Families were left 'in the dark'

Allan Still, father of Alexis Victoria Still who died in the Carterton Ballon crash.

Parents of Carterton balloon crash victim Alexis Still criticise police and coroner handling of her body.

Mark Lundy back behind bars video

Mark Lundy stands in the dock at the Wellington High Court seconds before his guilty verdict was delivered at his re-trial.

Killer Mark Lundy is thought to have spent his first night as a returning prisoner in an ''at-risk'' unit at Rimutaka prison.

Penguins having a tough year

Vet Karina Argandona and technician supervisor Pauline Conayne treat a yellow-eyed penguin at Wildbase Vet clinic in Palmerston North.

It's been a hard year for yellow-eyed penguins and Massey University's Wildbase Hospital has stepped in to help.

Clean water flows in Tokomaru 'triumph'

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Clean drinking water is flowing in Tokomaru 10 years sooner than residents were once told to expect it.

Getting behind Feilding Promotion

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What is this? Shepherd and Sheep dog sculpture on Kimbolton Road, Feilding.

The community is rallying to support Feilding Promotion, which faces a mergers with two Manawatu organisations.

Kids in the trenches for Anzac Day

Captain Tony Harris from the NZ army visits North Street school to dig a trench to demonstrate to students what it was like to live in those conditions.

The New Zealand Army have set up camp at a Feilding school as part of an Anzac Day education programme

Restricting access to bottle stores opposed

CHRISTMAS BOOZE: Countdown will not be allowed to sell alcohol from Sunday, December 7 to Friday, December 12.

Palmerston North bottle stores are opposing a District Licensing Committee move to force customers to leave their children outside the door.

Prize money squashes club debt


Leading squash professional Kashif Shuja will donate most of his prizemoney this year in an effort to see SquashGym Palmerston North survive.

The 'unluckiest man'

Mark Lundy at his wife and daughter’s funerals in September 2000. A jury didn’t believe his protestations of innocence at his first trial the following year, and a second one has not believed him now.

OPINION: Mark Lundy is a salesman who's tried to sell one thing for 15 years - his innocence.

Dairy prices tumble again

A screen grab from the GlobalDairyTrade site of the price index at recent auctions.

Dairy prices have tumbled another 10.8 per cent, meaning many farmers will not break even this season.

Teens arrested over rubbish fires

CRASH: A police cordon at the intersection of Alfriston-Ardmore Rd and Brookby Rd in Auckland.

Police have made arrests following a string of rubbish fires throughout Palmerston North's city centre.

Residents relieved at Lundy verdict

Reaction from local residents of Palmerston North and Karamea Cres residents of the guilty verdict in the retrial of Mark Lundy.

Mark Lundy is back behind bars and the reaction in Palmerston North is that the jury got it right.

Knifed in the back

Wellington Hospital.

A 23-year-old man is being taken to Wellington Hospital after being stabbed in Palmerston North.

Banner a reminder of old protests

Now safe in the hands of Te Manawa, an old banner forWorkers Unemployed Rights Centre found in second-hand store.

A banner that reads 'Workers Unemployed Rights Centre' was found inside a collection bin at the Salvation Army.

Student parking backlash


Massey University is holding off on plans to increase parking fees at its Manawatu campus after a backlash from students.

Big losses for pipeline firm's creditors

Ken Thurston after his court appearance in the PN district court.

Creditors of a collapsed Manawatu wastewater pipeline company will be hundreds of thousands of dollars out of pocket, the final liquidation report says.

Grasp opportunity to reform

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A man who blamed his criminal offences on a legal-high addiction has been described as a classic case of "you can lead a horse to water, but can't make it drink".

Mothers welcome rise in paid leave

Che Newth, Harlow Rutherford-Newth, 2, Kelly Rutherford and Hugo Rutherford-Newth, 10 days will be affected by changes to paid parental leave.

Manawatu mums say an extra two weeks of paid parental leave will be valuable.

'Harem scarem' driver jailed


A man who broke into a car to sit inside and have a smoke and led police on a wild chase, has been jailed.

Google turns NZ into Pac-Man

Pacman screenshot in Wellington

Why drive our streets when you can play them? Google has turned every one of our towns into a game of Pac-Man.

Man 'stupid' in keeping guns

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A man found with two dodgy shotguns has been called "stupid" not to have handed them in.

Readers shine in Lit Quiz

Hundreds of bookworms from around the Manawatu region have battled it out in the annual Lit Quiz.

Name and shame

AFR.  Generic cigarette Plant, Manufacturing, Big Tobacco, Plain Packaging.  Generic pic to go with a feature on Plain Packaging and its effects on Big Tobacco.  British American plant in East Gardens Sydney.  They produce 93,000,000 cigarettes a week.  Pic by Nic Walker.  29th August 2014.

MidCentral District Health Board is threatening to reveal the identity of retailers who sell tobacco to minors.

Sculpting the land

Crews are working to create a new bank and hill foundation on the Anzac Cliffs side of the Manawatu River.

Crews are working to complete the Palmerston North flood protection project before winter.

Debt squashes club

Donna Urquhart is Australia's third highest ranked singles player.

One of the country's biggest squash clubs is in danger of going into liquidation with a $700,000 debt.

Kids, diggers and dangers

Tayler McKinnon, 7, Nick Sweeney, 10, Alexis McKinnon, 10 and Beckhem Healy, 8  play at the Esplanade playground as a $290,000 makeover continues.

Palmerston North council urges parents to "extreme caution" as playground is revamped over the holidays.

Candidates on the spot

The nine candidates for Palmerston North City Council Sue Pugmire, Ross Barber, Abi Symes, Warren De La Haye, Bruno Petrenas, Gabrielle Bundy-Cooke, Karen Naylor and Lorna Johnson, with Martin Egan missing, speak at the first of two candidates' meetings for the upcoming by-election.

A session on Tuesday night put Palmerston North's nine councillor candidates on the spot.

Mobility scooter death

It appeared the woman was waiting to cross the road on her mobility scooter.

Elderly woman dies in hospital after car crashes into her mobility scooter in Levin.

A boat called Jenny

Mason Dunlop has been around boats and racing for as long as he can remember.

Mason Dunlop's need for speed comes from a family connection to powerboat racing.

Oil and gas exploration queried

Before impairments of $86.5 million, underlying profit after tax for the first half dropped 95 per cent to $1.6 million.

Tararua's ocean could be explored for oil and gas, but it may not make money, critics say.

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