Manawatu-Whanganui

Towns seek to break away from Horowhenua District Council

A small rebellion is brewing in two northern Horowhenua settlements. Residents in Tokomaru and Opiki have started a petition and are holding community meetings to break away from their district council based in Levin, and join the city council in Palmerston...... Read More

Serious crash south of Sanson, Manawatu

Police are attending a serious crash on SH1 between Rongotea and Sanson and the highway is currently closed. The crash involved two cars and occurred shortly after 3pm on the Himatangi Straight south of Sanson, says a police spokesperson. The road...... Read More

Teenagers arrested after two Levin robberies

Police have arrested two young men in connection with the aggravated robberies of the Levin Discounter Store on Friday 3 August 2018 and Levin Thirsty Liquor on Saturday 4 August 2018. Police have also located some of the property stolen during the...... Read More

Ngāti Rangi settlement passes First Reading

A contingent of Ngāti Rangi iwi descended on Parliament this week to witness the first reading of their settlement bill – Rukutia Te Mana. The Bill has been referred to the Māori Affairs Select Committee.   Trust Chairman Shar Amner...... Read More

Ngai Te Rangi kaumatua recovering after bus crash

Ngāi Te Rangi iwi chief executive Paora Stanley says the victims of yesterday's bus crash are feeling bruised and battered, emotionally and physically. Nineteen people from the iwi were injured yesterday afternoon when their bus crashed into...... Read More

Bus crash in Manawatu, 28 believed to be onboard

Police are responding to a bus crash on State Highway 1, Rongotea, near Rowe Road. A bus, believed to be carrying 28 people, went into a ditch around 2.40pm. There are varying reports of injury statuses and at this stage the number of injuries has...... Read More

Tongariro bus crash victim named

Police have released the name of the 11-year-old girl killed in a bus crash near Tongariro National Park. Hannah Teresa Francis, from Auckland, was killed when a bus crashed on Ohakune Mountain Road on Saturday. Acting Whanganui Area Commander, Inspector...... Read More