The Phantom is here

Most expensive locally-produced musical in city

Phantom strap

The truth needs to be told, speculation laid to rest. The Phantom of the Opera is here.

Vintage reads: The Name of the Rose


Kylie Thomson of Hamilton City Libraries finds a great novel from not that long ago.

Finding a lost continent


New science shows New Zealand is part of a continent that's 94 per cent underwater.

Ripe for the eating

Prawns and pineapple

Pineapple and prawns make perfect partners.

Man in the frame


Film Commission boss Dave Gibson talks about how he got into the business and the future of film.

All roads lead to uke fest

Uke strap

Jennifer Moss is bringing a festival to Palmerston North that will get people up singing and dancing.

Light in the dark

Robin Hammond

Kiwi photographer Robin Hammond was desperate to escape his ‘boring' NZ existence for the real world.

Conquering Edinburgh

Fringe fest

Kiwis are getting to grips with the challenges of taking a show to the largest arts festival in the world.

Kumara soup with a twist a true comfort

Ruth Pretty's pumpkin soup

Ruth Pretty revisits a soup from one of the classic vegetarian cookbooks.

Contemporary realism fires artist


Artist Adele Souster crafts moments in time with her art, using the sky, earth, weather and shadow in oil paintings of New Zealand landscapes.

Poetic weave


Words usually written in solitude have found a collaborative home in a trio of poetry books to be launched tonight.

Being self sufficient

Pig on a lifestyle farm

It is a long way from New York to Marton, but Max Varney is pleased he made the journey.

Getting the beat

SIO Vaelua

Connecting with young people can be hard, but Sio Vaelua seems to have cracked the code.

Spotlight on prejudice

Skin Theatre is not just a theatre company that sets out to entertain.

Bloomin' rude neighbours

Blossom tree

OPINION: It's not that people cut down some of your blossom tree, rather that people don't have the courtesy to ask.

Tough act to follow

Danielle Cormack

Danielle Cormack, like many Kiwi actors, took a leap of faith to Australia. It's a gamble that's paid off.

Nicely stuffed

Ruth Pretty

Fresh, corn-fed chickens will always roast better, giving plump, juicy meat and crisp skin.

Novel's hero found by chance

Little-known Dr Dieffenbach comes to light

Novel strap


A new novel by author Dr Thom Conroy has seen a little-known historical figure rescued from the margins.

Smoking rules rejected


Calls for penalties to punish people for puffing away in public outdoor places narrowly defeated.

A rich slice of cheesy '80s TV


America had Dynasty and Kiwi television audiences had Gloss.

Weather or not

Wild weather

Olivia Wannan spent a month testing the three rival forecasters' predictions. So who gets it right the most?

50 years in the firing line

	 Graham Perry

The armed offenders squad shares the stories beyond the balaclavas on their 50th anniversary.

Stop shouting, I don’t care

talking, phone

OPINION: Modern telecommunications wizardry has bred a new generation of shouters.

Wake up, speak up!


Shihad's new album is a political statement against the widening gap between the rich and the poor.

Lights, cameras, create

Evento's wearable arts spreads its wings


From small beginnings to becoming an event that is anything but small.

Offstage stars

Ballet allegro

Behind the closed doors of the Royal New Zealand Ballet are many hidden gems.

Golden girl Kimbra gets real


Only a Kiwi girl could find a sheep farm in the middle of Los Angeles.

Study trip perks up principal

Peter Brooks

A Palmerston North school principal is brimming with bright ideas after a three-month sabbatical.

Cooking in the 'real Italy'

Cooking in Italy

In Italian cooking everything must be made from scratch, and everything must be authentic

When reality bites

The Block NZ

What happens to reality TV contestants after they've been beamed into our lounges every night?

Why do we wear bras?

Heidi Klum

Is it time for women to rethink their relationship with their bras?

One last salute

'We need to remember this dreadful period...'


Two well-known Manawatu personalities are wearing their hearts on their sleeves.

The little film that could

From paperboy to film maker

Max Currie

One of the main actors in Max Currie's film Everything We Loved was paid in Lego, on a star-chart basis.

Dazzled by Disney

Disney on Ice

Some of Disney's best-known characters strap on their ice-skates and head to a venue near you.

Sharing their love of art


Art for all is what the organisers of the Manawatu Art Expo hope to achieve.

Doors opening for creative student

Amy Atkins

Amy Atkins has inspiration in bucket loads. She has talent, too, and the confidence to back it up.

Flashback: Lorraine Downes crowned

"Miss New Zealand is Miss Universe."

Lorraine Downes

Lorraine Downes was 19 when she arrived in St Louis. She left an international celebrity.

The Curtis method

Cliff Curtis in Dark Horse.

Missing from our screens for some time, Kiwi actor Cliff Curtis is back with a vengeance.

Auctioning off a glam girl

Barbie and friends under the hammer


There are hundreds, in all manner of guises, from one produced in 1962 to the tanned Malibu Barbie.

Rebel artist has delicate touch


Gordon Thompson is an artist who goes against the grain.

Going with the flow


Leonel Alvarado is a man who sees beauty in a river stone and meaning in the everyday.

'Schools, not salaries!'

Hekia parata

Government's controversial multimillion-dollar schools success scheme causes concern among school leaders.

Outrageous successes

Jane Wrightson

From Shortland Street to Scribe, New Zealand on Air has brought Kiwi content to audiences here and abroad for 25 years.

By George what a trip


Backpacking through Europe with a wife, young daughters, and a grumpy, old bear was trip never to be forgotten.

Dancing across the ditch


CARLY THOMAS - Manawatu Standard

Madison Cronin is a 14-year-old dancer who proves that hard work pays off. She has spent 10 years making dancing her craft.

Top chop a delicious dinner

Lamb chop

Ruth Pretty celebrates the humble lamb chop.

Celebrating a midwinter Christmas

Midwinter Christmas

A James Bond party must have been the clincher. how can you resist a man who turns up in a wetsuit and strips to a tuxedo?

Asian accolade in a strong market


Horowhenua's Ohau Wines have picked up a prestigious international wine award, an encore after winning the same award two years ago.

No life without flow

Foxton River loop

Dedicated group plan to revitalise Foxton, but first need to bring life back to the Manawatu River Loop.

Air, air for radio veteran

Justin du Fresne

Veteran Wellington radio host Justin du Fresne has been given a right roasting at a star-studded farewell lunch.

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