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Life Matters

A selection of thoughtful articles that confront common problems and issues that we all experience.
Children's Commissioner Dr Russell Wills

Put up or shut up

19 Nov | 2015

Children’s Commissioner Dr Russell Wills didn’t want the job. Until a meeting with then Social Development Minister Paula Bennett and a passion to change the lives of children eventually drove him to apply.

The 'buy one sell one' challenge

20 Oct | 2015

For those of us for whom fashion is a need, not a want, here are three easy steps for squeezing your budget (and yourself into that outfit).

a frustrated couple

Will she change her ways?

20 Oct | 2015

Dear Q&A, I’ve been married 15 years and my wife still won’t close the cupboard doors. How can I get her to change?

Simon Barnett on dancing with the stars

Vote Simon!

9 Jul | 2015

Simon Barnett has won over audiences on Dancing with the Stars, but we especially love him because he has chosen to support The Salvation Army.

a group of people praying

New Prayer Course for Non-prayers

18 Jun | 2015

The new, free Prayer Course from Alpha has taken New Zealand by storm, with several Salvation Army corps taking up the challenge.

Don't Make Me Unfriend You

5 May | 2015

Embarrassing our kids or grandies on Facebook is a right of passage—for both parties. But here are some etiquette tips to help you stay ‘friends’ online.

Happy Easter sign

10 Things to know before going to Church

1 Apr | 2015

You might be thinking about going to church this Easter, but it can be daunting if you’re not used to it. Here’s 10 things you need to know …

a man with books and drinks

How not to be a heavy drinker

9 Feb | 2015

New Zealand young people have a heavy drinking culture that can easily thrive when people head off to university.

sausages on a bbq

BBQ Dos and don'ts

8 Jan | 2015

If you want to make your barbeque a little bit spesh, here are tips for holding a great summer party: