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13th EDITION “New Zealand’s ‘Most Beautiful City’ & ‘Best Street’ Award Winner 2019!”

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elcome to our spring edition, No 13, of Celebrating Whanganui, the magazine celebrating our wonderful Whanganui lifestyle and local successes. Our community has come together once again to help produce this beautiful magazine for readers locally, nationally and internationally. We are passionate about supporting our local businesses and inside you will find some fascinating stories. In 2019, our city walked away with an award to be proud of, “New Zealand’s Most Beautiful City” and Whanganui and Partners share what makes our city a destination well

worth the visit and why we are so attractive to new comers. The growth in population and economy is proving the lifestyle here is certainly hard to beat. Locals already know they live in a breathtakingly beautiful city, so it is fantastic to be able to share this with the rest of the country and await results, as we are once again a finalist in the 2020 “New Zealand’s Most Beautiful City”. Enjoy your summer and make the most of the longer days and wonderful climate we have, to enjoy everything the city has to offer, arts and culture, shopping,

heritage and nature walks, beaches and sporting events…there’s something for everyone. Thank you also to all our editorial and photographic contributors. We love to receive fantastic feedback from our readers, so if you have a success story you would like to share in our next issue or would like any back issues of Celebrating Whanganui, please drop me a line.

Page 26 – NZME & Mitre 10 MEGA Wanganui golf event raised $21,000 Page 27 – A Strong Expansion Page 28 – Established family business Page 29 – Blooming beautiful Page 30 – 106 years of Monumental Masonry Page 31 – Land purchase achievement Page 32 – Learn to fly at the Wanganui Aero Club Page 33 – Whanganui is open for business Page 34 & 35 – Mitre 10 MEGA Wanganui Page 36 – Tiny treasures on Taupō Quay Page 37 – Forest 360 Page 38 – 30 years journeying alongside families and Whānau Page 39 – Mountains to the sea Page 40 – Helpful friendly staff Page 41 – Whanganui has much to offer newcomers Page 42 – Andersons For Men Page 43 – Kevin Tozer, SPS Sharp Plumbing Services Wanganui Steelformers & Jireh Contacting & Engineering Page 44 – Doyle and Associates expand Page 45 – A popular venue Page 46 & 47 – Ray White Whanganui Sports Awards Page 48 – Looking after clients Page 49 – Lifestyle Farmers Club

Page 50 – Whanganui golfing sensation Page 51 – Deborah Hipango, Ray White Whanganui Page 52 – Whanganui economy shows resilience through COVID-19 Page 53 – Annual event for health and wellbeing Page 54 – St Georges Preparatory School Page 55 – A values based education for your family Page 56 – The Great Pie Hunt Page 57 – Rockgas Whanganui Page 58 – Red Cross Whanganui, Whanganui East Baptist Church, Central Baptist Church, Anglican Parish Whanganui Page 59 – Bringing home the bacon for over 50 years Page 60 – Beaver Tree Service Page 61 – Yellow House Catering Page 62 – Events Calendar Page 63 – Local Websites & Facebook Page 64 – Proparts Wanganui Page 65 – Elite Mechanical & Engineering Services Page 66 – Whanganui Growing as an Events Destination Page 67 – Hans Vanderschantz, Harcourts Whanganui Page 68 – Property Brokers Whanganui

Warm regards – Gené Toyne Gene.toyne@nzme.co.nz NZME Whanganui

Contents Page 2 – Map of New Zealand Page 3 – Welcome to our 13th edition Page 4 – Message from the Mayor Page 5 – New Zealand’s Most Beautiful City Page 6 – Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards Page 7 – 2021 Downer New Zealand Masters Games Page 8 – Welcome to Whanganui’s biggest party! Page 9 – Mainstreet Whanganui Page 10 – Teeth, Talons & Taxidermy Page 11 – Whanganui Regional Museum Page 12 – Chatham Tours Page 13 – Bridge to Nowhere Page 14 – Whanganui’s only undercover shopping centre Page 15 – Trafalgar Square Page 16 – La Station Design Store Page 17 – Whanganui Heritage Trust Page 18 – La Station Design Store Page 19 – Country Lane & Fifty Five Page 20 – Business provides new earning opportunities Page 21 – From garage to Main Street Page 22 – Ignition Motor Group Page 23 – Heart of the city Page 24 & 25 – New real estate figures show a big jump in Whanganui median house prices

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2020 has been an extraordinary year for the Whanganui community.


e began with a hiss and a roar - the Vintage Weekend, and Opera School meant that the year started with a real bounce. But then the unthinkable happened. COVID-19 and a lockdown of the city halted us in our tracks. People lost their jobs. Events were cancelled. Businesses wobbled. And coronavirus came to Whanganui. On behalf of the District I want to honour the essential workers - the health professionals, the Police, the supermarket workers, the staff at QSI who made masks for the nation, the welfare officers at Council, and many others - who kept society ticking over during those weeks at Level 4. When we opened up could anyone have predicted how Whanganui would surge? Our manufacturers rebounded quickly, and our farmers kept feeding the country, and then some. The Government began investing heavily in our District - a new MSD call centre, a new Police station, and money for roading were all announced. And tourists from all over the country began discovering the most beautiful city in Aotearoa - and that’s not an idle boast. We were awarded that title at the Keep New


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Zealand Awards last November, and we have been nominated to retain that status this year. Our two primary capital projects received significant levels of Government support - the Sarjeant Gallery Project will preserve and expand this iconic building which will become a lightning rod for visitors, as well as displaying the amazing taonga of the collection. And now the Port Regeneration has been funded. It’s tremendously exciting to have governmental support for a long-held vision that promises to reinvigorate the central port area. Employment, education and the environment are key aspects of this multifaceted project. The District and Regional Council are working with iwi/hapu, several key businesses and central government to create something beneficial for the whole community. All this activity has been noticed. The ASB confirmed that Manawatu/Whanganui has risen 6 places in the Regional Economic Scoreboard to first place, while Massey University academic Hamish Gower stated that Whanganui was in the perfect position to lead New Zealand’s economic recovery.

