: Easter camping misadventures
While townies flock to the campgrounds to get away from it all, for bush baby Polly the holiday park is a chance to reconnect.
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.
Auckland A & P Association celebrates 175th Anniversary
The Auckland A & P Association is celebrating its 175th anniversary at this year’s Royal Easter Show. But the family event looked quite different at its premier in 1843.
In Your Backyard Urban Harvest: Online Extras
In Your Backyard: Urban Harvest, is a guide to growing fruit and vegetables in small gardens. We've compiled extra materials and videos here to help further your understanding of this exciting topic.
The Growroom project aims to encourage urban agriculture
Architects are collaborating on innovative solutions for food production in increasingly urbanised areas.
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.
Polly's Blog: A lesson from the children
All it takes is a different point of view to see wild pigs and whole grains from a new perspective.
Make this cute crochet possum bookmark
Mark our words, there’s nothing better than a squished possum. This cute, comical bookmark is just the fun craft project to remind you of that.
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.
A beginner's guide to goat's cheese SPONSORED
Goat's cheese is a hot culinary trend - but do you know which flavours to match with it? Take a course in goat's cheese 101 with two new cheeses from Whitestone.
How a look through a camera lens saved a century-plus-old villa
When Rotorua photographer Tracey Scott looks through her camera, she sees possibilities - not problems - which is also her metaphor for life.
Recipe: Roasted baby turnips
A simple turnip recipe that makes a great addition to a weekend roast.
Jim Kayes' blog: Telling little lies
This week, Jim gets caught telling a few porkies.
Lisa Scott goes cage diving with great white sharks
They say the only way to conquer a fear is to confront it, but Lisa Scott discovers singing “la la la” and completely ignoring it might be less psychologically damaging in the long run.
Novelist Tanya Moir's double life
Our heroine casts a dashing figure as she marches across the Banks Peninsula. And like all good dramatic characters, her past holds a compelling secret.
Recipe: 20-vegetable salad with cucumber dressing
Ruth Pretty's recipe is based on a salad she loved eating in Tokyo. Change the veggies depending on what is in your fridge or the garden.
11 inspiring New Zealand women share their stories
In celebration of International Women's Day, we share a few of our most popular stories about inspiring Kiwi women.
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.
Dunedin to Queenstown: A road trip to remember
A road trip through iconic southern scenery spins the wheels and the twangs the heart-strings.
Tickled pink by a 1973 Holden LJ Torana
A 45-year-old Aussie eye-catcher has added colour to its owner’s life.
Recipe: Gingerbread Kisses
These little individual cakes are very, VERY good. You can keep a stash of unfilled cakes in the freezer for emergencies.
Andrea Bosshard on filming her father for new doco
Kobi – a Life Work documents the story of film-maker Andrea Bosshard’s father – an unassuming goldsmith and mountaineer who became known as New Zealand’s grandfather of contemporary jewellery.
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.
How Ryan Sanders and Marco Creemers scaled the heights of success
Scaling the heights of success is becoming almost commonplace for a couple who became engaged on Mt Everest and steer a company that just scooped New Zealand’s most prestigious tourism award.
Ruth Pretty on how to be the host with the most
Ruth Pretty's name is synonymous with having a good time: meet the well-loved caterer who is bringing her special brand of deliciousness to your dinner table.
The tiny guide to building tiny
While she wasn’t immediately sold on the tiny house movement, 20-something Amanda Chapman has now jumped on board, boots and all, building her own.
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.
Final call for entries for Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards
Entries close Friday 2 March for the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards.
5 steps to the perfect cup of tea
Mindfulness is a key ingredient in the preparation of your daily cuppa, explains Tea Master Anna Kydd.
How to create a food forest garden
Food forests can seem like the most complicated of garden designs, but here's how to do it yourself, step-by-step.
3 irresistible plum recipes
When plums go crazy, these recipes will help you use them all up in the most delicious ways possible.
