Striving for the 'new now'

'It was pretty hard to handle'

It's been 10 months since Palmerston North teenager Nat Manville suffered a serious spinal injury during a rugby match

Dance music with a French touch

French film festival darling Eden is about the 'French touch' dance music made popular by the likes of Daft Punk.

Movement in the moment

A baby, cats, a dancer, a bird in flight and toi toi are some of the subjects in the exhibition The Movement, a collaboration of 11 photographers that has become an annual event.

She's got you covered

Kay Nagy has been awarded with a Lifetime Achievement in Theatre.

Introducing Luke & Samantha

Sparks didn't fly when they first met, but this couple managed to turn a fleeting meeting into lifelong love.

A cross-dressing conundrum

French director Francois Ozon talks about how he got the romantic lead his new film into a dress and heels.

Easther's art graces pages

Illustrated book celebrates top NZ artist's work

Rita Easther lived a life in full colour, the extent of which has been encapsulated in an illustrated book of her life and art.

NZ's tastiest lamb found

Manawatu has NZ's tastiest lamb according to judges at the annual "Glammies".

Review: Seventh Son

As the forces of good and evil engage in an epic battle, you may or may not be swept up in the action.  

In praise of peace

History opens doors for artist

Bronze is Brett Rangitaawa's medium of choice, and his sculptures draw inspiration from a rich history.

Top fencers fired up for action

Some of the country's top and up-and-coming fencers are lining for the title at Central Districts Field Days.

Ancient festival of Holi makes colourful splash in city

Ancient festival makes colourful splash in city

An explosion of colour and happiness has splashed on to the faces of people in Palmerston North.

Documenting the damage to the landscape

Terra Firma Dissonance is a new exhibition by Victoria Forbes exploring the issue of soil erosion.

Staging an epic love story

PNBHS and PNGHS joint production of West Side Story has been months in the making and it will be in the performers' memories for a long time.

School springboard to stardom

Ben Orwin-Higgs played a star in a nativity play. Now he's starring in a high school production. Carly Thomas meets the ambitious teen.

Food forms basis of art display

"I think humour in art is great."

Food will also be the main theme for a collaborative art exhibition in Palmerston North.

Movie review: Jupiter Ascending

REVIEW: It may have been written in the cosmos that Jupiter Ascending would take audiences by storm but the planets, the plot and the characters were wildly out of alignment.

Downtime dress dilemmas

The tricky rules of smart casual

Avoiding casual calamities when invited to an out-of-work-hours function is quite an art.

Musician shows his diversity

Entertaining with tunes from Asia

Chinese musician Jiang Li treated a crowd at Palmerston North's Red Cross to a concert.

Bringing Dark Room to light

Management change may energise theatre

Nathan Mudge hopes to inject some light into Palmerston North's Dark Room, making it more a community space.

Programme selection showcases talents

Yesterday saw the opening of Te Manawa 2015 Concert Series, the 20th year that this season has been entertaining local audiences.

Colour me 11 ways

It's colour put into words, movement, and thought, and it's a performance that the audience moves with. Beyond boundaries and definition,He Ara Tae: A Pathway of Colour is something special. Carly Thomas has a behind-the-scenes look at Palmerston North's Creative Journeys.

Loss propels rider to front of pack

When Carol Webb's husband died from cancer a year ago it was a hard road to acceptance, but cycling has helped her do that.

Creative excursion

They are often walked past, some are hidden and some you may not even know are there. But our city's public sculptures and urban artworks are abundant and a guided walk this Saturday will give people the chance to stop, learn and really look.

Summer show goes down well

The sun and the guitars came out for Sounds of Summer Lunchtime Concert series in The Square.

Young artist reaches exhibition goal

Melissa Gilbert is celebrating being Pretentious, her first exhibition at Palmerston North's Square Edge Gallery.

Black humour in Pacific play

If play Black Faggot is anything to go by, then as a society we are ready to get real, funny, filthy and forthright.

Bulletproof coffee craze hits town

Would you like some butter in your coffee?

The Theory of Everything

What an extraordinary man Stephen Hawking is. Well, we all knew that.

Adventures in online dating

Do you have veiny feet and will you kick me in between my legs?

Tipping her hat to fashion

Style never goes out of date

Anel Heyman's craft of millinery is an old one, one heaped in sophistication and pout.

C'mon Cupid, play the game

Love in a university town a young person's game

Unless you're young, being single in Palmy is a tough game.

Movie review: Mortdecai

REVIEW: For those pondering whether Johnny Depp could ever lose his charm, the answer is an emphatic yes.

Give a fig

The fig season is upon us, so make the most of this wonderful fruit.

From homestead to university

Pioneer's role in developing Massey land

Manawatu's immigrant settlers must sometimes have wondered what their lives would have been like, had they not boarded a ship to faraway New Zealand.

Anomaly's different beat

Low fees, big fun with modern dance styles

Having their own dance school has been a dream for the Palmerston North couple behind a new studio.

Gearing up for glitz and glamour

Busy contestant eyes national crown

A Palmerston North woman has landed a spot in the Miss World New Zealand competition.

McArdle's paintings on show in White Room

What Lana McArdle's sees is what you get - photorealism painter's new exhibition is a reflection of her world.

Bump in the night

They try to explain the unexplainable - but don't call them ghostbusters.

Overtones call for choral voices

Female barbershop chorus the Manawatu Overtones are singing out for more birds to join their flock.

Movie review: Into the Woods


Carla Amos reviews 'Into the Woods', starring Meryl Streep.

What he does with the shadows

Australian Raymond Crowe has adults and children spellbound by his shadow puppet show.

Birdman and American Sniper

Birdman (4 Stars)

Revving up old the Singer

Reporter Thomas Heaton meets up with quilting expert Ron Te Kawa.

Film review: Taken 3; Exodus: Gods and Kings; Paddington

The perfect weekend movie combo - kidnapping, gunplay, gods, kings and, of course, marmalade.

Country comes to town

Suited and gumbooted: it's showtime

A&P shows are massive events for a simple reason - there's something for everyone, and even more if you love a good tractor.

Fiery festival hits Hunterville

As society becomes more and more reliant on social networking, as lives become busier and people become increasingly distanced from others, the concept of Kiwiburn as an event begins to seem less New Age and airy fairy and more pressingly relevant and necessary. When people get to the gate of the Kiwiburn site in Hunterville many say it's like coming home, like a letting out of breath.

Flatout fantastic with meatballs

Lamb meatballs in flatbread make for a fine barbie feast.

Time for a mixtape revival?

Here's why we should still be in love with the mixtape.

Concert fans get free run

Access Manawatu Sounds of Summer's annual series of free concerts at Victoria Esplanade begins this weekend.

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