The architect and artist

Matt Liggins is a Tokomaru-born artist now living in Sydney who has an exhibition at the Square Edge starting April 19. He is also an architect and designed Lee Vertongen's house.

Matt Liggins is an artist and an architect - but thinks the two pursuits are polar opposites.

Striving for the 'new now'

Nat Manville who fractured his fifth cervical vertebra in his neck during a ruck while playing for the school's first XV in May last year.

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

SPIN DOCTOR: Felix de Givry as fictional DJ Paul Vallee in Eden, a film about the early days of French dance music.

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

Movement in the moment

Photograph by Catherine Holmes  -  "Leonard and Delilah Learn To Dance"  -  This work is included in "The Movement" exhibition of Eleven photographers at Square Edge.

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 just won a Lifetime Achievement Award for her commitment to community theatre

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

Introducing Luke & Samantha gallery

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

IN HIS COURT: Anais Demoustier and Romain Duris in The New Girlfriend.

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

Dr Romuald Rudzki, author of 'A Life in Art'  a book about the life of the Marton born artist, Rita Easther, who lived in Feilding and died in Palmerston North.

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 video

Glammies champion Hamish Buchanan with the spoils of success after taking out the Zoetis Beef + Lamb New Zealand Golden Lamb Awards
in Wanaka.

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

Review: Seventh Son

SEVENTH SON: Jeff Bridges and Tom Ward.

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

HEAVY METAL: Brett Rangitaawa.

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

Top fencers fired up for action

Fencers work together to erect a 36-metre 5-wire fence.

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

COLOUR FEST: Aurora Druker-Michaels and Santosh Sahu, of the Sarathi Massey group celebrate Holi at Massey University.

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

Documenting the damage to the landscape

Unlimited Future.

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.

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

PNBHS student Ben Orwin-Higgs on the set of West Side Story, in which he had a main role playing Tony.

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

Local artist Cheleigh-Anne Dunkerton works on a painting for an upcoming exhibition called Hunger Games which is a community exhibition featuring food.

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

Movie review: Jupiter Ascending

Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis star in 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

GETTING AWAY WITH IT? It can be a fine line between under- and over-dressing for after-work functions.

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

Musician shows his diversity

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Li Jiang -  Visiting Chinese classical musician gives a free concert @ Red Cross, plays 8 instruments. Li Jiang is deputy head and chief violinist of Dance & Theatre Symphony Orchestra in Luo Yang. Instruments, from left;  Erhu (fiddle with 2 strings), Hu Lu Si (reed wind instrument), Xun (egg-shaped flute) and Di Zi (side blown flute)

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

Bringing Dark Room to light

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New  Dark Room manager Nathan Mudge is a Palmerston North actor who has returned to the city to move the Dark Room forward with a refurbishment and a new line-up of shows.

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

Programme selection showcases talents

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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

Creative Journeys, "making day" concepts to costuming for He Ara Tae / A Pathway of Colours, directed by Jamie Bull for production at Te Manawa in February.
Pictured is Jessica Bergeson, Cheleigh Dunkerton and Lily Harper with a butterfly creation for the show.

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

RIDING ON: Carol Webb (front) and the The Velogirls women's cycling group. Carol lost her husband to cancer and has since lost over 40kgs cycling.

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

Bronwyn Zimmerman, pictured top centre, will be hosting the urban art sculpture walk this Saturday as part of the Manawatu Walking Festival. A guided walk through the Palmerston North city centre giving insights into the what, who and how of many of the city public artworks.

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 at lunchtime

The Bing Turkby Ensemble wigs out the crowd at the Sounds of Summer lunchtime concert in The Square.

The sun and the guitars came out and so did the people, as the Sounds of Summer Lunchtime Concert series began in The Square, Palmerston North.

Young artist reaches exhibition goal

Artist Melissa Gilbert with some of her work to be exhibited at Square Edge next week.

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

Black humour in Pacific play

BLACK HUMOUR: Taofia Pelesasa and Iaheto Ah Hi promise their play Black Faggot won't be hiding away from social issues in the Pacific community.

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

The Theory of Everything

EXTRAORDINARY MAN: The Theory of Everything.

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

Adventures in online dating video

Hannah Pratt talks about single life in Palmerston North

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

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