Road puts native bush at risk

Graham Bolton is disappointed native bush on his property is at risk from the new Manawatū-Hawke's Bay highway.

11 min ago  Octogenarian farmer is disappointed new Manawatū-Hawke's Bay highway could bulldoze its way through nurtured bushland.

Retirement's $200m boom

John Collyns says demand for retirement villages is booming and that is likely to continue.

5:53 PM  Older people is big business in Manawatū and there's no sign the rise in demand for retirement villages is slowing.

Installation rolls onto Railway Land

Welder Daniel Mitchell, from Argo Engineering, works on the sculpture.

5:09 PM  The six historic train wheels were excavated from a South Island riverbank in the 1990s.

Person hit by car outside school

A person has been hit by a car on Highbury Ave, near Somerset Crescent School.

4:36 PM  Police won't give out age of injured person; they are in hospital in a critical condition.

Guy Williams to headline comedy fest

Kiwi comedian Guy Williams will headline the opening of the Palmy Comedy Fest.

A mix of local and national comedic talent makes up the programme for city comedy jamboree.

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Blind horse injured in crash

The injured horse, which is blind in one eye and partially blind in the other, is expected to make a full recovery.

The horse followed its paddock mate and "seeing-eye mare" out onto the road, where it was hit by a car.

Medal haul for Cairns

Manawatū's Anne Cairns won three medals in waka ama at the South Pacific Games.

Manawatū paddler comes away with three medals from a gruelling week of racing.

Still no justice for Trades hall death video

Ernie Abbott, Trades Hall caretaker, killed at Trades Hall by a suitcase bomb, 270384

It's been 35 years since Ernie Abbott fatefully picked up the lone suitcase left in the Trades Hall foyer.

Red light on Cobb & Co

Cobb and Co announced plans to return to Palmerston North in 2017, but despite finding a new location in the CBD the ...

People are nostalgic for Cobb & Co, but potential franchisee thinks it's too dated.

Beloved 'Nanny Noa' farewelled

Tararua farewelled the beloved "Nanny Noa" at her tangi at Makiriki Aotea Marae at the weekend. Haerenga Noa Nicholson, ...

Haerenga Noa Nicholson is remembered as a champion of Māori culture and a mother figure to all.

Lawyer says snitch cannot be trusted

Joseph William Johnson is accused of being the man who fatally shot Palmiro MacDonald in March 2016.

An alleged murderer can only be found guilty if a jury believes the evidence of jailhouse informants, murder trial hears.

Playground almost ready for use

The upgraded Milverton Park, on the corner of Victoria Ave and Ferguson St, is nearing completion.

Poor weather has delayed work on Milverton Park play area, but it should be ready soon for eager children.

King's come from behind against Boys' High

Palmerston North Boys' High School forward Feleti Sae Taufoou, centre, takes some stopping against King's College in ...

Burly Auckland visitors prove too bog a mountain to climb against gutsy Palmerston North Boys' High School.

Moon rises on museum after dark

Children with an interest in science will light up at Te Manawa's special night event.

Te Marama After Dark takes on a new name in a nod to the 50th anniversary since landing on moon.

'Creep catcher' appeals

Connor Bevins, the Palmy Creep Catcher, is appealing his jail sentence for posting harmful videos online.

Social media vigilante wants to get his jail sentence reduced.


Guilty verdict impossible

Chea Paratene Charles Brattle-Hemara Haeana is on trial for the murder of Palmiro MacDonald.

No DNA, no motive and a solid group of alternative suspects. Defence lawyer dismissed Crown case.

Central Palmerston North car crash

Debris was spread across the road after two cars collided in central Palmerston North.

European exposure for canoe polo team

'Creep catcher' leaving jail?


Past taunts come home to roost

Voters have rewarded Jacinda Ardern's ability to listen and share feelings, but, Liam Hehir asks, is this enough?

Two years ago Labour decried the rising numbers of beneficiaries. So what's the Government doing about the latest increase?

No wonder God wept video

The moment that brought New Zealand to its knees – Ben Stokes' "six".

OPINION: The English did not win the World Cup final, but somehow the trophy is in their hands.

Cloaks of invisibility

Just like Harry Potter, Mervyn Dykes has a cloak of invisibility, although Dykes' has slowly developed.

OPINION: Harry Potter has a cloak of invisibility, but it takes a while for older job seekers to realise they're wearing one too.

Comedy series a winner

Aroha Rawson, left, Morgana O'Reilly and Anna Jullienne play primary school mums in Mean Mums.

Mean Mums is a promising new series with Morgana O'Reilly as its key ingredient.

Turbos' step into the unknown

Expect the unexpected from the Turbos this year, with 2018's disappointments firmly behind them.

New coach with a history of winning spearheads a team with the heaviest loading of local players since the division 2 days.


Still no justice for Trades hall death video

Ernie Abbott, Trades Hall caretaker, killed at Trades Hall by a suitcase bomb, 270384

It's been 35 years since Ernie Abbott fatefully picked up the lone suitcase left in the Trades Hall foyer.

Seven days on a drinking boat

Sail Croatia is one of several companies offering boat trips around the country's coast.

Party yacht taking in the sights and sounds of coastal Croatia not a trip for the fainthearted.

An eruption of talent

Tehezib Lathiff impressed with his presence and assured presentation.

A combination of classical performers, traditional musicians and dancers made for a compelling afternoon concert.

The 'sport of kings'

The Manawatu Racing Club building, Rangitīkei St, 1950s.

From small beginnings, the popularity of horse racing in Manawatū has galloped ahead.

The rise of sobriety

New Zealand has a history of high alcohol use.

There is a movement against alcohol, with many choosing to actively change their drinking habits.

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