Rhiana Bragg-Meyers, 14, and Jamie Wheeler, 14, were involved in a community-minded birthday scavenger hunt in Feilding.

Teen's unusual birthday video

It wasn't a party, cake and presents. But getting out and helping others showed these teenagers "more of what's out there".

Pensioners cut off

Levin resident Trixie Cottingham, 96, complained after MidCentral proposed cutting her home help.

DHB cuts cleaning services provided to arthritis-stricken women.

Two people injured in crash

Car crashes are keeping Manawatu emergency services busy.

Minimart robbed

A hammer and machete were used to demand cash at a minimart.

Suspicious car fire in Rongotea

Police are investigating a suspicious fire after a car left in a ditch was set alight.

Dux overcomes barriers

A Palmerston North high school has had its first ever international dux.

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News

A big heart and a lifetime of art gallery

Retired artist and teacher Bruce Rennie at his home in Marton.

Head of art at Rangitikei College for 35 years, Bruce Rennie was a flamboyant anomaly for his time.

Opening the doors to Palmerston North's library

Palmerston North's Library of the Future will be easier to access.

Council housing waiting lists swell

Attack dog could be saved

Sport

Big wins for hoops juniors

Callum McRae starred in the Junior Tall Blacks' win over Guam at the Oceania under-18 basketball championships in Suva.

Easy wins for NZ's junior men's and women's basketball teams at the Oceania under-18 championships.

No Bull, this is the big time

Harry Bull works Benzini at the iconic Sha Tin racecourse earlier this week.

The Bull family from Hunterville set to take on the worlds best horses in Hong Kong.

Old Boys' appeal turned down

The result of the game between Marist and Old Boys last weekend will stand.

The result of the game between Marist and Old Boys last weekend will stand.

Kiwi cyclists on top in Melbourne

Dylan Kennett won gold in the 4000m individual pursuit at the Oceania track cycling championships in Melbourne on ...

Kiwis rack up five golds and 16 podiums on an outstanding day at the UCI Oceania Track Cycling Championships.

Ryder returns for CD

Jesse Ryder returns for the Central Stags this weekend.

The Central Stags welcomed back their power hitter for Knights clash.

opinion

Why having a Xmas birthday sucks

What can be done to make birthdays on Christmas Day happy?

Who would want to combine two of the best days of the year into one?

Key cared about his country's success

John Key cared about the success of the country he led, writes Liam Hehir.

OPINION: John Key has never shown any great desire to change who New Zealanders are.

Banning seclusion rooms looks too simplistic

Should seclusion rooms be banned?

OPINION: Education Minister Hekia Parata, who plans to outlaw seclusion rooms, says she understands managing challenging behaviour can be very difficult.

I've had my share of bullet holes

Maybe Paul Merton could explain to Capital Connection commuters how to go to the toilet standing up?

Opinion: Newspaper drama thrills; train documentary not so much.

Ghosts of 1993 wiped in memorable test win

Tim Southee congratulates Tom Latham on his catch to wrap up the match and lay to rest the ghosts of 1993.

Opinion: The Black Caps turn the tables on old foe Pakistan.

Lifestyle

A big heart and a lifetime of art gallery

Retired artist and teacher Bruce Rennie at his home in Marton.

Head of art at Rangitikei College for 35 years, Bruce Rennie was a flamboyant anomaly for his time.

Ooch, ouch

A cattery can look after cats while people go away on holiday.

OPINION: There's something about a cat or a dog sitting outside the ranch slider or door in the evening waiting patiently to be let in.

New Blood stars start at the bottom

There's plenty of blood in New Blood.

OPINION: New Blood (UKTV Wednesdays) is about new blood and there's plenty of it.

Rodger Fox to strike up the Christmas band

The Rodger Fox Big Band and guests are coming to the pre-Christmas party in The Square.

The Rodger Fox Big Band is to headline the Christmas in The Square entertainment

Sandwich and salad bar on its way

There were queues around the block for a free meal day during the opening week of the Hamilton Habitual Fix store in August.

Hopes that new sandwich and salad bar will be habit forming in Palmerston North.

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