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The Big Sing expands

Palmerston North Boys' High choir, OK Chorale were gold medalists at last year's Big Sing finale.

The Big Sing is in it's 25th year and has seen an increase in young choral musicians and singers competing.

Residents had to walk, not fly, over river during bridge work gallery

The Mangarere Bridge has opened after refurbishments. Manawatu District Mayor Margaret Kouvelis, Isobelle Fallaver, and Rangitikei District Mayor Andy Watson cut the ribbon.

Success in pool and school

Holly Matthews, 13, with some of her swimming medals.

Sport is not always glamorous but 13-year-old Holly Marshall has become immune to the shrivelled fingers and funny smells that go hand in hand with competitive swimming.

Classic ballet captivates

Moscow Ballet La Classique's Sleeping Beauty

REVIEW: Moscow Ballet 'La Classique' presents Sleeping Beauty. Regent on Broadway, Sunday, May 31st. Reviewed by Stephen Fisher.

Crash-hot dancing

Dancing with the Stars  2015 cast members Siobhan Marshall and Charlie Billington

OPINION: It was crash hot, the opening night of Dancing with the Stars when actress Teuila Blakely got caught in the act.

Exercising? Give it a rest

You don't need to do masses of cardio to burn fat effectively.

If you want to lose weight and tone up, going hard out doing hours of cardio isn't the answer.

Feilding mum sprinting her way to world champs gallery

Feilding sprinter Vanessa Story has returned from an international meet with six medals.

A Feilding athlete and Mum is in training for the track and field world champs in France next month.

Lucky break for festival

Andrew London

REVIEW: Appearing as part of the Jazz and Blues Festival, Andrew London’s satirical take on everyday life always makes for an enjoyable evening.

Doughty Irishwoman a child crusader

Deirdre O'Kane, centre, is an indomitable crusader for kids in Noble.

REVIEW: Christina Noble is far from nobility by virtue of her upbringing.

In the heart of the outbreak

British health worker Michelle Gundry puts on protective gear before entering a quarantine zone in a Red Cross facility in the town of Koidu, Kono district in Eastern Sierra Leone December 19, 2014. 
Sierra Leone, neighbouring Guinea and Liberia are at the heart of the world's worst recorded outbreak of Ebola. Rates of infection are rising fastest in Sierra Leone, which now accounts for more than half of the 18,603 confirmed cases of the virus.  REUTERS/Baz Ratner (SIERRA LEONE - Tags: HEALTH DISASTER)

Thousands perished, some survived. The world rushed to the aid of West Africa following the Ebola outbreak at the end of last year.

Making his own way in music video

Michael Luke is currently working on his mix tape Autumn which he is hoping will help him launch his musical career.

Michael Luke is a Palmerston North musician who is making his own way in music.

Art on a whimsy

Mia Hamilton at her Wellington studio with daisies that she has made out of danger tape.

Mia Hamilton is a mixed media artist holding her debut Manawatu show at the Zimmerman Art Gallery.

Street art off the beaten track gallery

It's art with purpose and fight on the edge of the Ruahines and the Rangiwahia Environmental Arts Centre is run by artists for artists and something beyond. Carly Thomas went out of town to see something quite out of this world. 

The art of old

Azure Ellis is holding her first exhibition at Palmerston North's White Room Gallery, showing off her fascination with textiles.

Palmerston North artist Azure Ellis will be exhibiting for the first time at the White Room Gallery.

'Dog' welcomes visitors to town gallery

A new sign with a Murray Ball cartoon welcomes visitors into Feilding on state highway 54.

Following concerns that Feilding was not well enough sign posted, new signage has been installed.

Blokart Open a first for spectators

Husband and wife, Colin and Jo Cook, riding on the Sanson blokart track.

Organisers of the first North Island Blokart Open are hoping for a windy weekend.

Battle of the books

Students from Feilding Intermediate finished fourth at the National Liz Quiz competition. From left, Flint Rogers, 12, Kezia Rogers, 11, Hannah Grace 12, and Stella Means, 12.

Curious George was all that stood in the way of bronze for Feilding students at the national Kids' Lit Quiz.

High hopes for humanity

Colson Verdonk was instrumental in starting a World Vision group at Palmerston North Boys High School.

Carly Thomas talks with Colson Verdonk, a driven young Palmerston North Boys High School student who has decided that to make the world a better place, he had better start now.

Musical dawn in Palmy video

Palmerston North rock band Dusk Till Dawn rehearse in one of the practice rooms at The Stomach.  From left: Lee Hamilton, Steven Whittaker, Jayson Harris and William Palmer

Dusk Til Dawn are a rock 'n' roll band who are finding their way on the Palmerston North music scene.

Capturing the sun gallery

Feature, the design story behind Te Manawa's latest touring exhibition, Sunlight. One of the modules showing how big the sun will expand to over time.

Sunlight-Ihi Komaru is Te Manawa's new touring exhibition that took two years and $300,000 to complete.

Food glorious food

Inside the Self Help grocery store on Rangitikei Street, 1937.

In July, 1904, Mrs Elizabeth B. Miller, a well-known cookery tutor, launched her second book of recipes and tips: The Economical Technical Cookery Book, published by a Dunedin firm. At 380 pages, it was said to be "confidently recommended to the economic and careful housewife."

Wind change for Feilding weather watcher

Feilding weatherman Alan Mason checks his rain gauge, a daily rutual.

Change is in the air after nearly a century of weather watching for a Feilding family.

Music festival is fresh and free

Palmerston North Girls High School band Pixie Dust will be performing at this year's Rotary Youth Music Festival. From left: Madi Pomana, Shannen Petersen and Lisabet Morgan.

More than 140 students will celebrate young musical talent at a free festival.

Out of the box

Performers from The Massey University Drama Society's production of Twelve in a Box. Clockwise from front: Simon Herbert, Miriam Tucker, Shivarn Stewart, Joshua Aranas, Charlie Pearson, Joshua Lawrence, Danelle Walker and Annie Richards

The Massey University Drama Society's latest production Twelve in a Box has been adapted for the stage for the first time.

Diamond in the rough

Hayley Groombridge is forging ahead in her chosen career as a jeweller.

All that jazz

The Rodger Fox Big Band will be playing alongside pianist Michael Houstoun.

The Manawatu International Jazz and Blues Festival is going from strength to strength, with expectations high for its 2015 season.

Black walls bring the wow factor

Marama says her mother is responsible for buying some of the coolest objects in the dining room, including the pink cuckoo clock, the black bust and the pedestal stand; on the dining table is a candelabra from Seletti; the vintage armchair was recently reupholsted in black and the cushions are from Designers Guild.

Dramatic wallpaper, skulls and hot pink accents come together in this funky Palmerston North home.

New space for local talent gallery

New shop in Feilding Consignment

A retail and gallery space showcasing the work of local designers has opened in Feilding.

Bird enthusiasts gear up for poultry show gallery

Manawatu Poultry and Pigeon Club president Murray Strawbridge is gearing up for the upcoming poultry and pigeon show.

Poultry enthusiasts in the region will be crossing the road to the Manawatu poultry and pigeon show in June.

Review: Fury Road a petrol head opera gallery

Tom Hardy's titular anti-hero finding himself in a tight bind, in Mad Max: Fury Road.

REVIEW: In case there was any doubt, perhaps in the few seconds before our leather-clad ant-hero chomps on a live lizard in the opening scene, Mad Max: Fury Road is absolute mayhem.

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