Massey veterinary student Samantha Wycherly performs a desexing operation in a field hospital in Tiavea, Samoa.

Students sort Samoan dogs

Massey University vet students help Samoan communities with dog control problems.

Deaths from poison

Bird poison is believed to be a factor in cat deaths in Whanganui.

9:40 AM  Bird poison believed to be a factor in animal deaths in Whanganui.

Induced coma after serious assault

Man put into induced coma after assault in Palmerston North.

River stopbanks "compromised"

Ground conditions have prevented full repairs along the Manawatu River leaving some areas compromised.

Target for visitors

Would you visit Palmerston North from Nelson?

Fire detected by neighbours

Fire started by pyrophoric action a close call in Whanganui.

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Shunt a uni project-turned-business success

Nathan Hutchinson, left, teamed up with his former boss Bryce Moller to turn his university project into a successful business.

8:56 AM  Courier services company Shunt started as a university project but is turning out to be a fast-growing success.

Man taken to hospital after blood pressure test

One person was taken to hospital after a free blood pressure check.

Brass calling for bras for Vanuatu

Book sale to fund literacy projects


Leota got his World Cup break

Harumichi Tatekawa of Japan is tackled by Johnny Leota of Samoa during the  Rugby World Cup Pool B match  on Sunday.

Manawatu's Johnny Leota gets his Rugby World Cup break at last.

Canterbury siblings win first Daybreaker Rally Wairarapa

Rangiora brother and sister Matt and Nicole Summerfield en route to winning the Daybreaker Rally Wairarapa on Saturday.

Canterbury's Matt and Nicole Summerfield were the victors in the first combined Daybreaker Rally Wairarapa.

Same old refrain for beaten Turbos

Hika Elliot (Taranaki hooker) with ball on attack against Manawatu.

It was the same old story for the Manawatu coaches after drubbing from Taranaki.

Turbos must front up at Wellington

Manawatu wing  Nathan Tudreu on attack late in the game against Taranaki

Manawatu's thumping by Taranaki exposed too many of the Turbos' deficiencies, again.

Wellington tops at Showhunter

National Pony Club Teams Show Hunter Champs at Foxton Racecourse. Manawatu rider Caitlin Bills competes.

Wellington Gold come out on top at National Pony Club Teams Showhunter equestrian event at Foxton


NZ roads perfect for reality TV

Mount a camera on the dash and watch the drama unfold.

Speeding New Zealand drivers would make great reality TV, except, perhaps, for the carnage they regularly produce.

Fair suck of the sav Aussies

Australia is keeping many New Zealanders (by name only) in detention centres.

OPINION: Mean. Hostile. Unforgiving. Harsh. A breach of the most basic of human rights. But legal all at the same time.

Editorial: More care needed with the grieving

Vincent Drummond-Paulo's headstone in the Kelvin Grove Cemetery offending the family of a person buried nearby is regrettable on so many accounts.

There are fewer things more sensitive in our society than issues raised when dealing with grief and the dead.

Australia needs to be embarrassed

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OPINION: The average Australian probably doesn't mind too much that scores of New Zealanders are in detention centres awaiting possible deportation.

Rugby's balance is an alarming shift

Wellington Hurricanes Christian Cullen evades the tackle of Auckland Blues Richard Fromont during their inagural Super 12 match played at the Palmerston North Showgrounds in 1996.

OPINION: There is an increasing danger of rugby being centred on a few major unions.


Benny Tipene takes to Europe

Benny Tipene in Greece, one of his stop-offs on his European trip.

Benny Tipene set off on a European tour lately and Carly Thomas caught up with him for a bit of a chat.

Dogs can leave others needing stitches

Dog on lead.

I never thought I would get older but it seems to creep up on you. Some may remember Sunday family picnics or Dad taking you fishing but these seem to be unfortunately forgotten as life is very busy and many people work on Sundays. And that includes us here at the hospital.

Yarn bombers strike again

A member of Wooly Riot at work on the boulders at the Napier Rd entrance to the city.

Palmerston North's Woolly Riot have been bombing the city again...with wool.

Earthy inspirations in art

A series of new mixed media works, 'Bonanza', by Cam Munroe at Zimmerman Art Gallery.

Bonanza is the Zimmerman Contemporary Art Gallery's latest exhibition from Cam Munroe.

Exhibition spins a colourful yarn

Maureen Anderson, president of the Spinners and Weavers Guild, ahead of the annual exhibition at Taylor Jensen Fine Arts Gallery.

A Palmerston North exhibition puts some creative and colourful wares on show.

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