A life lived literally

Author Tony Chapelle's study is a sanctuary.

Author Tony Chapelle writes life into words and Carly Thomas went and found out how.

Having art in common

Artist Gill Allsop.

A new exhibition at Square Edge is a collaboration between friends.

An exhibition of thirds

Fran Dibble's watercolour paintings were inspired by nature and play with colour.

An absolute love of books is the inspiration behind a new body of work by artist and sculptor Fran Dibble.

Dexterity and grace in cultural show

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REVIEW: The wide array of cultures on display gave ample opportunity for the design elements of the production to come to the fore.

Call out for Evento memories

Pip Littlejohn of Freyberg High School models her creation Resurrection in last year's Evento.

Evento will be turning 20 soon and the wearable arts event needs some help.

Durham revives happy memories

Judith Durham performed in Palmerston North on Sunday.

REVIEW: An enthusiastic 'Gold card' audience gathered at the Regent to join a 
surprisingly frail Judith Durham as she reflected on the high points of her career.

The colour of home

Amey Bell Booth's paintings capture flowers and everyday objects.

Amey Bell-Booth's paint brush is never dull as Carly Thomas found out.

Workers unite on May Day

The Wellington Community Choir performing at the last May Day concert in Palmerston North.

May Day to be marked with music and dance.

In the dark on stage

The Young Vic Open Voices choir in The Events New York season.

 Rehearsals are under way for the 17 community choirs involved in an upcoming Centrepoint Theatre play.

Hamish McKay: Time to reflect

Hamish McKay was a guest speaker at his hometown of Apiti for the village's Anzac Day service.

"This my tea break between innings. I'm not sure where I'm going to bat in the next inning."

Karting about the country

At just 14 years old Rangitikei resident Kaleb Ngatoa is a karting success.

At just 14-years-old Marton resident Kaleb Ngatoa is a karting success.

Experimental production pays off

Gael Haning Ede as Jane and Harry Martin as Tony Chapman in Manawatu Theatre Society's Corpsing.

REVIEW: Manawatu Theatre Society has branched into experimental territory with its new production, Corpsing.

The story of a young soldier

Norman Hassell in army garb, 1915.

Norman Hassell's World War I memoir is colourful – and frank.

Corpsing a matter of life and death

Gael Haining Ede as Jane with Harry Martin as Tony in the ever-so-slightly surreal bedroom farce, Waiting For A Bus, one ...

Corpsing - no, not the art of playing dead, even if dead bodies do happen to be central to this one-act play.

Palmerston North-born celebrated violinist dies

A young Alan Loveday.

Palmerston North-born violinist Alan Loveday has died aged 88.

Painting captures nature

Seascape I by David Taylor.

A new David Taylor exhibition is opening at Taylor Jensen Fine Arts.

A war in words

An image from Experience of a Lifetime of a New Zealand soldier paying his respects to a deceased comrade. His mate was ...

A newly released book from Massey University Press takes what we know about World War I and pushes it that little bit further.

No kid policy for jokester

Comedian Daniel John Smith is bringing his solo show to Palmerston North.

Comedian's no kid policy is not just for laughs

Free swimming lessons to continue

Marton Swim Centre managers Trevor  Nicholls and Rebecca McKay, enjoying a morning tea with kids from the summer Learn ...

Free swimming lessons for Marton preschoolers are to continue.

Dusty musical sparkles

Kirsty Fannin shining as Dusty Springfield in the Taihape Drama Club production of Dusty: The Original Pop Diva.

Massey dairy prof calls it a day

Peter Munro, retiring professor at Massey University's Riddet Institute. He is mixing a 100 per cent whey protein drink, ...

Peter Munro is proud of creating value for New Zealand dairy farmers through research about protein.

Bill Phillips: A few hares to chase

Alan Bollard, former governor of the NZ Reserve Bank, has been collecting material in his new book ever since he briefly ...

Kiwi Bill Phillips became one of the most influential economists of the 20th century, but he always said all he did was set a few hares for people to chase.

Clergy solves crimes on Earth as it is in heaven

Father Brown knows more about sleuthing than confessional booth-ing.

There's a current spate of whodunits where the vicar is quicker and slicker than anyone else.

Keep the rat bait away from cats and dogs

Vet Malcolm Anderson is warning pet owners to keep rat poison out of reach from cats and dogs.

It almost seems like everyone is getting ready for hibernation in the past week, with trailer loads of firewood being stacked and all the hedges being trimmed, along with the flyers in the mail for electric blankets.

Memory Lane: Tales of the road

The teamsters set out on Trek 1, 1997. From left, Peter Olsen, Trevor Henson, Maurice Watt, Tony Church, Dave ...

In the late summer of 1997, a bunch of mature-aged farmers, wagon drivers, stockmen and others from Manawatu and beyond set out on a derring-do horse and wagon adventure.

The nature of destruction

Fran Dibble with some of her paintings in Beautiful Destruction.

Artist Fran Dibble's influences for her new works are random but as in everything she does, she finds order in the extraordinary. Carly Thomas saw the exhibition as it was unpacked.

Opening the cupboards on Frida

Frida Kahlo, by Guillermo Kahlo, 1932.

I had trouble with deciding on this exhibition, "Frida Kahlo: Her Photos", tentatively dipping a toe in and out several times before deciding whether I should make the plunge.

Photographs show an oily mess

An exhibition in the River Room at Te Manawa is about an oil spill in Bangladesh.

A photographer spent two years researching the devastating effects on riverside communities following a large oil spill.

Halcombe walkway complete and open

The official opening of Halcombe's community walkway.  Children, pictured from left, Jorja and Maia Henderson, Jade and ...

The Halcombe community walkway officially opened after three years of planning and toil by local volunteers.

"My look has changed but not my life"

Francesco Ventriglia before he was affected by alopecia.

The Royal New Zealand Ballet's artistic director Francesco Ventriglia opens up about alopecia.

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