New life in an old story

We all have a little bit of Ebenezer Scrooge in us, but who can resist a Royal New Zealand Ballet Show with snow?

Review: Hector and the Search for Happiness

REVIEW: Happiness and the pursuit of it is one of those big topics which is impossible to cover in a small movie.

Film review: Maya the Bee

REVIEW: A little too much honey was spread during the making of Maya the Bee making the movie just a  touch too sweet for general consumption.

Teacher and student reunited

Whakairoiro exhibition has contemporary edge

Exhibition brings teacher and student back together after many years, showing the art form of whakairoiro.

The alchemy artist

Art filled with blood, fire and brimstone

Deano Shirriffs paintings are laid out over the lawn and driveway of his house, where they look quite at home.

The Divine Ms M

Peta Mathias uses the phrase "fabulous frock" without sounding like an obnoxious elitist.

The unsung hero of the arts

Long-time art collector Barry Hopkins donates his $2.4 million art collection to the Waikato Museum.

Palmy roots go deep

The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra is coming to Palmerston North.

All the world's a stage

Rawiri Paretene is on a world tour taking Shakespeare from the Globe to the rest of the globe.

Crazy fun mamas

Mums: The Word

Carly Thomas talks to the cast of Mums: The Word about kids, motherhood and giving birth to a play.

Can't afford Auckland? Move here

At 20, Stacey Knuth has achieved what few New Zealanders her age can - buy a house.

Renting no joke for older flatmates


Owning a home has long featured in aging Kiwis' plans but renting into one's older years remains a reality.

A new high for hippies

Pair's mountain feat one to remember

Mt Cook

It was one of the great climbing feats - and 44 years ago two Kiwis went where no man had gone before.

Art Mart pops up bigger, brighter

New home for arts community

art mart

The Art Mart pop-up shop is making a reappearance in a more permanent space.

Girl power in bloke's paradise

pink hammer

One thing that needs to be noted for its particular Kiwiness is "a bloke and his shed".

Art from the heartland

George Carter

Over the hills and far away, artists are quietly going about their work. Carly Thomas went for a drive.

Excellent tribute to concerts

Angela Cook

This month marks the 20th birthday of the Te Manawa Concert Series.

Vintage reads: The Best of Everything

Book strap

Sarah Corbet of Hamilton City Libraries finds a shocking novel from the 1950s.

Born to ride

Sarah Rolston Fury

Sarah Rolston teaches a method of horse riding which involves 'listening' to the horse and creating a partnership.

Telling the story of Manawatu

Feilding war memorial

The Manawatu Journal of History celebrates its first decade.

Perfect canapes for parties

stuffed mushrooms

These time-effective pork pass-arounds are just the ticket for pre- Christmas parties.

Maxwell's smart about music

Warren Maxwell

Warren Maxwell is the creative and business force behind the Huia Festival in Masterton this Labour Weekend.

Al Brown, the emotional chef

al brown

Chef Al Brown's tutor once told him his food was so leathery he should be a shoemaker.

Vintage Reads: A Handful of Dust

Book stack

Rachel Pope, owner of Browsers bookshop, visits an old friend.

The sounds of Swampfest


Lineup for Swampfest 2014 reflects how Palmerston North's music scene is going from strength to strength.

Region's singers up for Tuis


Palmerston North singers Benny Tipene, Grayson Gilmour and PNC all up for gongs at Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

We are just people ... not mental

new strap

Stigma and discrimination are often named as barriers to recovery for those experiencing mental illness. Lisa Knight reports.

Who is my egg mother?

	 Simone Barclay

What is driving increasing numbers of couples overseas for surrogacy - and why we should care.

A tortilla or two


It's quick and easy to make your own tortillas for these flavour-packed beef tacos.

Young performers strive to shine

Michelle Geange.

Palmerston North will be filled with young performers from all over the country next week.

Keeper marvels at bees' complexity

bee, borage

Honey bees are vital to civilisation, and Manawatu Bee Club president Matt Telfer is an avowed bee man.

Bluegrass still popular

hamilton bluegrass

REVIEW: Hugely popular throughout the 1960s following their regular spot on television's A Country Touch, Hamilton County are still able to attract a small but loyal band of followers if Saturday night's concert is anything to go by, as an enthusiastic audience celebrated their lively, foot-tapping sound.

People's tales of grieving a pet


'I put his body on a little bed on an ice pack ... friends poured through the house to say goodbye.'

Time is on artist's side

Naga Tsutsumi

Naga Tsutsumi produces large and intricate works from a small studio beside his Palmerston North home.

Restoring pride after a fall


For older people, falling in the home can be emotionally and physically scarring.

Vintage read: The Return of the Soldier

Woman reading on the grass

Browsers Bookshop owner Rachel Pope finds a book to reflect upon in this World War I centennial year.

Banned, but wanted by Billboard

Darren Watson

Top music mag Billboard could be about to feature a piece on the musician behind the banned Planet Key song.

Masked adventurers

Carvings come to life

Hoki Mai Tama Ma

Te Rehia Theatre is bringing an innovative new play to Palmerston North's Centrepoint stage.

Popular bluegrass band is a family affair

hamilton bluegrass

The Hamilton County Bluegrass Band formed in the 1960s and has never stopped playing its down country sound. The band will be making its first stop in Palmerston North for a number of years, promising a show of pure entertainment.

Striding past the mundane

Festival of New Arts

Palmerston North's Festival of New Arts shows what's on offer this year.

Roving no more: the long goodbye

Irish Rovers

At 50 The Irish Rovers embark on their final New Zealand tour, but the members won't be retiring.

A necessary retreat

The Manawatu Standard

I have always loved the bush that clads the hills above the Kapiti coastline.

Time to savour cornbread and cake

Feta and sage

Whether sweet or savoury, Ruth Pretty has the answer to those coffee-break cravings.

Sinfonia combines with youth

youth orchestra

The Manawatu Sinfonia and the Youth Orchestra only come together as one every few years and will be doing just that in a combined concert led by conductor Isaac Henderson.

Chance for students to show culture


The International Pacific College (IPC) in Palmerston North will be transformed into a cultural playground next week for the annual International Spring Festival.

Italian humbled to be chosen for RNZB job

Royal NZ Ballet - Giselle

The Royal New Zealand Ballet has a new artistic director and an exciting new schedule for the 2015 season that will see the company heading Palmerston North's way.

Moulding young minds


Wi Taepa is a clay artist and sculptor who is handing over his mantra of doing what you love to students at low decile schools.

An eye for cinematic splendour

aline tran

Aline Tran doesn't see the world as most people do; she notices detail, light, the way sun or shade falls on a face, the angle, the colour and the tone.

Humour and a few twists in hero's tale


Teacher Tim Jones is known for his humour in class and has brought that to a script written for his school's first production in seven years.

Muscle-building on steroids


Doping sports stars fall from lofty pedestals but experts say ordinary Kiwi gym goers are paying a different kind of price for dabbling in the world of performance and image-enhancing drugs.

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