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Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo probably doesn’t need much of an introduction for most Aucklanders. My three young ones were fortunate enough to spend their first years only minutes from Auckland Zoo so were on very familiar terms with one Auckland’s most visited attractions. However having moved away from the area almost 4 years ago, the memory was fading fast so these school holidays were the perfect opportunity to make a re-visit and see if anything had changed. We decided to make a family afternoon trip of it on my daughters 6th birthday to make her day really special. Read the full review »

Trash Test Dummies – A Fantastically Rubbish Show!

Trash test dummies

My kids are spoilt. I don’t deny it. They get far more than their fair share of ‘cool stuff’. So these holidays we’ve been trying to DO cool stuff”. My three young ones and I have been to stage shows in the past with various degrees of popularity (my son being particularly hard to impress). This time, however, we tried our luck with a trip into the city to see the “Trash Test Dummies” – a show featured as part of the 2016 Auckland Comedy Festival. Read the full review »

Blue by Danielle Steel

6

I loved reading this book. The storyline revolves around Ginny, who is a rising star when tragedy strikes her life. She is about to jump off a bridge when she sees Blue – an abandoned boy who needs someone to care about him. How she handles her life going forward and the people that pull her back to reality are the basis of the story.

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Mud Mates Coveralls

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Personally, I think there’s everything to love about Mud Mates coveralls.

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The (Kiwi) Gingerbread Man

gingerbread man review

We took our almost 3 year old (and our 4 month old) to see The (Kiwi) Gingerbread Man on Saturday and had a blast!

The play is a decidedly kiwi take on the old classic, with a few twists thrown in for good measure. Written by Guy Langford, this version of the tale begins in Grandma’s, and Nana’s kitchen and takes us on a journey through the New Zealand forest at night.

Once out in the forest, the Gingerbread Man tries to find his true purpose in the world. He meets all manner of kiwi critters along the way, including a curious kiwi, a moon-loving possum, a very sleepy weta and a clever tuatara.

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The Big Book of Home Brew: A Kiwi Guide

6

This is a must read book for any budding Kiwi craft brewer. Well written, and well presented, the book details how to get started, from extract brewing, through to various all grain techniques, fermenting, bottling/kegging, etc. And of course: the sampling, and possible fault finding, an essential step for improving the next batch!

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Shu’s Song

Shu's Song

In Capital E’s new show Shu’s Song, the ordinary world become extraordinary as Shu discovers the secret life of everyday objects in a home office. Shu’s imagination brings these objects to life in this charming and inventive story about exploring our environments and building relationships.

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Nutribullet 600

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I’ve been a bit slow to the personal blender party and I’m always a bit skeptical about fads. However, the kind people from Nutribullet offered to send me a Nutribullet 600 to try and since I can never turn down a kitchen appliance, I quickly agreed!

The blender comes with two bases – a chopping and a blended; and two different sized ups – a single and a larger one.

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The Adventures of Hutu & Kawa

6

Originally published in 1955, this is a 60th anniversary edition of a celebrated NZ picture book in the bestselling series by Avis Acres. By re-releasing the title, the story is being brought to a new generation of kiwi children.

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The Best of Alison Holst

6

The Best of Alison Holst was first published in 1991. There is now a 2015 version of her famous “Big Red Book”. It contains vegetarian recipes, microwave recipes, meal plans, some traditional recipes (for example, banana cake or herbed tripe) and some newer ideas (hummus, tofu-fruit whip).

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