Going underground the DIY way

'Funeral whisperer' aims to cut costs

Funerals can be enormously costly, but one woman is on a crusade to change that.
Gail McJorrow

Pedestrian killed by car

Police A woman has died after being struck by a car in central Wellington early this morning.

The truth behind Collins' demise

Judith Collins resigned over a smear campaign apparently backed by Mark Hotchin.

Blaze rips through hotel

11 fire trucks called to battle fire

The ground floor of a hotel in Lower Hutt has been badly damaged by fire this morning.

Winter bids a wet farewell for some

19 min ago It is the last day of winter and the coldest season is going out with a dousing of rain for the north.

Bystander lies beside dying man

A Dannevirke resident lay beside a seriously-injured motorcyclist after he crashed his bike overnight.

Usar team impresses mentors

usar The Urban Search and Rescue Team has been given the thumbs up from its Australian mentors.

Fares flying too high?

The cost of flying in and out of Palmerston North Airport has long been a cause of contention.

New editor brings passion, flair

Going underground the DIY way


Gold for Daffodil Day

Yellow flowers have adorned shirts and street corners around Palmerston North in support of Daffodil Day.

Boys' High looking for good showing

The Palmerston North Boys' High School first XI hockey team takes on the top 16 schools in the country next week.

Mysticks draft England's Herbert

The Central Mysticks have added experienced England international Rebecca Herbert to the squad.

Hammington itching to prove

Coach switches up Turbos

Otere Black

Turbos charge through for win

Turbos first five-eighth Otere Black might have really come of age in Manawatu's bounce-back 27-21 win.

Cutting business failure

 Al Brown, Kate Sylvester, Dion Nash and Geoff Ross Successful entrepreneurs are stepping in to help small business owners who lack practical skills.

Banks win the KiwiSaver war

Banks have dominated the flows in by using their relationships with their banking customers.

New lender to tackle banks

The power of the brand

Mark Hotchin outside court

All the financier's men

Emails show surreptitious and aggressive PR tactics revealed in Dirty Politics were reflected in the business world.

Maori candidates show respect

Maori Party logo Imagine a TV political debate where afterwards the candidates publicly congratulate each other on their performance.

No more Mr Nice Guy

John Key won't last forever. At his best he was unbeatable. But time marches on.

TV battle fought on wrong front

Zebra crossings a leap of faith


Haka is all the fireworks we need

Temporary suspension of fireworks displays from prematch celebrations at All Blacks tests smart move by NZRU.

The Phantom is here

Phantom strap The truth needs to be told, speculation laid to rest. The Phantom of the Opera is here.

Vintage reads: The Name of the Rose

Kylie Thomson of Hamilton City Libraries finds a great novel from not that long ago.

Finding a lost continent

Ripe for the eating

Uke strap

All roads lead to uke fest

Jennifer Moss is bringing a festival to Palmerston North that will get people up singing and dancing.

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