Woman caused crash that killed partner's son

Kaide Preston, 5, died in a car crash near Levin in May. His father's partner, Jessie Batt, pleaded guilty to careless driving causing his death.

Jessie Batt chewed gum in the dock while the court heard how she caused a 5-year-old's death.

Alex's inhaler found video

Alexander Fisher has been missing since early on Tuesday.

As every hour passes, concern grows for the safety of missing 10-year-old Alexander Fisher.

Lake used 'like a toilet'

Lake Horowhenua

The Waitangi Tribunal has been told that Lake Horowhenua is like being waist deep in a long drop.

New Zealand Burlesque Festival returns

Kerry Rodda on stage as MisRed Delicious.

Kiwis, prepare to blush. The New Zealand Burlesque Festival is back.

Bags of evidence in search for boy video

Alexander Fisher has been missing since early on Tuesday.

Items of interest have been found in a forest where a 10-year-old is missing, police say.

Burns sustained while trying to save life

The scene of a fatal house fire in Exeter Cres, Palmerston North

 A firefighter suffered burns to hands trying to save a life in a fatal house fire.

Park path opened to view

Memorial Park development progresses with the rebuilding of a pathway down the bank from the main entrance.

Memorial Park's makeover is continuing with a new, safe path down the bank.

New replica plane for Pahiatua

Pahiatua's iconic Harvard airplane was removed in the weekend.

The iconic aluminium Pahiatua plane will be replaced with a new, and safer fibreglass model.

Children in drunken pizza run

Fortunately, no one was hurt when this drunk pizza run went horribly wrong.

Job growth slows down

Trade Me figures show the jobs market is showing signs of slowing down.

National job growth is slowing but numbers of applications for those jobs are rising.

Inmate uses pencil in stabbing

Court gavel

Inmate at Manawatu Prison who allegedly stabbed three prison officers had also apparently used a pencil to attack someone three days beforehand.

City crossings need attention

Carol and Laurence Bremner at a difficult Palmerston North intersection.

Palmerston North's pedestrian crossings are in urgent need of safety works.

School wins big at rugby game

Mt Biggs pupils' Riley Transom, 7, Ethan Transom, 9, Riley Taylor, 8, Lochie Taylor, 6, hold up the school's prize money from the ITM Cup competition.

Collecting stickers saw Mt Biggs School take home $10,000 in landscaping prize money.

Workers contaminated by chemical

Firefighters are believed to be at the scene of an incident at Palmerston North Hospital.

An unidentified chemical was brought to front doors of Palmerston North Hospital by contaminated workers.

Crown concedes it failed to protect Lake Horowhenua

Lake Horowhenua.

The Crown has conceded it failed to protect Lake Horowhenua from pollution, breached the Treaty of Waitangi on multiple occassions and left the Muaupoko iwi virtually landless.

Dogs and owners behaving well

Most of Palmerston North's dogs have been well behaved this year. Labrador retrievers like Blake are the city's favourite breed.

Half of Palmerston North's dog owners qualify for a good-behaviour discount.

Workplace bullying on the rise

CultureSafe NZ director Allan Halse said workplace bullying in New Zealand is rife.

An expert says bullying is rife in New Zealand workplaces.

Rubbish truck crashes

A rubbish truck on its side following a crash in Palmerston North.

Two roads have been closed after a rubbish truck rolled on to its side in Palmerston North.

Pet deaths linked to bird poison

Bird poison is believed to be a factor in cat deaths in Whanganui.

Bird poison believed to be a factor in animal deaths in Whanganui.

Want a million dollars? Just ask

For just a dollar per person, a Kiwi woman wants to see if she can raise a million bucks.

Woman wants to be a millionaire, she just needs $1 from you.

Arrest made after serious assault

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Man arrested in relation to serious assault in Palmerston North.

Shunt a uni project-turned-business success

Nathan Hutchinson, left, teamed up with his former boss Bryce Moller to turn his university project into a successful business.

Courier services company Shunt started as a university project but is turning out to be a fast-growing success.

Man taken to hospital after blood pressure test

St John ambulance officer Richard Hitchcock measures the blood pressure of Peter Bevins, one of over 300 people whose blood pressure was checked at the Pak 'n Save supermarket.

One person was taken to hospital after a free blood pressure check.

Manawatu to target Nelson for visitors

Nelson will be the next target in ad campaigns to draw visitors to the Manawatu.

Would you visit Palmerston North from Nelson?

Brass calling for bras for Vanuatu

Sharon Brass is collecting bras to send to Vanuatu to help women still struggling seven months after Cyclone Pam caused widespread destruction.

Sharon Brass is collecting bras to help Vanuatu residents.

Book sale to fund literacy projects

A book stall was held at Melody's New World to fundraise for Manawatu literacy projects. Organised by the Altrusa Club, Bronwyn Crooks and Val Mills said they had sold a good number of books

Book sale to raise funds for literacy projects.

Meet and greet for young fan

Cooper Mollet meet the Manawatu Turbo at their captions run on Friday. Cooper was recently diagnosed with Perthes, a rare bone disease where the hip joints break down.

Rugby fan meets Turbos team after rare bone disease diagnosis.

Fire detected by neighbours

A fire in Whanganui was noticed by neighbours who detected the smoke and called the fire brigade.

Fire started by pyrophoric action a close call in Whanganui.

Recovery Church honour is bittersweet

Salvation Army majors Merilyn and the late Kevin Goldsack are honoured for setting up Recovery Church 20 years ago in 1995.

Salvation Army major receives an award for founding a church for recovering addicts.

Merino kids adding to their flock

Merino Kids are looking for the next face of their brand.

Merino Kids search for a new face for the brand.

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