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Keep calm, make time

Is the house a zoo in the morning with everyone rushing around and the children getting little more than barked at?

Wi' a skirl o' the pipes

Wi' a skirl o' the pipes

A small silver band in Toitu Otago Settlers Museum tells a melancholy tale, writes Toitu curator Sean Brosnahan.

Looking after yourself too

For some time I've been reading and listening to Dr Kristin Neff, an associate professor at the University of Texas.

Kiwi actress takes to the West

Kiwi actress takes to the West

Former Offspring actor Caren Pistorius has traded hospital halls for the Wild West, writes Shane Gilchrist.

Working parents

Economic necessity created by the current high rentals and mortgages, zero-hour contracts, or wages lower than the living wage makes it almost certain that all the adults in a household will be working outside the home.

Keeping the carbon closer to the ground

Air travel risks sending carbon emissions up, up and away.

Putting names to faces

Putting names to faces

Could the real reason people like you be that your name suits your face? Bruce Munro takes a look at the surprising power of names to shape us and our lives.

Aching eyes, discussion and cake

Aching eyes, discussion and cake

That controversy quickly followed Eleanor Catton's 2013 Man Booker success should surprise no-one, according to Natalie Haynes, one of last year's judges. The Man Booker is synonymous with scandal and the world's media waits poised to get its teeth into the next furore.

Helpful books on raising boys

Last week I touched on the work of Celia Lashlie and her approach to ''growing our gorgeous boys into good men'', which is spelt out in her book, He'll Be OK.

Mr Neat and Mr Tidy biggest villains of all

Skeletor, Captain Hook, the Great Train Robbers, The Child Catcher, Fagin, Margaret Thatcher.

Of all the villains that marked my childhood, there are two more sinister than all of these.

Mr Neat and Mr Tidy.

Do you remember them?

I'll just run their story by you.

A voyage of rediscovery

A voyage of rediscovery

Like many New Zealand families in the early 1980s my family migrated to Australia to seek out opportunities for a better life.

The memoir master

The memoir master

Journalist and memoirist Damian Barr, who appears at the Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival tonight, holds London ''literary salons'' where he interviews the latest and best writers. He answered Gillian Thomas' questions.

The life-saving difference

The life-saving difference What does it feel like to be in desperate need of the rescue helicopter? Alex Anfilets and Simon Broekhuizen found out last month when their kayak flipped at the mouth of the Taieri River.

Urban the way to grow

Urban the way to grow

What we do in our cities, our priorities and the decisions we make about our urban future will shape our global future.

To the rescue

To the rescue

The Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust is 21 years old. Nobody thinks they will be the next to need its help, yet hundreds of people throughout the lower South Island owe it their survival. That is what it is all about, founding pilot Graeme Gale tells Bruce Munro.

The price of value

The Southern District Health Board's forthcoming decision on outsourcing food service delivery provides an opportune time to consider the role of public procurement in support of food systems that are environmentally sustainable and socially just.

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