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November 1, 2016 – 7:58 am |

Happyzine has been sold! More information soon …
Ever thought about running a good news website? Here’s your chance. has been a force for the positive for the last nine years in New Zealand, sharing good …

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It’s New Zealand music month!

May 13, 2016 – 4:00 am |

To celebrate here’s the official NZ Music Month channel on YouTube. 
This month – take the time to check out some new kiwi musicians.
Check out Ten Feet Tall by Fat Freddie’s Drop:

Nelson seed library opens

May 12, 2016 – 4:00 am |

The Nelson Seed Library – a Permaculture in Nelson Group (P!NG) initiative – is opening on Saturday 11 June 2016 at Elma Turner Library. Guests will be welcome to register and borrow their first …

How to impress someone with your best NZ sign language pick up line

May 11, 2016 – 4:00 am |

It’s New Zealand sign language week! Yay!
Watch this cute video about a super hero (er, well actually a pretty normal guy) who seeks to woo a pretty lady at a cafe using beautiful New Zealand …

Fejoia fever takes fruit in New Zealand

May 10, 2016 – 8:05 am |

Stuff reports that stories of massive fejoia fruit are circulating New Zealand right now, as the fruit obligingly fall to our feet and invite consumption. A Nelson grower reported an enormous 420 gram fejoia this …

Ohope beach artist carves Maori design into huge driftwood that comes and goes

May 9, 2016 – 6:17 am | One Comment

It’s the ultimate story in detachment – The NZ Herald reported Bay of Plenty artist Harlem Shine has spent four years carving Maori design into large logs washed up by storms.
He never knows where his …

Ted Talk: Draw your future into reality

May 8, 2016 – 7:57 am |

Research shows if we draw our dreams they’re 65% more likely to happen says Patti Dobrowolski.
Watch the Ted Talk here.

Future looks bright and cool thanks to New Zealand’s top student Oxana Repina

May 7, 2016 – 4:00 am |

Stuff reported New Zealand’s top student Oxana Repina wants to make a positive difference for the world, especially the climate.
Oxana has just been awarded the Prime Minister’s award for academic excellence, for her work in 2015.
Right …

Living big and living happy in a shipping container

May 6, 2016 – 4:00 am |

I LOVE this series of videos from Living Big in a Tiny House.  Here’s their latest – a really impressive shipping container home, with some major design to be inspired by. Have a gorgeous day, …

New Brighton design competition calls for creative ideas for five “tiny huts”

May 5, 2016 – 4:00 am |

The Press reported that a new design competition for five tiny huts is being launched to breathe life into New Brighton, Christchurch.
“Ideas include a wedding chapel, a puzzle room, an optical illusion and a reading room,” …

NZ’s Largest Clean-up: 1,900 Volunteers Make Environmental History

May 4, 2016 – 4:00 am |

Over 1,900* Aucklanders rallied together to make environmental history yesterday (Saturday 30th April) – clearing a staggering 5 tonnes of rubbish, approximately half a tonne of recyclable material, over 200 shopping trolleys and 300 car tyres. In doing …

Denmark has broken its own wind power record, again

May 3, 2016 – 8:21 am |

Denmark is leading the world with wind technology and is a great country for New Zealand to look to for inspiration as we move towards a fossil fuel free world.
Denmark is working steadily towards becoming …

Your Soulful Career

May 2, 2016 – 8:20 am |

Do you dream of moving into a more meaningful career? To express your authentic self through your work?
I’m Charlotte Squire, founder of Happyzine, and when I put my hand in my heart and ask what …

B Side Stories: Achilles NZ supports disabled athletes

April 27, 2016 – 4:00 am |

Original blog on B Side Stories. 
Dave Piper loves to keep fit, and being blind doesn’t hold him back. Volunteers like Lauren Milstead help disabled people to achieve their fitness goals through Achilles International New Zealand.
Listen …

Christchurch could become the most edible city in the world

April 27, 2016 – 4:00 am |

In a positive twist to the ongoing earthquake recovery story, Christchurch could become the most edible city in the world, if plans to create a food resilient network get funding!  Alright!  Major Happyzine fodder!  Watch …

Bright ideas wanted for getting round in Christchurch

April 24, 2016 – 4:00 am |

Anyone who’s ever been struck by a bright idea for how to improve ease of travel in Christchurch now has the chance to get the funding to put their plan into action, with the Transport …

Ted Talk: Lessons from the longest study on Happiness

April 23, 2016 – 4:00 am |

I enjoyed this Ted Talk because it brought me back to the basics – the sweet power of loving relationships.  Check it out if you want to be re-minded of the importance of getting along …

Beautiful tree offers 40 different types of stone fruit

April 22, 2016 – 4:00 am |

I remember my father doing a much smaller version of this when I was a little girl starting life in Rockville.  A arts professor from upstate New York has created a true work of art …

New Zealand’s oldest person turns 108 and shares her secrets for a long, happy life

April 21, 2016 – 4:00 am |

New Zealand’s oldest person Annie Mason has just turned 108.  Stuff reports that her advice for reaching such a lofty age is “Whatever life throws at you, you work your way through it.”  Read the article here.

How TDC councillor Martine Bouillir stays true to her integrity and trusts in divine timing as a local body councillor

April 20, 2016 – 4:00 am |

Hi I’m Charlotte Squire, Happyzine founder, and this is the first of a series of short interviews with inspiring people I know here in New Zealand.  I love connecting with real, authentic, spiritually centred, positive leaders …