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A car seat saved my baby

A car seat saved my baby

Gemma Patten (23) of New Plymouth believes her baby’s car seat saved his life. When I look at photographs of our mangled car, I wonder how any of us survived. Everything happened so quickly. We were driving to a birthday party and on a difficult bend of road the car swerved, hit a bank and […]
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I was boiled alive!

I was boiled alive!

Student Kylie Taite (22) of Tauranga faced a horrifying death – being cooked alive in scalding hot mud. It’s a sound I will never get out of my mind – a piercing scream of terror. I had never heard anything like it before and it was a few seconds before I realised that it was […]
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Mauled by dogs and nobody helped me

Mauled by dogs and nobody helped me

Saydee Lewis (23), a winery worker in Flaxmere, was savaged by two dogs while neighbours stood and watched. As the black dog sunk his teeth into my leg, I lost my balance and fell on to the road. I tried to pull myself up but struggling only made him lock his jaws tighter. ooments later, […]
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I was text stalked!

I was text stalked!

A creepy text stalker made Tania Bowden (35) of Auckland dread the beep of her cellphone. Then her son Cameron (13) became a victim too. I heard my cellphone beep and smiled as I picked it up. “I bet that message is from Cameron,” I thought. My 13-year-old son often borrowed his mates’ phones to […]
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Being born a girl saved my baby

Being born a girl saved my baby

Unlike her two older brothers, little Lucy Taylor will live into adulthood. But parents Sharyn and Steve took a huge risk to bring her into the world. Sharyn Taylor’s heart was pounding as she dialled the number of the genetics clinic. She asked if her test results were back yet and waited anxiously for the […]
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A woman’s view on the man drought

Arriving back in New Zealand after four and a half years in London, I was looking forward to being home, smelling the fresh air, taking in the blue sea, settling down and finding myself a man. I picked up a magazine and laughed as I read an article on dating. There were profiles of country […]
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My workplace bully

I have a problem with a colleague who is bullying me at work. They belittle me at every opportunity in front of our colleagues. I really need some advice on how to handle this situation as I am starting to dread going to work. It’s got so bad I’m even taking my frustrations out on […]
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A scary time of my life

I popped the 32nd pill into my mouth and swallowed it. But it was only when I ended up in hospital that I began to realise the enormity of what I’d done. After being extremely ill, I started to come around and found my mother sitting beside me. Two drips had been inserted into one […]
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Miranda’s huge challenge: `I have to lose 170kg to live’

Miranda’s huge challenge: `I have to lose 170kg to live’

The death of her obese friend Sharon Bishop has made Miranda Gray Taufa determined to slim down from a dangerous 229kg. If the 41-year-old from Gisborne doesn’t lose weight, she could die. Feeling my chest tighten, I sleepily felt around in the dark for my asthma pump. “I’m sure I had it next to me,” […]
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A Wild Time in Africa

A Wild Time in Africa

Sarah-Kate Lynch learns to see animal prints as more than home furnishing Generally speaking, when it comes to travelling, my idea of adventure is to order full-fat milk instead of trim with my breakfast coffee. I always thought I was a Paris/London/New York sort of a girl. It’s not for me – all that bumping […]
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