Foxton Beach boat launched on air bags

The boat is lowered into the water.

The 170 tonne boat at Foxton Beach has been launched by using air bags to roll it in the water.

Alex's investigators hold 'cards close'

The search for Levin 10-year-old Alex Fisher ended in tragedy when a body was found near the Waitarere forest.

Ex-cop recalls the sorrow of investigating a child's death.

Family fun for mental health

A family fun day was held at the Esplanade to promote mental health awareness.

The Esplanade was packed with families and kids who were taking a break to promote mental health awareness.

Pipe fixed, reservoirs recovering

Water is in short supply in Ashhurst, the village dominated by views of wind turbines.

Ashhurst people asked to reduce water use while water main to town's reservoir is fixed.

Water 'worse than a third world country'

Peter Huria holds up a bottle of water that was filled from the tap at his brother Dave Huria's, middle, house in Hokio Beach, with Paul Huria at the Muaupoko expedited hearing in Levin.

Hokio Beach residents have told the Waitangi Tribunal that their water is "putrid".

Smith having surgery for burns

Stockcar driver Simon Smith is in Middlemore Hospital after suffering burns in a practice accident on Wednesday.

Stockcar driver Simon Smith can thank his flame retardant safety clothing for surviving his car's blaze.

'We are devastated' video

A framed photo of Alex Fisher, 10, set out ahead of a family media standup at the Horowhenua District Council in Levin.

The family of Alex Fisher, the 10-year-old-boy found dead, express their gratitude to the community.

Military mishap sparks blaze video

Smoke could be seen near Turangi on Thursday after a military training exercise went awry.

A large cloud of smoke could be seen near the Desert Rd after a military training exercise went awry.

Hitting the streets for breast cancer

Geoff Williams took a day off work from Linton to raise money for breast cancer awareness.

Manawatu volunteers have hit the streets with pink buckets and big grins in the name of breast cancer.

Students drift back after online threat

The University of Otago was quiet on Wednesday after an online threat warning students to stay away.

Students are returning to campuses after anonymous threats directed at three universities.

Search for a missing boy

Forensic teams search the area where Alex Fisher's body was found on Waitarere beach.

The search for Alex Fisher.

Woman admits robbery trap

A first-time criminal could be off to jail for leading a man into a violent trap.

From teacher to top cop

Inspector Sarah Stewart is Manawatu's first female area commander.

Inspector Sarah Stewart taught in Gisborne before following her dad into the police.

'Nightmare' client avoids jail

June Marie Mansfield, 47, was "a nightmare" client, defence lawyer Fergus Steedman said, because she was so trusting of people.

Palmerston North woman avoids jail for her part in the importation of methamphetamine.

A cafe coffee lover

James Montford enjoys his daily triple shot at Espresso 101.

Reporter Kelsey Wilkie checks out what makes Espresso 101 a coffee lovers dream.

Family love for Issy Gray

The Gray family, from left, Amanda, Amber, Kenzie (baby), Jason and Issy. Issy is blind, deaf and fed through a tube. The family is  fundraising for a modified vehicle.

Isabelle Gray, 3, has a rare gene condition and a heart of gold.

Who was Alex Fisher?

Levin boy Alex Fisher, right, with his brother Eric. Police say Eric was the last person to be seen with him and are appealing for sightings of the two together.

Alexander Fisher didn't let asthma get in the way of living an active life. 

Community in shock video

The discovery of  the body of Alex Fisher, 10 on Waiterere Beach. 
Forensic teams search the area where the body was found.

Waitarere locals "heartbroken" following discovery of 10-year-old's body on Waitarere Beach.

Mystery, then a tragic discovery video

Alex Fisher was last seen on Monday night.

Three days after his disappearance, Alex Fisher's body was found on Waitarere Beach. What happened?

In line for top apprentice

Palmerston North based Master Builder's apprentice of the year finalist Matt Booth.

A Palmerston North carpenter is a finalist for a national apprentice award.

Manawatu, a cut above the rest

Lee Tahona and Carrie Fraser, from UCOL, were two Palmerston North people who competed in a national hairdressing competition.

Manawatu hairdressers proved they were a cut above the rest in a national hairdressing competition.

Returned property a lemon - Hokio trust

Eugene Henare

The Hokio A Land Trust says it got a lemon instead of a Rolls Royce when it was given buildings by the Crown.

Careless driving at 10kmh

This driver slowed down to 10kmh, but still managed to hit a cyclist.

Recycling truck crash

Bottles from a glass recycling truck were strewn across the road after it crashed on Park Rd.

Glass bottles were scattered across a street in Palmerston North after a glass recycling truck crashed into tree.

Assault accused in court

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A man arrested in relation to an assault that left another man in an induced coma appears in court.

Power cut delays tribunal

The Waitangi Tribunal members listen to proceedings during the Muaupoko expedited hearings.

A power cut to parts of Levin has delayed the start of the final day of this week's Waitangi Tribunal hearing.

New sports programme for refugees

Ram Bahadar Biswa, 13, from Bhutan/Nepal slips away from Hafiz Ullah,18, from Afghanistan during touch rugby game.

Refugee teenagers made friends and played ball at a new sports programme.

Alex Fisher disappearance: Man arrested video

Police have released this photo of Alex and his brother, Eric. Police want to hear of sightings of the pair, either together or alone.

Police have arrested a man connected to the disappearance of Levin boy Alex Fisher.

Search for Alex resuming Thursday video

Alexander Fisher has been missing since early on Tuesday.

Ten-year-old Alexander Fisher has been missing for nearly 48 hours and the search will stop overnight.

TPPA disappoints dairy sector

The TPPA has not delivered expected benefits to the dairy industry, but some hope farmers will still gain from the deal.

The TPPA has few obvious benefits for the dairy sector, commentators say.

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