Even as we face challenges - housing and climate change are just two immediate issues - let us keep enjoying all we have to offer in our gorgeous river valley. We have Whanganui Heritage Month coming up, followed by the Festival of Cultural Unity, then Christmas and the Boxing Day Motorcycle Races. In the new year we have the Festival of Cricket, and Artists Open Studios - let alone the Opera Week and Vintage Weekend again, and the highlight for me - welcoming thousands of competitors for the NZ Masters Games. As always, there is a lot going on in Whanganui and a lot planned for the future. To everyone who has picked up a copy of ‘Celebrating Whanganui’, whether you are a long-term resident, a newcomer or a tourist, I hope you will find something of interest in our stunning district. And in the meantime let us remember the lessons of lockdown. Look after the most vulnerable, and wash your hands. Mayor Hamish McDouall

Whanganui - New Zealand’s Most Beautiful City


very year, the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards celebrate places demonstrating environmental and beautification excellence. In 2019, Whanganui walked away with awards for both Most Beautiful City and Most Beautiful Street. The judges recognised the city’s street art festival, shared pathways and downtown regeneration as all contributing to the beautification of Whanganui. Paul Chaplow, from economic development agency Whanganui & Partners, says the award is a great acknowledgement of the initiatives that make Whanganui such a vibrant place to live and visit.

“The Most Beautiful City Award is a wonderful accolade for our city, and highlights the work that’s been done recently to make our city a more attractive and sustainable place.” “Additionally, the awards are well known around New Zealand, and the 2019 award was a great contribution to lifting our profile as a destination.” Following the win, Whanganui & Partners included the Most Beautiful City Award in its promotions to potential visitors. “We like to encourage people to visit Whanganui for a weekend, and the Most Beautiful City Award exemplifies why. We

have a beautiful, vibrant city centre, we’re easy to get around and we’re surrounded by a flourishing natural environment.” Chaplow says that visitors have been flocking to Whanganui over the past 12 months, which is further evidence that Whanganui is living up to its reputation. “Our visitor industry had record breaking summer and winter holiday periods. We’re becoming a destination of choice for more and more Kiwis, which is great. At the same time, our resident population is also increasing. Clearly we’re becoming known as a great place to visit and live.”

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Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards

hanganui will attempt to defend its title of New Zealand’s Most Beautiful City in this year’s Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards, which celebrate environmental excellence. For the second year in a row, Whanganui has been named a finalist in the category. Whanganui beat Hutt City last year and, in 2020, will go head-to-head with Hamilton for the title. Two of the three Best Street finalists are also in Whanganui - Rangiora St and Victoria Ave from Taupo Quay to Ingestre St. They are up against Main St, Cambridge. Last year, Whanganui’s Ridgway St won the Best Street title. There’s also recognition for Progress Castlecliff which is one of three finalists for the Community Group Award. “Whanganui’s achievement in being a finalist in two categories, and now a third, in successive years is exceptional,” mayor Hamish McDouall said. “This demonstrates the pride and commitment of our community to maintaining its built heritage and natural environment. It acknowledges the

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initiatives local community groups have undertaken, often with council help, towards the sustainability and beautification of our city.” Whanganui District Council’s Most Beautiful City entry highlighted collaborations by the council and several organisations, including roading contractor Downer, to establish a diversion for waste from construction and demolition sites, as well as the council’s ongoing support of local sustainability agencies to provide services and programmes to combat litter and educate the community about better options for managing waste. Work to support the rejuvenation of heritage buildings, many of which received support from the council’s Heritage Grant Fund, was also part of the entry. District councillor Helen Craig said the Most Beautiful City award would take into account the whole city, which the judges “will take on merit”. Ridgway St claimed the 2019 Best Street Award, given to a street that clearly stands out for its beauty, cleanliness, plantings and sense of community pride. It was up

against Greytown’s Main St and Nelson’s Seymour Ave. “Ridgway Street is full of heritage buildings, offering a full representation of architectural styles between 1860 and 1960. There is a park in the centre of a street where a fire took down an old building, but the local council has beautified it with a three-storey mural on the building that overlooks the park. Their environmental, planting and beautification initiatives include a drinking fountain, and turning the park into a communal pop-up space. They created a live music stage out of wooden pallets and a shade sail, a community garden with the help of Common Ground Coffee, and flower beds. “In March 2019, Whanganui held its first Whanganui Walls Festival. Artists employed more environmentally friendly practices by using spray guns to minimise impact to create eight beautiful murals on heritage building walls.”

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Start of the duathlon outside War Memorial Centre on Wednesday February 06, 2019, Photo / Bevan Conley.


