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Charles Monro to stand tall at rugby museum
Manawatu is to have its very own sporting statue in a few months' time. Yes, while Eden Park is to have Michael Jones in bronze, the Melbourne Cricket Ground has Dennis Lillee and Suncorp in Brisbane has Wally Lewis, Palmerston North will have the founder of New Zealand rugby, Charles Monro. | 18 April 11 | Read Full Story | Reader Comments
Fatal crash in Palmerston North
The police serious crash unit is continuing its investigation after a man was killed and another seriously injured in a single vehicle crash in Palmerston North last night.
NZHerald | 05 May 10 | Read Full Story | Reader Comments
Swindler 'beyond contempt'
A Palmerston North detective has described the actions of the person who stole $3500 from an elderly woman, before embarking on a pokies and tobacco spending spree, as "beyond contempt". The 90-year-old woman's handbag was stolen while she had her hair washed at a Palmerston North hairdresser on March 25. | 17 April 10 | Read Full Story | Reader Comments
People feel less safe in public spots
Palmerston North people feel less safe in public places at night, even though violent crime in the city appears to have levelled off. A survey for Palmerston North City Council shows increasing dissatisfaction about night-time public safety - the percentage of people disappointed, or not very satisfied, has climbed from 33 per cent in 2006, to 41 per cent this year. | 17 April 10 | Read Full Story | Reader Comments
Woman arrested for robbery of taxi driver
A woman will be appearing in court later today after a taxi driver was robbed at knifepoint.

The incident happened around 10.30 last night (Thursday, 15 April). The 48-year-old taxi driver picked up a man and a woman from Ihle Street in the Parkland area of Palmerston North.

They asked to be taken to Cascade Crescent in the Westbrook area on the far side of town. When the taxi driver was at, or near, the Cascade Crescent destination the woman pulled a knife and threatened him before stealing the driver's wallet and running off.

A female member of the public tried to intervene but the woman also got away from her. In the meantime the taxi company had called the Police and a short time later a 32-year-old Palmerston North woman was arrested in the area and the wallet and contents were recovered.

The driver was shaken but otherwise unharmed.

The woman will appear before Palmerston North District later today charged with aggravated robbery. The male fare has been identified by Police and spoken to. There is no evidence to support any charges against him.

Police today will interview the victim and potential witnesses in the Westbrook area. Searches will also be carried out to try to locate the knife used.

Anyone with any information about this robbery is asked to contact Palmerston North Criminal Investigation Branch on 06 351 3600. Alternatively information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

