A circle of friends

Ephraim Russell is the White Room Gallery's first exhibiting artist for the year.

Art for Ephraim Russell is often a collaborative thing rather than a solo pursuit and his new exhibition is one where he is amongst friends.

Power of the horse video

Papanui Station musters are best suited to horses.

Mustering on horse back is becoming a bit of a dying art but for some, it's a necessity.

The Finest Hours movie deserves way more acclaim

Chris Pine in The Finest Hours.

REVIEW: Two of the finest hours of my viewing season were sitting with my funny goggles on my nose enjoying The Finest Hours in 3D.

The fall out and the fight

Roy Sefton has been a staunch battler for the New Zealand Nuclear Test Veterans' Association.

Nuclear testing in the South Pacific. Operation Grapple happened over 50 years ago, but for Roy Sefton it is part of his everyday life.

A centenarian’s story

Train crash at Rakaia , 1899.

Emily Allington’s first memory was of the shine on her mother’s highly polished floors.

No waste round here

Manchester House Social Services' Robyn Duncan, left, with Countdown Feilding store manager Marie Hodgson and some potentially unsold bread which will make its way to the local food bank.

Countdown Feilding donates bread and produce to the Manchester House food bank on a daily basis.

Ruffalo ruffles church's feathers

The no-frills Spotlight chronicles an enthralling journalistic investigation with smarts and authenticity.


Gutsy role by Redmayne will appeal to select audience

Eddie Redmayne plays Lili in the pioneering transgender film The Danish Girl.

REVIEW: Eddie Redmayne puts in a stellar performance in The Danish Girl.

Rich feed at the caviar trough

Caviar is the most expensive food in the world.

At university we used to sing “caviar comes from a virgin sturgeon”.

Call the ambulance

In 1962, the Manawatu Standard asked: what happens after an accident?

Casting a painterly eye

Annabel Neall's sketch books and some geological tools and treasures are on display as part of her new exhibition.

Annabel Neall has gained a wealth of knowledge and ideas from her geological adventures.

Sol3 Mio perform before going solo

Sol3 Mio will soon be on the road again. Left to right: Moses Mackay, Amitai Pati and Pene Pati.

 Sol3 Mio will be embarking on a New Zealand tour before taking some time off to pursue individual interests.

Brooklyn movie an endearing tear-jerker

Saoirse Ronan plays the lead role of Ellis in the film Brooklyn.

REVIEW: Brooklyn is a likeable, plausible Irish immigrant drama set in New York and Ireland.

A journey to a post unseen

Waione schoolhouse, 55 years ago.

As the young couple travelled the 45-minute unsealed road journey from Dannevirke in their little Austin A30, they speculated with a mixture of feelings about what lay ahead at their destination.

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa shines

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa holds court during a talk with Rodney Macann at Wanganui Collegiate.

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is our grand matriarch of opera and while visiting New Zealand she gave a rare insight into her life. Carly Thomas was there.

Buttons and floods revisited

Buttons from the collection of Ruth Meier are on display at the Dowse Art Museum.

The Dowse Art Museum was originally known as a place where craft and applied art was given special significance, branches of art often not recognised by other galleries.

Running through words

Johanna Aitchison reading her work at Poet's Corner in New York

Johanna Aitchison pens life with all its quirk, bitterness, joy and contrariness into poems and Carly Thomas spoke to her about a certain alter ego that has a part to play in it all.

Musician stops off on island hop

Musician Graeme James is covering as many islands as he can in an island hopping tour.

Musician Graeme James is playing a return gig in Feilding.

Big Short is a warning to gullible investors

Steve Carell, left, and Ryan Gosling are two of the big names that star in The Big Short, a film about the American housing crash in 2007-08.

REVIEW: The Big Short

Pint-sized fun in Palmy

Kids of all ages can let loose at the Lido Aquatic Centre.

From miniature trains to giant wind turbines, entertaining toddlers in mighty Manawatu is a breeze.

Can't sing? Yes, you can

Jennifer Moss, front, leads the Manawatu Community Choir.

In a tucked away Palmerston North hall a group of people have thrown away the 'can't sing' label and are singing loudly and proudly. Carly Thomas went along and ended up joining in.

An esplanade with a past

Palmerston North's post and telegraph office on the Square (far right) as it looked in 1890.

The early Victoria Esplanade attracted praise, criticism and at least one tragic deed.

Colour on the streets

Tools of artist Wayne Roberts trade.

Wayne Roberts is on a mission to bring colour to the streets. Carly Thomas spoke to him about it being a life long thing.

Nordic cool

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

Scandanavia's public art galleries get the balance between preserving their heritage and staying up to date with the trends right.

Marton Country Music Festival gets even bigger

The Marton Country Music Festival is growing once again.

The Marton Country Music Festival is back and it's bigger than ever.

NZ Mastermind remembers Bowie

Bowie's Changes album: he kept changing, I kept listening.

Whanganui's deputy mayor recalls his Bowie-inspired brush with fame.

Revenant the hit movie of the year

Leonardo Di Caprio plays the lead role Hugh Glass in one of the top movies of the year, The Revenant.

REVIEW: The Revenant survival film is one of the season's artistic masterpieces.

Trumbo a welcome arrival at Cinema Gold

631784344 Bryan Cranston starts as shunned Hollywood screen writer Dalton Trumbo in the biopic film Trumbo.

REVIEW: Trumbo expertly delivers true story of the Hollywood screenwriters' blacklist.

Jazz man returns

Jazz singer Dan Bolton is performing at the Globe Theatre.

Dan Bolton will be bringing some smooth jazz to Palmerston North.

Foxy Golfers forge friendships

A few of the Foxy Golfers. From Left: George McDonald, Paul Rauhihi, John Guy and Darren Cootes.

A group of mates rallied around a friend in need and 23 years on the Foxy Golfers are still going strong.

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