BBQ Etiquette 101

By author of Modern Etiquette Dale Cameron A common error people tend to make when hosting a barbecue is forgetting their general responsibilities simply because of the informal nature of the occasion. While a barbecue is meant to be relaxed, guests still look to the hosts for how the evening will pan out. Here are so

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Going potty

Turn a corner of your garden from drab into fab simply by adding a potted plant. Whether it be a lemon tree, topiary or even a tomato plant, placing something with a bit of height and colour will provide interest and bring a neglected space to life. Using pots means you can rearrange without too much disruption, and pl

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The good soil

As we get to enjoy our garden most at this time of year, we want to ensure it’s looking its best. We talk to renowned landscape designer and sculptor Dan Rutherford about the latest in garden design for gardeners and non-gardeners. What are the hottest trends for gardens this year? Growing your own food; espaliered f

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Inside out

Bringing the outdoors in is a rising trend in bathroom design – be it a large window framing lush green foliage, a glass door or louvres opening to the garden or, in this case, a bathroom opening completely to a pond, courtyard or patio. Ok, so this last one is admittedly the dream option, but the key to achievi

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Down to Earth

By Karen Pasco Many may not have heard of landscape designer and sculptor Dan Rutherford but those who attended the 2012 Ellerslie Flower Show will know his work. His sombre and thought provoking exhibition, Fresh Start, New Growth, was awarded a Gold Medal at the show – a portrayal of loss and sadness rejuvenating

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There are lots of things to consider when planning your new home or major renovation and one area rightfully deserving to be high on the list is sustainable building solutions. Incorporating good environmental design before you commence a project is vitally important for the conservation and welfare of our limited nat

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Navigating insurance minefields

  • fatweb
  • Legal
  • December 6, 2012
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By Alexis McStay Purchasing a house, especially for the first time, can be daunting. In post earthquake Canterbury, it is a potential minefield, but one that you can easily navigate with the right information and help from the experts. Never before has your lawyer been more valuable in helping to smooth the way in ins

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Progress made and lessons learned

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  • Opinions
  • November 12, 2012
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By Gerry Brownlee I know for residential property owners 2012 has been a year of contrasts, of frustrations, but also of great progress. For those whose homes have been affected by the quakes and aftershocks, frustrations have centered on two main issues – for some, the wait for land zoning decisions, and for most,

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