2021 Downer New Zealand Masters Games

ummer would not be the same without iconic sporting events, and the New Zealand Masters Games, the largest annual multi-sport event in New Zealand, is no exception. Held yearly, the event alternates between Whanganui and Dunedin. The 2021 Downer New Zealand Masters Games will be held in Whanganui from the 5th to the 14th of February. The Games attracts over 4000 participants. With over 50 sports to choose from, the Games is the place to meet personal sporting goals, connect with new people and celebrate well-being, for anyone from 20 years to triple digits. Rachel O’Connor, Games Manager for the Downer New Zealand Masters Games, says: “What makes the Downer New Zealand Masters Games so unique is the participants.

Those taking part cover a wide age range and have a variety of goals. Winning gold is, of course, an outstanding achievement, but equally people come back again and again to reach new personal goals, to soak up the fun environment and make new mates along the way. The Games is more than the sport, when the sun goes down each day, competitors and friends meet at the Games Hub, set in the heart of the city, to party with a different band every night and share the day’s standout moments. Looking at the Games from a broad perspective – it’s all gold.” The inaugural New Zealand Masters Games was held in Whanganui in 1989. Whanganui has a proud sporting history across multiple disciplines producing more Olympians, per head of population, than any other city in New Zealand. The Whanganui region has many

sporting venues, making Whanganui the perfect location for a multi-sports event. Whanganui, one of New Zealand’s oldest settlements, offers plenty of other opportunities to relax and explore. Whanganui is famed for the majestic Whanganui River, the city’s rich heritage, and vibrant arts scene. There’s no shortage of outdoor opportunities with beaches, bike trails, or boating on the Whanganui River. Rachel O’Connor adds, “If you haven’t participated before, now’s the time to try something unique on the New Zealand event calendar. Gather your mates, work colleagues, or family and become part of the history and future of the Downer New Zealand Masters Games”. To be part of the New Zealand Masters Games, go to nzmg.com and register.

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Haere mai ki Whanganui

Welcome to Whanganui’s biggest party!


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the programme such as river cruises, art exhibitions, heritage tours, high teas and cocktail parties, so get your friends together, plan your party and prepare to have a blast! Out of town visitors can check out the party-packages our friends at

House of Travel Whanganui have put together or jump on one of our day-tripper bus rides with the boys from Take It Easy Tours. For the full programme visit www.whanganuivintageweekend.nz

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n Whanganui, we begin every year with a big, loud, colourful party! While enjoying an eclectic range of vintage and celebration-themed events, we rejoice in how lucky we are to live in this humming place filled with treasured heritage buildings and framed by a stunning natural environment. We make music and art, we dance, we dress up, we travel in style - there’s simply no better time to experience the Whanganui feeling, than at Whanganui Vintage Weekend. Whanganui Vintage Weekend 2021 takes place from Friday 22 to Monday 25 January. It kicks off on Friday night with the Vintage Social at Porridge Watson and we wrap up on Monday with an old favourite, the Soap Box Derby… back by popular demand after a two year break. The Retro Market, Mainstreet Caboodle, Vintage Fair and Riverside Shindig keep the party rocking on Saturday and Sunday and every day the streets will be filled with vintage cars and the sky will be buzzing with Air Chathams’ luxury 1945 DC3 scenic flights. And there’s lots more in


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Teeth, Talons & Taxidermy


he Whanganui Regional Museum is a world-class museum in the heart of Pukenamu Queens Park in downtown Whanganui. It has been described by Lonely Planet as ‘one of New Zealand’s better natural history museums.’ As well as a natural history collection featuring moa, beaked whales and extensive taxidermy specimens, there is a strong taonga Ma-ori presence and many artefacts relating to the social history of the Whanganui region. In 1885, Whanganui jeweller and collector Samuel Drew opened a private museum in his home, available for visiting by the public. He offered his collection to the town in 1892 to form a public museum. A museum building was erected in Wicksteed Place (later Drews Avenue) to which his collection was transferred. This is the building now occupied by Whanganui Musician’s Club. In 1917, Elizabeth Alexander bequeathed a sum of money to the town for a library and museum and the front half of the present-day museum was built. In the 1960s fundraising efforts were undertaken and the museum extension was constructed, making the building an interesting intersection of architectural periods.

The building has been earthquake strengthened during the past five years, and the fullyrefurbished museum reopened in 2019. With the reopening came an overhaul of all the exhibitions, and the creation of a new gallery space, the Samuel Drew Gallery, which houses temporary exhibitions. Some of the highlights currently on display include paintings by Gottfried Lindauer, the waka Te Mata o Hoturoa, a precious moa egg, Photo / Supplied a sunfish, a taxidermy thylacine or Tasmanian tiger, and items from former businesses on Victoria Avenue. A current exhibition, Teeth, Talons & Taxidermy, features animals from all over the world, many of them over 100 years old. This exhibition is a great way to learn about animal conservation. The Museum has public venues available for hire. The Davis Theatre


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seats 200 people and is equipped with a projector and sound system. The education room has kitchen facilities and a large open space that can be used for all kinds of activities. The Museum also runs education programmes for schools, and a variety of public programmes including guided tours and talks.

