Lifestyle

Flashback: Crowned Miss Universe

Lorraine Downes

Lorraine Downes was 19 when she arrived in St Louis. She left an international celebrity.

The Curtis method

Cliff Curtis in Dark Horse.

Missing from our screens for some time, Kiwi actor Cliff Curtis is back with a vengeance.

Auctioning off a glam girl

barbie

There are hundreds, in all manner of guises, from one produced in 1962 to the tanned Malibu Barbie.

Rebel artist has delicate touch

rebel

Gordon Thompson is an artist who goes against the grain.

Going with the flow

Leo

Leonel Alvarado is a man who sees beauty in a river stone and meaning in the everyday.

'Schools, not salaries!'

Hekia parata

Government's controversial multimillion-dollar schools success scheme causes concern among school leaders.

Outrageous successes

Jane Wrightson

From Shortland Street to Scribe, New Zealand on Air has brought Kiwi content to audiences here and abroad for 25 years.

By George what a trip

salzburg

Backpacking through Europe with a wife, young daughters, and a grumpy, old bear was trip never to be forgotten.

Dancing across the ditch

dance

CARLY THOMAS - Manawatu Standard

Madison Cronin is a 14-year-old dancer who proves that hard work pays off. She has spent 10 years making dancing her craft.

Top chop a delicious dinner

Lamb chop

Ruth Pretty celebrates the humble lamb chop.

Celebrating a midwinter Christmas

Midwinter Christmas

A James Bond party must have been the clincher. how can you resist a man who turns up in a wetsuit and strips to a tuxedo?

Asian accolade in a strong market

winest

Horowhenua's Ohau Wines have picked up a prestigious international wine award, an encore after winning the same award two years ago.

No life without flow

Foxton River loop

Dedicated group plan to revitalise Foxton, but first need to bring life back to the Manawatu River Loop.

Air, air for radio veteran

Justin du Fresne

Veteran Wellington radio host Justin du Fresne has been given a right roasting at a star-studded farewell lunch.

Karen Walker's stylish projects

Karen Walker

The designer who dictates local cool-girl fashion talks Top Shop plans, eyewear success and cooking.

Y'ar! Clever pirate

'...a creative kid with a great imagination'

Charlotte Coates

Charlotte Crofts likes fairies. In fact, she would quite like to be one.

Yesterday was the beginning of his life

Mark Williams

A stolen $100 changed a young man's life and the face of New Zealand music.

Cooking with gas

How a Kiwi chef became one of the world's best

Ben Shewry

Kiwi chef Ben Shewry talks about the bumpy road it took to make the World's 50 Best Restaurants list.

Winter Essay: Winter Solace

Matariki

On the shortest day of the year, Alistair Hughes dips into some history - and icy waters - in our essay series.

Dark, intense drama

Mercy

Centrepoint Theatre gets serious with its new play The Mercy Clause.

Magic beans g r o w i n g

jack

CARLY THOMAS - Manawatu Standard

Tall Poppies Youth Theatre is taking its show Jack and the Beanstalk on the road, a travelling troupe of inspired and hard-working kids who are on a mission to make theatre more accessible

Read: The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

J.K. Rowlings

Read an exclusive extract of J.K. Rowling's alter ego Robert Galbraith's much anticipated second novel The Silkworm.

The Silkworm, chapter two

J.K. Rowlings

Read the second chapter of Robert Galbraith's second novel, The Silkworm.

Winter essay: Love struck

Love struck

It was a cold and snowy night when Eric Janssen spied the love of his life across a crowded bar.

'Generation Me ME!'

DAVID WHYTE

Narcissists obsessed with counting Facebook ‘likes', or the most socially-minded generation yet?

Spontaneous shine in show without scripts

Improv

The definition of spontaneous is to act or react, a happening without apparent forethought or prompting.

Evolution from childhood on stage

She's been stomping theatre boards since she was 8-years-old, now Hannah McMillan is coming into her own.

Beehive revolution

Flashback: Muldoon's snap decision

Muldoon

Thirty years ago Prime Minister Robert Muldoon set in train an event that would shake up politics.

Rapt to be home

Respected rapper PNC comes home to Feilding

PNC

When Sam Hansen needs a break from being PNC, one of New Zealand's most respected rappers, he comes home to Feilding.

Young violinist takes a bow

But still not sure if she'll study music

Melanie Pinkney

Melanie Pinkney picked up a tiny violin at the age of 4 and now, at 12, is holding her own recitals.

How to survive winter

winter

Batten down the hatches - winter is here and so is your winter survival guide.

Cool winter getaways

Winter

Instead of hiding away from the winter the elements, why not embrace them by planning a winter holiday.

Still fired up

Gerry Geurtjens

Gerry Geurtjens is an 83-year-old man who is very much a part of the pottery community.

Mercury rising

gary

Gary Mullen wanted to be Freddie Mercury but never thought that is exactly who he would get to be.

Giant leap for Sean

sci

CARLY THOMAS - Manawatu Standard

Palmerston North science fiction author Sean Monaghan will immerse himself in all things space-related when he receives his Jim Baen Memorial award in Los Angeles this week.

Arts community celebrates

Palmerston North's Globe Theatre will soon be shedding its scaffolding, opening its doors and turning on the spotlights.

Tragedy, art and living for today

rent

CARLY THOMAS - Manawatu Standard

Rent is a story of the 90s played out in a rock opera. Abbey Musical Theatre is bringing it back.

Theatre of recognition

Kings of the gym

Director of Centrepoint Theatre's latest comedy, Kings of the Gym, says it's all about "puncturing our cherished beliefs".

Dancing machines

coppelia

RNZB is bringing Coppelia to town, staring Lucy Green and choreographed by Martin Vedel.

Leading light

geoff lovegrove

Geoff Lovegrove is retiring after 19 years as principal of Feilding's Lytton Street School.

Expression of remembrance

Ngatai Taepa

Carly Thomas speaks to Ngatai Taepa, the artist entrusted with the weighty and honourable job of remembrance.

Modern twist to timeless classic

Director has a few tricks up his sleeve

oliver

Upcoming production of Oliver! at The Regent in Palmerston North looks to new innovation for modern, vibrant look.

One willing helper

Denise Arnold

Denise Arnold set up a trust that now helps keep 5000 Cambodian children in school.

A contrast in styles

Two very different Manawatu musical acts are gearing up for album-release shows in their home city.

Out to get their man

AOS and Carne

A trail of black-clad armed offenders squad members snake their way along a leafy pathway.

Beauty business looks good

ryan

A Palmerston North businesswoman whose passion for making women feel good is paying off.

One leg? It's no big deal

Marty Clark is a one-legged wonder.

Musing music's meaning

Grayson Gilmour

The late-20s musings of Grayson Gilmour are set to be released to the world in aural form, Jono Galuszka reports.

Bargains for all

Central Districts Field Days

Organisers of the Central Districts Field Days say they are the best days off the farm all year.

The art of war hits centre stage

The War Artist

War - what is it good for? Well, it did give a New Zealander the opportunity to make his name in the art world.