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Pipers and drummers go world class

The Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band will compete at the world championships. The front rank at the street march at nationals ...

A youthful Manawatu No 1 pipe band is off to compete in the world championships in Glasgow.

Auckland solutions not for regions

Whakarongo is Palmerston North's next housing area.

Solutions to Auckland's housing shortage could harm Palmerston North's growth.

Region tops country for jobs growth

Manawatu-Whanganui's labour force was 5.84 per cent bigger in the first quarter of 2016 than in 2015.

The latest jobs figures show Manawatu/Whanganui is "the power house of the central North Island," Palmerston North mayor Grant Smith says.

What happened to Mary? video

Police are seeking help from the public to locate 63-year-old Mary Berrington, who has been reported missing by her family.

After four days of searching, police consider scaling back efforts to find Mary Berrington.

Women in police take a bow

Celebrating 75 years of women in the New Zealand Police force are (from left) Constable Charlotte Edwards, Karen Shannon ...

Torch visit marks 75 years of women in New Zealand Police.

Fabric art Matariki puppets enthral

Artist Ron Te Kawa makes, creates and performs with puppets, quilts and backdrops to entrance his audience in the FX ...

Fabric artist Ron Te Kawa has been enthralling school holiday audiences with his colourful tales.

'You're a recruit, you have no rights'

The Defence Force says its instructor selection process has improved.

More than half of army recruits have been verbally abused by instructors, a report shows.

Man injured by steer

The Palmerston North rescue helicopter was needed to take a 50-year-old man, who was injured by a steer on Friday, to ...

Te Horo man taken to hospital after being injured by a steer.

Food truck tuck in gallery

Street Feast co-founder Simon Bowen, of Three Little Birds Jamaican food  truck, cooks up some Jamaican jerk pork.

Levin jumps into the food truck scene with both feet as 2000 people roll up for the town's first food truck festival.

Pedestrian hit by vehicle

A vehicle hit a pedestrian on SH1,  north of Himitangi, just before 9pm on Friday.

A pedestrian has been struck by a vehicle on State Highway 1.

Wild weather for Central District

Police are urging motorists to take care on the roads, with wild weather expected to hit the Central District region ...

Police are warning motorists to take care on the roads this weekend.

Killer's bizarre short trial video

Phillip John Smith allegedly escaped to Brazil while on temporary release.

In an unusual move, the Phillip John Smith pleaded not guilty but asked jury to find otherwise.

Four soldiers discharged for drugs

Major General Peter Kelly, pictured during Somme Centenary Commemorations in France, has previously spoken out about ...

Four soldiers discharged from the army after taking prescription medication while deployed to Fiji.

Making globe-friendly choices video

Harvey Jones' Ashhurst garden is an illustration of how some residents are choosing to be more self-reliant and lessen ...

City council considers how to make it easier for householders to make green-minded choices.

Tararua rejects Amendment Bill

The Tararua District Council have made a submission in opposition of the Local Government Amendment Bill.

Tararua District Council against a Local Government Amendment Bill.

Superheroes come to the city

Library staff Rhonda Chenery, Helen Dailey and Alan Dingley, preparing for a night of storytelling about the superheroes ...

Masks, superheroes and computer coding part of the school holiday entertainment at libraries.

Dust caused air quality breach

Taihape will get a video camera to keep a visual monitor of its air quality.

Dust caused an air quality breach of nearly double the national limit in Taihape.

Teacher jailed for sex abuse

Paul Roger Herrick, pictured at his 2015 sentencing for indecently assaulting a boy at Awamoa School, groomed multiple ...

 "Your crimes have ripped through time... It fills us with disgrace and hatred for you."

Jumps jockey hitch hikes home

Phelan posted a Snapchat photo after he returned home safely.

Injured jumps jockey hitchhikes home after being released from hospital.

Feral cat crackdown in limbo

Hopes for a solution to the feral cat problem at Foxton have gone on hold due to a lack of funding.

A crackdown of feral cats is on hold, and the bird breeding spring season looming.

Police puppy Kazza dies video

Kazza the police puppy.

Kazza, the police puppy who was the nephew of slain police dog Gazza, has died.

CEDA boss sows seeds for launch

CEDA chief executive Will Samuel has been spent his first week in the job setting up the connections the new agency will ...

CEDA chief executive Will Samuel is working to get the lay of the land in preparation for CEDA's full launch in September.

Famous cup in Palmerston North video

The Melbourne Cup is in the country and made a stop at Julia Wallace Retirement Village.

The 18ct gold Melbourne Cup visited a retirement village with some insider tips on the race that "stops the nation".

Gingerbread horses for a good cause

Volunteer John Orchard, rider Ryan Hardman, Moana Webb and Mary Llyod celebrate Cotton's 20th birthday to kick off ...

Manawatu Riding for the Disabled has urged people to bake gingerbread horses and sell them to raise money for the cause.

P testing of homes doubles

More people are asking experts questions around methamphetamine testing for their homes.

Numbers of Manawatu people getting their homes tested for P spikes.

National standards 'lack dependability'

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Private vs public school debate continues. Jean Seabrook Memorial School ...

Assessment methods crucial to national standards "lack dependability", a new report says.

Pokemon Go players a golf hazard

A pokemon inside the golf course grounds.

Manawatu Golf Club is concerned Pokemon Go players will be hit by a stray golf ball.

Kovaleski reappears in court

Caleb Kovaleski was arrested after a 30-hour manhunt in Palmerston North.

Caleb Kovaleski, the man who sparked a manhunt in Palmerston North, appears in court.

Bugger all, or degree of the future?

Palmerston North City Councillor and BA graduate Tangi Utikere.

Criticism that a Bachelor of Arts is a degree in "bugger all" is outdated, an academic says. 

Kids parles francais for holidays

Uno, deux, trois... Ruby Bolt (with hat), plays UNO and learns French with Callum Sterling, while Jack Ellison, centre, ...

Children learning French during a school holiday programme say fun and games are great tools for helping them.

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