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Whanganui’s only undercover shopping centre


rafalgar Square has been at the heart of Whanganui since first opening its doors in November 1989. 2019 saw 30 years in business that has seen a lot of changes between tenants but overall anchor tenants have remained and continue to be the hub of the centre. It is a single level shopping centre with 4 main entrance ways that lead to a common area. With 23 retailers trading within the complex, this is Whanganui’s largest retail complex with over 460 free carparks for customers to use and browse, shop, eat and relax in our wonderful Foodcourt. Christmas shopping is made even more enjoyable with community groups offering gift wrapping. Local choir groups entertain shoppers to get them all in the festive

mood and Santa is always a hit with families getting in their annual “Santa” photo. Extended hours for some of the larger retailers over holiday periods help with the shopping experience, reducing the mass crowds you may expect in retail complexes. The centre is open 7 days a week for your shopping convenience. Countdown is open from 7am, and The Warehouse from 8am. The creation of the annex building, which now houses Carpet Court and Furniture Zone, is utilised from the former site of the Criterion Hotel. The Foodcourt easily entices shoppers with the wide range of culinary delights from Ocggi Salad & Sushi, Roasties Carvery, The Shake Shed, Kiwiana Café and Indian Taj. Now in its 31st year of trading, Trafalgar Square is proud to remain at the heart of the Whanganui Community.

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Connecting communities


he relationship between Whanganui and Air Chathams is a cause for celebration. Since the regional airline filled the void left when our national carrier moved out, the relationship has blossomed and even Covid-19 could not cause a rift. In fact, the relationship between Whanganui, near neighbour the Kapiti Coast and Air Chathams has strengthened. The return to more comfortable Covid-19 Alert Levels brings with it a return to normality with good numbers and community support allowing the airline to bounce back from difficult times. Chief operating manager Duane Emeny said Air Chathams is a family-owned airline with a strong focus on looking after the people and communities they serve. “Air Chathams knows first-hand the importance of reliable, direct connections with major centres of commerce. Without that connection those communities will not grow to full potential and keep pace with other larger regional centres,” Duane said. “We share our commitment to your community through our air services,

facilitating growth and ensuring a convenient direct link at a fair price.” Duane said the airline also appreciated the open support communities such as Whanganui and Kapiti gave to Air Chathams services. That support is reciprocated ten-fold by Air Chathams through a close association with the communities it serves, especially in sport. For Whanganui that means a huge support of rugby, and in particular Heartland rugby. While there is no Heartland championship competition this season because of Covid-19, Air Chathams has been a major supporter of the Wanganui Steelformerssponsored side in past seasons flying the team and officials to and from away fixtures saving money and player energy. There is little doubt that has been a major influence on Whanganui’s success in the division. That is set to continue when things return to normal.

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1-31 OCTOBER 2020

One entire month of celebrating our heritage and culture with over 40 events, telling our stories and shining a light on our incredible built heritage and sites. Whanganui has the highest concentration of heritage buildings in its town centre in New Zealand and we are rightly taking the crown of Heritage town of New Zealand as well as being awarded “New Zealand’s Most Beautiful City” in 2019. Come celebrate with us every year - details on FACEBOOK: @whanganuiheritagemonth4500 and our website.

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La Station Design Store


a Station Design Store is located in Whanganui’s beautiful old fire station building that has recently been renovated and restored. The building itself was built in 1921 and was designed by the renowned architects Ford & Talboys with inspiration drawn from the Italian Renaissance. La Station Design Store has been open over 12 months now and has become a must see destination store when visiting Whanganui. Here’s an example of the wonderful feedback the store receives … “Wonderful to see a Heritage building in Whanganui being put to such excellent use. A stunning mix of different furniture styles, all held together in a superb surroundings. A must visit store.” and “Really fantastic range and lovely people and atmosphere. Highly recommend a visit.” The product range is sourced from New Zealand wholesalers who import products from around the world. Tracy & Bindi carefully select bespoke pieces that express the stores desire to help provide a WOW factor in your home, while at the same time providing a cost effective way of changing your interior decor through cushions, throws and wall art etc. They also offer Interior Design advice and work with our customer to achieve a look unique to them, their home and lifestyle.

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Gifts, homeware & women’s fashion in the heart of Whanganui Country Lane Originals

Fifty Five Boutique Women's Fashion Store


ountry Lane Originals is a gift and homeware store in the heart of Whanganui. The store stocks a wide range of stunning gifts to suit every occasion and homewares to beautify any home. They are exclusive stockist of Citta and French Country, so you can be assured in knowing you’re buying the best on the market. 55a Victoria Avenue Whanganui Follow on Facebook & Intagram www.countrylane.co.nz

Spoil yourself with a wide range of beautiful items for your home


ust through the hole in the wall from Country lane Originals you’ll find the most amazing boutique women fashion store in town. They stock the most amazing brands including Augustine, Jason Lingard, Maaike, Elk, Coop, Siren, Stella & Gemma and Taylor to name but a few. If you’re after that little something special it’s a must visit store. 55 Victoria Avenue Whanganui Follow on Facebook & Intagram www.fiftyfive.co.nz

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GPSOS, helping you and your loved ones live confident and independent lives

PSOS provides personal safety alarms so people can live more confident and independent lives. This is backed by GPSOS’s 24/7 customer care team that ensures when you need emergency assistance, someone is there. GPSOS started life four years ago when Mark (the Founder) decided to find a device to help his friends and family live more independently and confidently when dealing with health issues, living alone or generally wanting to spend more time in the community knowing the safety provided by the pendant and GPSOS team is there when needed. He couldn’t find anything, so he built the GPSOS pendant himself. That is the point of difference with GPSOS, we are with you wherever there is cellphone coverage. When you need GPSOS, you press the emergency button or if you have a fall the pendant detects the fall and automatically sets off. GPSOS’s customer care team can then talk to you through the pendant, we know where you are and we can get help to you

quickly. The pendant can assist with lone worker safety, geo fences for Alzheimers and Dementia and so much more. We have so many great stories about helping people and in some cases helping to save their life. One woman fell due to a stroke, the fall detection set off and we were able to get her neighbour and the ambulance to her quickly. As a result of getting to hospital quickly, she walked out talking and enjoying life ten days later. We were proud to play a part in this great result. GPSOS cares about people and is really inclusive, with 75% of its team with a permanent disability providing great empathy with our customers. GPSOS’s Iwi Roopu is doing amazing mahi for the Kaumatua, Whanau, Iwi, Hapu and communities of New Zealand, which is exciting. We love Whanganui and we love Aotearoa, we look forward to serving you in the future and helping you or a loved one live more confidently and independently.

