Musician shows his diversity

Entertaining with tunes from Asia

Chinese musician Jiang Li treated a crowd at Palmerston North's Red Cross to a concert.

Bringing Dark Room to light

Management change may energise theatre

Nathan Mudge hopes to inject some light into Palmerston North's Dark Room, making it more a community space.

Programme selection showcases talents

Yesterday saw the opening of Te Manawa 2015 Concert Series, the 20th year that this season has been entertaining local audiences.

Colour me 11 ways

It's colour put into words, movement, and thought, and it's a performance that the audience moves with. Beyond boundaries and definition,He Ara Tae: A Pathway of Colour is something special. Carly Thomas has a behind-the-scenes look at Palmerston North's Creative Journeys.

Loss propels rider to front of pack

When Carol Webb's husband died from cancer a year ago it was a hard road to acceptance, but cycling has helped her do that.

Creative excursion

They are often walked past, some are hidden and some you may not even know are there. But our city's public sculptures and urban artworks are abundant and a guided walk this Saturday will give people the chance to stop, learn and really look.

Summer show goes down well

The sun and the guitars came out for Sounds of Summer Lunchtime Concert series in The Square.

Young artist reaches exhibition goal

Melissa Gilbert is celebrating being Pretentious, her first exhibition at Palmerston North's Square Edge Gallery.

Black humour in Pacific play

If play Black Faggot is anything to go by, then as a society we are ready to get real, funny, filthy and forthright.

Bulletproof coffee craze hits town

Would you like some butter in your coffee?

The Theory of Everything

What an extraordinary man Stephen Hawking is. Well, we all knew that.

Adventures in online dating

Do you have veiny feet and will you kick me in between my legs?

Tipping her hat to fashion

Style never goes out of date

Anel Heyman's craft of millinery is an old one, one heaped in sophistication and pout.

C'mon Cupid, play the game

Love in a university town a young person's game

Unless you're young, being single in Palmy is a tough game.

Movie review: Mortdecai

REVIEW: For those pondering whether Johnny Depp could ever lose his charm, the answer is an emphatic yes.

Give a fig

The fig season is upon us, so make the most of this wonderful fruit.

From homestead to university

Pioneer's role in developing Massey land

Manawatu's immigrant settlers must sometimes have wondered what their lives would have been like, had they not boarded a ship to faraway New Zealand.

Anomaly's different beat

Low fees, big fun with modern dance styles

Having their own dance school has been a dream for the Palmerston North couple behind a new studio.

Gearing up for glitz and glamour

Busy contestant eyes national crown

A Palmerston North woman has landed a spot in the Miss World New Zealand competition.

McArdle's paintings on show in White Room

What Lana McArdle's sees is what you get - photorealism painter's new exhibition is a reflection of her world.

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

Birdman (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.

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