Recipe: honey-roasted pork belly
Use strong honey, such as manuka, so the flavour permeates this rich and sticky pork dish. To make it easier to carve, ask your butcher to remove the bone from the pork.
11 tips to marketing a successful food business
Three experts share their wisdom on how to create a profitable food product.
How the Big Bang Theory transformed Glenn Jones' business
Graphic designer Glenn Jones burst onto the T-shirt scene with a bang and has gone on to create a global business from the spare room of his Auckland villa.
Recipe: Citrus cooler
You can use any mix of citrus to make this perfect evening drink, and dress it up with mint and borage flowers.
Jim Kayes' blog: Big dogs vs small dogs
In Jim Kayes' blog this week - the family debates whether to downsize their next pooch.
The Off-Topic Book Club: Lincoln in the Bardo
The Off-Topic Book Club can't agree about whether George Saunders' Man Booker winning novel lives up to the hype.
Polly's blog: heartbreak in the holiday season
A seaside town is brought to a standstill after a drowning.
Dr Libby: What your gut is telling you
You’ll know when your digestive system is working the way it should.
3 inspiring New Zealand food forests
We take a guided tour through three very different food forests at different stages in their lifecycle.
Make money from honey (without being a beekeeper)
Here’s how to profit from bees without becoming a beekeeper.
Recipe: Beer-can chicken
A Kiwi-summer favourite has been given a tasty upgrade with a spicy rub.
Take a tour of Jools Topp's cute-as-a-button caboose
When everybody knows your name, a private space becomes a treasure and Jools Topp has found hers in a country caboose.
How the southerly winds inspire Mark Hill's amazing sculptures
Southerly gales invigorate the Hills family life in a holiday house by the sea.
Recipe: Holiday braised leg of lamb
This dish can be cooked at a leisurely pace in a lidded barbecue or pizza oven.
Family and friendships formed on the Tora Coastal Walk
The journey has been every bit as important as the destination for two farming families behind New Zealand’s longest-running private walk.
Villa Maria founder's Waipu Cove escape
A bach at the beach yields vintage holidays for one of New Zealand’s best-known wine-making families.
Palmerston North's award-winning bagpipe player
One of Australasia’s most successful bagpipe players, plays a triumphant tune that drifts from the flat plains of Palmerston North to the Scottish Highlands.
Recipe: Campfire couscous
A couscous perfect for summer with spring onions, dates and feta.
A caravan suffering from a mid-life crisis
Hula girls, grass skirts and a pineapple ice bucket... the only thing missing from this Hawaiian homage is a coconut palm swaying in the warm Waiheke breeze.
What to do at Lake Waikaremoana
Lake Waikaremoana is a special place; we share the best places to walk, explore and learn from this amazing part of New Zealand.
Hipsy Scott's storybook home on wheels
There was a young girl who dreamt of faraway lands, who saw roads stretching ahead filled with never-ending stories. Thankfully, it became it reality.
Take a tour of the historic Bull Creek cribs in Otago
Kith and kinship are at the heart of the happiness found in a tiny holiday community on the South Island’s south coast.
4 Golden Bay outdoor activities
Visiting Golden Bay - the Insider's Guide has got you covered.
Why scientists are researching health benefits of Moonglow tomatoes
There are tomatoes, and then there is this great-tasting heritage variety with a very special secret.
Wired-up sculptor Cherise Thomson's No. 8 creations
An Auckland artist regularly uses hundreds of kilometres of wire, but she isn’t making fences.
Think global, act local - and hurry up!
Unwanted waste might disappear from the immediate environment, but it has to go somewhere.
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.
Orongorongo Valley's 50 private huts
Fifty private huts, hidden in native bush in the Orongorongo Valley near Wellington, have played an important role for generations of families.
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.
Jim Kayes' Blog: Keeping up with the kids
This week Jim suffers from a wounded ego when he lags behind his daughters on the sports field.
