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Mothers gather at the Community Birth Services for the annual Big Latch On which is organised to promote breastfeeding. Amy Proctor feeds her daughter Athena Tanginoa 6mths at The Big Latch On.

Latching on for a long life gallery

Palmerston North Babies and their mothers littered the room with chatter, cooing and squeels but as 10.30am hit, it was all quiet for the Big Latch On. 

Kids escape daycare

Two children managed to escape from Palmerston North early childhood centre, The Cubby House, and cross the busy Pioneer Highway road.

Two children broke out of daycare and wandered across a four-lane road.

TPPA protests planned

Protests against the TPPA are planned for Palmerston North.

All police to carry Tasers

New Zealand police will now routinely carry Tasers, it has been announced.

Molotov man's appeal

He thought his sentencing judge burnt him by sending him to jail, but his appeal judge decided otherwise.

Armed police callout

A firearms incident sparks an Armed Offenders Squad callout in Dannevirke.

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Massey v UCOL in scrabble

Teams from Massey University and UCOL go head to head in a game of scrabble in te reo for Maori language week.  
Kim Alty from the Massey team places a word down.

Manawatu tertiary institutes faced off in a battle to see who reined supreme in a game of scrabble.

Bubbles, cake and quips - Ruth Crossley celebrates a century

Happy Birthday, copyright issues not withstanding, was the theme tune for Ruth Crossley's 100th birthday gathering in Orewa on Thursday.

Manuka a golden opportunity

City ready to lead growth


Will Cruden return with Turbos?

All Blacks playmaker Aaron Cruden could make his return with Manawatu.

With the NPC two weeks away from kickoff we take a look at some intriguing talking points.

Rally Wairarapa absorbs Daybreaker

Manawatu's Daybreaker Rally has been morphed into the Daybreaker Rally Wairarapa.

Outgoing Manawatu Cricket Association president David Townend, left, and the new man Murray Brown.

Frugal Manawatu cricket in surplus again

A tight financial rein has seen the Manawatu Cricket Association post its second successive surplus.


Racism in sport 'disgraceful'

26072015 News Photo:David Walker/Fairfax NZ. The Christchurch club rugby final was played at Malvern Park, between Lincoln University and Christchurch. Christchurch's Fijian winger Sake Aca (pictured) was the target of racial taunts during the weekend's game.

OPINION: The actions of the spectators who racially abused a Christchurch club rugby player to the point where he asked to be taken off the field were utterly disgraceful.

Laumape signing a cross-code coup

This Ngani Laumape saga has been a publicity coup for rugby.

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Language can equal understanding

OPINION: Learning and appreciating another culture's language is a pathway to greater understanding, awareness and empathy, writes Matthew Dallas


Film festival flies into Palmy

Activist Tame Iti is the focus of 'The Prince of Peace', a flim showing in Palmerston North as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival.

Martial arts, Mafioso comedy and a controversial New Zealand activist are all the subject of films soon to be screened in Palmerston North.

DC-3 comes in for landing

A project illustrating a slice of New Zealand aviation history has taken off.

Kapiti artist Anne Bellamy with one of her watercolours.

Art trail price hike slammed

Trail no democracy as art and crafters revolt.

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