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Combating 'perceived' drinking culture

Manawatu police are working with rugby organisations to spread messages around drinking responsibly and family violence.

Police are working with winter sports codes to combat drinking and violence.

Slips block Gorge lane

Two slips have occurred in the Manawatu Gorge.

The Manawatu Gorge is down to one lane in areas after two slips.

Stage set for Stage Challenge

Palmerston North Regent on Broadway saw Wanganui High School take out first place at Stage Challenge 2016 with their ...

After months of rehearsing 640 students from nine schools performed at Stage Challenge.

TPPA, housing and poverty protest for John Key

Protesters set up outside Palmerston North's Te Manawa museum in anticipation of Prime Minister John Key's visit.

Prime Minister John Key will be met by some serious messages when he visits Palmerston North.

Student life just as stressful

Palmerston North-based students Miranda Berry, left, and Stephanie Hpa said they could "get by" on Student Loans, but ...

The Budget's boost to tertiary spending may not help stressed-out students.

Community work for crash causing death

Sanson woman Mavis Apperley was sentenced to 120 hours community work and lost her licence for a year after the car she ...

A woman whose partner died when she crashed a car has been sentenced to community work.

Restart on demolition project at city school

The building reconfiguration project was initially expected to take 18 months.

Demolition will continue as part of a project to remove 20 classrooms at Queen Elizabeth College.

Smoking hike could have been higher

Manawatu smokers are bracing for another three years of 10 per cent tax hikes, the Government's strategy for stamping ...

Manawatu health advocate applauds cigarette price hike from $20 a pack to $30 by 2020.

'Drop in the bucket' for water

Environment Minister Nick Smith, middle, pictured swimming in the Manawatu River, has announced $100 million for ...

Government's $100m for water quality is "a drop in the bucket", says clean water advocate.

Going chippie-free to feel chipper

Manawatu Cancer Society manager Sheryll Hoera and project support Julia Fonotia show Palmerston North mayor Grant Smith ...

Satisfying those hunger pangs with a bit of chocolate, can of fizzie or packet of chippies is off the menu for many around Manawatu next month. 

'Six-month nightmare' comes to an end

Traffic congestion earlier this month, caused by roadworks on the intersection of Rangitikei St and Tremaine Ave in ...

The Rangitikei St and Tremaine Ave intersection upgrade is coming to an end at last.

'Earwig' blamed for firearms mix-up

Scott Michael Simmonds and his uncle Troy Simmonds did not talk about firearms when leaving to go to the place where ...

She signed a police statement saying her partner and his nephew talked about firearms before a man was shot dead, but now says that was wrong.

Highway closure possible as wet weather hits

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File pic car, wet, rain, traffic, slippery, roads.

Road closures possible as wet weather settles in over Manawatu.

Power pole left lying in road

The driver of a truck that crashed into a power pole and left has been located.

The driver of a truck that crashed into a power pole and left has been located.

Lake Horowhenua goes to court

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Appeal against clean up plans for Lake Horowhenua heard in the Environment Court

Gun presented in central Whanganui

Man arrested for possessing a BB gun, which was thought to be a pistol, in public.

Man arrested for possessing a BB gun, thought to be a pistol, in public.

Tax package popular with Manawatu businesses

Feilding's Gyro Plastics owner Trudi Duncan says the Government's new tax reform package for small and medium ...

A $187 million tax package for small- and medium-sized businesses is proving popular in Manawatu.

$46m a 'huge relief'

Abuse & Rape Crisis Support (ARCS) manager Ann Kent said the allocated funding from this year's Budget would be hugely ...

The Government's allocation of $46 million to go towards victims of sexual violence is a relief to the social sector.

Six more measles cases

Nine cases of measles are now present in the Horowhenua.

Waiopehu College's full reopening pushed back in wake of latest measles cases.

The $500k tax bill

Megan O'Sullivan ended up evading income tax and GST totalling $553,821 while working in Palmerston North.

For eight years Megan O'Sullivan worked at an IT contractor, avoiding income tax and GST. She ended up with a half million dollar unpaid tax bill.

Gunners battle in soggy Square video

163 Battery fires the winning shot in 16 Field Regiment's gun run held in The Square to celebrate the 300th anniversary ...

A gun run duel between two Linton Army artillery batteries became a soggy hard-fought slog in the rain in Palmerston North city.

Mud challenge for the tough

Palmerston North's Keleigh Limmer wades though the mud in last year's Tough Guy and Gal challenge

The Tough Guy and Gal Challenge is back at Linton Military Camp.

MidCentral gets unexpected boost

MidCentral District Health Board's coffers have had a larger-than-expected boost in this year's Budget announcements.

NZ troops return from Iraq

About 70 New Zealand Defence Force troops arrive home on Thursday night.

About 70 New Zealand Defence Force soldiers have returned home from service in Iraq.

Regions still lack housing video

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People gather to protest the demolition of state houses between ...

Not enough homes for Palmerston North's need, let alone Auckland's homeless too.

Police still seeking truck driver

Police are attending a crash on State Highway 3, north of Taranaki.

Police are still seeking a truck driver involved in a collision with a power pole in Bulls.

Budget addresses disadvantage in schools

Queen Elizabeth College created a breakfast club to help ensure all kids are fed before school. Devon Lewis tucks into ...

Primary and secondary school principals are relieved there is more money for at-risk students in this year's Budget.

Mum on benefit doubtful of change

Donna Barclay, with 7-month-old son Elijah Barclay-Jeffcoat, struggles week-to-week to keep up financially.

This mother-of-three was not expecting much to change after this year's Budget announcements.

Budget: 'A patchwork of half-baked ideas'?

Finance Minister Bill English's 2016 Budget is either sensible or a patchwork of half-baked ideas, depending on who you ask.

Budget 2016; "sensible" or "a patchwork of half baked ideas"?

Prison Christmas dinner 'confession'

A man says Daniel Rei confessed to taking guns to the property where James Whatuira died, while Rei was behind bars.

Prisoner says a leftover Christmas dinner was the trigger point for a jailhouse confession from an alleged murderer.

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