Motueka nursery growing rare native seedlings
The nursery supporting its local habitat, local gardeners and its owners.
Lake Hawea's dreamy stone glasshouse
So she said: ‘I’d really like a stone glasshouse.’ And he said: ‘Sure, I know exactly what you mean. I’ll build it.’ And he did.
The adventurer living in a treehouse
‘Feel the fear and do it anyway’ could have been invented for adventure traveler Ellis Emmett.
From derelict barn to award-winning berry business
A Wairarapa couple have transformed a derelict wee barn and rundown lifestyle block into a successful fruit and berry business.
Polly's Blog: In hot water
‘Valve’ becomes an offensive word when Polly and co suffer plumbing problems.
An unforgettable drive
Kelly Gillbanks drives the Holden Equinox SUV through the Forgotten World Highway and discovers some colourful New Zealand history including the feline vice-president of the 'Republic of Whangamomona' and a brand new private museum.
Turning back time on the Forgotten World Highway
The decommissioned Stratford-Okahukura line covers some of the most isolated country in the North Island making it home to the tunnels, bridges and townships that time forgot.
Jim Kayes' blog: Dad's on strike!
This week Jim is on strike to help improve his daughters’ usefulness around the house.
Artist John McLean's coastal orchard in Taranaki
Artist John McLean was driven by need to become self-sufficient 30 years ago, but today he and wife Chris couldn't live any other way.
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.
Book review: Life on Muzzle
A tale of pioneering in the 1980’s in one of NZ’s most remote high-country stations captures book reviewer Peter White’s imagination.
Travelling through Dublin by foot
A visitor to Dublin meets Molly Malone, Oscar Wilde and Handel, and downs his first-ever Guinness in the embrace of a local pub-goer.
Recipe: Southland cheese rolls
The best cheese rolls are found in Southland – and don’t dare suggest otherwise.
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.
Teaching mindfulness to vulnerable NZ teens
For Kristina Cavit – yoga teacher, mindfulness coach and youth leader – mindfulness means not only paying attention to and nourishing her present, but also that of others.
What Carolyn Ferraby learned creating Barewood Garden
Every vista in this world-class garden, photographed through the seasons, tempts visitors down a path laden with promise. Barewood Garden's creator shares how she's grown alongside her garden.
Sawmill Brewery scales up to 1M capacity
A Matakana couple find that brewing beer, staying creative and living in the country is the best medicine for what ails you.
How to garden with cats
Kirsty Pascoe is an avid gardener who has applied permaculture principles to her back yard and her cats.
Animals set to steal the show at Heroic Festival
A colourful Auckland family with a motley crew of animals are opening their garden gate for the Heroic Garden Festival.
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.
We try riding an electric bike through Auckland
Electric bikes are popular in Asia and Europe, but will they catch on in Auckland? We see what the buzz is about.
Self-taught knitter turns heads at Vogue
Nicole Leybourne’s designer jumpers are so sought after, she’s had to hire a team of knitters across the country.
Christmas on the barbie menu
Have yourself a very merry Christmas barbecue with these show-stopping recipes by Anthony Hoy Fong
The magic of madness at Matakana Sculptureum
Anthony and Sandra Grant's curious Matakana playground mixes a love of art with a soupcon of insanity for all to enjoy.
4 reasons why you need to visit Blackball
Gold is hidden in the black sands and gravel creeks of Greymouth but travelers need to venture no further to find quirks and curiosity than Blackball, 30 kilometres inland from Greymouth.
Jim Kayes' Blog: Playing with fire in Samoa
This week Jim takes the family to Samoa and it is confirmed, those daughters are an easy step ahead of him in his Apia-bought jandals.
7 kaka facts for bird lovers
The kākā is vying for your vote in Bird of the Year. We share seven reasons why this gregarious parrot deserves to be New Zealand's top bird.
