Boychoir hits the right high notes

Dustin Hoffman conducting in Boychoir.

Reviewed by Peter Lampp

Music Month kicks off

Kickstarter fund raising project - Great Job music venue - from left; Harry Lilley, Dave Stevens and Cam Wilkes.

NZ Music Month kicks off and Palmerston North's all age venue Great Job will be hosting a heap of bands.

Talking taonga gallery video

Asher Newbery and his expansive exhibition Te Okiwa.

Artist Asher Newbery doesn’t do things in halves and has a body of work made up of something bigger than just him.

The bard's birthday bash

Students from Young Fry Productions preparing for last year's Shakespearience Parade.From left; Angus Chiles, George Yates, Miller Priest-O'Hara, Meg Priest-O'Hara, Charlotte Yates, Kawin Chatsungneon, Sashini Punchihewa, Manee Chatsungneon and Madeleine James.

Shakespeare's birthday will not be forgotten in Palmerston North, with a celebratory day of all things Victorian.

38 years of fighting fires

Community stalwart Gary Stratford has retired as chief fire officer and volunteer fire fighter after 38 years.

In 1976 Gary Stratford joined the Foxton Fire Brigade, thinking he'd help out for a few years.

How and why she lost 54kg gallery

Lacing up and going for walks helped Ashley Wisnewski lose 54kg.

"My clothes didn't fit and I knew I had to do something."

Plenty of art on offer

Rosalie Blake firing a wave pot ready for the Horowhenua Arts Trail.

It is an event that came to fruition during a coffee-fuelled discussion four years ago and now the Horowhenua Arts Trail is growing in size.

The life of Douglas Lilburn to be celebrated in music

Composer Douglas Lilburn in the electronic music studio at Victoria University, circa 1975.

The Manawatu Sinfonia will be celebrating the centennial of classical composer Douglas Lilburn in the best way they know how, through music.

Painting the invisible

Artist Rebecca Wallis in her Auckland studio.

For the Zimmerman gallery's latest exhibiting artist, the idea of human fragility is something that she likes to capture in an image.

Helping kids to go green

Newbury Primary School shows off its garden which is part of its successful enviro schools curriculum. From left, Georgia May, 9, Ella, 9, Joshua, 9, Arnika, 9, Riveen, 9, Harry, 9.

Getting primary school pupils interested in doing something for the environment is what this Enviroschools programme wants to do.

The art of charity

Photo: 630772770: Palmerston North Boys' High School student Colson Verdonk is organising a fundraising art sale and exhibition with the help from art teacher Kelly Pfeffer-Marshall.

Senior students' art from Palmerston North Boys' High School will not only be on show at the Square Edge Community Gallery, it will also be for sale for a good cause.

Smith family goes to war on TV

Freya Milner as Cissy Smith in Kiwi drama When We Go to War

In Packed To the Rafters, each family member became a Rafter raconteur and the idea is now being used in When We Go To War (TV One, Sundays).

When rugby went to war

Rugby historian Clive Akers has written an ebook on the effect war had on rugby.

Rugby did not escape the impact of WWI and a project showing just how much it was affected by war.

Romance a brief interlude in World War I

Alicia Vikander and Kit Harington who star in the romantic war drama, Testament of Youth.

Testament of Youth

Drama at the coalface

Chris Green performs in the one man play Coaltown Blues.

Coaltown Blues is a play with real grit, written by a man who was bought up in a mining township. 

Joint effort in furniture exhibition

Head tutor and furniture maker Andy Halewood is including some of his student's pieces, like this one by Tom  Santing, in his new exhibition.

A new exhibition at Taylor Jensen Fine Arts shows that furniture can also be art.

No satisfaction from rolling stones

Waterworks problems seems to be a large part of my day lately. Not problems for me but my hairy patients. These problems can include: urinary incontinence; increased frequency of going to the toilet; apparent difficulty going to the toilet; and blood in the urine. As well as all the blocked bladder cats we see every week, we have had several little canine friends with painful bladder problems! 

Nursing the ravages of sexism, savagery

Saddened Palmerstonians gathered in the Opera House on Sunday November 22, 1915, to commemorate two local nurses drowned in the sinking of the transport ship Marquette. 

Art for the environment's sake

Kirsty Porter and Sarah Bingle have their fingers on the pulse of Palmerston North's art community

One man’s junk is another man’s treasure or in the case of Palmerston North’s Arts Recycling Centre, an art project waiting to happen.

Years of farming contests pays off

The Taranaki-Manawatu ANZ Young Farmers contest winner Peter Fitz-Herbert builds a tank stand, one of the many challenges that he had to complete.

Peter Fitz-Herbert made the most of competition experience to win the Taranaki-Manawatu Young Farmers contest.

Drama reaches out to intellectually disabled

Tall Poppies drama tutor Meghan Work and student Lucy Brunn enjoy a funny moment.

Tall Poppies has a new drama class on offer, opening up new opportunities for the special needs community.

You need a better writer, Rebecca

Rebecca Gibney has been one of our finest actors for many decades.

Drumming up some passion

Chris Berry is a passionate advocate for African music and will be teaching Palmerston North drumming and dance students in a weekend of workshops.

Chris Berry, a passionate advocate, performer and teacher of African music, is holding a weekend of workshops in Palmerston North.

McKean's piping up

Palmerston North's Lachlan McKean, 14, has shot to the top of the piping ladder just a few months after picking up the instrument.

Just months after picking up the bagpipes for the first time, a young Palmerston North teen has had success on the national stage.

Recommended: reading

Palmerston North city librarian and general manager of community services Anthony Lewis is stepping away from the living room of the city.

Anthony Lewis may have retired as Palmerston North city librarian and general manager of community services, but he's not finished yet.

Cost of healthy foods rising

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Parents are struggling to fill lunch boxes with healthy snacks as prices continue to rise.

Bringing war stories to life

Soldiers at Trentham, donated to My Family Story.

English soldier Frank Whittaker went off to WWI eager to serve king and country, and came back a changed man.

Eye spy a little problem

A crocodile is pictured at the Nairobi National Park outside the Kenyan capital Nairobi April 6, 2015. Hoteliers from Kenya's Indian Ocean coast region and sprawling game park reserves said tourists have started cancelling trips to the east African nation after Islamist gunmen last week killed 148 people at a university campus. Picture taken April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

There is an element of morbid fascination when it comes to crocodiles and sharks, including having a 'third eye'.

Kermadec: Lines in the ocean

Kermadec exhibiton at Te Manawa showcases the works of nine artists who were taken to the Kermadec Trench.

A string of the country's most precious and unique islands is on show at Palmerston North's Te Manawa Museum.

Playing for laughs

Stuart Devenie stars in CentrePoint Theatre's latest production, Golf: A Love Story.

A newly acquired love of golf has been transformed into a powerhouse play at Centrepoint Theatre.

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