Lucky break for festival

Andrew London

REVIEW: Appearing as part of the Jazz and Blues Festival, Andrew London’s satirical take on everyday life always makes for an enjoyable evening.

Doughty Irishwoman a child crusader

Deirdre O'Kane, centre, is an indomitable crusader for kids in Noble.

Christina Noble is far from nobility by virtue of her upbringing.

Making his own way in music video

Michael Luke is currently working on his mix tape Autumn which he is hoping will help him launch his musical career.

Michael Luke is a Palmerston North musician who is making his own way in music.

Art on a whimsy

Mia Hamilton at her Wellington studio with daisies that she has made out of danger tape.

Mia Hamilton is a mixed media artist holding her debut Manawatu show at the Zimmerman Art Gallery.

Street art off the beaten track gallery

It's art with purpose and fight on the edge of the Ruahines and the Rangiwahia Environmental Arts Centre is run by artists for artists and something beyond. Carly Thomas went out of town to see something quite out of this world. 

The art of old

Azure Ellis is holding her first exhibition at Palmerston North's White Room Gallery, showing off her fascination with textiles.

Palmerston North artist Azure Ellis will be exhibiting for the first time at the White Room Gallery.

'Dog' welcomes visitors to town gallery

A new sign with a Murray Ball cartoon welcomes visitors into Feilding on state highway 54.

Following concerns that Feilding was not well enough sign posted, new signage has been installed.

Blokart Open a first for spectators

Husband and wife, Colin and Jo Cook, riding on the Sanson blokart track.

Organisers of the first North Island Blokart Open are hoping for a windy weekend.

Battle of the books

Students from Feilding Intermediate finished fourth at the National Liz Quiz competition. From left, Flint Rogers, 12, Kezia Rogers, 11, Hannah Grace 12, and Stella Means, 12.

Curious George was all that stood in the way of bronze for Feilding students at the national Kids' Lit Quiz.

High hopes for humanity

Colson Verdonk was instrumental in starting a World Vision group at Palmerston North Boys High School.

Carly Thomas talks with Colson Verdonk, a driven young Palmerston North Boys High School student who has decided that to make the world a better place, he had better start now.

Musical dawn in Palmy video

Palmerston North rock band Dusk Till Dawn rehearse in one of the practice rooms at The Stomach.  From left: Lee Hamilton, Steven Whittaker, Jayson Harris and William Palmer

Dusk Til Dawn are a rock 'n' roll band who are finding their way on the Palmerston North music scene.

Capturing the sun gallery

Feature, the design story behind Te Manawa's latest touring exhibition, Sunlight. One of the modules showing how big the sun will expand to over time.

Sunlight-Ihi Komaru is Te Manawa's new touring exhibition that took two years and $300,000 to complete.

Food glorious food

Inside the Self Help grocery store on Rangitikei Street, 1937.

In July, 1904, Mrs Elizabeth B. Miller, a well-known cookery tutor, launched her second book of recipes and tips: The Economical Technical Cookery Book, published by a Dunedin firm. At 380 pages, it was said to be "confidently recommended to the economic and careful housewife."

Wind change for Feilding weather watcher

Feilding weatherman Alan Mason checks his rain gauge, a daily rutual.

Change is in the air after nearly a century of weather watching for a Feilding family.

Music festival is fresh and free

Palmerston North Girls High School band Pixie Dust will be performing at this year's Rotary Youth Music Festival. From left: Madi Pomana, Shannen Petersen and Lisabet Morgan.

More than 140 students will celebrate young musical talent at a free festival.

Out of the box

Performers from The Massey University Drama Society's production of Twelve in a Box. Clockwise from front: Simon Herbert, Miriam Tucker, Shivarn Stewart, Joshua Aranas, Charlie Pearson, Joshua Lawrence, Danelle Walker and Annie Richards

The Massey University Drama Society's latest production Twelve in a Box has been adapted for the stage for the first time.

Diamond in the rough

Hayley Groombridge is forging ahead in her chosen career as a jeweller.

All that jazz

The Rodger Fox Big Band will be playing alongside pianist Michael Houstoun.

The Manawatu International Jazz and Blues Festival is going from strength to strength, with expectations high for its 2015 season.

Black walls bring the wow factor

Marama says her mother is responsible for buying some of the coolest objects in the dining room, including the pink cuckoo clock, the black bust and the pedestal stand; on the dining table is a candelabra from Seletti; the vintage armchair was recently reupholsted in black and the cushions are from Designers Guild.

Dramatic wallpaper, skulls and hot pink accents come together in this funky Palmerston North home.

New space for local talent gallery

New shop in Feilding Consignment

A retail and gallery space showcasing the work of local designers has opened in Feilding.

Bird enthusiasts gear up for poultry show gallery

Manawatu Poultry and Pigeon Club president Murray Strawbridge is gearing up for the upcoming poultry and pigeon show.

Poultry enthusiasts in the region will be crossing the road to the Manawatu poultry and pigeon show in June.

Review: Fury Road a petrol head opera gallery

Tom Hardy's titular anti-hero finding himself in a tight bind, in Mad Max: Fury Road.

REVIEW: In case there was any doubt, perhaps in the few seconds before our leather-clad ant-hero chomps on a live lizard in the opening scene, Mad Max: Fury Road is absolute mayhem.

An eye for art video

Barry Pilcher is selling his art collection accumulated over 15 years to make way for new art. A painting by Aaron Judd can be seen in the background.

An extensive and eclectic art collection owned by a Feilding art lover is going to auction in Auckland.

Dreaming of a life of music

Josh Ellery in the Smokefree Rockquest regional finals in 2014.

Josh Ellery's love of music has been nurtured from a young age and the 18 year old has already taken some pretty big steps towards making it his life.

No room for sweet fodder video

Products which movie That Sugar Film suggests are for sweet tooths.

REVIEW: That Sugar Film should be shown in every school before kids take the hamburger route and evolve into human balloons.

Princesses let off their leash fun watching

Bel Powley, left, Sarah Gadon playing the royal princesses in A Royal Night Out.

If one night out on the ran-tan is royalty's lot in their lives, then Prince Harry can have it.

Art as healing

The Mash Trust Monarch programme which works with the rehabilitation of drug and alcohol addictions uses an art programme as part of their therapy, encouraging expression and discovery of self.  From May 13th to June 9th, their art will be featured at the Community Arts Centre at Square Edge.

Palmerston North's Mash Trust Monarch Programme is dedicated to helping people through the tough journey of addiction.

Melding music and math video

Anna Madeleine is an electro beats musician who is active in the Palmerston North music scene.

Anna Madeleine is creating electro beats in a Palmerston North music scene that she says is thriving.

A dog's best friend

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Missy the dog waits for her turn at Willie Marsh's kiwi aversion training course.

Willy Marsh's kiwi aversion training for dogs pulls hunters and trampers in from all over the country, seeking out Marsh's particular expertise with dogs.

Quartet offer great variety

The Aroha Quartet put on varied and enjoyable performance in New Zealand.

Aroha String Quartet performed a varied and interesting concert in Palmerston North, says reviewer Stephen Fisher.

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