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.

'Mr Big' speaks out against steroids

Justin Rys

Wellington's one-time "Mr Big" of the body building scene is now an unlikely poster boy against "juicing".

From flour power to the Cake Tin

Grant Cole

At 19 Grant Cole was armed with political ideals, three banana boxes, flour, a plane, and a like-minded pilot.

Vintage reads: The Call of the Wild

Browsing books

Melissa Goode of Hamilton City Libraries heads to the Yukon in a classic tale.

Thinking about a kinder world

Holding hands

OPINION: Every time you act, you are voting for the kind of world you want.

The art of politics

Claire Robinson

A from a university office that resembles a retro lounge, Claire Robinson has emerged as a prominent political commentator.

Music building bridges


The Lockdown 06 crew have a real presence in the Palmerston North club scene.

Kids create virtual political world

Two 10-year-olds have created a virtual political world, complete with Beehive and miniature John Key.

A whirlwind of kindness

Leigh Rosanoski

Leigh Rosanoski wants to change the world one kind act at a time, and she has all the ideas for it.

Rezistance is futile

"These guys have got the goods."


Palmerston North band Rezist are on top of a national online music chart, with $10,000 of prize money in their sights.

The great gig in the lounge

pink floyd experience

Pink Floyd tribute show Eclipse is heading for small venues with its Live in Your Lounge tour.

Chloe has grand ambition


Chloe Ashdown knows a bit about girl power. She has a black belt in taekwondo and says her sport makes her feel strong and confident.

Vintage reads: 84 Charing Cross Road


Browsers Bookshop owner Rachel Pope has a customer forcefully suggest a book to review.

What a flaming legend

Neil Finn

Neil Finn would rather go down in flames than fade into obscurity.

Sherlock's Kiwi connection

William Honeyman

William Honeyman used logical processes of detective work in his fiction and it fascinated Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

A very sweet life

Jo Coffey

Turning from chocolatier to film maker seems to have been a piece of cake for Jo Coffey.

Centrepoint Theatre's fix it man

The quiet doer of things that need to get done

Luke Anderson

Meet production manager Luke Anderson - the quiet doer of things that need to get done.

Life in style ahead

Jodi Walker knows the fashion industry is a tough one to get in to, so she is making sure she puts herself forward at every opportunity. Carly Thomas speaks to Jodi about her latest project. 

Memories break tradition

The Renaissance Singers

On Sunday the Renaissance Singers presented a concert focusing on music from stage and screen.

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