One of the young kiwi being cared for at Wildbase.

Seven kiwi hospitalised in January

Seven kiwi were hospitalised last month, including one run over by a car.

Five arrests in Taihape

Five people have been arrested in Taihape after police searches uncovered guns and drugs.

Five arrested in Taihape during searches involving the armed offenders squad.

Library views sought

Palmerston North Library is in line for $4.5 million worth of improvements.

Prawns put man in the can

Stealing a bag of prawns came with a very serious price tag for this Manawatu man.

Aquatic Centre work to proceed

The Levin Aquatic Centre $1.6m redevelopment will get under way this year.

'No excuse for begging in NZ' stuff nation

I get by and so do thousands of other people.

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Rugby fanatics expected in Eketahuna

Hurricane supporters Aimee Atkin, left, and Ella Shannon at last year's preseason match in Shannon.

Thousands are expected to converge on Eketahuna this weekend for the annual rugby game.

Bulls man in Mr Gay competition

A 19-year-old Bulls man is competing for the title of Mr Gay New Zealand.

International student numbers tipped to grow

Medication errors increase at DHB

Sport

Big names picked, big crowd needed

Nehe Milner-Skudder will get an opportunity to lock down the Hurricanes' fullback jersey when they take on the Blues in Eketahuna this weekend after spending much of last year on the wing.

The Hurricanes and the Blues have most of their top players on deck for this weekend's pre-season clash in Eketahuna, now it is up to the fans to get along to the ground to support them.

Manawatu touch teams chase national glory

Manawatu under-15 boys co-captains Tom Kirk and Potene Rolls Paewai, under-17 boys co-captain Zavier Pirirni, under-17 girls captain Mia Waiariki, under-17 boys co-captain Jahlon Governor and under-15 girls co-captains Selena Williams-Paap and Payton Whenuaroa.

Touch runs in the Whenuaroa family, so it is no surprise three of them will play key roles in the Age Grade Touch Nationals in Christchurch this weekend.

Teams Champs getting bigger and better

Team Champs promoter Bruce Robertson.

More seating may be required for the ever-popular Teams Champs next year.

Norris won't play it safe

England's Lando Norris has taken pole positions seven out of eight times in the TRS this year.

Lando Norris is in the box-seat for his first Toyota Racing Series victory.

Fulton following in the footsteps

Manawatu veteran Dave Fulton's son Brad, left, will debut for Manawatu against Horowhenua-Kapiti at Fitzherbert Park this weekend.

Manawatu stalwart Dave Fulton's son Brad will debut for the rep team this weekend.

opinion

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.

Zika virus: Don't panic

Researchers are working on a vaccine to the mosquito-bourne virus Zika, and in due course, will come up with one, Gwynne Dyer writes.

OPINION: Zika, the mosquito-borne virus spreading through the Americas is just the latest new disease to spread panic around the world.

Lifestyle

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.

Recycling fundraiser

From left, pilot officer and Feilding's Air Training Corps 32 Squadron's unit commander Mark Borlase, trainees Tayla Murray-Woon, 13, Katie Robinson, 15, and flight lieutenant and Squadron training officer Sheree Power, holding some of the e-waste that can be donated.

Feilding's Air Training Corp supports Feilding Health Care through collecting and recycling e-waste.

Something different for Valentines Day

The Paint Attic's Frances Hey, left, with co-organiser of the Rotary of Takaro Girls' Shed tour Marilyn O'Halloran.

The Rotary Club of Takaro has planned a Girls' Sheds tour, showcasing Manawatu's feminine creativity and talent.

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