What's in a (street) name?

The McKenzie family's former Milson homestead, photographed in 1981. It was relocated to Tirau in recent years.

Printed bold and black in the Manawatū Standard, October 1926, it was a land sale to make readers sit up and take notice.

Clever new writing hits the spot

Comedies and Curiosities showcased a trio of  clever and creative one-act plays.

Three young playwrights premiered their wares in front of a full house during the matinee of Comedies and Curiosities.

The art of retirement

Stu Schwartz is a towering man who admits he has a collecting problem.

"My father always said not to work with your husband" says Phyllis Schwartz, who clearly ignored that advice.

More sporting tele-movies, please

Mosese Veaila bears a striking resemblance to the rugby superstar Jonah Lomu. The two had many similarities in their ...

'Jonah' doesn't do justice to Lomu, but we should keep trying to adapt great sporting lives for TV.

Life among the stars

The Municipal Opera House, Palmerston North, in 1913. When it opened Harry Muller was its manager.

The slim, bespectacled and impeccably dressed Harry Muller knew a star turn when he saw one.

Same space, same illness

Some of the properties that make up Ozanam House Trust's 13 homes used for cancer patients from regional centres.

Ozanam House in Palmerston North is a bit like a Ronald McDonald House, but for adults.

Jaded talent show rolls on

Junior freestyle indoor skydiving world champion Amy Watson showing off her skills on Australia's Got Talent.

Rarely in the mix are singers, dancers and musicians but, when they do appear, they're often the star attractions.

Gripping domestic drama

Home Land, on at the Foxton Little Theatre, is a great watch, with a theme just as relevant to today as it was in the ...

Home Land portrays a poignant situation that many baby boomers will probably experience as their parents age.

Don't miss Les Mis

Les Miserables, at the Regent on Broadway, has plenty of grandeur, depth, detail, musicality and emotion, and offers an ...

Make no mistake, this production provides a magnificent spectacle on a grand scale.

Flu strikes city

Rangitīkei St in the 1920s, a bustling entrance to Palmerston North's city centre.

Many Palmerston North residents were plagued by sickness in early August 1923, but fortunately it wasn't as bad as the 1918 pandemic.

Detective can't stay retired

Meticulously plotted and effectively acted, Baptiste is a gripping series.

Baptiste, the spin-off series from The Missing, puts Julien Baptiste back on the case in Europe.

A deliberately rocky horror show

Feilding Little Theatre's actors were good at being "bad" in their rendition of The Haunted Through Lounge & Recessed ...

Feilding Little Theatre's latest offering pokes fun at amateur dramatics and the shows they perform.

Review: Niu Sila

New Zealand comedy production Niu Sila is at Centrepoint in Palmerston North until August 25.

A classic performance of a Kiwi classic, the play has lost nothing of its vitality or relevance.

Royal wedding fever

Diana and Charles on their wedding day, years before the fairy-tale marriage turned to tragedy.

Every detail about Diana and Charles' ceremony makes the pages of the Manawatū Standard, which was full to the brim of wedding news.

Not just a summer hotspot

Some of the sweet offerings at The Martinborough Sweet Shop.

There's more to Martinborough than vineyards and holiday sun.

Something borrowed, something blue

Pru Pim has been creating Museum In A Box for more than five years.

For someone whose job it is to share memories, you'd be hard pressed to ever forget meeting Pru Pim.

Hairballs in the middle of the night

Pollen is starting to cause a few problems for many cats at the moment.

The critters may come more exotic in Australia, but most pet complaints are decidedly familiar.

Jazz trio to perform at Globe

The Victory Dolls, made up of Lauren Armstrong, Moira Jean and Katelin Little, are a Wellington-based jazz trio.

Singer Moira Jean said the show will feature songs inspired by the likes of jazz legends Lambert, Hendricks and Ross.

Orchid breeder's quest video

Allan Rae breeds prize-winning orchids in his Palmerston North home garden.

Meet the prize-winning orchid breeder from Palmerston North aiming for elusive golden orange blooms.

Aunt Roberta's family

Children in The Square in the 1920s or 30s, perhaps pondering their next contribution to the Manawatū Standard's ...

Her "nieces and nephews" would have the thrill of seeing their names, stories and poems in print. Woe betide those who cheated.

In the barber's chair

Anaru Tepania, with the clippers in hand, ensures colleague Max Tufuga is keeping it sharp.

Gone are the days of plonking yourself down in a barber's seat and getting what you're given. It's now about wellbeing as much as the hair.

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.

Climbing Mt Fuji

Sunrise from Mt Fuji.

Watching the sun rise from the summit of Mt Fuji is an unforgettable experience.

Here's why I left Auckland video

Whanganui River views guarantee at least two fight-free minutes for most siblings.

OPINION: After three years south of the Bombays, it's time to admit Whanganui is home.

Play's premiere offers startling insight

Aaron McLean's Perchance You Dream had the odd moment of ironical humour in its exploration of mental and social dysfunction.

Odd moments of ironical humour in exploration of mental and social dysfunction.

'Inner fabulosity' shines through

Full of wonder, from left, Jake Maskill, Ella Daynes and Cameron Baker.

Here's a show that is leaving its audiences grinning like cheshire cats.

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