To hear more about our amazing products and services and how we could help you or your loved ones, please call 0800 115 906 or email sales@gpsos.co.nz or iwi.liaison@gpsos.co.nz

GPSOS sees its customers more like friends, family and whanau. We make it easy for you to protect you and your loved ones. We want you to come and join GPSOS and become part of our community that is making your community safer every day.

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Garage to Main Street

family-run gift store had outgrown its garage and moved to Whanganui’s main street. Gifts from Within opened its doors in the former Petre House after business skyrocketed during the Covid-19 lockdown. The business specialises in spirituality, selling crystals, essential oils, incense and ornaments. Mother and daughter Lisa and Ashley Ledgerwood had been running their shop out of Ashley’s garage in Aramoho since February 2019. “I have worked with spirits my whole life. But I didn’t want to be just a reader, I want to teach it. I want to give people tools to create a better life for themselves,” she said. “In order to do that I needed this centre.” Ashley said business was “absolutely crazy” during the Covid-19 lockdown, and the growth had allowed them to fulfill their dream of moving into the main street. “It got to the point where I didn’t feel like I was in lockdown because I was constantly in the garage working,” Ashley said. Working from their garage allowed them to get the shop off the ground and their name out there without the potential financial burdens.

“That was our starting point. It was always going to be more. But it gave us a place to grow without overheads and get our name out there.” During lockdown, Ashley livestreamed on their Facebook page every Wednesday, generating more than 1000 views and hundreds of comments. “It was fantastic, we loved it. It kept that communication open with people. “It gave them a bit more in their day, they looked forward to it,” Ashley said. The livestreams allowed the Ledgerwoods to stay connected and engaged with their viewers and customers during a tough time. “The livestreams have become an extended family,” Ashley said. The online success and subsequent business profits allowed them to move into Victoria Ave earlier than they had anticipated. “When we were opened the shop we were looking at two years [before] we would be able to come to the main street.” The Ledgerwoods believe the Covid-19 lockdown happened for a reason and the emphasis on mental health has never been more important. “I think the world was meant to stop.”

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Lisa encourages people to come by and see what they are about. They have expanded the store by adding a spiritual centre in the building above. The spiritual centre focusses on spiritual health and teaching. Lisa is lookin g to bring in a yoga and t’ai-chi practitioner to complement her. “Even if it’s not your thing, you never know until you try it,” Lisa said. “We have had people who have admitted they weren’t interested to begin with end up staying with us,” Ashley said.

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New real estate figures show a big jump


ew figures show that the median price of a house in Whanganui has shot up more than a third in the past year. The figures, released by Real Estate Institute of New Zealand show the median price of a house in Whanganui in August last year was $280,000. For the same month this year, the median price shot up to $375,000 - a rise of $95,000, or 33.9 per cent. Bayleys Whanganui Residential and Lifestyle Consultant Duncan Ashby said the price rise could be put down to a lack of stock in the market. “There’s a bit of a catch-22 going on at the moment where there are a lot of people considering putting their house on the market, but the question is where do they go?” Ashby said. “That’s what is pushing the median price up. There’s so many buyers in Whanganui but there’s so little here to choose from. It’s just supply and demand really.” For first home buyers, Ashby said that a market that was already looking tough is now looking even tougher, particularly with a rise in people looking to purchase investment properties in the district. “Those first-home buyers

are fighting for affordable properties with investors. There’s a new wave of investors coming to Whanganui. Affordable housing two to three years ago was in the $200,000 to $350,000 price range. Now we’re talking $300,000 to $500,000.” As well as an increase in prices, the amount of houses sold on the market increased too, with 58 sold in August last year compared to 80 in August this year. Owen Vaughan, editor of online property platform OneRoof said the trends seen in Whanganui are some of the most significant across the country. “What we’ve been able to see is a surge of growth in the region since the end of lockdown. That’s mainly been fuelled by affordable prices in the region, which has been the story for the last couple of years,” Vaughan said. “We’re seeing phenomenal growth and it’s because prices are really low in the area. People see it as an attractive place to buy property and invest in property.” Ashby agrees, saying that low interest rates have had a huge effect on the property market. With money

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in Whanganui median house prices in the bank bringing in a very small return, coupled with the attraction of incredibly cheap borrowing, he says property is the obvious direction. “We came out of lockdown, people saw the opportunity of low interest rates, and for first home buyers and investors alike it was an opportunity to get in the market quick. I think that’s what’s spurred the massive increase in numbers.” In terms of where to from here, both Ashby and Vaughan have a similar outlook, primarily based on where the market is currently sitting and where it’s expected to move to nationally. “Nationally house prices are tipped to rise next year, and I can’t see any indication why Whanganui would be any different to the national picture. From anecdotal evidence we’ve seen, agents are crying out for more listings,” Vaughan said. As an agent himself, Ashby agrees. “The crux of the situation is really the lack of stock. That’s why prices don’t seem to be slowing down and if anything they’re just going to carry on going up.” By Ethan Griffiths