Raglan biz chasing pet food market
The doggedness of two Raglan friends - plus a supportive community - helped launch a posh pet brand
Couple create fernbird safehaven
A Southland couple have turned their block into an internationally-recognised wetland of importance, and a safe haven for one of NZ's rare birds.
Polly's blog: Meeting Far North Boogeyman
Polly comes face-to-face with Brutus, the local boar, and the Far North version of the Boogeyman.
Kate tries her hand at cheesemaking
NZ Life & Leisure editor Kate Coughlan, aka Little Miss Muffet, takes a voyage around her great-grandfather and makes cheese.
Water Cooler: Deco decadence and anti-plastic fantastic
This week in the water cooler: we're exploring Napier's Art Deco architecture in style, reducing our use of plastic bags and taking part in an important study.
Jim Kayes' blog: Saying goodbye
This week Jim ponders different ways of grieving and wonders, yet-again, if those daughters aren’t a step ahead of him.
Tickets available to the Outstanding Food Producer Dinners
Readers in Blenheim, Christchurch and Dunedin can sample the award-winning cuisine at the Outstanding Food Producer Dinners.
Why Chelsea Winter feels at home in the country
The cookbook queen is happiest when she's following the lead of her nature-loving mother.
Is this Disneyland for dogs?
Angela Beer didn't even know she was a dog person until she met her beloved Dunhill, and she had even less idea just how far that love would take her.
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.
The veggie that helps break the sugar habit
Kristina is trying to break her addiction to sugar and she's found there's a veggie on her side.
Great Dixter gardener heading to NZ
When a legendary gardener dies, what becomes of his or her garden? Ask Fergus Garrett, the guest speaker at November's Nelmac Garden Marlborough.
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.
Mother and son racing team rally on
Brenda Williamson is as competent managing a private hospital as she is navigating tight corners.
Polly's blog: Please and thanks
This week, Polly finds manners put grease in social cogs while attending a children's birthday party.
A 'tail' of pet technology
New wearable pet sensors will not only find Fido, they can also report on how he's feeling.
Behind the scenes at the NZ Chocolate Awards
Being a chocolate judge would be many children’s dream. thisNZlife goes behind the scenes at the NZ Chocolate Awards to discover how to taste chocolate like a pro.
Jim Kayes' blog: breaking bad
This week the sky falls in after a slip on the rocks.
Game on for Lumsden salami business
A passion for hunting and a taste for cured meat prompted Chris and Sally Thorn to start their own artisan business in Lumsden.
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.
Alice Englert talks about her mum Jane Campion
Actress Alice Englert wasn’t fazed baring her soul on camera for her mother Jane Campion’s latest series.
Recipe: Roast leg of lamb with broad beans with easy gravy
Mint enhances the flavour of both the lamb and the broad beans, bringing a freshness to this dish.
Recipe: Steamed fennel
This fennel dish makes a lovely addition to a traditional roast meal, or is a good accompaniment to fish and chicken.
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.
Lisa Scott's wild ride at Awakino Ski Field
Lisa Scott’s first day of snowboarding at Awakino skifield in North Otago involved a helicopter and an avalanche.
Polly's blog: listening to the natural world
The family visit the local marae, and reap the mother of all harvests.
7 things to do in Invercargill
There’s plenty waiting to be discovered in the big city of Invercargill and in the small towns that line its wild coast.
Smooth riding in the 1962 Porsche Karmann
This German-born dream machine is loving Kiwi country roads
Screen Sirens: Keeping up with Keaton
The Screen Sirens weigh up how the new film Hampstead compares to Diane Keaton's other movies.
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.
Dr Libby talks weight loss and low energy availability
The weight-loss equation of calories in/calories out is not only dated, it can also be harmful
Why manuka is New Zealand’s super-healing oil SPONSORED
A New Zealand super-plant is powering the healing properties of a must-have multi-tasking new balm.
The Burt Munro of the skies
A New Zealand pilot is channeling Burt Munro racing a Soviet World War II era fighter plane in Reno next month.
