Diamond couple celebrate 60 years

Christine and George Rose are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this week.

When a Palmerston North couple went on their first date to the picture theatre, neither thought they'd still be together more than 60 years later.

Focus on Manawatu art still strong

Stuart Schwartz of Taylor Jensen Fine Arts is celebrating a milestone.

Palmerston North's Taylor Jensen Fine Arts has turned 18 and still holds firm to promoting Manawatu art.

Hotel hijinks in new burlesque show

Hollie Berry is one of the burlesque stars featured in The Boom Boom Room's latest show.

The Boom Boom Room Burlesque has a new show coming to Palmerston North's Globe Theatre.

Poet pens a wild persona

Johanna Aitchison has recently had her third volume of poetry published.

Palmerston North writer Johanna Aitchison has penned her third book of poems.

Dancing with death

Death row prisoners in the Dead Wrong production, Raiha Kiriona, left, lead actor Jamiee Harris, middle, and Connor Parker.

A dramatic stage piece about the death penalty takes out student Stage Challenge award.

Film festival flies into Palmy

Activist Tame Iti is the focus of 'The Prince of Peace', a flim showing in Palmerston North as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival.

Martial arts, Mafioso comedy and a controversial New Zealand activist are all the subject of films soon to be screened in Palmerston North.

Art trail price hike slammed

Kapiti artist Anne Bellamy with one of her watercolours.

Trail no democracy as art and crafters revolt.

DC-3 comes in for landing

Leo Cooney's model DC-3 inspired a display at Te Takere about early air travel in New Zealand.

A project illustrating a slice of New Zealand aviation history has taken off.

Schools' Pasifika passion shines

Taitoko School students performed for the opening of the Pasifika Fusion festival in Palmerston North.

Horowhenua schools claimed top two places for cultural performance at annual festival.

Shakespeare with a Maori spin

Regan Taylor tackles Shakesperean characters from a Maori perspective.

Solothello is a new take on a classic. Filled with te reo and Maori masks, it brings Shakespeare into a new light.

MasterChef turns over a new lettuce leaf

MasterChef New Zealand judges Josh Emett, Al Brown and Mark Wallbank.

MasterChef New Zealand (TV3, Sundays) started with two fresh faces but, better still, it began with an improved atmosphere.

Getting personal with paint

Kirsty Porter's upcoming exhibition deals with the subject matter of people.

Palmerston North artist Kirsty Porter will be the artist in residence for August at the White Room Gallery.

Top trio tour the country

Violinist Natalie Lin will be joined by two other top young musicians to perform in a national tour.

CLiK is a trio of top New Zealand chamber musicians and they are coming to Palmerston North.

A chance to dance with the stars

Helen Baucke with dance partner Douglas Jarrett prepare to trip the light fantastic at the Blended Blue Ball in support of Plunket on August 8.

Time for all to have a ball - a genuine old-school formal ballgowns and tux 'n tails event.

Ardijah is coming our way

Kiwi band Ardijah is coming to Palmerston North's Cloverlea Tavern.

Kiwi band Ardijah will be part of a Palmerston North pub's reopening night celebrations.

From the menu

Risotto from Palmerston North's Nero Bar

A risotto so creamy and delicious the recipe had to be shared.

Losing a family member is tough, even just the cat

Picking winners isn't such a winner for Sunsuper

I am writing this column having just showered off dirt from the ground in which I buried Marcus, our family cat.

Free-wheeling his way to firsts

Adam Francis has perfected his jump after many hours and many loops of his home track.

Adam Francis is a young cyclist who is showing a lot of promise.

Restaurateur calls it a day

Elsie and Pietro Valle have been serving up meals in Taihape for nearly 40 years.

Pietro and Elsie Valle have been serving up meals to Taihape's visitors and locals since 1976.

Growing a future

Vannessa Witt in front of the urban permaculture garden she helped create for her parents.

In a world that is fast moving, many people are getting back to a slower and simpler way of living.

Get outside to beat the winter blues

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Shawn Stormann takes a walk up the Grampians with his dog Lafayette. Orthopaedic surgery series.

Get outside several times a day just for some daylight!

Famous photos in Manawatu

Sub-Saharan Mali 1997, blowing sand from a dry lake bed clings to an eight-month-old baby as mother and children nap.

National Geographic's exhibition of its 50 most famous photos is coming to Te Manawa.

Memories in the medium of paint

Tim Croucher's new exhibition draws inspiration from his Manawatu upbringing.

Te Manawa's new exhibiting artist Tim Croucher was inspired by his early years in Manawatu.

Dangers of love affair online

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People are deciding to stay at home and watch sport on TV rather than go to the game.

I would hope people of all ages would pause for just a nanosecond before having a love affair online.

The classics re-imagined

Palmerston North pianist Chris Dann will be fronting this month's Te Manawa Concert Series.

This month's Te Manawa Concert Series takes a new look at classical music from a jazz perspective.

Students compete in cooking contest

Three UCOL students, Zach Meads, Christina Hogan and Sarah Preddy will be competing in a cooking competition in Auckland.

Palmerston North hospitality students will be slicing and dicing their way to a cook-off in Auckland this month.

Monster challenge accepted

Feilding actress Helena Pawson is in the upcoming production of Frankenstein at Centrepoint Theatre. Photo: CAROLINE BROWN/FAIRFAX NZ

Feilding sisters' singing success

Feilding sisterls Caitlyn, 13, and Isabella Comer, 9, are wowing the judges at singing competitions across the Manawatu-Wanganui District. Photo: CAROLINE BROWN/FAIRFAX NZ

Extra special Eid for Muslim community

Emilie Vallee and Ahmed Elwan got married at the end of Ramadan.

There were hundreds of people at one Palmerston North couple's surprise wedding.

Play rides into city

Mark Hadlow stars as the middle aged-man in Lycra.

It's a play based on an actual thing, the popularity of cycling and the donning of Lycra among middle-aged men.

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