A hand to independence

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Deputy Prime Minister Bill English, and Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett talk about National's housing policies at the Rendezvous in Auckland. Pictured Paula Bennett

Five young mothers will take part in a new Government and Te Aroha Noa initiative, providing housing and support in Palmerston North.

Plan to relax parking rules

Palmerston North's time restrictions on parking meters might be abolished.

Time restrictions on parking in metered spaces around Palmerston North's central city streets could be abolished.

Diamond couple celebrate 60 years

Christine and George Rose are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this week.

When a Palmerston North couple went on their first date to the picture theatre, neither thought they'd still be together more than 60 years later.

Mother 'cautiously optimistic'

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After battling the Ministry of Education for more consultation on the Special Education Update, a Palmerston North mother says she is "cautiously optimistic" about additional forums held across the country.

Man bites through partner's cheek

The victime said she could feel Shane Francis Hikaka's teeth on her own during the violent attack.

She screamed and struggled as her partner bit through her face.

Life on the front line

Author and professor Glyn Harper.

What was it really like for Kiwi soldiers on the front lines of the first world war?

Private was 'let down' by army

Private Sosaia Tassy Albert Junior Filimoemaka pleaded guilty to three charges at Court Martial.

Sentenced to 3 months in military prison, judge says private was 'let down badly' by the system.

Security guard pepper-sprayed

A security guard from The Plaza shopping mall was pepper sprayed because he was trying to make sure goods were not stolen.

Pepper-sprayed guard says he has has never had such a bad experience in his 10 years on the job.

Barking 'mongrel' movement is theft

A man's wish for peace and quiet made him steal a constantly barking dog and dump it nearly 30 kilometres away.

Rugby player cops 10-year ban

One of the biggest bans in Manawatu rugby club history has been handed down.

A Feilding rugby player who swore and spat at a referee has been given a decade-long ban from the game.

Model festival a hit

Philip Ropiha, right, and his son Thornton Ropiha check out some of the die-cast models on display at the Manawatu Model Toy Vehicle Collectors Fair.

Popularity of the first die-cast model festival since the death of a long-time collector brings a tear to organiser's eye.

Cold, dry spring expected

June's floods in Manawatu should not repeat themselves during spring, according to NIWA's climate predictions.

A wet winter is giving way to a cold spring in Manawatu.

Property market supply drops

The average asking price for a house in Manawatu/Whanganui has dropped.

Asking prices are flat, but so is the supply of new properties.

Failed farming empire wrapped up

The receviership and liquidation of Robert McVitty's failed farming companies have ended, five years after they were taken out of his control

Millions paid back, but millions still owed, after large farming businesses liquidated.

Historic homestead hampered by early home time

Caccia Birch's neighbours are keeping a tight lid on how long people can party at the homestead, much to the frustration of its trustees.

A strict curfew at Caccia Birch is stymieing the function centre's potential, say trustees.

Manawatu golf loses well-known hairdresser

Manawatu has lost golf stalwart Terry Dunstan

Almost everyone knew hairdresser and Manawatu-Wanganui Golf Association president Terry  Dunstan.

Child attacker stays in prison


He assaulted and had illegal sex with a teenage girl, but his lawyer says he should not have gone to prison.

Pedestrians to be protected by lights

The new motion sensor lights at the Ruahine St pedestrian crossing should, hopefully, prevent more serious crashes at the notorious black spot.

Ruahine St pedestrian crossing lights are in place and expected to go live on Monday.

Truck tips on Desert Road

The truck tipped on an icy patch of road north of the Desert Road summit.

A truck driver was taken to hospital after his truck tipped on the Desert Road.

Massey v UCOL in scrabble

Teams from Massey University and UCOL go head to head in a game of scrabble in te reo for Maori language week.  
Kim Alty from the Massey team places a word down.

Manawatu tertiary institutes faced off in a battle to see who reined supreme in a game of scrabble.

Bubbles, cake and quips - Ruth Crossley celebrates a century

Ruth Crossley gets 100th birthday wishes from son Kevin and his partner France Komoroske of Coatesville.

Happy Birthday, copyright issues not withstanding, was the theme tune for Ruth Crossley's 100th birthday gathering in Orewa on Thursday.

TPPA protests planned

Panel Discussion on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement in Palmerston North. Assoc Prof Jeff Sluka (L), Dr Deborah Russell, Dr Shamin Shukur and Liam Hehir.

Protests against the TPPA are planned for Palmerston North as part of a nationwide week of action.

Manuka a golden opportunity

Manuka honey has been identified as a potential growth area for Manawatu / Whanganui

Celebrities use it and health gurus endorse, now it's been identified as one of eight opportunities to boost the region's economy.

Latching on for a long life gallery

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Mothers gather at the Community Birth Services for the annual Big Latch On which is organised to promote breastfeeding. Amy Proctor feeds her daughter Athena Tanginoa 6mths at The Big Latch On.

Palmerston North Babies and their mothers littered the room with chatter, cooing and squeels but as 10.30am hit, it was all quiet for the Big Latch On. 

City ready to lead growth

Palmerston North mayor Grant Smith says the city is ready to lead the region's growth.

Palmerston North has been told it needs to smarten up its act, exude more strength and purpose, and lead the Manawatu-Whanganui region's growth.

All police to carry Tasers

Senior Sergeant Alan Reece with a X2 Taser.

New Zealand police will now routinely carry Tasers, it has been announced.

Kids break out of daycare

Two children managed to escape from Palmerston North early childhood centre, The Cubby House, and cross the busy Pioneer Highway road.

Two children broke out of daycare and wandered across a four-lane road.

Film festival flies into Palmy

Activist Tame Iti is the focus of 'The Prince of Peace', a flim showing in Palmerston North as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival.

Martial arts, Mafioso comedy and a controversial New Zealand activist are all the subject of films soon to be screened in Palmerston North.

Molotov man loses appeal

Court gavel.

He thought his sentencing judge burnt him by sending him to jail, but his appeal judge decided otherwise.

Bridging the gap in Manawatu

Hato Paora pupil Sonny McLean, 17, says knowing te reo Maori has made him a better leader.

This year marks 40 years for Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori. Reporter Kelsey Wilkie takes a look at the past, present and future of the language. E toru nga Maori; Nga Maori o inanahi, nga Maori o inaianei, nga Maori mo apopo mai.

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