Palmerston North bodybuilder Sarah Malthus won the Ms Universe title at the Philippines.
Selica Winiata will patiently give her crook back time to heal before she can explode onto the rugby field again.
Referee Matt Conger's has taken another step closer to refereeing at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The Central region under-17 boys softball tournament was in Palmerston North at the weekend.
The New Zealand secondary schools track and field championships are in Timaru this weekend.
The Central Hinds will look to continue their improvement from last summer this season.
Palmerston North Boys' High School bowler Jack Lord is confident his side is in a good position ahead of the Gillette Cup next month.
Navin Patel played the role of one-man wrecking ball as Manawatu hammered Wairarapa by nine wickets in their first Hawke Cup game of the season in Masterton over the weekend.
Freyberg remains unbeaten in Manawatu club cricket after dispatching Marist for a 70 run win on Saturday.
Palmerston North Boys' High School batsman Whetu na Nagara is set to make his Manawatu debut against Wairarapa.
A former Manawatu Turbo has been added to the Crusaders' strength and conditioning team.
Freyberg are confident they have made the necessary adjustments to hang on to their place in the senior one division.
Ngani Laumape hopes to bring a similar physical presence to the Hurricanes' midfield as Ma'a Nonu.
The sevens veteran will still be involved as New Zealand seeks Olympic gold.
New Manawatu Turbos assistant coach Rhys Archibald is looking forward to concentrating on rugby fulltime.
OPINION: Somehow we need to galvanise the Manawatu province so we get our national league teams back.
When Manawatu's All Black Nehe Milner-Skudder wore the Massey University sky blue socks while playing for the British Barbarians, it was a first for a Manawatu player in 33 years.
Ross Taylor was full of aggression from the day he arrived at Palmerston North Boys' High School.
OPINION: Steve Williams' golf book Out of the Rough has actually thrown him back into the rough.
OPINION: Manawatu rugby coach Jason O'Halloran punished as if he was earning megabucks.