Real solutions to world issues

There are so many important issues facing the world today.  Famine. Climate. Terrorism. Overpopulation. Plastic  shopping bags. Yet some people fail to take these things seriously, instead wasting away their life on pointless pursuits such...... Read More

Eating frogs

“Expect problems and eat them for breakfast.” Alfred A. Montapert. You may have heard the saying about “eating your frogs” before you begin anything else, which means begin the day by tackling the thing(s) you are avoiding.  Most...... Read More

Signing a lease on your terms

A business is more than just bricks and mortar but, depending on what your venture is, its location can make or break how much custom you get. A waterfront restaurant, for instance, might not have the same appeal if it were to move inland. Which is...... Read More

Spotlight on Curcumin and OPC part 2

I speak daily to people affected by inflammation. This commonly affects joints, but can also affect most types of body tissue. While we can feel the discomfort of joint inflammation, we cannot feel inflammation of blood vessels until disease symptoms...... Read More

The RR guide to royal wedding clangers

Half the world will go all gooey  and the other half are already tired of it; inflicted with yet another Royal Wedding. Fortunately for those of you less interested it’s in the middle of the night New Zealand time, so it will be easy to...... Read More

Avoiding sun and stress for beautiful skin

Two of the greatest  enemies of beautiful skin are sun and stress. At least we have products to block the sun. If only we had a cream that could block stress from our lives too! While some stress is unavoidable, we can take steps to manage it...... Read More

Regrow your hair, regain your confidence

Are you checking your hairline every time you walk past a mirror? Or are you finding more hair seems to be falling out in the shower or when brushing? While everyone at some stage in their life has problems with hair regrowth, first noticing your hair...... Read More

Burger Wisconsin – pioneers of NZ Gourmet Burgers

Purchased by the  owners of the award-winning Mexicali Fresh Franchise System some three years ago, Burger Wisconsin has expanded throughout New Zealand under the guidance of franchisor Mariposa Restaurant Holdings. Of the 22 Burger Wisconsin...... Read More

Earth is a Ball #1: This blog isn't going to write itself

Welcome to ‘Earth is a ball’ - a football blog where you can hear stories told by kids from around Oceania as they participate in the 2018 Gazprom Football for Friendship programme in Moscow, Russia. The programme, which runs from 8-15...... Read More

Feedback, backlash and the comeback

That was a close call. I nearly  didn’t get around to writing a column this week. I was flat out with responses flooding in* after last week’s yarn. Thanks for the  massive feedback. You all thoroughly enjoyed it (even Murray...... Read More

When the travel bug bites

We don’t often think of bugs in flattering terms, but the travel bug is one I hold dear. It courses through me each and every day. I am back in New Zealand now, but the travel bug is biting already, which is why I am so excited to let you know...... Read More

Spotlight on Curcumin and OPC, part 1

Most have heard of curcumin from  turmeric and OPC from grape seeds.  When used together, these potent, biologically active compounds can have profound health benefits. Some research reveals an extensive list of health problems that these...... Read More

Motivation to commit and practice

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie. It’s important to understand what we gain from certain actions, as this will motivate us to more fully commit to, and...... Read More

Avoiding the trap of student debt

With students visiting prospective universities and finalising their career paths, it’s important that they receive good debt advice. Fees may be free for the first year, but nothing else is. As students head off from secondary school, many...... Read More

So you don't like it here?

Here's an idea: Bugger off back to your snooty high ground Someone needs to tell Tony Wall to feck off back to Auckland. And I’m just the man for the job. Mr Wall, in case anyone cares, is an Aucklander who has been overstaying in Tauranga...... Read More

Our driving has gone to the dogs

This week we’re careening back into the past with this great piece from 2008.  How things have changed on our roads in 10 years!   We see some pretty strange things on the roads around the Western Bay of Plenty. You think 16 sets...... Read More

Tips before refinancing your mortgage

Thinking of breaking up with your bank? People often look to refinance when a fixed mortgage loan expires – and sometimes earlier. If other banks are offering better rates than your current bank, and/or incentives, it can be tempting to make...... Read More

The power of tumeric’s active ingredient - Curcumin

Last edition we looked at research into the healing power of turmeric. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, the yellow pigment in turmeric. I find it fascinating that nature’s most potent healing compounds are locked into vibrant colour....... Read More