Kevin Halsall with his 2015 Innovate trophy and award-winning wheelchair.

Wheelchair design a winner

An Otaki man has won an innovation contest by designing a life-changing wheelchair.

Store offers fresh start

Karen McIntyre, Ruby Hutton 4, and Page Hopcroft grabbed some bargains at the opening of Women's Refuge's Kowhai Tree.

The ribbon's cut and shopping begins at Women's Refuge's Kowhai Tree community store.

Long road for refugees

Nanda Pradhan lived in a refugee camp for 22 years before arriving in New Zealand.

National gets third-termitis

OPINION: John Key warned Cabinet not to be arrogant and contract the dreaded disease.

Two motorists attacked

Three men attacked one motorist, who had a flat tyre, then attacked another who stopped to help.

Unemployment rate 'unacceptable'

Politicians agree the unemployment rate in Manawatu/Whanganui is unacceptably high.

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Dancesport fun for all ages

Kirsty Hamilton and Brian Fitzgerald at Dancesport Spectacular.

A competition drew more than 400 dancers to Arena Manawatu in Palmerston North.

Manawatu / Whanganui among best builders

Builders from around the region are in line for top honours in the building industry.

New ultrasound for Horowhenua

The Koha Shed goes national


Capital men too strong for Central

Capital's Anita Punt make a run through the Central defence during the opening round of the National Hockey League at Palmerston North on Saturday.

The Capital Cobras men started the National Hockey League with a 5-0 win over the Central Mavericks.

Turbos' booster would be a win

Manawatu player Hamiora Thomas  during their NPC game against the Tasman Makos at  Blenheim.

Manawatu's Turbos were always going to have a rugged first half of the NPC season.

Masirewa on top on attack

Manawatu player Semisi Masirwa during their ITM Cup game against the Tasman Makos at Blenheim.

Fijian wing Semisi Masirewa hot on attack despite Turbos battling to win their first match.

Turbos get game time in Hawke's Bay

Sam Malcolm playing for the Manawatu Turbos in their pre-season rugby game against Tasman Makos.

A group of Turbos squad members drop down to the Manawatu Development XV on Saturday.

Makos make Turbos pay for errors at Blenheim

Tasman Makos flanker Peter Samu on his way to scoring a try midway through the second half during the win over the Manawatu Turbos.

Manawatu sank to their third loss in three outings in 41-21 loss to Tasman in NPC rugby clash at Blenheim.


Saying sorry has complications

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OPINION: Crown might not be forthcoming with an official apology for historic abuse cases.

Inquiry a welcome barometer

Wellington lawyer Lecretia Seales died from cancer, shortly after hearing that a High Court bid to allow her doctor to help her die without criminal prosecution had failed.

OPINION: Terms of reference for a parliamentary inquiry into euthanasia conveys robust intent.

Shifting the goal posts

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OPINION: By sticking to their principles the Greens have come across as the bad guys over booze.

Concern over possible closure

Police were led on a major chase over the weekend from Cromwell and ending in Tekapo.

OPINION: The possibility of closing down small police stations has been talked about for many years but has yet to become a reality in Manawatu.

Easter trading change overdue

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The Warehouse.

The Government has announced plans to change Easter Trading laws to allow local authorities to decide if and when retail stores can be open on Easter Sunday


Earthy Australian drama jerks the tears

Michael Caton plays a crusty, sick loner in Last Cab to Darwin.

REVIEW: Last Cab to Darwin touches on Australians' base culture, at length.

Walsh hangs up the keys on Palmerston North venues

David Walsh is retiring after almost 40 years managing public entertainment venues in Palmerston North

Manager of Palmerston North venues hands over the keys to facilities with a plan.

When cats and dogs get itchy

Billy T Cat enjoys the simple pleasures in life: good food, good drink and great company, all the time.

Allergies have been the theme for this week’s patients, which is quite unusual for this time of year.

Shakespeare en pointe

Choreographer Liam Scarlett used the dancers personalities as a basis for building their on stage characters. Dancers in the background: Kohei Iwamoto as Puck, MacLean Hopper as Oberon and Tonia Looker as Titania.

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is touring its brand new production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Popular rural day set for a big year

: It is almost the time for the Hunterville Huntaway Festival again and registrations are now open.

The Hunterville Huntaway Festival will see thousands flock to the rural town.

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