Nelson's Benjamin Nylund, 11, competes in the 
North Island Chess Championships is held for the first time in Palmerston North at Palmerston North Boys' High School.

Chess has a language of its own

At the North Island Chess Champs, chess transcends age and language.

DHB budget blowout 

New MidCentral DHB chief executive Kathryn Cook at Palmerston North hospital.

Members express their disappointment that MidCentral DHB has blown its budget for another year.

Good Samaritan spared

Manawatu man avoids punishment for driving while disqualified because he was helping someone trapped by floodwaters.

Big freeze on way

North Island faces bitterly cold week, with temperatures close to zero and snow in places.

Driver crashed into home

A driver is being questioned after a crash through a power pole, a fence and into a house.

Police feel under-appreciated

About a quarter of Manawatu police feel "disengaged", after restructuring.

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Damp conditions after June's floods will be a real danger to children, an insulation expert says.

Holiday programme explores broadband

A group of Palmerston North children have learned how broadband internet gets to their doorstep in a holiday programme.

Poster wins international prize

Meth addict caught asleep


Whakapapa carefully scrutinised for today's Maori players

Otere Black of New Zealand celebrates their victory at the final whistle during the World Rugby U20 Championship final match between England and New Zealand in Cremona, Italy.

The New Zealand Rugby Union carefully checks players' whakapapa these days.

Turbos rugby squad takes shape

OPINION: Burly soldier Jaxon Tagavaitau is the latest signatory for the Turbos.

Palmerston North runner Ashleigh Gunn at the North Island Crosscountry Championships in Taupo where she won the girls' under 13 title.

She's a Gunn runner

OPINION: Ashleigh Gunn again tops the under-13 cross country age groups.


Shane and Big Ben shown the door

Ben Barrington and Krystal Stuart in week six of Dancing with the Stars.

REVIEW: Two of the big boys were expelled in DWTS double-elimination night.

The danger of altruistic punishment

From time to time you stumble upon a concept that so clarifies an aspect of the human condition that you can't help seeing it everywhere afterwards.

Picking winners isn't such a winner for Sunsuper

Reversal of orders unlikely

OPINION: A few hundred signatures may not be enough to reverse church's campus bans.


Popular kids show makes last appearance

Prince Seth and the Princess is back for the school holidays at Centrepoint Theatre. From left:  Helena Pawson, Jacob Wilson and Kristi Atkins.

The popular kids show Prince Seth and the Princess is back for a final school holiday performance.

Going with the flow

A childhood spent on the river fishing with his dad is starting to pay off for John Gummer as he gets ready to go to the World Youth Fly Fishing Championships.

Ben Barrington and Krystal Stuart in week six of Dancing with the Stars.

Shane and Big Ben shown the door

REVIEW: Two of the big boys were expelled in DWTS double-elimination night.

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