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July 29, 2015 – 4:00 am |

Any New Zealander with access to television in 2004 will, without a doubt, remember Ben Lummis: New Zealand’s first-ever ‘NZ Idol.’
Following his rapid rise to musical fame nearly a decade ago, Ben spent four years …

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Kapiti Coast’s greenest street competition generates community resilience

June 12, 2013 – 9:27 am |

MEDIA RELEASE  – Kapiti Coast District Council
Greenest Street Competition benefits revealed
JUNE 10, 2013.
Interest in Kāpiti Coast’s Greenest Street competition from around New Zealand and overseas has prompted the release of a new report that records …

How to feed and maintain your happiness, as we move into the depths of winter,

June 11, 2013 – 6:39 pm | 2 Comments

Happiness just comes from enjoying simple pleasures, such as the tang of fejoas in my porridge, the warmth returning to my cheeks after riding through a southerly, sleeping in on weekends, exploring other worlds through stories, a body warmed …

Opinion: Positive thinking – naive or necessary?

June 10, 2013 – 9:13 am |
Opinion: Positive thinking – naive or necessary?

I was sinking beneath a tsunami of emails about multinational corporations taking over our seed supply. Every day I’d sit down at my desk and prepare to do battle with the delete key. Still the …

Think deep: World Oceans Day 8 June

June 7, 2013 – 9:54 am |

That moment when your toes touch the waves and the ocean greets your feet; you are connected to all of life.  A lot of the time, my view of the ocean is a walk along …

The Future has won

June 6, 2013 – 10:11 pm | One Comment

Media release
6 June 2013
A team of Orewa College students, called The Future, has won first place and $3000 in the Auckland Unitary Plan youth video competition, after notching up 5,643 views for their film on how Auckland …

Sleep as you sail on an eco-friendly Bluebridge ferry

June 6, 2013 – 9:44 pm | 5 Comments

Since I started Happyzine five years ago, the term ‘sustainable business’ has moved from being a culturally edgy term, to a very normal one.  It’s such a pleasure to witness this.  Green business practices are …

Gentle Parenting: Embracing Tantrums

June 6, 2013 – 1:50 pm | One Comment

There are no naughty children here.
An acquaintance recently overheard me saying that we don’t use the word naughty in our house. A few sentences on I divulged that we don’t do any form of punishment …

Launch of 2013 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards

June 6, 2013 – 8:55 am |

The Sustainable Business Network (SBN) announced today that the 2013 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards are now open for nominations.
This year is the 10th anniversary of the awards, which are the pre-eminent and longest-standing sustainable …

Think. Eat. Save: World Environment Day

June 5, 2013 – 10:12 am |

Today is World Environment Day, and the theme this year is Think.Eat.Save.
“Think.Eat.Save is an anti-food waste and food loss campaign that encourages you to reduce your foodprint… [this] encourages you to become more aware of the …

Sera Harris – Winner of the CALI Award

June 4, 2013 – 2:55 pm |

 The original article “Sera Harris – Winner of the CALI Award” appeared on Five Point Five website
The CALI Award is awarded to inspiring, awesome people who are creating positive change. We bring you every day heroes, who …

Happyzine goes pay-what-you-can-afford this June 1st – Join us!

June 3, 2013 – 9:14 pm |
Happyzine goes pay-what-you-can-afford this June 1st – Join us!

Kia ora,
I’m Charlotte Squire, founder of www.happyzine.co.nz.  I live in the north west tip of the South Island, New Zealand, near the beautiful Waikoropupu Springs, in Golden Bay.
After five years of building up this groovy …

Pssst! Good Spies! Send us some good news and win new Mexican Chocolate Snickerdoodles

June 3, 2013 – 5:07 pm | 2 Comments

This new column is kindly sponsored by Baron Hasselhoffs – gluten free sweet treats.
Good Spies.
You’re out there.  We just know it.  Witnessing the inspiration in your community.  Noting acts of kindness where others might only …

Catching Rainbows

May 31, 2013 – 10:39 am |

Mike and Claire from Blockhouse Bay took this photo on Whatipu Beach, Auckland after a storm this week:
“This rainbow was such a blessing. We had no idea how long the rainstorm we were caught in …

Behind the scenes of a gentle parent: sewing plastic bags into works of art

May 30, 2013 – 11:11 pm |

After becoming editor for Happyzine, my time to sit, reflect and write has become limited somewhat; I needed some inspiration.  And I have found it: in others.  I have met so many amazing parents who …

AUT joins Youthtown in the search for New Zealand’s top creative talent

May 29, 2013 – 9:03 pm |

Back for a second year, the Youthtown Creatifs Young Designer Awards are set to launch, seeking aspiring young Kiwi artists and designers to explore their creativity and showcase their talent.
The Awards are open to all …

Review: Mmmm … meet the Snickerdoodle – gluten free, chocolate, vegan, and very organic

May 28, 2013 – 9:58 pm | 2 Comments

It’s a cosy, inside winter’s day, there’s fresh snow on the hills and the fire’s crackling.  I’ve returned home, mid-afternoon bearing sweet gifts for afternoon tea.  This is the new generation of afternoon tea.  I’m …

Keeping the Pallet Pavilion alive: $50,000 pledged

May 28, 2013 – 3:42 pm |

Happyzine is pretty darn excited about the energy and abundance that is being created to keep Gap Filler’s Pallet Pavilion alive for another summer!  They have reached $50,000 of their $80,000 target.
Christchurch’s urban regeneration initiative …

Businesses get hands in the soil for World Environment Day

May 28, 2013 – 1:21 pm |

On World Environment Day (June 5th), the 100 Tonne Challenge aims to offset even more carbon dioxide than the inaugural Challenge last year. The 100 Tonne Challenge, organised by the Sustainable Business Network (SBN), brings …

Nelson Winter Music Festival 19 July – 4 August

May 27, 2013 – 3:42 pm |

‘Nelson by day – music by night’ is the theme for the 19th annual Nelson Winter Music Festival, set to bring some mid-winter magic to the city from July 19 to August 4.
The festival is …

Pay as little as $1 per week to crowd fund Happyzine!

May 27, 2013 – 1:37 pm | 3 Comments
Pay as little as $1 per week to crowd fund Happyzine!

Forty of you have joined Club Happyzine!  With a little bit of help from 460 more of you by June 31st, Happyzine can keep making a positive difference.
Hey there,
I’m Charlotte Squire, and I’ve got this …