Kia ora e te whānau. Grandad Ray passed away yesterday morning, 94 years strong. He’s laying in rest at 46 Dunstan St, Otaki for the weekend – nau mai haere mai. We’ll have a service celebrating the life of ta tātou rangatira at Rangiatea Monday morning at 11.

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Life is short, and having it is a privilege. That doesn’t mean live it quickly, it means appreciate whatever moments, friends or family you’re lucky enough to hold today. Sometimes that means being kinder to yourself than others have been. Sometimes it means being kinder to others than they have been to you. Being kind, or charitable literally makes you feel better. It’s an easy way to love life more. If you’ve put off reaching out to someone, lost touch, or don’t see eye to eye, and you think it’s too late to make amends, the good news is there’s only one single moment when that’s true, and that’s your last one. Love your life a bit more. Tomorrow it might be too late. Kia ora.

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The Story of a Curious Phone Call The below is a true story from Auburn Sandstrom that blew my mind and opened my heart. It is excerpted with permission from All These Wonders: True Stories about Facing the Unknown. Read the whole …

Worth the five minute read. Thank you to all our Shoebox Christmas whānau, and everyone else who gives unconditional aroha to strangers, young and old, in need of that light. The Story of a Curious Phone Call – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss from Pera Barrett via IFTTT

The rise of ‘holiday hunger’: The Kiwis who can’t afford to take a break As January passes, people flood back into offices and workplaces – but not everyone has had a holiday.

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We’re not being too PC about te reo Māori. We’re worried New Zealand’s first language is endangered. We can’t afford to normalise misspelling and mispronunciation any more than it already is, writes Māori Language Commissioner Rawinia Higgins. If it really was just a joke, then why did some respond with racism? One of our most well-known food compan from Pera Barrett via IFTTT