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Holly Walker on sustainable parenting

Holly Walker on sustainable parenting

As a Green MP I spend a lot of time thinking about sustainability. My job involves advocating for a smart, green, sustainable future for all New Zealanders, and I could talk about this all day.  Continue reading »

Get the right life insurance for you and your family

Life insurance

Many families place security right at the top of their priority list – they want to know that money will be there to pay their bills and that those they love are provided for if something happens. Once this priority is taken care of, it is much easier to concentrate on other priorities and get on with life. Continue reading »

6 Steps to teaching your teen to drive

teaching your teen to drive

Teen car crashes have decreased dramatically since New Zealand implemented the graduated driver’s license system in 1987. Unfortunately, car crashes are still the number one cause of death for teens aged 15-19 in New Zealand. Teaching your teen to drive – and how to do it safely – is every parent’s responsibility. And while it can be a daunting task, implementing a structured plan will help reduce your anxiety and ensure your teen is an educated, prepared driver. Continue reading »

Give Plunket a hug today!

Plunket appeal

Plunket has been a big part of my life for more than 30 years.  Ever since I had my boys all those years ago, getting involved and becoming part of the Plunket family was important to me. Continue reading »

Make a fresh start with your teen in 2014

Make a fresh start with your teen in 2014

Like most of us, you were probably hoping for a relaxed and enjoyable time over the summer  break.    Continue reading »

Be prepared for summer’s little aches and ouches

Family holiday

Whether you’re going camping, boating, heading to the bach or flying away to somewhere exotic, it pays to pack a few basics for the kids. If you’re equipped for any eventuality, you’ll have a much more enjoyable holiday all round. Continue reading »

Keep your home fire safe this summer

Check smoke alarms this Christmas

Summer marks the beginning of one of New Zealand’s peak fire seasons and families need to make sure that their homes are adequately protected against fire. Continue reading »

Stay connected with your teen during exams

Stay connected with your teen during exams

Exam time can be a stressful time of year for the whole family.

Mum and Dad may be working flat-out preparing for the closedown of business over the holidays.  Meanwhile, the family’s teenage members can  be facing examinations. And, for older teens, there could well be NCEA exams looming, with all that entails for their future careers.      Continue reading »

Choosing baby care products

choosing baby care products

As adults, we can make our own choices about whether it’s worth spending a little more on certain types of skincare, or whether we want to check ingredient lists carefully before choosing what will be absorbed through our skin.  Our children rely on their parents for these decisions, and sometimes that can feel like a heavy weight on our shoulders!  It can be hard to negotiate the vast range of available products for baby care -  or to know what to get and where to get it from; what’s safe and what’s worth paying extra for.  Let’s take a look at some of the common items you need and what you might need to look out for. Continue reading »

Bouncing Bodies Build Better Brains!


As parents, our focus is on looking after our kids – giving them lots of learning and growing experiences, and opportunities to shine.  Springfree™ trampolines offers families a great resource to nurture and support children as they grow – both physically and neurologically.  Let me explain why…  Continue reading »