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his year's NZME Charity Golf event has smashed last year's fundraising total with more than $21,000 raised. On Friday 21 February 2020, NZME and Mitre 10 MEGA Wanganui teamed up for their second annual fundraiser at Belmont Links, raising $21,359 for Whanganui's Riding for the Disabled (RDA) charity. The 2019 event raised just over $13,000. NZME's event organiser David Shaw was blown away by the community support. "We just want to thank all the competitors and sponsors for making it a great day and helping us crush last year's event," Shaw said. RDA head coach Wendy Sellars was thrilled with the result. "Pretty excited. We were so humbled that we are the recipient for the fundraiser once again." Mitre 10 MEGA Wanganui owner Hayden Gibson credited the community's generosity for this year's massive total. "Rapt with the outcome. Absolutely awesome result. Whanganui put their hands in their pockets and really supported the cause." The auction held during 2019's event raised $4000. This year's auction more than tripled that, with $13,000 raised. "It sets a very high bar for next year," Gibson said.

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A Strong Expansion


trong Electrical Limited has expanded its operation with the purchase of Firewatch Wanganui from long-time owners Colin and Jackie Gibson. Colin and son Jarrod are still an integral part of the business and will continue to work for Firewatch under the ownership of Grant Neilson and Brett Tasker. Firewatch imports, assembles, distributes and services portable fire protection and fire safety equipment around the Whanganui/ Manawatu region.

Strong Electrical and Firewatch Wanganui have had a strong business relationship over the years, and merging the two infrastructures made sense with the direction Strong Electrical are heading. “It was a good fit to amalgamate. It aligns with our Strong Electrical building warrant of fitness and fire alarm installation and servicing division,” Neilson said. “Basically, grouped the two together to go forward as a pretty powerful

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group. There are now 34 staff under the Strong Electrical and Firewatch umbrella.” “I believe it makes us a ‘one stop shop’ compliance company in the area,” Tasker said. “The fact that we can now do building compliance, firefighting equipment, mechanical engineering, electrical and heat pumps, there is nothing we are missing out on as a group. We cover the lot.” By Logan Tutty

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anganui Garden Centre is well known as an old established Whanganui family business. We are currently in our 74th year of operation. However, many people don’t realise that we are first and foremost a fully functioning Nursery. We are an ‘Old School’ plant shop with ‘Old School’ values. Unlike most other local retailers, we propagate most of our own plants and raise our own seed onsite. By doing this we are ensuring we are able to provide a high quality product, grown specifically for the local conditions. One of our core beliefs and objectives is to supply our customers with a superior product that is suitable for the particular conditions of this area. At the Wanganui Garden Centre, we pride ourselves on long standing relationships, built on excellent customer service and high quality products. Many of our customers still remember the founder Ivan Cvitanovich. As part of our commitment to quality service, we offer free delivery within the Whanganui boundary. As well as high quality plants we also provide invaluable plant knowledge to

assist with the planting and enjoyment of our customer’s gardens. We understand gardener’s needs and work closely with them to provide everything they need in order to get the best out of their gardens.

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wo families that have been doing business together since 1947 have celebrated a blooming new initiative this year. Rose-growing business Matthews Roses was established by Tom Matthews and is now owned by his son Bob, while Chris Cvitanovich is the third-generation owner of Wanganui Garden Centre, set up by his grandfather Ivan. The two businesses have been working together since 1947 and had a joint celebration for their 70th anniversaries in 2017. Now, as part of his “My Rose Collection” range, Bob Matthews has bred a new rose exclusively for Wanganui Garden Centre to celebrate their long association of growing gorgeous gardens together. The rose is named A Gardener’s Dream (Mattrae) in tribute to Chris’ mother, the late Rae Cvitanovich. “I remember coming in here [Wanganui Garden Centre] as a kid, watching Chris’ mum and dad doing jobs - and his grandfather too,” Matthews said. “Breeding roses is a labour of love. I’ve been doing it since I was a kid. An individual variety could take six to 10 years to breed. Out of every 1000 seedlings, you might only pick 10 to look at - and you might throw all those away.” Matthews Roses are bred spray-free and rarely get disease, he said. The new rose is bred from My Mum, one of Matthews Roses’ most popular varieties and a top seller at Wanganui Garden Centre. Matthews named it after his mother, Pearl. “It’s very successful - we sell mega of it,” Cvitanovich said. “It’s the most in-demand bush rose we’ve ever sold. Last year we sold 100 of it. It’s very healthy, strong growing - it ticks all the boxes.” Cvitanovich is delighted to have A Gardener’s Dream (Mattrae) to sell exclusively during 2020. “It’s good to have something to put my mother’s name out there,” he said. The rose is described as “charming clusters of fragrant apricot blooms with vintage ruffle form. An easy-care plant, this multiple flowering beauty lives up to its name in every way, making it a gardener’s dream”. The rose will be released nationwide next year to Matthews Roses’ other stockists.

