Good news, kiwi families! Visits to your family doctorÂ will soon be free for children under 13. From 1 July 1 2015, all children under 13 are eligible for free doctor’sÂ visits, both during the day and after-hours. Under-13s are also exempt from the standard $5 pharmacy charge for each prescription item from 1 July 2015. Continue reading »
Kids content on our television is in a precarious position. We just have to look at the demise of John Campbellâ€™s programme on TV3 to see how stories about ourselves and our country are valued by commercial broadcasters. Childrenâ€™s content on our television is just as much at risk â€“ there is no quota saying that broadcasters must have a childrenâ€™s local content offering and no commercial imperative to ensure it has a place. Continue reading »
Did you know what an incredible biological feat it is to conceive a child? I knew for some people it was a challenge, but it wasnâ€™t until I watched a science documentary about the human body that the sheer miracle of conception made landfall in my brain. It made me marvel at the human race, at how we keep going, and growing, against the odds. Continue reading »
Four years ago, I discovered a pile of unopened utility bills on my husbandâ€™s desk. They were buried under a pile of sweet wrappers, junk mail and cat food samples. As a SAHM I decided enough was enough â€“it was time for me to take over the family finances, a decision my husband would live to regret. Continue reading »
These school holidays we need all agents on the case because the Blue Diamond has been stolen! We believe it is hidden up the Sky Tower but be careful… Continue reading »
Blended, re-partnering, stepfamilies, whatever you want to call it, life can be pretty complicated when you and your partner have children from previous relationships. And when you finally decide to take the plunge and move into together chances are you will have a very busy and chaotic household! Continue reading »
At the end of last year I was eating lunch when my mobile rang. The voiceÂ on the other end explained very matter of factly that I had won TheÂ Breeze radio station’s competition and had 2 free return tickets toÂ anywhere in Europe. I squealed and hyperventilated and tried to explainÂ that leaving New Zealand for the first time made this a very exciting call to get. Continue reading »
Matariki is a small group of stars – Pliades – that reappear in the sky in winter (late May or early June) and, through the winter and spring, rise just before dawn.Â When the group of stars is visible, Maori celebrate the New Year.Â As we approach this time of year again, there are some wonderful crafts you can do with your children to celebrate the spirit of Matariki – read more about this on our post about Matariki.
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