Aline Tran doesn't see the world as most people do; she notices detail, light, the way sun or shade falls on a face, the angle, the colour and the tone.
Teacher Tim Jones is known for his humour in class and has brought that to a script written for his school's first production in seven years.
Doping sports stars fall from lofty pedestals but experts say ordinary Kiwi gym goers are paying a different kind of price for dabbling in the world of performance and image-enhancing drugs.
Wellington's one-time "Mr Big" of the body building scene is now an unlikely poster boy against "juicing".
At 19 Grant Cole was armed with political ideals, three banana boxes, flour, a plane, and a like-minded pilot.
Melissa Goode of Hamilton City Libraries heads to the Yukon in a classic tale.
OPINION: Every time you act, you are voting for the kind of world you want.
A from a university office that resembles a retro lounge, Claire Robinson has emerged as a prominent political commentator.
The Lockdown 06 crew have a real presence in the Palmerston North club scene.
Two 10-year-olds have created a virtual political world, complete with Beehive and miniature John Key.
Leigh Rosanoski wants to change the world one kind act at a time, and she has all the ideas for it.
"These guys have got the goods."
Palmerston North band Rezist are on top of a national online music chart, with $10,000 of prize money in their sights.
Pink Floyd tribute show Eclipse is heading for small venues with its Live in Your Lounge tour.
Chloe Ashdown knows a bit about girl power. She has a black belt in taekwondo and says her sport makes her feel strong and confident.
Browsers Bookshop owner Rachel Pope has a customer forcefully suggest a book to review.
Neil Finn would rather go down in flames than fade into obscurity.
William Honeyman used logical processes of detective work in his fiction and it fascinated Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Turning from chocolatier to film maker seems to have been a piece of cake for Jo Coffey.
The quiet doer of things that need to get done
Meet production manager Luke Anderson - the quiet doer of things that need to get done.
Jodi Walker knows the fashion industry is a tough one to get in to, so she is making sure she puts herself forward at every opportunity. Carly Thomas speaks to Jodi about her latest project.
On Sunday the Renaissance Singers presented a concert focusing on music from stage and screen.
Kylie Thomson of Hamilton City Libraries finds a great novel from not that long ago.
New science shows New Zealand is part of a continent that's 94 per cent underwater.
Pineapple and prawns make perfect partners.
Film Commission boss Dave Gibson talks about how he got into the business and the future of film.
Most expensive locally-produced musical in city
The truth needs to be told, speculation laid to rest. The Phantom of the Opera is here.
Jennifer Moss is bringing a festival to Palmerston North that will get people up singing and dancing.
Kiwi photographer Robin Hammond was desperate to escape his ‘boring' NZ existence for the real world.
Kiwis are getting to grips with the challenges of taking a show to the largest arts festival in the world.
Ruth Pretty revisits a soup from one of the classic vegetarian cookbooks.
Artist Adele Souster crafts moments in time with her art, using the sky, earth, weather and shadow in oil paintings of New Zealand landscapes.
Words usually written in solitude have found a collaborative home in a trio of poetry books to be launched tonight.
It is a long way from New York to Marton, but Max Varney is pleased he made the journey.
Connecting with young people can be hard, but Sio Vaelua seems to have cracked the code.
Skin Theatre is not just a theatre company that sets out to entertain.
OPINION: It's not that people cut down some of your blossom tree, rather that people don't have the courtesy to ask.
Danielle Cormack, like many Kiwi actors, took a leap of faith to Australia. It's a gamble that's paid off.
Fresh, corn-fed chickens will always roast better, giving plump, juicy meat and crisp skin.
Little-known Dr Dieffenbach comes to light
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A new novel by author Dr Thom Conroy has seen a little-known historical figure rescued from the margins.
Calls for penalties to punish people for puffing away in public outdoor places narrowly defeated.
America had Dynasty and Kiwi television audiences had Gloss.
Olivia Wannan spent a month testing the three rival forecasters' predictions. So who gets it right the most?
The armed offenders squad shares the stories beyond the balaclavas on their 50th anniversary.
OPINION: Modern telecommunications wizardry has bred a new generation of shouters.
Shihad's new album is a political statement against the widening gap between the rich and the poor.
Evento's wearable arts spreads its wings
From small beginnings to becoming an event that is anything but small.
Behind the closed doors of the Royal New Zealand Ballet are many hidden gems.
Only a Kiwi girl could find a sheep farm in the middle of Los Angeles.
A Palmerston North school principal is brimming with bright ideas after a three-month sabbatical.
In Italian cooking everything must be made from scratch, and everything must be authentic
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