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106 years of Monumental Masonry


f ever a business in Whanganui can point to a tangible sign of its enterprise, then Anderson Memorials is one of them. From the historic Heads Road cemetery to the currently expanding Aramoho cemetery, and in cemeteries in neighbouring districts, headstones made by the company are there in vast numbers. In May 2014, Anderson Memorials celebrated its centennial. The business spans five generations. It started with AP Anderson, his son Les, Les’s son Richard and today, Richard’s son Tony Anderson, the great grandson of the founder who now runs the business and is still working from the same Aramoho site where it all began. Anderson Memorials is the only local manufacturer of memorial headstones in Whanganui and whilst firmly rooted in Aramoho, the family business has branches in Palmerston North and Feilding, and that spread has been responsible for its growth. It all started with hammer and chisel, before pneumatic hammer. Sandblasting followed, even though that still meant they had to mark the letters onto the stone. They still use sandblasting today but computers are used to mark out the inscription before


the masking is transferred onto the stone and sandblasted. Very little work is in marble these days, with the majority done in granite. Anderson Memorials are foundation members of the NZ Master Monumental Masons Association which was formed in 1945 and it was at this time that granite became more popular. Anderson Memorials were proud to accept two awards at the recent New Zealand Master Monumental Masons Association AGM in Wellington. These

were for the overall Supreme Award for Memorial Excellence and the Memorial Restoration Award. Tony said “ I, and my experienced and talented staff try our very best to create a suitable memorial, and it is very satisfying for us to achieve something special for the families, who entrust us to create an enduring focal point that will last for generations. Granite is a beautiful natural stone and we are always working to personalise with new designs and ideas.”


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Land purchase achievement

fter two years of hard work and fundraising Wanganui Riding for the Disabled (RDA) were pleased to announce in July 2020, the successful purchase of their premises in London St. Operations manager Wendy Sellars said the purchase means RDA now owns 80 per cent of the facilities they use every day for housing horses and working with disabled riders. “We lease the other 20 per cent from Whanganui District Council,” she said. “We raised $46k from fundraising activities, $170k was received from grants and the shortfall came from two last-minute loans. “We are extremely grateful to the Four Regions Trust for the contribution of three grants totalling $150k, to Gallaghers in Hamilton for a donation of $20k, and to the local trust and anonymous benefactor who provided us with a loan for the shortfall.” Sellars said RDA has been exceptionally lucky in the support they have received from donations and fundraising events including the Charity Golf Tournament run by NZME which owns the Chronicle, Christmas at the Races, Give a Kid a Ride in a Truck Day, sausage sizzles and much more. RDA has been part of the Whanganui community since 1973 and Sellars said the organisation prides itself on being able to provide goal-based riding activities that help to increase the ability, strength and confidence of people with physical, intellectual, emotional and social challenges. Each week up to 70 riders are assisted by Sellars, Robyn Mann and Lance Sellars, supported by “a wonderful group of 46 volunteers”. One rider who has experienced noticeable benefits is 7-year-old Jess Perkins from Bulls. Jess has cerebral palsy and her mum Annie Clarkson said the benefits of riding at RDA have been very noticeable in her daughter. “After only a single term at RDA Jess’ leg and core strength had noticeably increased. She was able to do more physical activities with her friends and actually participate in challenges and competitions, rather than sitting and watching.” Clarkson said Jess’ balance has also improved, along with her confidence, and she is more able to maintain her mobility in crowded places. RDA still needs to fundraise in order to repay loans and cover regular costs but Sellars said knowing the milestone of ownership has been achieved is a fantastic feeling.

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inety years ago, when the Wanganui Aero Club was building what is now the Whanganui Airport, learning to fly was the domain of the brave, perhaps foolhardy, but definitely the dreamers. Aircraft of the time were flimsy affairs made of wood, Irish linen, and wire. Their engines were heavy, low on power and not particularly reliable. And the aircraft themselves were notoriously difficult to fly with marginal stability. They were, by today’s standards, flammable death traps, temperamental creatures which would give up the will to fly with little notice, nor care about where they were. Today the aircraft that are available to learn to fly in are very different pieces of machinery to those at the beginnings of flight. Safety and reliability are dominant criteria in their design, as is being easy to fly. This has opened up the opportunity to learn to fly to many more. Flying is still exciting, but learning to fly is achievable by anyone with the urge. Most who learn to fly these days are still the dreamers, but they do not need to be overly brave, just ready to push their limits a little to expand their skill sets. Learning to fly is still challenging, but not excessively so. Much of today’s flying training focusses on safety, planning and

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preparing to deal with possible problems, and practicing repeatedly, basic skills designed to ensure today’s pilots are not only safe, but capable flyers. While ninety years ago, such adventurism was very much the domain of men, today no barriers exist to prevent anyone with a desire, from learning to fly.

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hanganui is home to over 4,000 businesses and economic development agency Whanganui & Partners is working hard to ensure this is an ideal place for businesses to move, start and grow. Tim Easton from Whanganui & Partners says Whanganui has a lot of advantages as a place to do business. “Thanks to a central location and developed infrastructure, we’re well connected to most places around New Zealand. Our businesses can move freight or people around easily,” Easton said. He says that for businesses, the bottom line is what drives their decisionmaking, and Whanganui again offers an advantage. “Our reputation for affordable housing extends to commercial, industrial and office real estate too,” Easton said. “There’s great value to be had here and the lower operating costs give businesses the freedom to invest more in other areas.” Businesses looking to start, grow or move to Whanganui can also access free business support from Whanganui & Partners. Easton says there are a number of areas where Whanganui & Partners can help a new or existing business.

