Volunteering makes a difference, doesn't it?

Almost everybody accepts the wisdom that volunteering is good for the community and that, in general, volunteering makes you a better person by helping others in need. So why don’t we just pay these people? If there is a need for a specific service,...... Read More

Is your exercise regime hurting your skin?

Clients who come to see us  for a holistic skincare consultation are often surprised when we ask them about their exercise regime. Whether they pump weights at the gym or do Saturday morning yoga may seem neither here nor there to them in terms...... Read More

Addressing the heffalump in the room

This week, Jim Bunny ventures out of the warren to share his thoughts  on an issue that keeps on growing.   It must be coming. Surely. I sense, because of all the fomenting over Rogers Rabbits two weeks ago, a cynical, insensitive assault...... Read More

Thinking of the possible

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I'm possible’” - Audrey Hepburn. Running a four-minute mile, walking on the moon and the rise of personal computing were all once thought to be impossible.   Could people...... Read More

Road trip in the South Island

Loaded up with camera equipment, warm clothing and good walking shoes, my family and I, (still half asleep at 7:30am) piled into our 4-wheel drive hire car and set off for a full day road-trip. The Queenstown to Milford Sound road is adventurous and...... Read More

Looking out from inside the Media landscape

In days gone by, the media was a well respected and necessary entitiy that kept 'the man' honest.  Known as the Fourth Estate, the daily newspaper kept citizens informed of the things they really needed to know. Since the rise of the internet,...... Read More

The greatest mystery of all time

Finally, someone is taking the greatest mystery of the century seriously. No, it’s not a fix for the hole in the ozone layer. Nor the tracking of the Loch Ness monster. Even more perplexing than why Shortland St continues to run. Not even the...... Read More

Plan to make more with less

February is our highest month for new enquiries - you’re settled back into the groove and the kids are back at school.  Often people have changed  their work situation, but are spending all their current income. How will these changes...... Read More

Learning more about franchising

The first meeting of  the Franchise Association’s Bay of Plenty branch will take place on February 15. As the region’s most experienced franchise lawyers, Harris Tate has seen a consistent demand for good quality franchises over the...... Read More

Choosing to be cheerful in any situation

“I am determined to be cheerful in whatever situation I may find myself, for I have learned that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our disposition  and not our circumstances.” Martha Washington. When we live...... Read More

Nature Overload

Welcome back to normality, Sunners, at least for those returned to school, work or whatever else  fills your day. For those still on holiday or just about to leave, good on you! You worked hard all year and loyally suffered 52 weeks of RR, through...... Read More

Feed yourself positive self-talk

“A person is what they think all  day long.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Self-talk has a strong impact on  our self-esteem and confidence, either positively or negatively, based on  our thoughts. Listening to what you’re...... Read More

Feel like you deserve a fancy facial massage?

I just have to share with you one of my  first experiences of the New Year  - an amazing fascia massage. Having met a lovely lady who has recently returned from England, we chatted about what she does.   The conversation turned to massage,...... Read More

The damaging effects of pop music on formative minds

We’ve been concerned for quite some time about the health ailments affecting some of my age group. Particularly the lunatic fringe who read this column. Many of you are losing your minds and it’s time we sorted out why. My extensive research...... Read More

Putting your focus on positive things

“You are allowed to be a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously,” Sophia Bush. When you are in a period of transition it feels like it’s controlling your whole life, but the truth is it’s always only a part of it....... Read More

Remember the bigger impact of volunteering

To be a great leader of volunteers, you need to get active in key areas to be a great coordinator of volunteers. You need to make sure the roles are exciting and relevant to the skill and competency level of the volunteer. Even more importantly, and...... Read More

The Nork Walk and other good shirt

There are many reasons why you should wear a shirt, people, and frankly I’m a little disappointed that we are even having this conversation. This has been a difficult time for me, as I’ve been forced to write an entire column about breasts....... Read More

Set yourself some rituals not resolutions

It’s not a wellness retreat  in Bali or the occasional facial that will make a difference to your skin  over your lifetime.   Beautiful skin is not the result of momentary spurts of self-care. It’s what you do for your skin...... Read More