Health & Wellbeing

Top tips to boost happiness (part one)

Joseph Darby, CEO and Financial Adviser at Milestone Direct Limited, shares ten tips to help maintain and boost happiness levels in the first of a two-part series. The last 12 months have proved challenging for many people. Against such a backdrop, happiness is still a worthy goal we should all …

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New Zealand ranked world’s ninth happiest country

It has been a tough year to say the least – ‘unprecedented’ seemed to be the global consensus for a year plagued with anxiety, isolation, and disconnection. In New Zealand, we not only had to navigate the Coronavirus and the new uncertain reality it brought – lockdowns, home-working and home-schooling, social bubbles, and mask-wearing – but we were also recovering from the Christchurch Mosque attacks and …

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Habitat for Humanity: decent and affordable housing is a “fundamental human right”

Alan Thorp, Group Chief Executive Officer, Habitat for Humanity New Zealand, reflects on a challenging year. The past year held many challenges, and yet it provided Habitat in New Zealand with some of our most significant opportunities since our founding over 25 years ago. The impact of Covid-19 highlighted the …

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Bring our most vulnerable in from the cold this winter

The stress of having to pay for extra power costs for heating can be chilling for some of our most vulnerable people. Manawatu Home Budgeting Service Financial Mentors Jeanette Parsons and Brett Cole expect to see some people run into trouble with their power bill over winter. In their experience, the …

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The global loneliness epidemic impacts all ages

Will more countries appoint a “Minister of Loneliness” following the footsteps of the UK and Japan? In the United States, loneliness costs the country almost US$7 billion extra in healthcare costs each year. Loneliness is not the same as social isolation. People can be isolated (alone) yet not feel lonely. …

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Te Arai Research Group looking for participants

Te Arai Research Group are seeking participants for a new study funded by the Health Research Council and led by Tess Moeke-Maxwell which will explore whānau experiences of end of life caring during COVID-19 lockdown. Your information will be used to improve health care, hospital policy and tangihanga (funeral) planning …

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Managing an unexpected hospital stay

Get up, get dressed, get active, return home – great tips from Nelson Marlborough Nurse Educator. Getting patients out of bed, dressed in their own clothes and walking, helps them feel stronger, recover more quickly and they are less likely to fall. To help this happen we encourage the family …

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