Simon Gault from plot to plate
Former MasterChef judge Simon Gault’s diabetes diagnosis is a 'sauce' of inspiration for a new food venture and at his restaurant Giraffe where he serves veggies grown in his own garden .
Recipe: two great avocado ideas
NZ avocados are particularly special, with double the amount of vitamin B6 and 20 per cent more folate than those grown in other parts of the world.
Recipe: Okroshka soup
This cold summer soup, made with kvas, is Russia’s answer to gazpacho.
The Russian fermented drink, brewed in Christchurch
A Christchurch-based couple who met in Russia had a gut feeling a tasty new probiotic would be a hit in New Zealand. They were right
Jim Kayes' blog: growing up quickly
This week Jim realises he’s been left behind - again.
10 timeless makeup and beauty secrets
You can’t actually age backwards, but you can look like it. Take these few make-up tips for keeping your face as ageless as your spirit.
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.
Eruption survivor climbs to the top
Mt Ruapehu robbed William Pike of one of his legs but never his ability to inspire
Reader story: Joany's sometimes stall
The roadside stalls that dot the rural landscape, suddenly appearing on a windy road when you least expect it, so I was trying not to let on just how desperate I was for one of my own.
Water cooler: a winter weekend, clever koura and hockey stars
This week in the water cooler: A winter weekend in Central, wild waterways and their wonderful creatures, underwater world champions and a towering construction.
Sweet smell of success for vegan soap business
A couple’s wish list read: their own land, a self-sustainable lifestyle and a business that reflected their personal values. After a bright idea and lots of hard work, that list has become a blueprint for the Blue Earth range of body products
Recipe: Red onion marmalade
Take your cheese board to the next level with this onion marmalade recipe.
Art with a world view
A leading Japanese businessman who has chosen New Zealand as his home, wields art to encourage society to reuse what exists rather than waste resources. he shares his vision for bringing contemporary art into the natural landscape.
Annette Presley says 'feel the fear and do it anyway'
A long list of charity work and a focus on living a good and healthy life occupies one of the country’s leading business people. Annette Presley shares her insight
A guide to NZ's backyard birds
How to identify birds and encourage birdlife in your backyard.
Video: Botanist Philip Simpson shares his love of totara
Our native trees are some of the most unique in the world, and so is the man who has dedicated his life to studying them and telling their stories, including his latest on the king of them all.
It's all good craic in Belfast
It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but what do Game of Thrones, a jigging Irishman and Bill Clinton have in common? Belfast
A walk on the wild side in Southland
In this award-winning story, Lisa Scott travels on foot through northern Southland’s high country and on board a helicopter to the roof of the world in Southland.
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.
Recipe: Quinoa fried chicken with coriander salsa
Switch breadcrumbs for quinoa for a gluten-free version of fried chicken.
My career path: Estée Lauder GM, Marie-Ann Billens
Marie-Ann Billens understands that the key to a long-lasting career is to create a good foundation – and to find a job that never feels like work
Polly's Blog: Pondering parenting styles
Polly tests an alternative parenting method on for size
Meet the 'unofficial mayor' of Awakino
Garry Wycherley and Robyn Ansell are putting tiny Awakino on the map, one building at a time
Water Cooler: Celebrating science, dry July & French spirit
This week in the water cooler we: celebrate clever New Zealand scientists at the KiwiNet awards and take our horses to the dentist (yikes).
'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.
Video: Hitching a ride on a rubbish truck
thisNZlife’s Emma Rawson and Sarah van Boheemen from Love Food Hate Waste hitch a ride on an Auckland Council food waste collection truck and see, firsthand, how much food New Zealanders throw away.
Jim Kayes' blog: Am I turning into my mum?
Jim turns from hero to zero when channeling his mother's parenting style.
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
Video: Locals fighting to protect the waterways that feed Lake Wanaka
Water, a precious resource, is at its most pristine in a spring-fed stream chuckling its way through the heart of Wanaka
Recipe: Poor Man's Orange marmalade
Kelly Farrimond's Poor Man's Orange marmalade is a reduced sugar version of a family favourite.
