The changing face of healthcare

A different sort of welcome to healthcare - Dr Anna Skinner at Palmerston North's Kauri Health Centre.

Empty waiting rooms, screening at the clinic door and diagnosis by telephone are the new normal in the health sector.

Manawatū travellers arrive home

An Air NZ flight from Auckland to Palmerston North returned 32 people home on Tuesday.

Thirty-two people, recently returned from overseas, touched down in Palmerston North after isolating in Auckland hotels.

Two more coronavirus cases for region

Only one person has needed Palmerston North Hospital admission for Covid-19 care so far.

MidCentral District Health Board has recorded 28 Covid-19 cases within its boundaries; no-one in hospital with the virus.

Last Post must go on

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Nigel Towers will play the Last Post on the driveway of his Feilding home after ...

A Feilding musician is determined to remember our fallen soldiers despite the cancellation of Anzac services.

Rates rise may be shelved

Horizons Regional Council meetings will not take place in its Palmerston North office for some time, as councillors meet ...

Horizons Regional Council is looking at options to ease the coronavirus burden on ratepayers.

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Kids going hungry in lockdown

Tens of thousands of Kiwi children rely on KidsCan for food during the school day.

A principal says she keeps getting calls from crying parents: "I don’t have enough food to feed my kids."

Changes irk Massey students

About 200 students are remaining in the Massey University hostels during lockdown.

Some students remaining on a Palmerston North university campus claim they haven't been properly informed over catering changes.

City council performs technology U-turn

Palmerston North deputy mayor Tangi Utikere has chaired a virtual hearing for the first time.

Just weeks after shunning modern meeting methods, councillors have convened over audio-visual links.

Paddock bear livens lockdown

A rural bubble has turned hay bales into interesting objects of support during Covid-19 times.

If truck drivers and essential workers go down to State Highway 56 today they're in for a big surprise.

MidCentral's Covid-19 tally rises

Palmerston North Hospital in on standby for Covid-19 cases, but there are currently no coronavirus patients admitted ...

Twenty-six people within MidCentral health's boundaries have coronavirus, but nobody is in hospital.

Stranded tourist eyes exit

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Robert Ruidisch, backpacker from Germany, staying through lockdown as a woofer ...

Robert Ruidisth should be hiking Mt Cook. Instead, he's stranded at a rural backpackers - and loving it.

Student paying up to $400 a week

The University of Auckland says it will review reducing or freezing rents.

Some students who returned home for the coronavirus lockdown are still having to pay hundreds a week for university accommodation.

Town centre stays quiet

There have been no reports of crime in Feilding's town centre since lockdown began on March 25.

 As police officers patrol empty streets around New Zealand, Feilding, too, is under close watch.

'Driveway 1000' raises funds for hospice

Luna the dog leads off flatmates Joe Helu, left, Graham Grant and Jossh Elton during their driveway 1000 run, a ...

Homebound running club beats the pavement to raise money for Arohanui Hospice.

Dad separated from premature baby

A Palmerston North dad Drew McLeod is unable to see his premature baby Phoebe born at 26 weeks in Wellington Hospital ...

Phoebe McLeod was born at 26 weeks in Wellington Hospital. It could be weeks before her father is allowed to visit her.

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Parenting tips for coronavirus lockdown

Massey University psychologist Kirsty Ross has some good tips on keeping children in good spirits during the lockdown.

Children need reassurance and routine to help them adjust to locked down living, a psychologist says.

Bird poisonings could be deliberate video

Toxicology tests on poisoned seagulls have ruled out them dying of an infectious disease, instead raising a more sinister possibility.

Lockdown disrupts drought cull

Changes irk Massey students

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From wealth to health: A story of transmission video

Levin resident Nicole Robinson, among a line of people getting used to the shopping routine during lockdown.

OPINION: For the first time in my lifetime we are taking viral transmission seriously, as an entire community.

Goal-setting lacks clarity

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 30: Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield during the Covid-19 coronavirus ...

OPINION: How did we go from trying to "flatten the curve" to an objective of elimination in under a week?

Fair go, Fair Go, you're repeating shows

Former Fair Go host Kevin Milne. TVNZ is recycling the show's old anniversary specials from 2017.

Despite the excessive recycling of content, there are some memorable highlights, writes Malcolm Hopwood.

Justice for Laumape at last

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NPC rugby.
Manawatu Turbos versus Northland,.
Ngani ...

OPINION: At long last he has locked down the No 12 jersey in a New Zealand rugby team. Shame it's only on paper.

A visual distraction most grand

Ohiwa is a magical spot in the eastern Bay of Plenty where the camping ground nestles under a pohutukawa-clad bluff.

The open road, with scenic New Zealand in our sights, proved a soulful pre-lockdown adventure.

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From mystical clearing to 'village green'

Snow in The Square, 1939.

Every place has its defining feature. For Palmerston North, it's The Square.

Classic Cockney caper goes like the clappers

Zac Maskill's assured, quick-quipping, light-fingered Bill is one of the many strong performances in Me and My Girl.

Nostalgia is seldom as contemporary as the top-class Boys' High-Girls' High production Me and My Girl.

Goldberg gold

Bach's Goldberg Variations filled the Regent on Broadway on Friday night during a fine performance from the NZ Symphony ...

The NZ Symphony Orchestra provided a rare and immensely satisfying concert performance of a monumental opus from the height of the Baroque period.

Potshots hit the bullseye

Potted Potter romps through the Harry Potter series at Centrepoint Theatre.

This freewheeling Harry Potter frolic has more hoots than a hedgerow of Hedwigs.

Midsummer mayhem

The Twelfth Night cast ensures there's plenty of midsummer mayhem in their rollicking romcom.

Open access to Shakespeare is seldom more engaging than Twelfth Night at the Esplanade rose gardens.

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