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Francesca Price on some big changes.
10 The goodies
Chris Keall, Jo Thapa, Nicola Galloway, Sarah James.
Good choice: Summertime and the grillin' is easy … but which barbie burns better?
Convenient truths about: Confused about the economy? All you need to know is ten simple truths.
Good question: If your fingers prefer typing to walking, can you opt out of Yellow Pages delivery? Plus: Rainforest Alliance or Fairtrade?
My green journey: At the age of 18, Keisha Castle-Hughes has clocked up more experience and wisdom than someone twice her age.
Local heroes: Emma Forster, Piha lifeguard and part-time panda.
Local heroes: John Dick, Langham hotel managing director, and Nicholas Blake, kitchenhand-turned-environmental advisor.
Lavish food, a few good presents and as little family tension as possible are all you need to havea truly happy Christmas. Gorgeous gift-wrapping and the prettiest tree you've had in years are the icing on the cake. This is the Good team's guide to a better, cheaper, more sustainable Christmas
42 Wrap it up
We’re big fans of re-using wrapping paper, but carefully peeling away all that sticking tape can get a little tiresome, and it’s much more satisfying to give your presents a uniform look. Here are four different looks that are as kind to the environment as they are stylish and affordable
44 Sock monkeys
How to: Make a sock monkey
These days shops are full of plastic decorations in many colours and forms. Some are pretty; some are just cheap and, well, plastic. If you'd like some fresher, more authentic ideas for your tree that are homemade and reuseable, here are a few ideas.
If there is a collective mind, surely it exists on Christmas day, when the world as we know it pauses and even the most cynical are obliged to accept that something special is going on.
Christmas is a time of giving and a time of renewal—so cutting down thousands of pine trees across the land, dragging them indoors for a couple of weeks, then discarding them rather goes against the grain.
47 Tie-pod case
How to: Make a tie-pod case
Helping those less fortunate hangs right up there with the angel on the list of all things Christmassy—and one of the country’s three city missions is a good place to start.
The fast-growing Elderberry tree, a small introduced tree that has naturalised in New Zealand, is almost a pest in some areas. But as the saying could go, if life hands you elderberries, make elderflower bubbly.
How to deal with holiday stress.
50 The year ahead
Satiristpeers into his new age crystal ball and shares his vision of the year to come. Our tips: Enjoy white bread sandwiches at your desk while you still can—and brace yourselves for Federated Farmers' shocking discovery
Creatures we've always taken for granted are in critical condition.looks at ten native species that are fighting for their lives, and what you can do to help them
Renegade architect Tony Watkins believes we should all be building our own houses—even if you've never picked up a hammer before.meets New Zealand's ultimate DIY guy, and finds out why we should fight for our right to build homes.
Home: The heritage baches on Rangitoto Island haven't changed in decades—and that's the way the locals like it.
Food: Sick of hugging trees? Try eating weeds. (No, not that sort of weed!) Here's how to rustle up a meal out of wild greenery
76 A very berry Christmas
Food: Christmas pud the Kiwi way.
Family: Get your kids into the kitchen.
Community: Hendon, Otago.
Garden: Summer has arrived—and so have the mosquitoes and flies. Make them feel less welcome with naturally insect-repelling plants.
92 The fruits of your labour
Garden: This month in your garden.
Health: Three top natural makeup brands put to the test.
Health: How to keep your New Year's resolutions
Travel: Swing across the Whanganui River in a box to visit the Flying Fox
101 Eco-chic ... Queenstown
Travel: Eco-chic in Queenstown
102 Green machines
Technology: If your hardware is ready to recycle, you'll love these green machines.
104 Totally camp
Transport: Trust a Kiwi to come up with the ultimate travel vehicle.
107 Eco heroes of business
Business: The good guys of business collect their awards.
Business: loves Wairoa.
113 There is no Depression in NZ
Eco-worrier: has advice for hard times.
114 To Hell with consensus
Gaia and brimstone: Majority rules, reckons .
The green room: believes our current economic system is broken—and it's a much bigger issue than a few collapsing banks.
116 Rally the troops for chores
Good housekeeping: A plan of attack for your chores.
119 Save the whales
Action: And a couple of dolphins, an eel, a few fish, a kiwi, tuatara and some cute little baby sea lions
120 Quaker Settlement
The good life: Wanganui's Quaker Settlement is peaceful, simple and sustainable.