Polly's Blog: A legendary stick-in-the-mud
Polly channels Crumpy and Scotty when she braves flood waters in a Hilux - and becomes a true bush woman in the process.
Sustainable sewing in a solar-powered campervan
Sarah Lancaster is a maker on a mission to encourage sustainability - one hand-made tote at a time. Through her business, Sew Love, she’s teaching basic tailoring skills such as hemming, mending and patchwork.
Twice as nice for couple living in villa for 2nd time
After years overseas, an Auckland couple has created an urban oasis on home soil in a house they have lived in twice.
Recipe: Maureen-Ann Farrimond's Pineapple Fruitcake
Maureen-Ann Farrimond's Pineapple Fruitcake is a family favourite.
Jim Kayes' blog: Coach dad
Jim Kayes finds himself cast in the role of coach, but can he hold court in the world of school netball?
Tiny house business booming for 21 year-old
A young Wellingtonian is thinking big with a burgeoning tiny house business.
Hunting for wild flowers in Aus
Western Australia’s wild flowers draw hoards of hunters in search of a floral fix.
Andean superfood quinoa grown in Taihape
A little experiment with a superfood has turned into a win-win business for a young farming couple.
The science behind growth hormones
One of the enduring myths about commercial poultry is that poultry producers worldwide use growth hormones to make broilers grow faster and produce more meat.
Polly's Blog: Pig hunting with the Scottish Bear Grylls
James hogs the limelight when he goes on the hunt for a pig and Polly wisely stays at home.
Wairoa's man of action
Environmental scientist and lawyer Fergus Power has moved from protecting the Great Barrier Reef to injecting a little “rocket fuel” into the Wairoa District Council.
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.
No-fail pumpkin and coconut soup
This easy-to-make pumpkin soup is packed with flavour.
Water cooler: In praise of persimmons
This week in the water cooler: We wage a fruit war with Lynda Hallinan over persimmons explore a handy travel photo app, and mow our support for Emirates Team New Zealand.
The murky world of NZ water
The discussion around the state of NZ’s fresh water isn’t short of an opinion or two, but science is speaking out more loudly.
The hunt for the real llamas of NZ
This llama farmer is so dedicated to her quest to find and save the real llamas of New Zealand, she is making a life-changing move to a new home on a new island.
Jim's blog: Driving me mad
This week Jim Kayes teaches his daughter how to drive, and lives to tell the tale.
Our winter fashion wrap up
Stay chic and cosy this winter with our fashion picks.
Two same sex couples raising one happy little girl
Ask Rodney and Clinton and Erin and Emma... They’ll tell you it’s love that makes a family, not just blood ties.
Polly's blog: 'Save New Zealand's rivers for our kids'
As the debate over the country’s polluted waterways heats up, Polly Greeks writes a love letter to Aotearoa’s rivers and streams.
PurePod glass cabins are a partnership with NZ farmers
A stay at these all-glass cabins on the outskirts of Kaikoura is to step into a magical realm where the world is reframed and time works in mysterious ways.
Jim Kayes' Great Barrier Island fishy tale
Twenty-five years a journalist, Jim Kayes knows how to hook a story but when he ventures out on his rookie fishing trip he realises hooking a fish is completely different.
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.
Meet the stars of Pecking Order
The 2017 National Poultry Show is a celebration of NZ’s oldest poultry club, and its members are all stars of a chick flick with a difference.
Port for duck hunting season
Boutique winemaker Debra Cruickshank has produced a port especially for duck hunting season.
Jim Kayes' blog: Good morning sunshine
Jim Kayes has been a journalist for 25 years. He survived growing up with four sisters and is now married with two daughters. Despite this, he thinks he's in charge.
