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The male dominant world has always placed barriers on women to behave in a particular manner. Do this, don’t do that, watch your language, wear certain clothes, don't wear certain clothes; the never-ending barriers don’t seem to ever fall away..
I went up to the counter with my child and told one of the staff about what had happened. He asked for the receipt and I told him that I had thrown it away. ‘Sorry, I need the receipt,’ he said and walked away from us to another customer.
Is being a shopaholic truly an addiction? Or is it just an excuse for excess?
To buttress Modi's offensive, the BJP threw in nearly all its central ministers, headed by Arun Jaitley, and as many as 120 MPs into the campaign, a classic case of a sledgehammer being used to swat a seeming fly.
Over the past decade, I have had the great pleasure of working closely with the co-leader of the Green Party, Russel Norman – and I am personally grateful to him for suggesting that I stand as an MP.
My family and I have lived in many different countries, and among diverse cultures and religions. We discovered that no matter where you are in the world, people show care for each other through food.
Jobs mean people can pay their bills. Jobs put food on Kiwi tables. And jobs mean people can save and invest in brighter futures for themselves and their families.
If Prime Minister Modi can break protocol and go and receive President Obama at the gate of his aircraft,why couldn’t the dignitaries wave protocol and stand and honour the martyred soldier...
The Social Development Minister spoke on radio about the number of people on welfare benefits in New Zealand. She mentioned that there was a need to “be careful we don’t fill up all the spaces with immigrants”.
These long sunny days are not only good for outdoor family time, they can provide us with abundant and cheap energy. The conversion of sunlight to electricity has long been possible, ....
I’m looking forward to another busy year as the Government focuses on locking in the hard-won gains New Zealanders have made under National.
It was about five years ago, almost a year after Pooja had first arrived in Auckland. The apartment she was renting in CBD was managed by a reputed letting agency and their service was quite commendable.
The rights of the victims of murderer Phillip John Smith are being completely overlooked. The Summary of Chief Custodial Officer Review in to the Failure to Return from Temporary Release of Phillip John Smith is full...
For a Xmas present, I wanted funding for a better public transport system in Auckland. Unfortunately I didn’t get it. Nor did the 1.5 million Aucklanders who suffer from ever-worsening traffic jams.
New Zealand First has been asking questions about elective surgery – surgery that is not an emergency but that often changes people’s lives.
Yoga – a practice not alien to any Indian and now becoming a global phenomenon. With the growing awareness around health and mindful living around the world.....
We want to voice what affects us; we want to be heard. This is our platform to stand united against all odds
It’s the end of the parliamentary year – one in which Labour suffered a historic election loss. So, it’s good to be putting 2014 behind us and looking forward to a fresh start in the New Year.
The big gap between the rich and poor is holding back economic development and progress in New Zealand. This was revealed in a report this week from the OECD, an organisation of 34 developed countries.
The holiday season is a time to get together with family and friends, and enjoy the great Kiwi summer.  And it’s a time to think about those less fortunate than ourselves. It’s also a time to take stock, and a time to look to the year ahead.

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