A drummed up idea

West African drummer and dancer Robert Fugah and musician Jennifer Moss have formed a new group, Awherika, with six other musicians.

A group of musicians from all over the country with a passion for West African music will be coming together in Palmerston North for their first live show.

MKR teams still chasing the dream

They started out strong, but in a week, the MKR ranks have already dwindled by four.

Last night's episode of MKR saw two teams sent home, but they're all still pursuing their foodie dreams.

A festival with a strong pulse

The yacht that will be transformed into a work of art at this weekend's Pulse Urban Festival. On the deck is owner Simon Bliss and festival coordinator Ariana Te Awe Awe.

The Pulse Urban Festival will be taking over Palmerston North's city centre on Sunday.

7 Days humour goes live

The funny people of television show 7 Days are going on tour. L-R:  Jeremy Elwood, Urzila Carlson, Paul Ego, Jeremy Corbett, Dai Henwood, Ben Hurley and Josh Thomson.

The comedians from the television show 7 Days are taking their laughs on tour.

A challenge to get kids outside

Two microadventure families getting back to nature in Kaitoke. L-R: Kate Parlane, Richard Knox, Josh Knox, Heather Knox, Eden Knox, Heather Knox, Natalie Parlane and Ruby Parlane.

Getting kids outside is the purpose of a 30 day challenge.

British invasion more of a 'riotous visit'

Actress Erica Ward performs in British Invasion: the Hits of the Brits

British Invasion: the Hits of the Brits

Gorge Shuttle likely to return

The Te Apiti shuttle bus.

The Te Apiti Gorge Shuttle has been approved funding to return this summer.

Belle bursts forward

Cartoon character hard at work promoting her author's new book, Belle.

Palmerston North cartoonist Brent Putze is launching his brand new comic book Belle tonight.

It's the Addams Family

Cast members of Pahiatua Repertory's The Addams Family, a musical comedy featuring, clockwise from top left, Uncle Fester (Danny Goodman), Lurch (Alan West), Grandma Addams (Mark Kilsby), Pugsley (Jack Tankersley), Gomez (Michael Moran), Morticia (Vanessa Coogan), and Wednesday (Hayley Tinning).

The weird and wonderful Addams Family theatre show is set to hit the Manawatu stage.

Album launch full of Paekakariki flair

Album launch shenanigans at the Paekakariki Hall. L-R: Francis Mills, Hilda Prasad, Michael O'Leary and Sir Jon Trimmer.

A new album full of Paekakariki artists had been launched.

A showcase of hits


REVIEW: These multi-talented musicians romped through their song set with style and panache.

It was the Kasbah music which rocked

Only Bill Murray would deign to dish out leaflets in the middle of war-torn Kabul, as he does here in Rock the Kasbah.

REVIEW: Pretty much all that rocked me in Rock the Kasbah was the music.

85 years of lamb love

Ruby Bailey 5, from Waituna West, collects her trophy for first place with her lamb Sparkles.

Hundreds of lambs and calves were on show at Rongotea in Manawatu.

Military memories to the fore

The Maori Battalion Hall in 2011. Palmerston North public library, ID# 2011BD_IMCA-DigitalMaster_ 006165

Palmerston North's rich military history seems set to become more widely known.

Former Palmerston North mayor steps off stage

Sir Brian Elwood in his Waikanae garden.

Sir Brian Elwood in his Waikanae garden.

Former Palmerston North mayor Sir Brian Elwood has retired from the last two jobs in a long career.

Adding a new pet skilfully

dog and cat

Two dogs in one household or a cat and a dog can be and usually are fine.

Widows play a window on the world

Alessia Morel plays Fidelia in the UCOL performing arts performance of Widows.

The UCOL performing arts students have a lot of input into their final show.

Art still evolving after 20 years

Prakash Patel stands beside his current installation at the Zimmerman gallery.

A new exhibition at Zimmerman gallery holds 135 paintings.

A play with a twist, or six

Damian Thorne acting in Borscht, the play he has also written and directed.

A play with six endings has a Palmerston North flavour.

Down to earth film festival

Organiser Victoria Jakobs is ready for the Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival.

This year's Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival illuminates a range of issues.

Teen Malala is a saint in waiting

Activist Malala Yousafzai and her father Ziauddin Yousafzai  attend the premiere of "He Named Me Malala" in Manhattan.

REVIEW: Malala's is an amazing story, a once ordinary girl in Pakistan who wins the Nobel peace prize aged 17.

Summer show gorgeous to look at

At a Boys At The Beach rehearsal,   Patrick Davies, left, and Stephen Papps.

REVIEW: This production is gorgeous to look at – a holiday in itself.

Little carnival that could

Artists, musicians and local business people are all gearing up for the Little Cuba Carnival

The Little Cuba Carnival just got bigger.

A chunk of history

A piece of the Berlin Wall.

I reached into a dusty box and discovered something I hadn’t thought about for years.

People first, disabilities second

The Network Group show off the artworks they have made for an upcoming exhibition. Front, from left,  Phillipa Brewer, Tithi Ghosh and Robin Chok. Back, from left, Callum Freebairn, David Gunn, Craig Morgan, Jesse Williams and Vinnie Vaccarino.

A group with disabilities aim to show the community what they can do.

Eighth surgery for Smith

Stock car driver Simon Smith has been making steady improvements at Middlemore Hospital one month after his car caught fire at Arena Manawatu.

The family of injured stock car driver Simon Smith are hopeful that his eighth operation will be his last.

Weaving stories into art

Hana Jones tells the story behind her rapaki.

Te Wananga O Aotearoa is holding an exhibition of it's Bachelor in Maori Arts graduates.

Making life still through photographs

Fiona Pardington, Moonlight de Sade, 2010.

Fiona Pardington has a soft poetic streak which is very hard not to be seduced by.

Benny Tipene has his eye on a prize

Benny Tipene has made it into the finals again, this time for the NZ Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

Benny Tipene is in the running for a NZ music award.

One-way ticket through Sanson

There are many hidden treasures on the main street of Sanson.

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