Slavko Martinov talks brain tumours and Pecking Order
The director of the new film Pecking Order talks about the bizarre world of poultry showing, and how a brain tumour has shaped his outlook on life.
1906 villa sees new life after Chch earthquake
When the owners of an earthquake-wrecked home were told it was a lost cause, They knew it wasn’t.
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.
Screen Sirens podcast: Wonder Woman review
Screen Sirens reviewers Emma and Yolanta say Wonder Woman is the action movie women have been waiting for.
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.
How Bird on a Wire became one of NZ's fastest-growing firms
An Auckland chicken-restaurant chain founded on a wing and a prayer is now one of New Zealand’s fastest-growing businesses thanks to the adaptability of its owners.
Blog: treasure hunting in the Far North
In which Polly trades in foreign treasure-hunting for a more sedate seeking of materials and finds it just as rewarding.
How this rare pig could aid biomedical science
The rarest pig breed in the world is teetering on the brink of extinction, and the few people working to save it would love some help from anyone who enjoys the company of pigs, and a good slice or three of the tastiest bacon around.
Hedgehogs: friend or foe?
Hedgehogs present a prickly problem, being both garden friend and foe.
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 Anne with an E
This week in the water cooler: We have birds on the brain reviewing Pecking Order, get caught in a web of spidey powers, and revisit a classic with Anne with an E.
The 10 most cost-effective edibles to grow
Food is the biggest household expense after accommodation, and the cost of it seems to be skyrocketing year after year, so what are the most high value things you can grow to save money?
Why Pauline Bianchi always trusts her instincts
Art gallery founder Pauline Bianchi has overcome a life-threatening accident to create a meaningful life with her 6 year-old daughter Valentina.
Is eco-friendly Mangarara Station the future of NZ farming?
Greg and Rachel Hart share a mission: to connect New Zealanders with what they eat, how they live and with the planet itself.
Recipe: Gluten-free quinoa tart
This easy-to-make quinoa tart is a tasty and filling dish to serve to guests on a gluten-free diet.
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.
Polly's blog: a whale tale
Polly turns to a whale when time rushes by.
Design a home orchard
A well-designed orchard means you can be self-sufficient in fruit all year-round.
Career path: life as a ballet mistress
From a little girl in her mother’s Auckland studio to the big-city stages of the world, ballerina Clytie Campbell’s career has swept from one act to the next.
A divine conversion
Breathing new life into an old church has taken more than a decade and cost twice the estimate but the owners are in heaven.
Rigatoni con Salsiccia Siciliana e zucchine
This is a simple dish, yet to do it well you need to concentrate.
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.
Wild mushroom risotto with prawns and hot-smoked guanciale
This recipe by The Prodigal Daughter founder, Rachel Priestly showcases her own Italian- styled cured meats.
And the winner is...
Meet Sean and Jodi Brosnahan – East Coast farmers, breeders of supreme Angus beef and winners of the inaugural Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards 2017.
Full list of winners for the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards
NZ Life & Leisure proudly supports the annual Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards. With 150 entries, from the Catlins to Kaitaia, the judges were spoilt for choice.
For crying out loud! NZ's town crier shortage
New Zealand towns and cities are crying out for more town criers. Two sisters are ringing the bell for a proud (and loud) institution.
'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
Blog: the pros and cons of homeschool
The land is proving to be a natural classroom in more ways than one for Polly and her family.
Judges’ kitchen cupboard secrets
It’s almost time for the announcement of the winner of the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards 2017 so thisNZlife asked the award judges to reveal their kitchen secrets.
Vanilla pear, parma ham and blue cheese salad
This recipe by The Mountain Cafe's Kirsten Gilmour is perfect for a light, fresh, lunch or evening salad.
Water cooler: Chicken Screams and divine TV
This week in the water cooler: we scream like a chook, watch divine TV and gaze in awe at mighty Mt Ruapehu.
The brewery that uses wild yeast from Kapiti Island
The wild yeasts of Kapiti Island star in a new brew from a Waikanae company known for its barrel-fermented sour beers.
