Mattress ablaze

Firefighters battled a mattress blaze in Whanganui.

Firefighters don't take skate park fire lying down.

The back to school starve

Brooke Townend, 10, who is starting the new school year at Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School. Her mother Zara ...

Kiwi parents trying to absorb rising cost of uniforms and fees are skipping meals to get kids equipped for school.

Her moojesty: The Queen's cow

Ferdon Volcom Locket, a 3-year- old jersey cow co-owned by Don Ferguson and Queen Elizabeth II.

Right royal cow turning heads at dairy event in Feilding.

Politicians quarrel at Ratana

Tiana Liddy,12,Maioha Kerehoma,11 and Te Waipiata Harris,11, enjoy the Ratana celebrations.

While political quarrels are in the spotlight at Ratana, others are gathering to remember the man who started it all.

Vaccination helps rare bird

Shore plovers are prone to poxvirus, which causes lesions to their eyes and mouth.

A Massey University professor helps create vaccination against deadly disease.

Farmers fret TPP withdrawal

US President Donald Trump holds up the executive order on withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership.

Manawatu farmers are worried hopes of an even international trade playing field are dashed.

Flight brings fright

The Palmerston North courthouse.

Judge tells defendant a taxi is a better way to flee an assault than driving if you have been drinking.

Man says police are "all lies"

The Palmerston North courthouse, where Jeremy Low appeared on resisting arrest and assault charges.

Man says police beat him and made up allegations against him, despite pleading guilty to charges.

Book reveals Feilding's beautiful secrets

Del Gibb has compiled her book 'Feilding's Community Pride' following her 35 years in charge of Keep Feilding Beautiful.

A Feilding stalwart who planted daffodils, painted bridges and picked up litter for 35 years has released her book about what it took to make Feilding beautiful.

Trans double bunking review

Transgender double bunking arrangements are under review.

Prison officials probe accommodation arrangements for trans prisoners.

Teammate honours late Chris Amon

Chris Amon, left, with Ferrari team mate Jacky Ickx and Swiss driver Jo Siffert after the 1968 British Grand Prix.

A fond memory of man who inspired him will bring Belgian racing great Jacky Ickx to Manfeild as a guest speaker.   

Marton Rocks off to rocky start

An initiative to paint rocks and hide them around public parks and reserves has taken off around the country.

The Rangitikei District Council has noticed damage to the Marton Park flower gardens.

House gutted in fire

House and car.

A house and car fire kept Whanganui fire crews busy.

Camp Quality kids experience Rangitikei

Sam, 11, from Hawkes Bay shows his skills at Bowl A Rama in Palmerston North.

Summer camps are a dream for any kid, but for those affected by cancer Camp Quality represents a break from reality. 

Healthy food a social thing for teens

healthy eating

High school years could be a golden opportunity for promoting a culture of healthy eating, but using a different approach.

Trust helps reunite refugees

Lorna Johnson says Manawatu Reuniting Refugee Families Trust is up and running and ready to reunite refugee families.

A charity is helping to relocated the family members of former refugees living in Manawatu.

Rain, races, fashion and fields in Woodville

Competitors in Woodville's race day fashion in the field event, from left, Lauren Shannon, 17, Evie Dewes, 18, and Cara ...

Rain may have reduced the numbers at Woodville's race day, but fashionistas still shined.

Prime beef

Brett Barclay set up for the dairy event at Manfeild this week.

The best cows and hundreds of people will converge on Feilding for the ninth dairy event.

Men more at risk of drowning

A 37-year-old man who drowned at Akitio Beach in February 2016 was one of two drownings in Manawatu last year.

 In Manawatu and Whanganui, three people died in preventable drownings in 2016.

Suspicious fire guts house

A Russell St house was gutted by fire. Authorities are investigating.

A suspicious fire in a vacant house and bad weather keeps fire crews busy.

Bringing Rotary to students

Wiremu Te Awe Awe and Mitchell Brown celebrate ties between Rotary and Rangitane.

Mitchell Brown will be Rotary's regional head.

Teacher's overseas fellowship

stock image, chalk board, black board, teacher, classroom

Winning a fellowship to Australia came out of the blue for an English teacher.

The compost test

Polylactic (PLA) cutlery barely broke down after six months of composting.

Biodegradable cups and cutlery were composted to see which ones broke down.

Two dead in Hawke's Bay crash

A truck crash near Norsewood killed two people.

State Highway 2 will remain closed all day after a truck and trailer unit left the road early on Monday.

Skating away the holidays

Manawatu Showgrounds Skating Club speedsters Chris Morgan, Serenity Griffiths, 13, and Katja Franzmayr, 13, pour on the ...

Palmerston North has always been a skating town, and despite not having the same profile as in the past, the activity is still popular.

Multimillion-dollar industry

Conferences are worth more than $85m a year to Manawatu's economy, new analysis shows.

Conference industry brings in more than $85 million a year to Manawatu economy.

Ride raises cash

Bikes on Old West Road navigate wet conditions on the Ride For The Kids to support children with Down syndrome.

Riders faced wind and rain to raise money for Down syndrome group.

Bill shaved, not slashed

Development contributions charged for the DKSH warehouse in Railway Rd, Palmerston North, have been shaved by resource ...

Developers wanted a bill slashed by more than 80 per cent. They got a fraction.

Wild weather brings lines down

Winds dropped a tree over telephone lines, partly blocking Henderson's Line on the outskirts of Palmerston North. ...

Wild winds overnight and on Sunday afternoon caused road blocks and power cuts.

Extra jumps for Woodville motocross

Rider will have even more jumps than usual to contend with at the New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix at Woodville next weekend.

The Woodville motocross could be even more exciting this year.

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