Clean, Cook, Chill


Every year around 200,000 kiwis get food poisoning. Around half these cases occur in homes just like yours. Campylobacter food poisoning is the most common cause.

You can stop your family from becoming ill by following the three Cs – clean, cook, chill.

What is Campylobacter?

Campylobacter bacteria naturally occurs in the gut of animals and birds, especially chickens. You and your family can get sick from Campylobacter if you don’t follow good food safety practices at home when preparing raw chicken.

Campylobacter bacteria can quickly multiply to toxic levels and spread unless you stop it from growing.

Symptoms of Campylobacter poisoning include:

  • headaches and fever
  • diarrhoea
  • abdominal cramps or pain
  • muscle pain.

If you or your family is suffering from any of these symptoms, you must see your doctor.

Preventing Campylobacter food poisoning

Remember the three Cs:

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Before you prepare food and after handling raw meat:

  • wash hands, chopping boards, dishes, and utensils (like knives) in hot, soapy water
  • dry them properly. Preferably air dry and not with a towel.


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  • Cook food (especially chicken and mince) thoroughly all the way through until the juices run clear.
  • Reheat until hot. (Warm does not kill bacteria. Hot does.)
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To stop bacteria growing in your food:

  • cover and put in the fridge
  • keep cooked and raw food separate
  • don’t leave food out. Refrigerate within 2 hours or bin it. If in doubt – throw it out.

Clean, cook, chill will prevent your family from becoming ill from Campylobacter food poisoning.

Refer to Ministry for PrimaryIndustries for more info…

6 Solar Facts

6 Solar Energy Facts

Solar energy is all the rage. What could be more extraordinary than getting the power that heats our homes, charges our devices, and makes all of modern life easier…directly from the sun?

Of course, the sun has always been there as an untapped energy source, and we’re constantly learning more and more about the possibilities.
You might already know quite a bit about it, since it’s become such a popular topic. But, it’s a safe bet you don’t know all of the mind-blowing solar power facts out there.

Read on, and quiz yourself on the following solar energy facts to really be ‘in the know’.

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Use Technology to Increase the Value of Your Home

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Sometimes the smallest things can make a big impact – and that is certainly true for the way technology is able to enhance the appeal of your home, and help to increase its value.

And you don’t have to worry about not having a house that is ‘wired’ for gadgets and gizmos, as there are plenty of products which can be added to your home in its current state.

Check out these five ideas…


What Uses the Most power?

When it comes to saving energy and money, it is important to know and understand the biggest and most costly energy users in your home.

Harrisons Energy Solutions have created an infographic that shows how much energy typical New Zealand homes and household appliances use. How do you think you compare?

Click this link for a full sized copy Harrisons_Home_Energy_Use


Call the professionals! DIY jobs you shouldn’t do yourself

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We get it. With Youtube on tap it’s easy to think you can take care of anything around the home without needing to call on the services of a ‘professional’ – and while changing a lightbulb is probably okay for a bit of DIY, installing a new light switch isn’t.

It may not be safe or even legal…


6 ways to put burglars off your place

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Wherever your home is – from Bluff to the winterless North – you’ll no doubt shop around to make sure your belongings and home are insured by the experts. But, what do you do to protect your home from break-ins in the first place? It doesn’t take much to deter most burglars if you follow simple home security tips and remain vigilant. Here are six ways to beef up on your home security.

A quarter of New Zealanders surveyed in the AAI Insurance Home Security Survey 2015 have had their homes broken into. Yet, only 51% of people have window locks, 49% have deadlocks on doors, and 34% an audible alarm system. The outtake is, with home security generally, Kiwis need to get serious.

1. Lock ‘em up!
It’s obvious but surprisingly easy to forget: always lock your doors and use good quality locks. Even tools and ladders should be locked away, because they can help burglars break in. Get in the habit of locking your car every time you get out of it, and even lock up your bike and other outdoor items when they’re in the garage. Remember not to leave your keys lying around in plain sight and keep house keys and car keys separate.

Check out the complete list at AA Insurance

Five Golden Rules for Investing in Property

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As the value in their family home increases over the years, many Kiwis consider actively using the equity in their home, and other resources, to finance the purchase of a rental property to provide income and capital growth. Here are my 5 Golden Rules for new would-be property investors.

Includes a free chapter from The Streetwise Home Buyer