How to sanitise water
If water is contaminated after a disaster, there are several ways to purify it.
A healthy food plan for post-emergency power cuts
Food in a refrigerator won’t last long without power so plan your food usage carefully to avoid contamination.
How to look after animals in an emergency
How to keep animals calm after a disaster and how to plan for animal evacuation.
Blog: traveling with kids
Polly finds traveling with kids a less-than-relaxing experience.
Dr Libby's guide to eating 'flexitarian'
Force yourself to eat a certain way and you will likely fail. try giving yourself a little wiggle room instead.
Scientists explore cancer-fighting properties of heritage apples
An everyday accountant is working with New Zealand scientists to explore the disease-fighting properties of heritage apples and orange tomatoes.
The return of the community fridge
Zero-waste blogger Amanda Chapman discusses the community fridge project and her eco heroes.
A creative network of young country women
Meet the selection of creative female go-getters selling their wares at the Rural Ladies marketplace.
Rare footage of a Stewart Island brown kiwi during the day
Distracted by saddlebacks and robins, Insider’s Guide editor Cheree Morrison never expected to trip over a kiwi.
Connecting Young Rural Ladies
From two sprawling high-country stations on either side of the Waitaki River, two young and creative rural ladies are empowering and connecting like-minded women.
Jim Kayes cycles the Hauraki Rail Trail
Jim Kayes is easily led astray by his 10-year-old daughter on a bike along the Hauraki Rail Trail.
Blog: is it time for the ducks to get the chop?
This week, Polly defends her ducks from a date with the casserole pot.
Gluten-free bread business on the rise
An Auckland entrepreneur is earning a crust with a clever bread mix business.
How your kitchen can go pro
If you think selling food you’ve made in your home kitchen can’t be done legally, you could be in for a delicious surprise. We meet some small-time home-based business people with a passion for food who show how they work within the rules.
Creating a culture of innovation
An Auckland-based technology entrepreneur is making going to the doctor as easy as pushing a button
6 inspiring man caves and she sheds
We’ve all heard of ‘man caves’, but there are so many inspiring garden buildings, including the ‘she shed’. Check out these beautiful projects from NZ and around the world, most made on a small budget and out of recycled materials.
Are you breaking the law when you host a wwoofer?
Some businesses are disguising their employees as volunteers, so are you breaking the law when you host a wwoofer from another volunteer scheme?
Move it in Madagascar
Cycling the exotic island of Madagascar provides a lesson in the country's economy, as well as one in humanity.
5 weird but really tasty things to make using basil
If you only think pesto when you think of basil, Jenny has some recipes to tickle your tastebuds.
Recipe: peanut butter burgers
Spice up your homemade burgers with a good dollop of peanut butter relish.
Mexican photographer's first farm visit
Mexican photographer Carla Danieli had never spent time on a farm before her stay on a remote station in the Waihopai Valley.
Mary Biggs and the Country Cooking School
Mary Biggs started with Le Cordon Bleu, detoured into lemon cordial and is now back to basics with a country cooking school, sharing the bounty of her beloved farm.
Annabel Langbein’s flash-roasted chilli lime salmon
Feeding a crowd? Annabel Langbein's zesty salmon dish with Nam Prik sauce is ready in 20 minutes.
Water cooler: lettuce soup and pumpkin growing tips
It's a garden harvest special in this week's water cooler as we share tips for growing pumpkins, harvesting fruit and transforming mature lettuce into a delicious soup.
Nature- enter me: Chris Parry's Coromandel home
Chris Parry, drummer for the iconic 1960s band Fourmyula and manager of British bands the Jam and the Cure, left New Zealand 50 years ago expecting never to return. But that was until he found a soul-soaring piece of turf he now calls home.
Blog: wet, wet weather and harvest fever
Polly gets wet feet during the storm and discovers she has to reap what she sows.
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.