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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 …

Halloween for Zombies, Mummies, Daddies and Kids

For most of us, our understanding of Halloween comes from watching American television shows. In New Zealand, Halloween, on October 31, is an opportunity to dress up, eat treats and play tricks – all in the name of good fun! Halloween, otherwise known as All …

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 …

Hooked on Books

Reading is not something that suddenly happens at school. It starts at home and out in the world, where children’s mileage with language, alongside their experiences, supports their literacy development. KATE BARBER talks with primary-trained teacher and mum, MARCIA KASHIZUKA, about instilling the love of …

Home & Dry

As a parent, the health of your family is paramount – and it all starts in the home. The energy experts at Smart Energy Solutions are doing their bit to ensure your family home is as healthy as it can be. The World Health Organization …