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Kiwis choose blankets over heating bills - survey

New Zealanders would rather battle the cold with a blanket or add extra clothing layers than increase their heating bill according to the results of the latest Canstar Blue survey.

Mother's Day high tea at Crowne Plaza Queenstown

A delightful High Tea experience is being launched at Crowne Plaza Queenstown with a special tea just in time for Mother’s Day.

Test pilots wanted for Husqvarna Automowers

Husqvarna NZ is looking for people to test-drive Husqvarna Automowers and, in exchange for feedback, test pilots will actually be allowed to keep them, free of charge.

What sustainable travel means to consumers today

Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travelers with the widest choices of places to stay, has revealed findings from its global Sustainable Travel Report, identifying what the term "sustainable travel" means to consumers, how sustainable accommodations are viewed, and what the future hold

What happens when you smoke beer malt in a BBQ full of brisket?

A true testament to fire, food (meat) and beer, Miss Moonshines and Moa Brewing Co. bring you their inaugural Meat the Neighbours evening.

Oily Rag column: Rhubarb, bedding, citrus and more

By Frank and Muriel Newman

Our mailbags are bulging and we have been working our way through an ever increasing pile of tips and letters. Here are some of the latest.

Travel still on the map - survey

Despite lower consumer confidence, Kiwis retain a willingness to prioritise holidays and spending on getting away, with 67% of New Zealanders planning to travel internationally this year, according to MasterCard’s latest research.

Kiwis love their chips and dip

Whether it’s a house party or just a quick catch-up, food dips can be the perfect snack. But a new survey by consumer research and ratings company Canstar Blue shows that New Zealand is a country divided between those who reach for healthy or unhealthy dipping options.

Beautiful bedding nemesia

If you have an area in your garden youd like to blanket with colour, then nemesia is the plant for you. It is a lovely small bedding plant that can be used for edging, in borders and as a ground cover and, in the right conditions, will produce so many flowers its hard to see the greenery.

Boot camps 'here to stay'

It seems like only yesterday that the ‘next big trend’ in exercise and fitness was boot camps; military style, no frills training with groups of like minded people.

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