30 Nov 2018

Best features of 2018: For the greater good

From the collecton Your Money with Mary Holm

Sorting your finances step by step with Mary Holm

Financial consultant Mary Holm writes about eight steps to get your finances sorted in her new book, Rich Enough? A laid-back guide for every Kiwi. She talks with Jesse Mulligan about why it's best to do it in steps, why she's put the steps in a particular order, and what each step covers. 

Credit cards for payment.

Photo: 123RF

Wendyl Nissen's tips for creating a natural home

How do we keep a house in order without hurting the environment? Get back to the basics, says former journalist Wendyl Nissen. She has some tips in her new book The Natural Home.

Wendyl Nissen

Photo: Allen & Unwin

Getting your house in order

Author and blogger Rachel Hoffmann offers practical advice on taking small steps and forming habits to help us become neater - while remaining a little lazy at the same time.

pile of tools

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Is becoming 'flexitarian' the best thing we can do for the planet?

To keep climate change under 2 degrees Celcius, the average people will need to eat 75 percent less beef, 90 percent less pork and half the number of eggs they are today, while tripling their consumption of beans and pulses and quadrupling the amount of nuts and seeds they eat, according to a new study.

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Tips from 'zero waste' guru Béa Johnson

If you want to minimise waste, first learn is how to refuse what you don't need, says Béa Johnson, a French-American who pioneered a 'zero waste' lifestyle over ten years ago.

Béa Johnson, the author of Zero Waste Home

Photo: Facebook / Béa Johnson

The reality of life on the minimum wage in NZ

New Zealand women working for minimum wage share their stories in the short documentary series Minimum.

Sew Good: Recycled billboard bin liners and prison blanket duffel bags

The Sew Good Cooperative is making bin liners from rescued advertising banners, which would otherwise be bound for the tip. It's one of 21 creative ideas rolling out of the workrooms at the Common Unity Project Aotearoa.

The Sew Good Cooperative is making bin liners from rescued advertising banners, which would otherwise be bound for the tip.

Photo: RNZ

Are compostable bags replacing one problem with another?

Major supermarkets and retailers are phasing out single-use plastic bags - but disposing of the compostable alternatives isn't easy.

Man carrying plastic bag in his hand after shopping. Closeup of bag full of fruits and vegetables.

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Recycling polystyrene

Richard Moore of Poly Palace in Porirua has hacked together a bunch of old farm machinery, scavenged parts, and even some old rollerblades, to develop a simple solution for recycling polystyrene so it can be resold for road-building and house construction.

Richard Moore of Poly Palace

Richard Moore of Poly Palace Photo: RNZ / Simon Morton

'Prison Bake' - Good Bitches Baking goes behind bars

'Prison Bake', a programme partnering Rimutaka Prison inmates with the Good Bitches Baking charity, has been giving prisoners an opportunity to give back to the community.

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Photo: Supplied / Department of Corrections

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