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Life Matters

A selection of thoughtful articles that confront common problems and issues that we all experience.
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:

2 childen with tin can phones

Be a good listener

5 Nov | 2014

Most of us think we’re good listeners—but stats tell us that we remember much more about what we say in a conversation, than what the other person has said.

a dad helping his daughter with homework

Helping Kids with Homework

5 Nov | 2014

Homework can be a battleground, but here are some tips for getting on schedule and even making it (gasp!) fun—for you and them.

a man holding up a picture of himself

Getting emotional - Part 3

29 Oct | 2014

Che Cormack of The Salvation Army spent time in prison for drug dealing, where he learnt that his drug abuse was driven by his inability to process difficult emotions. Che shares ideas about building a healthy emotional life.