NZPolice | 16 April 10 | Read Full Story | Reader Comments
I can explain, says strip club dad
The man accused of leaving his baby in a car while he visited a Wellington strip club says there is more to the story and is looking forward to giving his version. The man - whom The Dominion Post can reveal as Wayne Schwamm - will appear in Wellington District Court on Monday, charged with leaving a child under the age of 14 without reasonable supervision. | 16 April 10 | Read Full Story | Reader Comments
Father abandons baby to visit strip club
Appalled Child, Youth and Family workers have taken a one-year-old baby into care after his father left him unattended in a car while he watched strippers in a nearby Wellington bar. The children's commissioner says leaving a baby alone is an "extreme form of neglect". | 14 April 10 | Read Full Story | Reader Comments
Damaged tree disrupts busy highway
A Truck's rear end was crushed by a falling tree on Palmerston North's Pioneer Highway, blocking traffic for about 20 minutes. A large branch of one of the plane trees which line the median strip on Pioneer Highway, fell between The Warehouse and Pioneer Highway New World yesterday morning. | 10 April 10 | Read Full Story | Reader Comments
Our river's fish could do with at least an apology
Four councils take a daily dump into the Manawatu River and cubic metres of treated poos and wees flow into the river. Palmerston North City Council alone has a daily discharge allowance of 46,600 cubic metres. | 26 March 10 | Read Full Story | Reader Comments
Fatal accident closes Manawatu Gorge
Emergency services are still trying to recover a man's body from a truck cab on a steep riverbank after a fatal crash in the Manawatu Gorge early today. The truck, travelling from Palmerston North to Woodville about 12.15am, crashed through a side barrier and went over the edge. The trailer landed in the Manawatu River and the truck cab came to rest upside down on the rocks near the bottom of the 30-metre bank. | 24 March 10 | Read Full Story | Reader Comments
Boy, 15, stabbed at skate park
Police are calling for witnesses to come forward after a 15-year-old boy was stabbed at a skate park in Palmerston North. The stabbing came after two groups of young people clashed about 3am yesterday at the Church St skate park. Two boys, aged 14 and 16, have been arrested and charged in connection with the incident. They are due to appear in the Youth Court in Palmerston North today. | 22 March 10 | Read Full Story | Reader Comments
MidCentral ponders move from Telecom XT
Midcentral Health is considering dropping its contract with the Telecom XT network while other major Manawatu organisations are pleased they did not make the move. The New Zealand Defence Force, Massey University, Palmerston North City Council and UCOL were not on the XT network and told the Manawatu Standard they had no plans to switch. | 06 March 10 | Read Full Story | Reader Comments
Airport security review
More security cameras could be brought in at Palmerston North International Airport to cover car parks where 19 vehicles were interfered with at the weekend. Several car batteries were taken in a series of thefts on Friday night or Saturday morning. | 04 March 10 | Read Full Story | Reader Comments
Fast-food meal deal slammed
Palmerston North dietician Gaye Philpott says endorsing McDonald's meals doesn't bother her as WeightWatcher's points system doesn't work. After yesterday's partnership announcement between WeightWatchers and McDonald's New Zealand, the Filet-O-Fish burger, Chicken McNuggets and a sweet chilli seared chicken wrap meal are designated as healthy options. | 04 March 10 | Read Full Story | Reader Comments
Rest home ordered to shape up
Palmerston North rest home Aroha Lifecare has been set an ultimatum – provide residents with the level of care it's paid for within 10 days or risk losing its contract. But the owners said the threat was unnecessarily "heavy" because three out of the four issues the MidCentral District Health Board wanted tidied up had been dealt with. | 02 March 10 | Read Full Story | Reader Comments
Low prices bring down Windfarms profit
Low electricity prices affected the half year performance of NZ Windfarms, owner of the Te Rere Hau wind farm near Palmerston North. The company has reported a 34.9% fall in revenue from ordinary activities to $1.73 million during the six months to December, compared to a year earlier.

TVNZ | 02 March 10 | Read Full Story | Reader Comments
Porn man's identity revealed
The identity of a prominent Manawatu man who downloaded thousands of pornographic images of children has been publicly outed by an internet blogger. Auckland-based Cameron Slater posted the name of the man on his website. The man's name also appeared on the website of an anti-suppression lobby group, which Mr Slater organises. | 09 February 10 | Read Full Story | Reader Comments
Railway land gets reserve status
What remains of former railway land in Palmerston North is set to be protected as a recreational reserve. That will make it harder for the city council to sell the land at the fringe of the city centre between Church St and Main St west. | 09 February 10 | Read Full Story | Reader Comments
Hundreds to celebrate motorcycle
Hundreds of motorcyclists and moped riders are expected to gather in Palmerston North on Friday to celebrate a surge in the vehicles' popularity.The national motorcycle fleet has almost doubled to about 90,000 in the past 10 years. | 09 February 10 | Read Full Story | Reader Comments
Celebrate the year of the Tiger
A mix of traditional Chinese entertainment and modern performances will see Palmerstonians dancing their way into the Chinese New Year. Organisers hope attendees will embrace 2010, the year of the Tiger, and that it will be a prosperous year reflecting the tiger's strength and vigour. | 08 February 10 | Read Full Story | Reader Comments

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