Bump in the night

They try to explain the unexplainable - but don't call them ghostbusters.

Overtones call for choral voices

Female barbershop chorus the Manawatu Overtones are singing out for more birds to join their flock.

Movie review: Into the Woods


Carla Amos reviews 'Into the Woods', starring Meryl Streep.

What he does with the shadows

Australian Raymond Crowe has adults and children spellbound by his shadow puppet show.

Birdman and American Sniper

BirdmanĀ (4 Stars)

Revving up old the Singer

Reporter Thomas Heaton meets up with quilting expert Ron Te Kawa.

Film review: Taken 3; Exodus: Gods and Kings; Paddington

The perfect weekend movie combo - kidnapping, gunplay, gods, kings and, of course, marmalade.

Country comes to town

Suited and gumbooted: it's showtime

A&P shows are massive events for a simple reason - there's something for everyone, and even more if you love a good tractor.

Fiery festival hits Hunterville

As society becomes more and more reliant on social networking, as lives become busier and people become increasingly distanced from others, the concept of Kiwiburn as an event begins to seem less New Age and airy fairy and more pressingly relevant and necessary. When people get to the gate of the Kiwiburn site in Hunterville many say it's like coming home, like a letting out of breath.

Flatout fantastic with meatballs

Lamb meatballs in flatbread make for a fine barbie feast.

Time for a mixtape revival?

Here's why we should still be in love with the mixtape.

Concert fans get free run

Access Manawatu Sounds of Summer's annual series of free concerts at Victoria Esplanade begins this weekend.

The Fishmonger

The Fishmonger is an excerpt from Arnold and Joe, a novel Luke Elworthy wrote as part of his MA in Creative Writing at Victoria University's Institute of Modern Letters

I Hope You Have a Wonderful Day

NZ Summer Fiction Beth Rust

Beth Rust won the 2014 BNZ Novice Writer Award with this short story.

Summer Fiction: The Two Aunties

This is an extract from he Two Aunties. Rupa Maitra wrote the short story while studying for her MA at Victoria University's Institute of Modern Letters.

Cold hearts, cool change

Summer Essay illustration

Getting dumped is bad enough without being stuck within the confines of a small car with the sounds of Little River Band's Cool Change blaring from the radio.

From exploding barrel to tasty brew

One of New Zealand's most sought -after beers started life as a university experiment.

My Hero: Margaret Mahy

When I first read The Changeover I understood that, in Margaret Mahy, I'd met a writer who was for me.

Stepping into the past

Walking back through the troubled past of the Kimberley Centre, once a home for intellectually disabled people.

Alive and pumping

Creativity runs through the Manawatu

It's been a busy year on the arts front.

Water Diviner reflective, melodramatic

The Water Diviner reproduces on screen a grieving father's efforts to reunite his family during WWI.

Summer essay: The Diving Board

Luke Elworthy wrote The Diving Board as part of his MA in Creative Writing at Victoria University's Institute of Modern Letters.

Odd man out in nursing hostel

Alistair Hughes learned his place after living for a year on the female floor of a nursing hostel.

A magical Christmas display

History of Santa's Cave

Ellen Doddrell looked up, startled, as her husband Elworthy bounded into the house.

Film Review: The Hobbit

REVIEW: Martin Freeman plays Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

Marking a milestone in heels

Anyone who frequents the Palmerston North theatre circuit will know Mark Kilsby. He is a much-loved fixture of the local drama scene.

Square resounds to skirl of the pipes

Competitors in the 35th Jenny Mair Square Day donned their kilts and took up their pipes.

A charnel house for children

David Nott has operated in the most dangerous conflicts in the world. Never before has he seen such slaughter of the young as in Syria.

Driftwood and rocks inspire sculptor's art

Bronze, wood, ceramics and forged steel. This eclectic mix of materials forms the basis of sculptor Sebastien Jaunas' first Palmerston North exhibition.

Theatre for our short attention spans

It's theatre for people with a short attention span - four actors, six quick-fire, 10-minute plays, all written by Palmerston North's very own award-winning playwright Angie Farrow.

Glamour goes against the grain

Curator Claire Regnault has contributed to the largest exhibition to date at City Gallery Wellington, bringing her love of vintage couture and costuming to the fore.

A rose by any other name

Flower homage to quake

Memorial red rose has won the New Zealand Rose Society's top award.

High praise for a favourite

REVIEW: For the occasion of its 95th birthday celebrations, the Choral Society decided to invite members of our community to join it for the world's most popular oratorio, Messiah by George Frideric Handel.

Rising to face the day

OPINION: Making yourself presentable for the outside world can be tedious, repetitive ordeal.

Making sure the joke's not on you

OPINION: There's more to telling a joke than remembering the punch line.

Vintage read: The Color Purple

OPINION: This book is as honest and intimate as when I first read it.

Artist's paintings tell stories of travels

Palmerston North artist, philosopher and poet Anne Morris' paintings tell stories - stories of places she has been.

Health board has fewer jobs to fill

Hospital's $63,000 budget blowout "minimal", the district health board says.

Sport grows in leaps and bounds

Palmerston North will have a weekend of front flips, wall-hanging and handstands when the city's first large-scale parkour affair starts tomorrow.

Film review: The Drop

The drop

Carla Amos reviews The Drop, starring Noomi Rapace and Tom Hardy.

Corbett coming home with team

The 7 Days Live crew go on tour and Jeremy Corbett says seven comedians in a van are the most annoying people on the planet.

Record of memorials a labour of love

A Colyton man has reached his goal to search out every World War I memorial in Manawatu.

More than just a theatre

It's Centrepoint Theatre's birthday - she's 40, she's proud and there's still life in the old girl. Carly Thomas has a look at what can be called the history of a true Kiwi battler.

Ministry staff lunch at the barre

Palmerston North workers taking graceful approach to an active workplace challenge.

Riddell digs own clay for ceramics

Baye Riddell digs his own clay for his ceramics work and a new exhibition at Te Manawa sees him and four artists celebrating the medium they know and love.

The legend of FaderC

Craig Black has been a massive part of the Palmerston North musical community but he says it's time to move on.

Family bookshop began scholar's odyssey

World-renowned academic's love of literature started in his parents' Palmerston North bookshop.

Digital creativity

Attenborough impersonator a winner

David Attenborough impersonator and a mini-documentary on the "waggle dance" of honeybees wowed the judges in this year's digi awards.

Reviews: Hunger Games, Jimmy's Hall, Rise

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

OPINION: Movies reviewed this week: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Jimmy's Hall and Rise.

Sisters' southern journey

A love of New Zealand's subantarctic islands has endured in one family's creative women for nearly 125 years.

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