Commuters celebrate trains rescue

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Capital Connection stays (for another 2 years at least).

The Capital Connection has been saved for another three years.

Allsorts of success for Levin company

RJ's Licorice is enjoying the sweet taste of success with its allsorts.

A Horowhenua confectionary company is enjoying the sweet taste of success in the wake of the demise of Pascall allsorts.

Free GP visits for under 13s

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Children in Manawatu will have complete free access to doctors, even after hours, from Wednesday.

Job losses impact raised

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A Manawatu business owner has questioned a proposal that could see frozen meals shipped in to Palmerston North Hospital, along with job losses.

Rates for some will be reduced

Whangaehu on the Whangaehu River.   Flooding in lower North Island (Whanganui, Rangitikei, Manawatu).

Residents in hardship after slips and floods will be able to apply for rates relief.

Craving leads to jailhouse stabbing

One Manawatu Prison inmate stabbed another with a metal pole.

A jailhouse scrap over nicotine replacements sees one prisoner stab another with a metal pole.

Let's go down to the river

Waitoetoe Park in Palmerston North could look a bit like this when areas by the Manawatu River are redesigned.

The Manawatu River can be both eye-catching and dangerous, and there are plans to make it easier for people to access.

Scars from bottle assault

A man nearly had his ear cut off and will have scars on his face for life after being attacked by someone armed with a bottle.

Driftwood plunderers be warned

Post-flood Kapiti Coast beaches are being picked clean of driftwood in breach of council by-laws.

Warning over driftwood as logs towed away by the tractorload

'Not the best for local schools'

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Closing the National Library Palmerston North branch could put the quality of educational resources at risk, says expert.

Paramedics failed dying baby

A coroner has found that St John paramedics failed to adequately monitor a premature baby.

St John admits paramedics failed to adequately monitor a premature baby who died.

Digger driver's flood escape video

Keven Roberts escaped from a digger during floods by tying a line around himself so he didn't get swept away by the floodwaters.

A man narrowly escaped when the road collapsed beneath the digger he was working in.

Online voting still favoured despite extra costs

Palmerston North could lead the change to online voting in council elections.

Palmerston North could be one of the test sites for online voting in the 2016 local government elections despite city council staff concerns about the cost and complexity of the trial.

Hoons damage headstones

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A vehicle doing burnouts in Feilding Cemetery has damaged four headstones.

Myanmar group visits Palmerston North

Myanmar Young Leaders Programme participant Aung Lwin, of Dawei in Myanmar, presents the Palmerston North City Council and mayor Grant Smith.

A tour of the Manawatu and a lesson in democracy from the Palmerston North City Council was on the agenda for a group of young leaders from Myanmar.

Man dies after scooter tumble

New entrance into Memorial Park

A man has died after his mobility scooter tumbled down a bank at a park in Palmerston North.

Sheep rustler failing at sentence

Whetu Hansen went missing in 2013.

A man who took part in rustling sheep from Eketahuna lifestyle blocks has found himself in trouble again, this time for not getting his punishment done.

Early finishes for Caccia Birch functions upheld

Caccia Birch House is a conference and wedding venue and a Historical Places Trust Category I listed property.

Caccia Birch will be allowed to hold five daytime events each year that might disturb its peaceful neighbourhood, but its evening curfew remains in place.

Library closure met with dismay

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The National Library proposes closing its central region branch by the end of the year.

Hair creativity shines gallery

Bridget Jochem of 'Magic Happens H & B' applies finishing touches to model Charlotte Hammond during the hairdressing competition in Palmerston North.

Men and women with 'forward-thinking-fashion' hairstyles strutted their stuff at Manawatu's hairdressing competition.

Man dies after mobility scooter crash

Many Hats: Andy Green and Debbi-Kaye Gardner find themselves wearing a variety of hats. The pair who are paramedics with St John in Timaru, become St John volunteers and volunteer firefighters when they are at home in Lake Tekapo.

A man has died after his mobility scooter rolled down a bank and landed on top of him.

Months of farm cleanup

Dead sheep from flooding near Marton.

Farmers will be months cleaning up farms after flooding hit fences, stock, tracks and crops.

Vigil for Rohingya people in Manawatu video

Hazim Arafeh, president of Manawatu Muslim Association, addresses the crowd.

Manawatu joined forces in a vigil to raise awareness of Rohingya people in Myanmar.

Meow power on display

Mr Reece a 16-month-old blue point Siamese is put under scrutiny from judge Debs Armishaw from Wellington.

Feline enthusiasts gathered to view purring pussies at cat show in Palmerston North.

Funding boost for Foxton's Te Awahou

An artist's impression shows what the new Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom centre in Foxton could look like.

Foxton's new community hub project is a step closer after a $1.25 million funding boost from New Zealand Lotteries.

Flood update

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Looking Back towards the City Bridge along the Whanganui River bank today.

A huge cleanup effort is under way in parts of Whanganui, with residents and contractors working on properties as well as the Fire Service and volunteers assisting with clearing silt and debris.

City bakers rise early

Cuba Street Bakehouse bakers, like Anthony Manley, work from 1am each day to create tasty treats like the bakery's lemon yogurt cake specialty.

That mince pie you devoured for lunch and that sneaky donut treat you had mid-morning probably had a lot more effort put in than you realise - and it all happened while you were sleeping.

Art born out of hidden spaces

Gold leaf guilded kowhai sculptures made by Palmerston North's Paul Dibble.

The first in a series of articles highlighting the Manawatu region looks into its vibrant arts scene.

Mathematical minds compete

Palmerston North Girls' High School students, from left, Maddie Rowan, Kate Costello and Aneka Patel crunching numbers at the Massey Manawatu Maths and Stats competition.

Secondary students crunched the numbers at Massey University's annual Mathematics and Statistics competition.

Manawatu's canine movie star video

German Shepard, Meg, stars in the Manawatu Standard's Good Morning Manawatu video

Meg the german shepherd has been making a video for the Manawatu Standard morning launch.

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