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To poo, or not to poo…

When toilet-training turns into serious toilet traumas, it is hard to know which way to turn. One reader shares her heart-wrenching story of her daughter’s medical misadventures into constipation, a distended bowel and a whole lot in between. We all have to poo. And when you are not able to poo, the results are pretty […]

YHA accommodation

Five reasons YHA is our top accommodation pick for your next family holiday 1. Amazing locations With 35 destinations across the country, chances are high there’s a YHA where you’re heading! Whether it’s the heart of Queenstown, Tekapo’s lakefront, or on the beach in Whitianga, they’ve got you covered. 2. Don’t break the bank YHA […]

Getting on the move with baby

One of the best things about holiday times are the visitors who come with it. When family are coming from out of town and bringing infants or young children, those hosting them often feel obliged to buy items their young guests need, like portacots, highchairs and baby baths. For families contemplating travelling with babies, the […]

Addiction and the adolescent brain

DAVID GILLESPIE explains that, due to major changes in their brains, adolescents are particularly susceptible to addiction, and yet they have 24/7 access to highly addictive software that exploits this vulnerability. By KATE BARBER. Since the arrival of the iPhone in 2007, our kids have been able to move through cyberspace with little restriction and […]

Easing the transition to assisted living

Growing up is exciting. Starting a family is incredible. Having grandchildren is a blessing. But getting older when you need help can be difficult. It can be especially hard when a family member needs to move to assisted living or a care facility. It’s a difficult conversation to have and a complicated move to make. […]

Support for adult students

Looking to upskill, make a career change, or study for the first time since high school? With a broad range of professional development courses, flexible study options and excellent support services, the University of Canterbury is a great choice for adult students – whether it’s your first time at university or you’re seeking a postgraduate […]

New career combines management skills plus tech

Chemical Engineering graduate and mum of two, Julia Pye worked in the food and beverage manufacturing industry for over twenty years, from product development to packaging design, process optimisation and operations management. When Julia found out about SHIFT she realised her substantial management skills could be enhanced by adding tech knowledge. The practical project-based aspects […]

Join the korero why adults should learn te reo

KINETA BOOKER explains why it’s important for adults to learn te reo Māori. It seems like it’s second nature to my child to incorporate te reo Māori in his everyday chat. It’s what he hears and learns at school, and at daycare before that. But for me, growing up in South Canterbury in the 1980s, […]