Helping after the cyclone

The Vanuatu village where Emma Hyde spent her school holidays volunteering was crowded with barefoot children.
Emma Hyde

Smokefree ward risk

smoke Recovery of mental health patients could be jeopardised if ward made completely smokefree as planned.

Culture of under-reporting denied

Claims of culture of under-reporting aviation incidents such as near misses in New Zealand denied.

Jogger beaten for phone

Man out for an afternoon run came home with a bruised, swollen face and stitches.

Dead driver named

An teenage driver killed in a head-on crash in Tararua has been named.

Rules change worry for collectors

Motoring enthusiasts concerned about new restrictions on derelict vehicles on private properties.

Sharp population rise

Queue The Manawatu region has seen a sharp increase in population gain in the past 12 months.

Te reo like 'music in my ears'

Maori Language Week encourages the use of more Maori phrases in everyday life

Vehicle artist joins torso cast project

Evolving from her chrysalis

BIRTHDAY WISH: Lucy-Boo Pearn donated all of her birthday presents to the children's ward at the Palmerston North Hospital.

Birthday girl donates presents

It's not often a birthday girl's wish is to not get any presents.

Coloured revolution at Manawatu

Resort courses aside, the board of the Manawatu Golf Club consider themselves revolutionaries.

Development XV back in harness

The champion College Old Boys team provides 10 of the players named in the Manawatu development squad.

Young athletes burn up European tracks

Defending champions handed first loss


New line-up for Cyclones

Star players not available this year because of international commitments.

Bank turns sights to kiwi

Reserve Bank of New Zealand dollar notes The Reserve Bank is putting its interest rate shotgun away, probably till the end of the year.

Consumers under the pump

Petrol prices could hit an all-time high if the New Zealand dollar continues its tumble, motorists have been warned.

When floating ends in sinking

Dick Smith backs campaign

Stock market NZX

What you need to know: Friday

Scales Corp lists on the NZX today, Xero shares are up $1 and a terrorist group is making trains run on time.

No exemptions in smokefree mandate

cigarette On first impression, moves to ban smoking from its last bastion at Palmerston North Hospital seem a bit pedantic.

Fighting a losing battle with the bottle

Police and MidCentral DHB take their fight against harmful effects of alcohol to the shop floor.

New ways of squeezing lemon

Dotcom should drop 'bombshell' now

Valerie Adams in the Commonwealth Games

Well done for playing the game

The Commonwealth Games seem to be lower key than they were in the past.

Dazzled by Disney

Disney on Ice Some of Disney's best-known characters strap on their ice-skates and head to a venue near you.

Sharing their love of art

Art for all is what the organisers of the Manawatu Art Expo hope to achieve.

Doors opening for creative student

Flashback: Lorraine Downes crowned

Max Currie

The little film that could

One of the main actors in Max Currie's film Everything We Loved was paid in Lego, on a star-chart basis.

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