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By Katie Stone From ice-skating to card-playing, tamales to ugali, gingerbread houses to a share-bucket of KFC, Christmas celebrations around the world are quite a mixed bag. But no matter how it’s done or where the common thread linking every festive celebration is togetherness. Vancouver, Canada In...

By Amokura Panoho Tītiro whakamuri, kōkiri whakamua, look back and reflect so you can move forward, seems an apt whakatauki (proverb) to quote as we wrestle with the impact of the COVID pandemic across our society, not just in Aotearoa/New Zealand but globally.  The lesson to be...

By Katie Stone In Filipino culture, family is everything. So, when Vanessa Villareña learned about the plight of Afghanistan’s refugees earlier this year, she wanted to do something to help - however small. “It’s important for me to support the refugees as they have been through enough,”...

By Hayley White With Christmas just around the corner, the topic of Jesus’ birth and how Mary conceived him as a virgin (the Immaculate Conception), will once again take the stage. Even though we all know it is not possible to conceive a baby and still...

By Philippa Hadlow Utopia is, by definition, a place where things are perfect. But who gets to decide what defines perfect? Perhaps the residents of utopian future-city Telosa will have something to say on the subject. When they get there, that is. Upon arrival in 2030, those who...

By Alina Suchanski Steeped in New Zealand history, the vibrant settlement of Port Chalmers is teeming with Māori legends, historic buildings, galleries, eateries, and stores. Alina Suchanski visits Port Chalmers and shares her impressions. Just a short drive from Dunedin, on the northwest shore of Otago Harbour...

By Chris Pidgeon It’s been over a year now since I removed myself from social media. I kept LinkedIn for professional networking, and Messenger to stay in touch with friends. I said goodbye to endlessly scrolling through Instagram, posting on Facebook about who knows what, or...