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Thunderheads are go

celtic thunder

Carol Stephens has coordinated a campaign to bring Irish/Scottish group Celtic Thunder to New Zealand.

Diabetics given help by app

A pair of enterprising UCOL students pocketed $10,000 after winning Innovate 2013 last week.

Maternity service business thriving

Last week's World Breastfeeding Awareness Week put a timely focus on issues to do with maternity care and support.

Creating a children's world

"So, there's an inside world and an outside world," cheeped LC, very confused. "Is there an inside-out world too?"

Dogs and people protest testing

No sticks or balls were thrown during last week's anti animal testing march around The Square. All was well behaved.

Happy healthy honey


There's something intrinsically happy about honey.

Pipers off to Glasgow

It's the biggest Grade One Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band ever to compete in Scotland.

Libraries trial new hours

Palmerston North City Library is about to start a year-long trial of new hours.

Science in search of the real King Richard

"A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse."

Seminar for candidates

Wanna be elected?

Pumpkins - easy as pie


Winter is the perfect time for pumpkins.

Arts on Wednesday getting a bit hairy

Anything can be an instrument. Aussie one-man looped orchestra Adam Page proved that keeping the crowd in the Massey Food Hall enthralled during his amplified musical improvisations.

Bird photographer to give talk

Manawatu Standard

Whanganui-based photographer Paul Gibson has a love for the outdoors and the beauty found in nature.

Peaceful protest for bill

Some wore masks and scarves, others donned hats and balaclavas.

Has it really been four decades?

Manawatu Standard

"MAGIC" Manfeild turns 40 this year. This October they'll be blowing out the candles in celebration of the Manawatu Car Club's first meeting on the circuit in 1973.

Costly drug essential

RICHARD MAYS - Manawatu Standard

Pharmac needs to revise its medicine funding model, local businessman Keith Webby says.

Tackling an anachronism

Manawatu Standard

REVIEW: The Gypsy Baron (Der Zigeunerbaron)
By Johann Strauss 11
Wellington G&S Light Opera
Directed by Gillian Jerome
Musical direction by Matthew Ross
The Regent on Broadway, July 20-21
Reviewed by Ray Watchman.

Breastfeeding in focus


The theme for this year's World Breastfeeding Week is "Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers".

‘Surgeon' needs a boost

Manawatu Standard

Nicknamed "The Surgeon" for his unique ability to clinically redistribute the spread of balls on court to his own advantage, Greig Jackson is among the top eight boccia athletes in the country.

Tension wound tight in Centrepoint

Manawatu Standard

REVIEW: Peninsula by Gary Henderson
Directed by Paul McLaughlin
Centrepoint Theatre, Palmerston North
July 20-August 24
Reviewed by Richard Mays.

Professor inspires pupils

RICHARD MAYS - Manawatu Standard

Science is in vogue, if Warwick Grady's experience is anything to go by.

Secret ingredient

RICHARD MAYS - Manawatu Standard

For 80 years the name Cridges has been synonymous with quality meat in Palmerston North.

Library has time out to re-assess

Manawatu Standard

A one-day closure of the city's libraries takes place next week.

Floyd's dog day afternoon


RICHARD MAYS - Manawatu Standard

An archetypal rock band, an iconic American truck, an emblematic pooch, and the British High Commissioner. What could they possibly have in common?

Walls to keep water at bay

Manawatu Standard

With all the recent rain, riverside residents can feel reassured, now that flood protection work being done as a result of 2004's inundation is nearing completion.

Pasifika Fusion fun occasion

Manawatu Standard

"It's an honour to open a big event like this."

Busy retirement begins


RICHARD MAYS - Manawatu Standard

Blame it on the theatre.

Flood gates make waves

Manawatu Standard

The Moutoa Sluice Gates on the Manawatu River opened "in anger" for the 40th time last week since they were officially commissioned in June, 1963.

Pupils hit back at

RICHARD MAYS - Manawatu Standard

Social media? Can't live without it is the overwhelming chorus that resounds across most generations.

Residents at boiling point over water

It may be 20km south of Palmerston North and part of the Horowhenua District but in these days of super-cities, Tokomaru is practically an outer suburb.

Town crier off to world champs


RICHARD MAYS - Manawatu Standard

"Oyez, oyez, oyez!"

Big birthday present to Palmerston North

RICHARD MAYS - Manawatu Standard

"Who gives things away for free?" was a common reaction from customers to Ezibuy's retail store in JFK Drive last Thursday.

Couple hope to win stylish wedding

RICHARD MAYS - Manawatu Standard

When Michael Wallis and Amanda Radich got together, little did they figure on making the finals of a national competition.

Courting fame on kart track

Kart Manawatu enjoyed an excellent response to its recent open day.

Hell of a punch unleashed


RICHARD MAYS - Manawatu Standard

"On my signal, unleash hell", is Russell Crowe's command to his subordinate in the opening scenes of Gladiator.

Heart of the community

RICHARD MAYS - Manawatu Standard

Te Wiki Tūao a Motu - National Volunteer Week was marked a fortnight ago in Palmerston North with a number of events, including celebrations for the Volunteer Resource Centre's third birthday held in Hancock Community House.

Open day has broad programme

RICHARD MAYS - Manawatu Standard

Square Edge open days used to be a regular feature on the community arts centre's calendar.

Talented youth compete for cash

Variety may be the spice of life, but it didn't make life easy for the judges of Reach For The Stars on Saturday night.

Park conservatory closes

Fragile glass panels in the Victoria Esplanade's Peter Black Conservatory have resulted in its closure several months ahead of a planned refurbishment .

‘Fantastic' new source for bird info

RICHARD MAYS - Manawatu Standard

New Zealand Birds Online: a digital encyclopaedia of New Zealand birds is up and running thanks to input from several Manawatu members of the Ornithological Society of New Zealand (OSNZ).

Pianist up with the best


RICHARD MAYS - Manawatu Standard

It's turning out to be a huge year for Palmerston North raised pianist, Andrew Atkins.

Women just want a fair go in Defence Force

AUDREY JARVIS - Manawatu Standard

Lt Col Rose King entertained and enthused members and friends of the National Council of Women Manawatu Branch at their midwinter lunch.

Competition a cut above average salon visit

Manawatu Standard

The Manawatu Regional Hairdresser of the Year Awards are as popular as ever with hairstylists from Manawatu, Whanganui, Kapiti and Wellington posting 179 entries in the eight-category competition.

No time to slow down - or switch off

RICHARD MAYS - Manawatu Standard

"Gosh, this is a worthwhile job!"

Cushy job, well done

RICHARD MAYS - Manawatu Standard

Awapuni's St Matthew's Church has been a long-time supporter of Awapuni School.

Don't delay digital switchover

There are now just 100 days - less than four months - until television in Manawatu goes digital on September 29.

Largest union celebrates a century of service

RICHARD MAYS - Manawatu Standard

It inspired superannuation, equal pay, flexible working hours and a dubious male fashion statement.

Last Ocean scoops awards

The 2012 Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival awards were announced on Friday night at the Reel Big Night Out Gala opening, hosted by comedian Nick Gibb at the Globe Theatre.

Veterans remember Korea


JAE HEE LEE - Manawatu Standard

Being on the frontline "wasn't pleasant".

Art makes asset of wind

RICHARD MAYS - Manawatu Standard

Orchestral manoeuvres in the wind could soon be adding a distinctive musical tone and added visual attraction to Palmerston North.
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