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Have you done Something New, New Zealand?

Kerry Mitchell | Account Manager Lifestyle, Travel Leave a Comment

In July last year I was supposed to be in London visiting family. It would have been my first time back since 2001 and the first time my kids had been to Europe. Like many thousands of others, our travel plans were shattered in 2020 by COVID-19. Yes, it was sad; yes, it was disappointing, but when our tourism industry …

Yes, or no? Referendum 2020

Kerry Mitchell | Account Manager Politics Leave a Comment

The 2020 General Election is slowly creeping up on us, including the two referendums on cannabis legalisation and control, and end-of-life choice. In the shadow of COVID-19 it’s been difficult to find good information on either. Account manager Kerry Mitchell goes on a fact-finding mission. Kerry Mitchell | Account ManagerKerry has more than 25 years’ experience in community and daily …

The health myths that are hurting us

Kerry Mitchell | Account Manager Lifestyle, People Leave a Comment

As a ‘woman of a certain age’ I’ve just started experiencing the dreaded hot flushes. Not pleasant, but not as bad as the lack of sleep that goes with it. Desperate for a remedy, I headed off to my GP who suggested hormone replacement therapy. Kerry Mitchell | Account ManagerKerry has more than 25 years’ experience in community and daily …

Instil fear, or walk alongside?

Kerry Mitchell | Account Manager Communications Leave a Comment

I consider myself to be a pretty healthy person so I’ve never bothered with a flu vaccination, but I’m seriously considering getting one next year. Like many others, I fell for the myth that the vaccine can make you sick. But by immunising myself I can protect others around me who may not have such a strong immune system – …

Devising family time without devices

Kerry Mitchell | Account Manager Lifestyle, Technology Leave a Comment

I’m currently sporting a particularly ugly scar on my knee, the result of a summer family cycling trip gone spectacularly wrong. I can’t say I have any regrets though, as any family time that doesn’t involve devices these days is precious. I don’t begrudge my 14-year-old daughter and 11-year-old twin sons device time altogether – they are smart kids, doing …

The cost of being financially illiterate

Kerry Mitchell | Account Manager Uncategorized Leave a Comment

My 10-year-old retired recently and spent most of this school term living off his Kiwisaver. So how is it that he got to retire before me, and what does a 10-year-old know about Kiwisaver anyway? Kerry Mitchell | Account ManagerKerry has more than 25 years’ experience in community and daily newspapers, specialty health and education publications, ‘mummy blogging’, freelance writing, …