Hunt for kidnapper

Shekinah Relies-Skipper was last seen in a car in Burns Ave, Palmerston North.

Police still looking for the person who snatched a young girl off a Palmerston North street.

Iwi working closer with schools

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"The iwi wants to make sure we play our part in the success of our children. "

Rugby fanatics expected in Eketahuna

Hurricane supporters Aimee Atkin, left, and Ella Shannon at last year's preseason match in Shannon.

Thousands are expected to converge on Eketahuna this weekend for the annual rugby game.

Bulls man in Mr Gay competition

Mr Gay finalist William Hartley shows off his coffee making skills at The Coffee Club, where he works as the head barista.

A 19-year-old Bulls man is competing for the title of Mr Gay New Zealand.

International student numbers tipped to grow


A cash injection has helped to accelerate plans to boost Manawatu's international student numbers after lackluster results over the past few years.

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The number of patients being prescribed and administered the wrong medicines at MidCentral District Health Board continues to increase.

Life on the road

Samuel Mahon, 3, is a fourth generation carnival kid.

Behind the festive lights and carnival rides lives a group of people trying to make a living.

Seven kiwi hospitalised in January

One of the young kiwi being cared for at Wildbase.

Seven kiwi were hospitalised last month, including one run over by a car.

Taihape people arrested during searches

Five people have been arrested in Taihape after police searches uncovered guns and drugs.

Five arrested in Taihape during searches involving the armed offenders squad.

Prawns put man in the can

A Longburn man has been sent to prison for stealing a bag of prawns.

Stealing a $35.50 bag of prawns came with a very serious price tag for this Manawatu man.

Car confiscation not worth it - judge

A 1994 Toyota Corolla is apparently not worth the police's effort to confiscate, Judge Tim Black told the Palmerston North District Court.

Judge decides confiscating a 1994 Toyota Corolla is not worth the police effort.

Levin Aquatic Centre work to proceed

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The Levin Aquatic Centre $1.6m redevelopment will get underway this year.

12 people trapped in lift

A group of people were trapped in the Palmerston North city Library lift on Wednesday evening.

Twelve people were stuck in the Palmerston North City library lift for 15 minutes.

Mountain climb for charity video

Corporal Matt Keen packing to leave for Africa where he is planning to climb Mt Kilimanjaro to assist the Missing Wingman Trust charity.

Matt Keen is climbing Mt Kilimanjaro for a charity close to his heart.

Talking about wholefood

Bloggers Julia and Libby Matthews are in Palmerston North to promote their new cookbook.

Cookbook authors, Julia and Libby are talking about health and wellbeing in their Palmerston North tour.

MidCentral's diversity challenge

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New Zealand European people dominate the MidCentral District Health Board workforce, but the organisation is attempting to address what it calls a "complex issue".

Property values steadily rise

Property values have continued their steady climb in Palmerston North, but are booming in nearby Wellington.

The Palmerston North housing market is showing signs the city is about to become hot property once again.

Manawatu revs up for NZ Grand Prix

The Toyota Racing Series cars boom away off the grid at the 2015 NZ Grand Prix meeting at Manfeild.

As the engines rev at the New Zealand Grand Prix this weekend, the motorsport fans being drawn to the region are expected to keep the Manawatu local economy ticking over.

Military links strengthened

The 28th Maori Battalion Hall In Cuba St could become home to a military museum.

Moves to mark the 100 years since the homecoming of New Zealand's last troops from WW1 proposed.

Tourism blamed for impact on environment

Cattle seen in Canterbury's Lake Taylor has prompted debate on stock in waterways.

Impacts on the environment are not limited to farming, with tourism playing a part too.

Library users views sought

Palmerston North residents are being asked to consider whether it is absolutely clear how to get into the City Library.

Palmerston North Library in line for $4.5 million worth of improvements.

Unattended rubbish fire causes damage

A motorhome was burnt out in a fire at the corner of Tremaine Ave and Midhurst St in Palmerston North.

A scrub fire that destroyed a motorhome and a horse float started by unattended fire.

Beggars on council hit-list

A beggar sits in the Square by Bruce Watt Photography. The city council is looking for ways to get beggars off the streets.

Council looks to regulate beggars with a bylaw after the gentle approach doesn't work.

Switching up cans for clothes

Methodist Social Services workshop manager Cinderella Maxim prepares for the Cans for Clothes event this weekend.

Palmerston North people can pad out their wardrobes for the price of a bag of food.

Car crashes into ANZ Bank

A car has clipped the ANZ Bank in Pahiatua.

Two car accidents occurred in Pahiatua on Wednesday morning.

This is the face of the sea thing

The face of the mystery creature.

Intriguing remains of a sea creature found bobbing in surf have been identified.

Cheap supermarket booze hurting business for bars

Bar owners want a minimum price for alcohol.

Manawatu bar owners are supporting a call to set a minimum price for alcohol.

A life on paper

James Robinson is an artist interested in the psychology  of his practice.

Artist James Robinson opens the floor with the first exhibition of the year at the Zimmerman Contemporary Art Gallery.

Police chase ends in crash

Close up of the police car shot during a chase in Manurewa.

A short police chase in Feilding has resulted in a vehicle crashing into a power pole.

Whanganui's 'h' debate gets schooled

Victorian government promises on Gonski school funding are not in the bag.

There is nothing that irks teachers more than bad spelling.

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