Teacher training numbers up

Massey University's John O'Neill says the number of people studying to become teachers has risen.

More people are studying to become teachers, but that increase is yet to make a positive effect on classroom life.

Four in hospital after crash

Four people are still in hospital after a  three-car crash on the intersection of Number 1 Line and Karere Rd, near ...

Three cars involved in smash at intersection of Number 1 Line and Karere Rd.

Festival worth repeating

Alexander Sparrow as DJ Trump and Katie Boyle as Pat Goldsack entertain at Palmerston North's first Fringe Festival.

Some participants who took part in a survey thought Palmerston North audiences were not "fringe ready" yet, but we might be by 2020.

Knight's back for Jets

Guard Daishon Knight is returning to the Manawatū Jets.

Anthony O'dunsi has left the Manawatū Jets due to personal reasons.

Marching for change

Pania Te-Paiho Marsh is worried New Zealand isn't focusing enough on the mental wellbeing of our youth.

After losing a niece and a nephew in suspected suicides, Pania Te-Paiho Marsh is taking her concerns to Parliament.

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Anne Cairns in hot form in the water

Anne Cairns has won another couple of national waka ama titles.

Manawatū paddler wins two national long-distance titles.

Sharing shoes with those in need

Volunteer Roseta Leau, 12, sorts shoes at the Share a Pair temporary home at the Highbury Whānau Centre.

Queues form outside Highbury Whānau Centre as word of Share a Pair spread.

Stoush brews over housing

The former bowling club land on the corner of  Fitzherbert Ave and Park Rd has potential to provide housing.

City green space defenders stopped council selling reserve once and will fight again.

Road blocked after crash

Two of the cars involved in a three-car crash on the intersection of Number 1 Line and Karere Rd near Palmerston North.

Seven people have been taken to hospital after a three-car smash on Tuesday afternoon.

Newcomer off to world champs

Massey University student Heather Neill has qualified for two different world triathlon championships this year.

Heather Neill only took up triathlon last year, now she's a New Zealand rep.

Lake cleanup key for mayoral hopeful

Victoria Kaye-Simmons is intending to run for Horowhenua mayor in this year's elections.

Three-term Horowhenua District councillor Victoria Kaye-Simmons is making a bid for the top job.

Flags and swimming provoke residents

Ben Foster's proposal for a new flag has injected some interest into Palmerston North City Council's annual budget ...

Palmerston North people have until Wednesday to have a say on the council's proposed annual budget.

DinoFest a roaring success

Families wandered through the fernery and discovered various dinosaurs, such as the dromaeosaurus, along the way.

More than 6500 people visited the dinosaur attraction over the five days of Easter weekend at the Esplanade in Palmerston North.

Lundy seeks Supreme Court hearing

Mark Lundy's legal team is seeking permission from the Supreme Court for it to hear his appeal against his murder ...

Convicted double-murderer's legal team asks highest court in the land to hear his appeal.

Tax pie in the sky

Sir Michael Cullen was the wrong frontman for the Tax Working Group, Liam Hehir says.

Anything championed by former Finance Minister Sir Michael Cullen would face a stiff hurdle on the road to public acceptance.


Rising stars on show

Rongotea's Rhys Jillings, a likely frontrunner in the 14-16 years' 85cc class.

National titles on offer to up-and-coming riders attempting to hit the big time.

4.8 quake shakes lower N Island

Quake centred near Dannevirke was felt by people in Palmerston North, Napier and Hastings.

Turning back the clock to D Day

Anne Cairns in hot form in the water


Not always a disaster

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have plenty of judgment about their parenting to look forward to.

I often "hide" my birthing stories when others are sharing theirs, and I play down the good and try to amp up the bad. Why?

Tax pie in the sky

Sir Michael Cullen was the wrong frontman for the Tax Working Group, Liam Hehir says.

Anything championed by former Finance Minister Sir Michael Cullen would face a stiff hurdle on the road to public acceptance.

Religion must keep up

The Wallabies won't miss Israel Folau.

Scriptural interpretation is in the eye of the beholder.

The Bad Seed sowed good roots

The Bad Seed sows great seeds for Kiwi drama.

The Bad Seed was more than a five episode crime thriller.

Rugby Museum brings up half-century

The men behind the museum: from left, Neil Monro, Bob Luxford, Stephen Berg, Clive Akers and former All Black Nev MacEwan.

It's survived the Springbok tour, losing the Ranfurly Shield and being overrun by Lions supporters.


Extraordinary war story in softcover

Phil Lamason, I would not step back…, is now available in a hardcover collectors' edition and a more accessible ...

Account of Phil Lamason's war years include his time inside Buchenwald, a hellhole where people went to work or die.

Not too tight

When fitting a collar, allow only two fingers to fit under it

There's also potential for disaster when they're too loose, so here are some tips to avoid either problem.

Pīwakawaka pops in

Paul Dibble buffing his latest sculpture, a fantail, on corner of Main and Andrew Young streets in Palmerston North.

Bronze fantail sculpture by Paul Dibble takes its perch in city.

Ex-school could be your home video

The ex-school room needs to be removed from its spot on the high school's top field.

Did you use to dream of ruling the school? Now's your chance as this former school room comes onto the market.

The red stuff

Blood tests can pick up some illnesses in dogs.

We can pick up plenty of illnesses from our pets' blood, but not everything.

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