Pedestrians to be protected by lights

The new motion sensor lights at the Ruahine St pedestrian crossing should, hopefully, prevent more serious crashes at the notorious black spot.

Ruahine St pedestrian crossing lights are in place and expected to go live on Monday.

Truck tips on Desert Road

The truck tipped on an icy patch of road north of the Desert Road summit.

A truck driver was taken to hospital after his truck tipped on the Desert Road.

Massey v UCOL in scrabble

Teams from Massey University and UCOL go head to head in a game of scrabble in te reo for Maori language week.  
Kim Alty from the Massey team places a word down.

Manawatu tertiary institutes faced off in a battle to see who reined supreme in a game of scrabble.

Bubbles, cake and quips - Ruth Crossley celebrates a century

Ruth Crossley gets 100th birthday wishes from son Kevin and his partner France Komoroske of Coatesville.

Happy Birthday, copyright issues not withstanding, was the theme tune for Ruth Crossley's 100th birthday gathering in Orewa on Thursday.

TPPA protests planned

Panel Discussion on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement in Palmerston North. Assoc Prof Jeff Sluka (L), Dr Deborah Russell, Dr Shamin Shukur and Liam Hehir.

Protests against the TPPA are planned for Palmerston North as part of a nationwide week of action.

Manuka a golden opportunity

Manuka honey has been identified as a potential growth area for Manawatu / Whanganui

Celebrities use it and health gurus endorse, now it's been identified as one of eight opportunities to boost the region's economy.

Latching on for a long life gallery

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Mothers gather at the Community Birth Services for the annual Big Latch On which is organised to promote breastfeeding. Amy Proctor feeds her daughter Athena Tanginoa 6mths at The Big Latch On.

Palmerston North Babies and their mothers littered the room with chatter, cooing and squeels but as 10.30am hit, it was all quiet for the Big Latch On. 

City ready to lead growth

Palmerston North mayor Grant Smith says the city is ready to lead the region's growth.

Palmerston North has been told it needs to smarten up its act, exude more strength and purpose, and lead the Manawatu-Whanganui region's growth.

All police to carry Tasers

Senior Sergeant Alan Reece with a X2 Taser.

New Zealand police will now routinely carry Tasers, it has been announced.

Kids break out of daycare

Two children managed to escape from Palmerston North early childhood centre, The Cubby House, and cross the busy Pioneer Highway road.

Two children broke out of daycare and wandered across a four-lane road.

Film festival flies into Palmy

Activist Tame Iti is the focus of 'The Prince of Peace', a flim showing in Palmerston North as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival.

Martial arts, Mafioso comedy and a controversial New Zealand activist are all the subject of films soon to be screened in Palmerston North.

Molotov man loses appeal

Court gavel.

He thought his sentencing judge burnt him by sending him to jail, but his appeal judge decided otherwise.

Bridging the gap in Manawatu

Hato Paora pupil Sonny McLean, 17, says knowing te reo Maori has made him a better leader.

This year marks 40 years for Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori. Reporter Kelsey Wilkie takes a look at the past, present and future of the language. E toru nga Maori; Nga Maori o inanahi, nga Maori o inaianei, nga Maori mo apopo mai.

AOS callout

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A firearms incident has sparked an Armed Offenders Squad callout in Dannevirke.

Honeyed promise for regional growth

Honey could be a key to Manawatu-Whanganui's prosperity.

Manuka honey, meat, veges and tourism are among the economic opportunities identified in th Manawatu-Whanganui growth study.

Lock your bike to a key

Lock your bike here - Palmerston North's latest bike stands are in the form of keys and padlocks.

Bike stands that look like padlocks and keys have been installed in Palmerston North's Square.

Students question their world

Samara Southcombe (12) talks through her hypothesis with judge Alison McRae at the Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School science and technology fair.

More than 700 children showed off their inventions at the local science and technology fair.

Ratepayers could face $4m bill

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Flooding in the central North Island from Palmerston North to Marton. 
A house just outside Feilding flooded, the owners were evacuated earlier in the morning.

Rangitikei rate payers could be left holding a $4million clean up bill after the June flood.

Schools kapa haka festival

Savannah O'Neil performs a poi demonstration with Roslyn School at Te Pae Tamariki kapa haka festival at Regent on Broadway.

Hundreds of schoolchildren have got behind this year's kapa haka festival, Te Pai Tamariki.

Building consents surge ahead

Crest Hospital's new specialist building at Carroll St site has contributed to Palmerston North's commercial building boom. Chief executive Lorna Grove, specialist centre manager Gayle Parlane and operations manager Stuart Johansen mark its opening.

The building sector in Palmerston North is experiencing strong growth with the value of consents for the year ending in June.

Cliff upgrade costs increase

The project to turn the Anzac Cliffs into hill is expected to resume in the spring.

Work to turn Palmerston North's landmark Anzac Cliffs into a gentle hill will be able to start about a month after summer flows return to the Manawatu River.

Councillor's resignation surprises

Tararua District Council offices, Dannevirke, New Zealand, Saturday, July 26, 2008. Credit:NZPA / Ross Setford

Five-term Eketahuna based councillor Warren Davidson has resigned, claiming cases of bullying and abuse.

Kura kids share thoughts on language week video

Te Rito kura students, from left, Mangaia Pasene-Hughes, Iriaka Pasene-Grennell, Marara Metekingi, Manihera Tehei and Niwareka Kiriona.

Kids who started life in te reo share thoughts in language week.

Pre-wedding cognacs and burnouts

The groom was handed a $1000 fine and disqualified from driving for a year.

Common sense went out the window ahead of the big day, landing the groom in court.

Fire safety taught in te reo Maori video

The fire service's maori liason officer Te Aorangi Harrington speaks children to Ngati Hineaute about fire safety as part of maori language week.

L-R Te Aorangi Harrington and Nevaeh Daniels-Campbell, 2.

Fire safety lessons delivered in te reo Maori.

Sportsman's Bar robbed

Police at Sportsman Bar in Featherston St following an aggravated robbery

A woman has been robbed at gunpoint in a Palmerston North bar.

Victim's ashes appear in court

Tyrone Gideon, 21, who was shot and killed at a house in Bradford Pl, Palmerston North in May.

Tyrone Gideon's ashes were at the appearance of man accused of his manslaughter.

Councillor claims bullying, resigns

Tararua District Council offices, Dannevirke, New Zealand, Saturday, July 26, 2008. Credit:NZPA / Ross Setford

A long-term Tararua District councillor has resigned after claiming he had been bullied and abused.

Strong growth good for Jetstar call

Strong visitor growth could be good news for Jetstar coming to Palmerston North. Head of New Zealand Grant Kerr visits the city.

Strong visitor growth could mean good news for people hoping Jetstar will land in Palmerston North.

Arson-hit recyclers' build begins

Pahiatua Recycling Centre was the victim of an arson attack in June 2014.

Work is under way at Pahiatua's recycling centre, more than a year after it was hit by arson.

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