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The hidden dangers of the construction boom for New Zealand tradies

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New Zealand is experiencing the biggest construction boom in 40 years and it’s not expected to peak until 2020.

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The right income protection insurance saved my life

Gareth Moore had just come home from running his summer music camp, and collapsed in the middle of the street. For the Director of the Auckland School of Rock, the next month was a blur of hospitals, transfusions, and scary procedures.

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The right personal life insurance can soften the blow

On a Sunday in early August, 2012, Luella Bartlett got a sudden surprise visit from her mum and dad who lived on the other side of Auckland.

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School holidays ..... and the working parent

School holidays are here … again! It really does feel like the kids have just gone back to school and it's time to think about what are you going to do for the next school holiday break. A quick calculation will tell you that children get approximately 12 weeks of holidays a year.  Most working parents get 8 weeks between them, leaving at least 4 weeks where the children have no one to mind them. Unless you both want to use all your annual leave to solely look after the kids and never have a break together or as a family you need to start looking at alternative childcare methods.

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Move it!

I have tried everything over the past 20 years or so, in the pursuit of living a healthier lifestyle - but it's probably only been in the last six months that I have really found what works best for me.

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Mental Health & the workplace

I quite often refer to my colleagues as my "work family", so it surprises me that I have heard from a couple of different people over the past week that they work in environments that can only be described as 'cold'. 

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Male Vanity: The Death of the Kiwi Bloke?

There was a time in New Zealand's recent past when a black singlet, an undersized pair of nylon stubbies and an old pair of rubber jandals could be considered acceptable attire for the Kiwi male. 

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Invest in you

On average men die at a significantly younger age than women.

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World Suicide Prevention Day

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day - a worldwide effort led by the International Association for Suicide Prevention and World Health Organization to improve education about suicide, decrease stigma and raise awareness of the warning signs of suicide.

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Fathers Day

"Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad." -Anne Geddes

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