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Bulls resident William Hartley will head to Auckland this weekend hoping to win the Mr Gay NZ competition.

Bulls man in Mr Gay competition

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

Sisters went for help video

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

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

Iwi working closer with schools

"The iwi wants to make sure we play our part in the success of our children. "

Humanise the homeless stuff nation

Excluding, banishing them or condemning the homeless is not a great road to recovery.

Pot holes on highway to be fixed

2:51 PM  Heat and traffic are responsible for the pot-holed State Highway 57 near Tokomaru.

Life on the road

Behind the festive lights and carnival rides lives a group of people trying to make a living.

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Police seek missing teen

Wellington Police are trying to locate missing teen Tumanako Tawhaki.

10 min ago  Wellington police say 17-year-old may have travelled to the Palmerston North area.

Rugby fanatics expected in Eketahuna

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

International student numbers tipped to grow

Medication errors increase at DHB

Sport

Heimgartner the form driver for Manfeild

Former Super Black Racing driver Andre Heimgartner has been setting the pace since his return to the New Zealand Touring Car Championship.

When the New Zealand Touring Car Championship hits Manfeild this weekend, the focus won't be on series leader Simon Evans, but former V8 Supercar driver Andre Heimgartner.

Cycle Challenge passing through

The Wellington to Auckland Cycle Challenge  is back in Manawatu next week.

The Wellington to Auckland Cycle Challenge is coming through Manawatu.

Two gun bowlers back in the fold

Two quality players return to the Manawatu men's team for the rep hexagonal tournament.

The return of two high quality players is the talking point of the Manawatu rep men's side.

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.

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.

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.

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