New year, new you

Who do you want to be in 2017? Someone better organised/less stressed/fitter/richer/more fulfilled?

The only thing stopping you is you… or maybe it’s just that you haven’t found the right programme, philosophy or inspiration yet. That being the case, here are some suggestions to set you on the path of the righteous/smug.

Ditching bad habits

We’ve got resources to help you stop smoking, drinking, and advice on how to cope with other addictions and compulsions.

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Diet and fitness

There are plenty of titles available with advice on improving your diet, or find an exercise regime that suits your lifestyle.

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Or are you just keen to keep your brain fit and healthy? There are programmes and exercises for flexing your cognitive muscles.

Maybe it’s just time to cope better with stress?

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Money and finances

Is 2017 the year you show your mortgage who’s boss? Try some titles about personal finance, budgeting, and retirement planning.

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Efficiency and organisation

Whether you want some advice on how to attack household tasks more efficiently, bring some orderliness to your possessions, or advice on time management, there are heaps of titles to choose from.

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Better living, everyone.

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Emergency, Hardship and bereavement grants available from the Red Cross

This information is sourced from Canterbury Earthquake website. If you know someone who may be eligible for a grant, please share this information with them.

To date, more than $19.2 million has been raised through the New Zealand Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Appeal. Grants released to date include an Emergency and Hardship Grant and a Bereavement Grant.

1. Emergency & Hardship Grant

Eligibility: People living in their homes without power or water or sewerage, or people forced to leave their home because of damage or because they have no water or power or sewerage.

  • Emergency & Hardship Grant: $500 for single people (per household)
  • Emergency & Hardship Grant: $1,000 for couples and families (per household)

2. Bereavement Grant

  • Bereavement Grant: $10,000 for the next of kin of confirmed deceased.

People from overseas affected by the earthquake are eligible to apply for these grants.

How to Apply:

  • Forms online at
  • By picking up an application form from a Red Cross service centre anywhere in New Zealand, WINZ and Ministry of Social Development service centres and recovery assistance centres located across Christchurch.


For any questions on the emergency grants, please call the dedicated helpline on 0800 754 726.

Grants will be electronically transferred into each recipient’s bank account once approved.

People in New Zealand can donate to the appeal via or make an automatic $20 donation by ringing 0900 733 27.

People can text a message of hope to 4419 to donate $3.