The Weird Old Guy with a ponytail who no one really knows, and 11 more oddly specific characters you'll probably encounter this Christmas.
It's accepted wisdom that a box of assorted chocolates is the perfect Christmas gift for one and all. But now Roses are rubbish, what to choose? Amanda Thompson is here to help.
Sure, everything around you might be reproducing with disgusting enthusiasm, but at least there's asparagus. Here's a vinaigrette to save the day.
Amanda Thompson spends a day with the New Zealand men's roller derby squad as they prepare for next year's world champs in the US.
At school camp, the children are banned from having phones, laptops, lollies, chocolate, money, cotton clothing or independent thoughts. They, are, however, allowed home baking – but it's gotta be hearty.
The Minimum Wage Exemption scheme has allowed New Zealand businesses to legally pay workers with a disability as little as 80 cents an hour for years. Amanda Thompson explains why abolishing this law is well overdue.
Whether she's a "spontaneously elegant woman" or subscribes to "feminine, rock-chic", there's a fancy, expensive designer perfume for every mum.
With the erstwhile corporate king of Easter now a persona non grata, where's a marshmallow egg fan to turn? To this list, that's where.