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Kiwi travellers to benefit from AUD parity

A local travel expert is predicting a 7% increase in trans-Tasman trips if the Australian dollar continues its recent trend towards parity with the New Zealand dollar.

Oyster ahead: Bluff season begins

Each March, oyster lovers descend on the catch of Bluff’s best bivalves - a seasonal delicacy from one of the last remaining wild oyster fisheries on the planet.

Thousands take to the streets for capital's biggest fun run

The weather behaved for the 14,022 participants that gathered at Frank Kitts Park on Sunday morning to await the sound of the Cigna Round the Bays starting cannon.

Oily Rag: From dog flees to frozen meals

By Frank and Muriel Newman

We have received lots of new tips in recent weeks and answers to questions from readers.

New look for Holden Cruze

Holden’s Cruze - the only small car built at GM Holden across the Tasman, has welcomed in the New Year with a range of appealing enhancements.

Book by NZ writers dominates Amazon bestseller lists

‘Genius Intelligence: Secret techniques and Technologies to Increase IQ,’ by prolific New Zealand father-and-son writing team Lance and James Morcan, has dominated Amazon’s bestseller lists since its publication as a Kindle ebook in December.

Stop slugs in their slime

By Tod Palenski, Awapuni Nurseries

Forget about slug bait let me introduce beer bait!

Simply, cut the top off an empty fizzy drink bottle, leaving approximately 10cm of plastic from the lid. Make sure the lid is tightly screwed on.

Mixed veges: the fresh variety

By Tod Palenski, Awapuni Nurseries

Think mixed veges, and you'll probably conjure up an image of a frozen plastic bag brimming with peas, beans, carrots and corn a favourite for many kids.

Create colour with cornflowers

By Tod Palenski, Awapuni Nurseries

Summer is officially over. And what a great summer the country had this year. But now the weather is starting to cool off, which

means its time to think about planting for the colder months.

Thailand emerging as new family holiday favourite

An increasing desire for family holidays further afield, along with a change in reputation for the former party hot spot, means more Kiwi families are travelling to Thailand for a mid-winter holiday.