Teen's unusual birthday video

Rhiana Bragg-Meyers, 14, and Jamie Wheeler, 14, were involved in a community-minded birthday scavenger hunt in Feilding.

It wasn't a party, cake and presents. But getting out and helping others showed these teenagers "more of what's out there".

A big heart and a lifetime of art gallery

Retired artist and teacher Bruce Rennie at his home in Marton.

Head of art at Rangitikei College for 35 years, Bruce Rennie was a flamboyant anomaly for his time.

Health board cuts cleaning for pensioners

Levin resident Trixie Cottingham, 96, complained after MidCentral proposed cutting her home help.

First MidCentral threatened to cut off a 96-year-old, now two more women suffer similar treatment.

Two people seriously injured in crash

Police attended a car accident in Lepperton on Wednesday night.

Car crashes are keeping Manawatu emergency services busy.

Suspicious car fire in Rongotea

Police are investigating a suspicious car fire after a car left in a ditch after a crash was set alight. 

Opening the doors to Palmerston North's library

Plans for Palmerston North's City Library upgrade include a new entrance from George St, with visibility straight ...

Palmerston North's Library of the Future will be easier to access.

Council housing waiting lists swell

Palmerston North City Council asked to explore ways to respond to the city's need for more housing.

Palmerston North looks for a partner to help build much-needed housing.

Attack dog could be saved

Corey McDonald was sentenced in the Palmerston North District Court to jail for setting his dog on a man, but the dog ...

A dog used to attack someone set to get an 11th-hour rescue from death row.

Fake money handed over

Fake Australian $50 notes are being used in Palmerston North and Whanganui.

Attempts have been made to exchange fake cash at Manawatu/Whanganui banks.

Machete and hammer used in robbery

Robbery Palmerston North.

A hammer and machete were used to demand cash at a minimarket in Palmerston North.

Spreading a quantum of Christmas cheer

Bara Tamim installs lights and decorations inside the Youth Space Christmas cave he has created with his brother, Tammam.

Recently arrived members of a refugee family from Syria have decided to festively decorate some Palmerston North shop windows.

Rodger Fox to strike up the Christmas band

The Rodger Fox Big Band and guests are coming to the pre-Christmas party in The Square.

The Rodger Fox Big Band is to headline the Christmas in The Square entertainment

Dux overcomes barriers

Claire - Dong Siqi, with her mum Lily - Qi Aili who made a surprise visit from China to congratulate her daughter at the ...

A Palmerston North high school has had its first ever international dux.

Ryder returns for CD

Jesse Ryder returns for the Central Stags this weekend.

The Central Stags welcomed back their power hitter for Knights clash.

'Dodgy' robbery ends in jail

The Palmerston North courthouse.

Robber admits to police driving a car full of stolen goods was "dodgy".

Sandwich and salad bar on its way

There were queues around the block for a free meal day during the opening week of the Hamilton Habitual Fix store in August.

Hopes that new sandwich and salad bar will be habit forming in Palmerston North.

Cannabis still 'insidious'

Judge Gerard Lynch described cannabis as "insidious" when sentencing cannabis dealer Trevor Richard Lamb.

Cannabis dealers need to be denounced for their work as long as cannabis stays illegal, judge says.

Parachuting Santa delights

Musicians add a musical flavour for visitors to Vanessa Shaw's house on Tremaine Ave.

Santa parachuting out of a tree is one of the many Christmas light displays enchanting Manawatu people.

Kidney transplant athlete to inspire others

Kidney transplant patient Matthew Field, left, at Soldier Field, Chicago, during the All Blacks vs Ireland rugby game in ...

Man whose life turned around thanks to kidney donation from his sister will now inspire others.

Santas dash for KidsCan

The Great KidsCan Santa run was back in Palmerston North, with about 60 Santas dashing about The Square.

A sea of Santas returned to The Square to dash for charity.

Two men seriously injured after car hits tree

12082016 News Photo:David Walker/Fairfax NZ. Generic stock shot of St. John ambulance.

A car which hit a tree left seriously injured people trapped.

Corrections torture report released

There is significant fighting at Manawatu Prison, says the ombudsman's office.

Significant fighting and a pervasive bullying culture at Manawatu Prison - ombudsman's report.

'The law is an ass': Horowhenua mayor video

Ross Campbell was voted out of the Horowhenua deputy mayoralty position.

Wayne Bishop is deputy mayor at the Horowhenua District Council - for now - but the mayor is seeking legal advice.

Housing market going 'berserk'

Developer Paul Haydock, from Japac Homes, and new home owner Andrew Body.

New houses are popping up everywhere around Palmerston North.

Frost on ice

The Palmerston North courthouse, where the trial is happening.

Police suspected Tararua meth dealer laundered drug money through TAB.

Cuba St makeover worries

Cuba St's patchworked footpaths are due for renewal.

Some of the businesses on Cuba St are lukewarm on streetscape plans

Levin's eldercare health services 'under threat'

Horowhenua Health Centre, 2016. The centre has outgrown its building size.

The Horowhenua Health Centre is struggling to recruit a doctor to fill a pending vacancy.

Concerns about shortage of arthritis specialists

Palmerston North's rheumatology department will have two specialist leave this year. A new one will start in February.

Arthritis New Zealand fears a national shortage has hit Manawatu.

Dinosaurs in pyjamas

Trying to sleep ahead of the Saturday's night in the museum are Tahu Lowe, 7, left, and his brother Niwa Lowe, 9.

Prehistoric sleepover with Palmerston North museum's dinosaur exhibit.

Murray Georgel joins Hospice board

Former MidCentral DHB chief executive Murray Georgel has joined the Arohanui Hospice board of trustees.

Former MidCentral DHB chief executive joins the Arohanui Hospice board.

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