Hearty thanks for saviours

'I was just away with the fairies.'

Eileen Ormrod was worried about her new bra while a having heart attack that she thought was food poisoning.

Bungled robbery attempt

Teen's attempt at robbing a Bulls petrol station notable for its naivety and lack of planning, lawyer says.

Plans for rates rises

Horowhenua District Council plans to hike rates up to 8 per cent for next three years and sell $5m in assets to try to balance books.

Dinner dearer than presents

Looks like it might be coleslaw and sizzlers for Christmas dinner this year.

Right-turn riles residents

Planned right-turn bay on Victoria Ave at Park Rd is riling the neighbours.

Fines for spray drift

Horizons Regional Council fines contractor and landowner in Glen Oroua after chemicals sprayed on field drifted over neighbouring property.

Assault during burglary

Police are searching for a crooked-toothed crook who assaulted a woman during a burglary at a rural Manawatu house.

Secrecy attempt 'insulting' says judge

Name-suppression application by man accused of serious assault "insulting" to region's people, a judge says.

Rail campaign advances

$80k grant saves cinema

Xmas mail increasing yearly

Manawatu mail centre is seeing yearly December increases, processing 1.8M items in this month's first 15 days.

How trading fours for family

Former Central Districts captain Jamie How found a marketing job offer too good to turn down.

Squash champ Mochan dies

Don Mochan was one of the string of famous New Zealand squash players who came out of Manawatu.

Jamie How announces retirement

World titles good for health, naturally

Young 'royal' in race for Manfeild crown

Imperial Prince Ferdinand Habsburg will be behind the wheel of one of the new Formula Toyota cars in the New Zealand Grand Prix at Manfeild on February 15.

UK pension ‘press-gang’ warning

Financial Markets Authority is monitoring potentially misleading advertising about British pension scheme funds.

Trans-Tasman cable welcomed

Vodafone held talks with Hawaiki Cable about its new Pacific communications cable, CEO says.

Conman's rise and fall

Arvida slips after debut

NZ GDP rises 1 per cent

Economy gets a boost for the third quarter, but growth for the year is not spectacular.

Cruel lesson in nature strikes close to home

We had a sharp reminder last week of how merciless nature can be.

Cafe siege brings terror threat closer

In the aftermath of the deadly terror that struck at the heart of Sydney, only the naive would deny the possibility of terrorism touching our own faraway shore.

Kiwi jailed in Bali deserves sympathy

Stats support health advocate's view

Booze branding ban needs better assessment

If the brains trust on alcohol abuse think axing booze advertising will have a positive impact on young people's habits, then get to it - but don't single out sports sponsorship.

Square resounds to skirl of the pipes

Competitors in the 35th Jenny Mair Square Day donned their kilts and took up their pipes.

A charnel house for children

David Nott has operated in the most dangerous conflicts in the world. Never before has he seen such slaughter of the young as in Syria.

Driftwood and rocks inspire sculptor's art

Theatre for our short attention spans

Glamour goes against the grain

Curator Claire Regnault has contributed to the largest exhibition to date at City Gallery Wellington, bringing her love of vintage couture and costuming to the fore.

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