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Mud Kitchen Inspiration

When my friend told me she was making a mud kitchen for her kids, I don’t think I even asked what it was. I certainly hadn’t heard of one before. One Friday Tahlia went for a playdate at their house. When I arrived to pick …

Two to Tango

KATE BARBER talks with PENNIE BROWNLEE, author of Dance With Me In The Heart, about respecting our babies, getting out of step with our toddlers, and learning new dance steps. There is nothing as precious as your new baby: perfectly formed, incredibly vulnerable and determined …

Kiwi Christmas Star

Nelson boy SAM CLARK is one of the stars of family feature film, Kiwi Christmas, which will hit New Zealand cinemas on November 30. The eleven-year-old started acting when he was four or five. His skills and passion grew, and he landed himself roles in …

Baby Food for Thought

Like pureed pumpkin splattered across the kitchen floor, the topic of introducing solids is a messy matter. With so much conflicting information out there, many parents feel confused. KATE BARBER talks with family wellbeing and nutrition expert, DR JULIE BHOSALE, about the conflict, controversy and …

A Champion

In Survivor NZ, which aired earlier this year, contestant MATAI’A SALATIELU (SALA) TIATIA found a place for himself among fifteen strangers in Nicaragua; and, as the quest to ‘survive’ unfolded on TV, he secured a place in the hearts of many Kiwi viewers. A man …

Under Stress Over Assessment

Ordained minister, school guidance counsellor and father of two teenage boys, GEOFF KING offers some insights into NCEA, students’ responses to stress, and how we can support our kids. As a parent, how can I get my head around NCEA? NCEA was introduced quite recently …

What Happens After School

That after-school slot – from 3pm till whenever the workday finishes – needn’t be characterised by lax supervision, chaos and noise. Care after school should be safe, structured, stimulating and socially enriching. And fun too! Driven by this conviction, CRAIG FORTUNE founded My After School …