Bedridden since October last year Joshua O'Connell, 13, has shown real grit in undergoing four surgeries.

Teen robbed of summer holiday

What appeared to be a minor fall revealed an autistic Manawatu teen had septic arthritis.

Young mum dies

It is understood Emily Hurley, 20, was the driver of a car carrying three others, including her partner, when it collided head-on with another car.

Tributes have started to flow for a young mum who lost her life in an early morning crash near Whanganui.

Abduction case car appeal

Police appeal for sightings of late model Nissan Maxima after girl abducted in Palmerston North on Friday.

Railway land plan opposed

High ropes challenge and adventure course proposed for reserve land space.

Thousands gather for firework show

Thousands gathered for the annual Manfeild fireworks show which lit up the Feilding night sky on Friday.

Sisters went for help video

Alleged abduction witnesses screamed as loud as possible when their sister was taken.

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'They've taken my sister' video

Shekinah Relies-Skipper was pulled into a car in Burns Ave, Palmerston North, on Friday morning.

Families in fear after 5-year-old abducted as she walked to school.

Proliant expected to bolster Manawatu economy

Proliant's new cattle blood plasma manufacturing plant in Feilding is expected to be a huge boost to the Manawatu economy.

Youth MP to represent city

Action plan from mayor

Sport

Habsburg takes race one

Ferdinand Habsburg in car No 62 overtakes Lando Norris (31) after the second safety car at the New Zealand Grand Prix in Manfeild on Saturday.

Habsburg wins New Zealand Grand Prix opener while Norris increases lead in series.

One survivor from Hinds' final

Central Hinds captain Kate Broadmore is the only survivor from the last time the Central Districts women were in a national final. They play Canterbury at Rangiora on Sunday.

The Central Hinds of today are vastly different from the last team that was in a final.

Manfeild's final bend the key video

Nick Cassidy has had plenty of success at Manfeild including three New Zealand Grand Prix titles.

A former three-time New Zealand Grand Prix winner believes the final corner at Manfield will be the most important for this year's competitors to get right if they are to win the 2016-edition of the race.

Cassidy has no plans to slow down

Nick Cassidy is hoping to build on his 2015 success as he steps up to the Japanese Super GT series this year.

Nick Cassidy is preparing himself for what could be his biggest year of racing yet.

Suspension dashes Webb's Manfeild hopes

James Webb will have to sit out this weekend's Formula Ford round after picking up a suspension for technical infringements.

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opinion

Pop needs a little crackle

Beyonce performs at halftime in Super Bowl 50.

OPINION: Pop stars getting political is about damn time.

North Korea's detterent

North Korea has launched a ballistic missile of intercontinental range on Sunday (saying it was just putting up a satellite) only weeks after it carried out its fourth nuclear weapons test.

OPINION: Here we go again. North Korea launched a ballistic missile of intercontinental range on Sunday (saying it was just putting up a satellite) only weeks after it carried out its fourth nuclear weapons test (which it claimed was a hydrogen bomb).

Higgins' philanthropy likely to be business as usual

Higgins will still be supporters in Manawatu despite sale to Fletcher.

OPINION: The Higgins company is not leaving town, despite the green light for the sale to Fletcher Building last week.

OPINION: Begging change adds to the ugliness

Beggars may soon be able to be removed from city streets under proposed changes to the Nuisance Bylaw.

OPINION: Palmerston North beggars may soon run the risk of getting removed from their footpath possies if the city council follows through on plans to change the nuisance bylaw.

Crying wolf with TPP conspiracy theories

Thousands of people gathered in Auckland's CBD to protest against the signing of the TPP at Sky City.

OPINION: Aesop told of a shepherd boy who thought it would be funny to scare the villagers by crying out that a wolf was attacking his flock.

Lifestyle

Quilt all about love

The musical play Quilt is on until February 25.

REVIEW: Most memorials are cold, made of metal or stone. But a quilt is warm and enfolding, like love.

The changing facades of Waldegrave

No.54 Waldegrave St, built around 1910, and demolished in 1980.

Waldegrave Street saw many changes through the years, writes Tina White.

A tapestry of a show

Ethan Maxwell is enjoying his role in Quilt.

Quilt: A Musical Celebration tackles personal stories surrounding AIDS. Carly Thomas went along to rehearsal and found humour amongst the heavy subject.

A life on paper

James Robinson is an artist interested in the psychology  of his practice.

Artist James Robinson opens the floor with the first exhibition of the year at the Zimmerman Contemporary Art Gallery.

Old hall has passionate backing

Passionate members of the Awahuri Hall Committee, from left, Karen Calder, Carl Healey, Kerry Dodunski and Lee Healey. They hope to rejuvinate the hall in order to keep it as a community asset.

Awahuri Hall has a passionate backing from folks fighting for its future.

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