Manawatu-Whanganui

Axe-wielding robbers hit Whanganui dairy

Two men wielding axes robbed a dairy in Whanganui earlier this afternoon, reports Newshub. The pair are understood to have entered the dairy on Heads Road at approximately 1:20pm on Saturday. Speaking to Newshub, Senior Sergeant Jeff Veale confirmed...... Read More

Arrest in relation to synthetic drugs in Levin

A man has been arrested in relation to supplying synthetic drugs at a Manakau address, in Horowhen. During the search a pump action shotgun and 56 rounds of ammunition were located, as well as nearly four kilograms of material used in the...... Read More

Personal locator beacon assists in rescue

A woman who slipped and fell down a bank on farmland near Matahiwi was found after activating a personal locator beacon. The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to a rural property, northeast of Matahiwi, just after...... Read More

Whanganui issues mumps warning

Whanganui now has three confirmed cases of mumps – two adults and one child who have been notified to the Public Health Centre. Whanganui medical officer of health Patrick O’Connor says more than 900 cases of mumps have now been notified...... Read More

Child dies after falling through roof

An child is dead after falling through a roof at a Palmerston North school. The eight-year-old boy was rushed to Palmerston North Hospital with serious injuries around 4pm on Sunday. A police spokesperson says Justin Reid was injured...... Read More

Two crashes on one beach in one day

Avoiding an obstacle on the beach has left one man with multiple injuries. The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Herbertville Beach at midday on Saturday, to the scene of a motorbike accident. A 29-year-old male had suffered multiple...... Read More

Spark outage affects North Island

A Spark NZ outage is affecting an unknown number of customers in the central North Island. Cell phones, land lines and 0800 numbers are being affected in some areas. "We are aware of a problem affecting some customers not being able to make or...... Read More

Truck driver thrown from cab in crash

A 73-year-old man was thrown from the cab of his truck when it rolled down a 12-metre bank. Emergency services, including the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter, was called to the crash on the western side of Puketoi Range, Paihiatua, yesterday afternoon. A...... Read More

WDHB to mark Patient Safety Week

Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) staff will mark Patient Safety Week (5–11 November) by renewing their commitment to patient safety through a number of activities that focus on safety around medication. WDHB quality coordinator Rachel Taylor...... Read More

Council to support Manawatu Gorge option four

The closure of the Manawatu Gorge has been an ongoing issue and it seems it won’t be a quick fix for those travelling regularly through to Palmerston North and beyond. The alternative route has been one of the greatest challenges and based on...... Read More