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Whānau Day

Come and join in the free activities at Victoria Park, supported by local clubs and organisations. Keep an eye out on the Facebook event for what’s happening.

March 1, 2021

Baarack from the brink: Wild sheep rescued in Australia shorn of 35 kg fleece

A wild and ailing sheep found in a forest in Australia, named Baarack by rescuers, has yielded a fleece weighing more than 35 kilogrammes – nearly half the weight of an adult kangaroo – after being shorn for the first time in many a year.

February 25, 2021

Kid goat stubbornly stays in stormwater drain at Golden Bay

A baby goat in Golden Bay is living up to the animal’s reputation for stubbornness by staying put inside a stormwater drain that it squeezed into three days ago.

February 25, 2021

Palmerston North’s first electric bus takes a spin

Palmerston North’s streets are set to get a little healthier with the first electric bus introduced to the city’s coach routes.

February 24, 2021

Block Party Street Festival 2021

Food Trucks & Music In the Square Palmy! Come relax and try food from the best of the best in food trucks from the lower north island!

February 22, 2021

Silver monolith torched in Congo after mysterious appearance

The latest in a series of mystery monoliths to capture the imagination of science-fiction fans around the world met a fiery end in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday when it was torched at a roundabout in the capital.

February 18, 2021

Palmerston North rental average hits $460 as market forces house hunters into emergency accommodation

A Palmerston North solo mother will be sleeping on a friend’s couch with her 3-year-old son after months of searching for a home have been fruitless.

February 16, 2021

La Fiesta! NZ’s Best Women’s Fest

La Fiesta is the best and longest-running women’s festival in Aotearoa New Zealand. It all happens in our awesome Whanganui town.

February 15, 2021

Residents want answers on long-awaited Pioneer Highway Countdown

Palmerston North residents are frustrated and demanding answers as a long-awaited supermarket is delayed once again, adding to eight years of legal-wrangling and setbacks.

February 11, 2021

To lift lockdown gloom, Israelis keep calm and carry on screaming

Tired of COVID-19 confinement and seeking both communion and emotional release, some Israelis have taken to group screaming.

February 9, 2021

Baby Sensory Term 1 2021: Wednesday (Birth to 6 Months)

Baby Sensory can help you learn how to bring out the best in your child, through purposeful sensory play.

February 8, 2021

Options for Ashhurst’s growth explored

Ashhurst is the next target in the Palmerston North City Council’s sights for increasing the amount of land available for new housing.

February 4, 2021

Swedish film festival to screen on remote island for audience of one

Scandinavia’s biggest film festival is going ahead this year despite the coronavirus pandemic, but will be hosted on an isolated island and admit only one attendee – a healthcare worker, selected from 12,000 applicants.

February 2, 2021

George Street Summer Night Markets

George Street Summer Night Markets- visit us to find high quality, locally made handcrafts and have a chance to meet the artisans who produce them.

February 1, 2021

Lobster shell patterns make concrete stronger: Australian researcher

Inspired by the natural, twisting patterns of a lobster shell, Australian researchers say they have found a way, using 3D printing technology, to improve the strength of concrete for use in complex architecture.

January 28, 2021

Wharerata Long Lunch 2021

Relax in Wharerata’s tranquil gardens with a five-course Kiwi inspired platter lunch, good wines and live entertainment.

January 27, 2021

Harnessing the winds against climate change

Wind power must increase 10-fold if New Zealand is to reach its 2030 goal of 100 per cent renewable energy. But there is the wind and the will to make it happen, writes Janine Rankin.

January 25, 2021

Bayleys Whanganui Vintage Weekend

For the second year running, Whanganui has been recognised at NZ’s most beautiful city – bring the hubby, the kids, the grandies or get your groups of girls together and come and experience the Whanganui feeling with us!

January 17, 2021

Ashhurst’s new road layout will become harder to ignore

Motorists ignoring new road rules banning use of a common short-cut into Ashhurst’s main street will soon find wooden bollards in their way.

January 15, 2021

Extinct giant shark gave birth to ‘cannibal’ babies over 6ft 6in long

Megalodon sharks gave birth to babies bigger than most adult humans after they feasted on unhatched eggs in the womb, according to a new study.

January 14, 2021

Mainstreet Caboodle

Caboodle takes over the town centre for over 14 hours in the town centre – encompassing entertainment, food, fashion, flea market and cars all in a vintage themed extravaganza.

January 11, 2021

Silicon Valley elites are poisoning themselves with frog mucus, an ancient practice reported to increase physical and mental strength

Silicon Valley elites are employing an ancient Amazonian frog-mucus ritual to rid themselves of stress.

January 7, 2021

Marton Country Music Festival 2021

The Festival is now quite a huge event it now is. Over the last 17 years it has become an event that is looked forward to by artists and public alike.

January 5, 2021

Checking in on kākahi, the little-known freshwater barometer

Monitoring kākahi, or freshwater mussels, comes with various dangers: glass, freezing water and hungry eels.

