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The Impact of not Having a Will Created (TV3, 3rd Degree)

Last night TV3’s 3rd Degree programme shared that 70% of New Zealanders aged between 24-44 years do not have a will prepared. Reporter Amanda Gillies talks to brothers George and Richard Ngatai who share they have been fighting for 25 years over family land and how a will could have solved all their issues. Founder Mai Chen describes her vision and inspiration for

View the full story from TV3’s 3rd Degree here….

Valerie Adams Ticks off her Bucket List with Glasgow Commonwealth Games

The 2014 Commonwealth Games are about to kick off in Glasgow  and double Olympic and Commonwealth Games shot put champion Val Adams is proud to be leading the NZ team at the opening ceremony.

Being a proud kiwi to be part of the NZ Commonwealth team of amazing athletes is important to her and something she can tick off her bucket list.

Read the full article by Nathan Burdon here…

Life lessons from Kierkegaard – The School of Life (by Robert Ferguson)

life lessons from Kierkegaard by Robert Ferguson-book coverInspirational life lessons not to be missed by  Soren Kierkegaard, a Danish philosopher who is considered one of life’s Great Thinkers, brought to you by novelist Robert Ferguson.

The book describes how your life can be improved and details the importance of being awake and living life….a must read!

Be brave and live your bucket list!

Founder Mai Chen is inspired by Prime Minister Rt Hon. John Key after reading his biography.

He could have continued trading making millions but he decided to sacrifice this and serve the country and people of NZ.

Read her full article here in the NZ Herald…

Founder Mai Chen’s Bucket list Trip to UK- July 2014

Mai Chen in the pit at GLobe TheatreIn the pit at the Globe Theatre during the intermission 2/3rds of the way through Julius Caeser.

It finally stopped raining so at least those standing are not wet. We wisely booked seats for the show.









Mai Chen and John Sinclair Hampton CourtWe had a lovely day at Hampton court. Just as good as the Tower of London and much better gardens and the biggest grapevine in the world.

King Henry only went nasty after he turned 40.









Mai chen at trinity college 2Inside the long hall of ancient books and manuscripts at trinity college where we saw the book of Kells one of the oldest handwritten illuminated manuscripts and made me think about all the trouble to hand write on cow hide when these days we have the internet and what this means for the free flow of ideas.









Charles Dickens Bleak House bookSeen at Charles Dickens Museum in London.

Image is of his book ‘Bleak House’.









Copenhagen- Mai's tripI am loving Copenhagen! It’s like at Petersberg and Paris and Florence all mixed together with warm weather and no wind.

Only drawback is that their favourite food is a sandwich!

First potatoes and now bread!






Fredericksburg castleAlmost the end of the UK trip, we ended up walking around for 9 hours today!

Have visited another castle- Fredericksburg.

Probably the most amazing as it houses a museum on Danish history.

Legal Eagle Mai Chen’s New Path

Mai Chen, Founder of My-Bucketlist tells NZ Women’s Weekly Wendyl Nissen about a client’s situation that changed her life and inspired her to set up My-Bucketlist. Through My-Bucketlist she hopes to encourage all New Zealanders to get the most of their life through living a fulfilling bucket list and to ensure they are prepared for death by having a will created.

Read the full story from the NZ Women’s Weekly by Wendyl Nissen here…. 

(note: Will to Live has now been rebranded to My-Bucketlist)

The Bucket List (2007)

‘The Bucket List’ is a comedy/ drama movie starring Jack Nicholson (Edward) and Morgan Freeman (Carter) who play two old men suffering from cancer. They both share a room in the hospital and decide it is Time to Start Living. Edward is extremely wealthy and embraces his ability to shout Carter a round the world trip in his private jetplane where they travel to see various wonders of the world.

Directed by Rob Reiner and written by Justin Zackham.

Watch the trailer and read more about the movie here….

Dead man’s mother and partner in tug of war

Scott Hillman was making plans for the future with his partner Crystal Costello when an illness struck him suddenly and he passed away at the young age of 26 years.

At that time, the couple had adopted a dog, bought an investment property together, and taken out corresponding $300,000 life insurance policies that could cover their mortgage.

However, Scott never had a will in place, and the High Court in Wellington heard that now Costello and Scott’s mother cannot reach an agreement on the property that would have been his had he lived.

Read the full article from the Dominion Post here…

DIY funerals on the radar

Few people want to think about or plan a funeral so are totally unprepared when a death suddenly happens. Two men have decided to spread the acceptance of DIY funerals and have put together some advice on how to go about it.

Read the full article from the Sunday Star Times here…

The last fond farewell

Giving your pet a funeral is popular but Kiwi pet owners are spending big dollars to farewell their cherished companions.

Read the full article from The NZ Herald here…