Water Diviner reflective, melodramatic

The Water Diviner reproduces on screen a grieving father's efforts to reunite his family during WWI.

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.

Glamour goes against the grain

Curator Claire Regnault has contributed to the largest exhibition to date at City Gallery Wellington, bringing her love of vintage couture and costuming to the fore.

A rose by any other name

Flower homage to quake

Memorial red rose has won the New Zealand Rose Society's top award.

High praise for a favourite

REVIEW: For the occasion of its 95th birthday celebrations, the Choral Society decided to invite members of our community to join it for the world's most popular oratorio, Messiah by George Frideric Handel.

Rising to face the day

OPINION: Making yourself presentable for the outside world can be tedious, repetitive ordeal.

Making sure the joke's not on you

OPINION: There's more to telling a joke than remembering the punch line.

Vintage read: The Color Purple

OPINION: This book is as honest and intimate as when I first read it.

Artist's paintings tell stories of travels

Palmerston North artist, philosopher and poet Anne Morris' paintings tell stories - stories of places she has been.

Health board has fewer jobs to fill

Hospital's $63,000 budget blowout "minimal", the district health board says.

Sport grows in leaps and bounds

Palmerston North will have a weekend of front flips, wall-hanging and handstands when the city's first large-scale parkour affair starts tomorrow.

Film review: The Drop

The drop

Carla Amos reviews The Drop, starring Noomi Rapace and Tom Hardy.

Corbett coming home with team

The 7 Days Live crew go on tour and Jeremy Corbett says seven comedians in a van are the most annoying people on the planet.

Record of memorials a labour of love

A Colyton man has reached his goal to search out every World War I memorial in Manawatu.

More than just a theatre

It's Centrepoint Theatre's birthday - she's 40, she's proud and there's still life in the old girl. Carly Thomas has a look at what can be called the history of a true Kiwi battler.

Ministry staff lunch at the barre

Palmerston North workers taking graceful approach to an active workplace challenge.

Riddell digs own clay for ceramics

Baye Riddell digs his own clay for his ceramics work and a new exhibition at Te Manawa sees him and four artists celebrating the medium they know and love.

The legend of FaderC

Craig Black has been a massive part of the Palmerston North musical community but he says it's time to move on.

Family bookshop began scholar's odyssey

World-renowned academic's love of literature started in his parents' Palmerston North bookshop.

Digital creativity

Attenborough impersonator a winner

David Attenborough impersonator and a mini-documentary on the "waggle dance" of honeybees wowed the judges in this year's digi awards.

Reviews: Hunger Games, Jimmy's Hall, Rise

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

OPINION: Movies reviewed this week: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Jimmy's Hall and Rise.

Sisters' southern journey

A love of New Zealand's subantarctic islands has endured in one family's creative women for nearly 125 years.

Young dancer aims for career

"I like the technique behind it."

Being a professional ballet dancer is a dream for many teenagers, but Tansy Fergusson has a bit more determination than most.

The facts of life

Nikki Macdonald investigates how Kiwis live and die today compared with 50 years ago.

Defying home violence

Carly Thomas talks to those who believe changing the statistics of domestic violence is achievable.

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.

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