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TPPA action plan rejected

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"TPPA Walk Away  -  Nationwide Week of Action".  Mid week rally at Parliament buildings, Wellington. Bill Norris with his placard at his first ever protest.

A request to ask the Government for greater transparency around the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement has failed to gain the support of Horowhenua District Council.

Urban art project extended

Artist Phillip Liggins painted one of the first cabinet boxes in Palmerston North as part of a beautifying initiative run by Chorus.

Artists are being sought to transform more of Palmerston North's Chorus cabinets into artworks.

Burr warned about conduct by WorkSafe

WorkSafe investigator Donald Calder says Paul Burr and his company did not take all practical steps to keep his employees safe.

Documents submitted to WorkSafe New Zealand after the death of Lincoln Kidd contain an admission that a lack of concentration may have played a role in the fatal incident.

Postcard wins award

Tiritea Primary School student Hadley James, 6, has won a national handwriting award.

A Palmerston North boy who penned a postcard to his grandad has emerged as one of the top primary school-aged hand-writers in the country.

Brothers jailed for robbery

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Two Levin brothers have admitted taking part in the violent robbery of a market gardening family in the Horowhenua town, nearly three years after it happened.

Mayor wants to help more refugees

Palmerston North mayor Grant Smith wants the city to take more refugees.

Grant Smith wants the city to provide a new home for more refugees, and says NZ should do more.

Rising risk of summer drought

Spring is likely to be cool, but the risk of summer drought is already uncomfortably high.

El nino strikes: Spring is likely to be windy and cool, while the risk of summer drought is rising.

Turbos kit created by the kids

Fraser Stone, left, and Rob Foreman will take to the field for the Manawatu Turbos with a one-off shirt. A win will benefit more than just the team.

Every Turbos shirt in Thursday's game is a masterpiece, designed by the kids from MidCentral Health.

Manawatu people pick flag favourites

Four flags have been selected to be ranked by the New Zealand public.

There's a clear leader in Manawatu's debate about the national flag, and it's not the status quo.

Mayor backs international flights

Palmerston North Mayor Grant Smith .

The debate about international flights out of Palmerston North airport has heated up.

Defence takes aim at WorkSafe

Paul Robert Burr is charged with the manslaughter of Lincoln Kidd, who died on a forestry block between Levin and Foxton on Decemeber 19, 2013.

Paul Robert Burr's lawyer is putting WorkSafe's practices under scrutiny.

Few absences by councillors

Councillors are spending plenty of time in the Palmerston North City Council building, attending meetings.

Mayors past and present trail the field for meeting attendances.

Former Christian band frontman releases solo single

Parachute Band former frontman,  Omega Levine, has released his first solo single, Lovestoned.

Parachute Band former frontman, Omega Levine, has dropped his first solo single.

Mail thief jailed

Post boxes across Manawatu and Hawke's Bay were targeted by a group that used a fish hook to steal mail.

Thieves used fish hooks to pilfer thousands of items from postboxes in Hawke's Bay and Manawatu.

Rosyln: a mixture of flavours

Ky Tam, owner of Roslyn Bakery, and his assistant Kathleen Paton talk about their suburb.

Roslyn: a semi industrial area with a range of schools, parks, pubs and health facilities.

Small earthquake near Eketahuna

A man walks in a large earthquake crack in the ground at Kaiapoi near Christchurch.

Light rocking felt after small quake near Eketahuna

Ooooby roadshow in town

Ooooby chief executive Pete Russell.

A business promoting 'buy local' is coming to town to promote its crowd-funding campaign.

Turbos kids tickets pricey

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Rugby Manawatu Turbos vs Waikato. Waikato player is Loni Uhila

Children's trip to the rugby looks expensive.

Final four flag designs gallery video

The final four flag options.

Prime Minister John Key has picked his favourites of the final four flag designs.

Families await change

Carey and Owen Hume, parents of Erica who died at Ward 21 in Palmerston North Hospital.

MidCentral District Health Board is through the first phase of implementing changes to mental health and addiction services.

No international flights for regions

Palmerston North  Mayor Grant Smith (L) with Jetstar New Zealand head Grant Kerr  celebrate the arrival of the airline in the city with breakfast at The Square.

Airport boss says there are no plans for airlines to fly internationally from regional airports.

Worries over forestry block's safety

Timothy Hunt hired Paul Burr to fell the trees on the block where Lincoln Kidd died.

Lincoln Kidd told his girlfriend and mother about perceived safety issues on the forestry block where he died.

The little train that really could

Grandpop George Lowe, 94, and wife Mary re-enact the Esplanade Scenic Railway ride with grand-daughter Katrina Penhall. Up ahead are Lowe's three great-grandchildren, Tairhys, 10, Chantel, 8, and Summah, 6.

Palmerston North's scenic railways volunteers take a family on a trip down memory lane.

Bike to the beach plan investigated

Palmerston North mayor Grant Smith and transport minister Simon Bridges ride the Palmerston North to Longburn pathway. Plans are underway to investigate extending it to Foxton.

Hopes for a cycle trail from Palmerston North to Foxton Beach have been rekindled.

Alleged gunman pleads not guilty

Police investigators inspect the front of the Palmerston North Police Station after gunshots shattered glass in the foyer.

The man who allegedly shot at two police stations has pleaded not guilty.

Wettest Manawatu winter on record

Tuesday's rain on the first day of spring mirrors what winter had in store for the region.

Winter has just ended and it was the wettest in Palmerston North’s recorded history.

Homicide inquiry unearths illegal guns

Samuel Peter Culling, also known as Samuel Badawi, died after being shot in the head. His body was found on August 6.

Police find multiple guns in homicide investigation, but are still looking for the location where victim was shot.

Fines for a favour

Robert Edwards does not fly his drone unless he has got permission from air traffic control

He didn't think he was doing anything wrong but five months later he was fined $3000.

$2.6m boost for flood recovery

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye at Horizons Regional Council for a flood recovery briefing with region's mayors .

More government money pours into Manawatu, Whanganui and Taranaki to help those worst affected by June's flooding.

Officially, spring arrives at last

A spring lamb for the first day of spring. Near Awahuri, Manawatu.

Spring is here at last - now we just need some warm, sunny weather.

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