January 3, 2021

German pilot makes point with syringe in the sky

German pilot Samy Kramer has traced a giant syringe in the sky, flying 200 kilometers to remind people about the start of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Europe.

December 28, 2020

Annual Summer Used Book Sale

About 10,000 good quality used books, magazines, puzzles, DVDs and CDs for sale. Everything $1 or less.

December 27, 2020

Ratepayers divided: Should Palmerston North’s wastewater be discharged to land or river?

Palmerston North ratepayers are divided over whether their wastewater should be discharged to land or into the river.

December 23, 2020

Chilean president handed $3,500 fine for mask-less selfie with stranger on beach

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera was slapped with a $3,500 fine on Friday after posing for a selfie on the beach with a bystander without wearing a mask as required during the coronavirus pandemic, health authorities said.

December 22, 2020

Quote of the Day

“Forgiveness is the final form of love.”

– Reinhold Niebuhr

December 21, 2020

Wearing someone else’s face: Hyper-realistic masks to go on sale in Japan

A year into the coronavirus epidemic, a Japanese retailer has come up with a new take on the theme of facial camouflage – a hyper-realistic mask that models a stranger’s features in three dimensions.

December 17, 2020

Putrid smell across Palmerston North caused by effluent spreading

A putrid smell that wafted across north-west Palmerston North was caused by effluent spreading.

December 16, 2020

Quote of the Day

“Love may be or it may not, but where it is, it ought to reveal itself in its immensity.”

– Honore de Balzac

December 14, 2020

Urgent earthquake-strengthening zones set in Tararua towns

Landlords on the main streets of Woodville, Dannevirke, Pahīatua and Eketāhune have under eight years to make their buildings safer or tear them down.

December 10, 2020

Mainstreet Christmas Parade

Come and celebrate the annual Mainstreet Whanganui Christmas Parade in the heart of the city!

December 8, 2020

Metallic monolith pops up outside Pittsburgh candy store

Since mid-November, shining metal monoliths have suddenly appeared – and then vanished – in the strangest locations, from the Utah desert to a Romanian mountainside.

December 6, 2020

Feilding Farmers Market

Come & visit the iconic Friendly Feilding Farmers Market. Every Friday a showcase of artisans, growers and farmers in the Manawatu/Rangitikei region and beyond bring their locally grown, fresh produce to our beautiful township of Feilding.

December 3, 2020

Legal powers to be used to complete riverside pathway

More than 2000 petitioners have convinced Palmerston North city councillors to force the release of land to complete a long-awaited riverside pathway to Ashhurst.

December 2, 2020

Space oddity? Monolith in Utah desert mystifies helicopter crew

They were on a mission to count sheep when they found something they had not counted on.

November 30, 2020

Recycling bin lids set to close against mixed plastics

The list of plastics Palmerston North residents will not be able to put in their kerbside recycling bins is about to grow.

November 27, 2020

Singapore activist faces fine over one-man smiley face sign protest

Singapore is set to charge an activist with staging a one-man protest without a permit over an incident in which he held up a sign bearing a crudely drawn smiley face outside a police station.

November 25, 2020

Marton Market Day

Marton Market Day is the very best place for all your Christmas shopping with something on offer to suit everyone.

November 23, 2020

Clever rat sails to freedom on a piece of wood

This is the astonishing moment an intelligent rat escaped deadly floodwaters by using a piece of wood as a raft.

November 20, 2020

Manawatū Gorge replacement highway gets final go-ahead

Motorists stuck using a glorified goat track to cross the central North Island have a light at the end of the tunnel.

November 19, 2020

Manawatu Home & Lifestyle Show

The Manawatu Home & Lifestyle Show is one of the largest & most popular home shows in NZ.

November 17, 2020

Council takes over Levin Adventure Park lease

The Levin Adventure Park will live to see another day after the district council voted to take over its lease.

November 13, 2020

Detained ‘drug smuggler’ cat escapes Sri Lanka prison

A cat detained at Sri Lanka’s main prison while allegedly trying to smuggle drugs and cell phone SIM cards has escaped, media reports said Monday.

November 11, 2020

The Indian diver who has saved more than 100 lives

For years, Shiva helped police find bodies in Hussain Sagar lake in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad. And then one day, he stopped someone before they jumped, saving a life for the first time. BBC Telugu’s Balla Satish reports.

November 9, 2020

Downtown Colours of Spring Blossom Night Market

Celebrating & showcasing Manawatu’s local talent at Downtown’s “Colours of Spring” Blossom Night Market!

November 6, 2020

Zebra crossings not the safety guarantee they might seem, officials say

Calls for a zebra crossing on a busy Palmerston North street crossed by up to 250 school children a day have been rejected on advice it would not be safe.

November 5, 2020

Indian doctor duped into buying ‘Aladdin’s lamp’ for $41,600

The men had reportedly wanted more than $200,000 for the lamp but settled for a down payment of $41,600.

November 3, 2020