“We work directly with business owners on facilitating consents and compliance requirements with the Whanganui District Council, identifying funding opportunities, and connecting business owners towards productive networking opportunities,” Easton said. Whanganui & Partners is also a great resource for businesses working through challenges or disruptions, and the agency worked to support local businesses when COVID-19 hit New Zealand. “During the COVID-19 crisis, we delivered the Regional Business Partner programme

for our region and distributed funding to help over 150 businesses adapt, pivot and grow in the face of rapidly changing conditions.” Whanganui & Partners also has dedicated team members working with businesses in the agribusiness sector, creative industries and visitor industries. Easton says the support available from Whanganui & Partners combined with the city’s affordability, connectivity and innovative culture makes Whanganui a perfect destination for business.

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flag sign on Taupo- Quay bears an intriguing silhouette image of a little girl towing a toy moose behind her. Inside the Evelyn and Moose baby, toddler and children's boutique, Rita Snowden is at her sewing machine, working on a small dress made of unicorn print fabric. The garment has a label that matches the logo on the sign outside. "Evelyn is my granddaughter," she said. "She is 9 and her brother Quin, who is 4, has the nickname Moose." The nickname also has a history and once belonged to a family friend. "I asked my daughter for her approval to use the name and a friend designed the logo," Snowden said. "I wanted something unique and it seemed right to acknowledge my grandchildren because they model my new designs for me." The shop is filled with limited edition small garments, all designed and made by Snowden, made from natural printed fabrics. "I have had to find suppliers willing to sell me fabric in smaller quantities because I like to make just one garment in each size with the same fabric," she said. "I want to give parents something unique for their children to wear - something they won't find anywhere else."

There are romper suits, dresses, shirts, pants, overalls and laminated cotton raincoats, all beautifully cut and sewn by Snowden. As well as the clothing, she makes washable, cotton breastfeeding pads and stocks a range of toys and accessories made by other small business owners whose work fits with her ethos. There are heirloom wool blankets knitted by Claire Smit and little fabric bags made by Trish Flutey. While recovering from a stroke two years ago, Snowden said she needed to find new purpose in her life and was determined not to "give up and do nothing". "I was a quilter and I had achieved a high level of proficiency, so working with fabrics was a natural choice. ”Making small garments seemed achievable and I discovered that I loved it." She set up a workshop at home and, after selling some of her work at weekend markets, Snowden completed a small business course which gave her the confidence to move to the next phase. Sizes in the Evelyn and Moose range start from newborn and go up to 7 yearsplus. Despite the bespoke nature of her clothing range, Snowden keeps the prices within an affordable range and says the


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quality means her garments are good enough to pass on, once outgrown. She can also make to order and is currently exploring the possibility of adding a women's clothing range to her repertoire. Snowden said she would like to see more foot traffic on Taupo- Quay and encourages Whanganui people to visit her shop, as well as neighbouring businesses. Evelyn and Moose is open from 9am to 12.30pm from Thursday to Sunday at shop 1, 45 TaupoQuay and purchases can also be made via the Evelyn and Moose Facebook page. By Liz Wylie



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The southern North Island is one of New Zealand’s growth areas for the forest industry. Many of the forests established in the early to late 1990’s are now mature and ready for harvest and although there was widespread scaremongering about the ‘Wall of Wood’, limitations on infrastructure and manpower availability have effectively smoothed this to a longer term harvest profile. Harvest returns over the past 5 years have been strong and relatively stable in the face of some challenging global economic conditions. Covid threw a spanner in the works when China went into lockdown in January followed by NZ in May which has been a double whammy for our industry and resulted in a volatile pricing structure. While it is unlikely that we will see a return to export prices over $130/JAS in the next 12 months, current levels are very close to the three year average and resulting per hectare returns continue to demonstrate much better returns than many other investments. Carbon has driven some big changes to the investor profile of the forest industry and many investors are now enjoying returns throughout the entire rotation from carbon sales. Carbon has rejuvenated what had the potential to be a somewhat sunset industry and greenfield forest establishment has been increasing year on year for the past decade. The carbon price has now broken through the $35/ unit cap imposed by the Govt and is tipped to increase further. While there has been much angst and commentary around the blanket planting of productive farmland, carbon does provide a very good alternative to arable farming on marginal to average land and, so long as there is a balance, carbon can help provide a strong and diversified cashflow for farming operations.

Forestry can provide very healthy returns on investment, however, like many other investments, it has to be managed right. The value of the investment is only as good as the quality of the crop and, as with many investments, the best returns are achieved through cost control and value maximisation while minimising risk. From an investor perspective, it is imperative that you select a Forest manager that deliver on these without compromise. The result of the merger of two industry leaders, FOMS and Woodnet, Forest360 is one of New Zealand’s largest independent forest management companies. With combined industry experience of more than three decades, we have the capacity, experience, and a highly skilled team in place to support you at all points in the forestry value chain. From the very beginning of land use assessment, planning, investment analysis, planting, forest road construction and harvesting to transport, marketing and sales, our team will work with you to minimise risk and maximise value to ensure you get the best possible returns from your forest investment. Talk to us and make your own decision. For any forest harvesting, management, establishment or land use advice, please contact the Forest360 team at www.forest360.nz or 0800 366 700.

30 years journeying alongside families and wha-nau


his year is a significant year for Jigsaw Whanganui as we celebrate 30 years of working alongside families and whānau. Jigsaw Whanganui is a social service agency working alongside wha- nau and families throughout the Whanganui region. We embrace Te Tiriti o Waitangi and appreciate the richness it brings to our work and our lives. They are driven by one goal: to work with local families’ strengths, resources and hopes to enable them to be the best for their children. Jigsaw Whanganui has supported thousands of families and wha- nau across the Whanganui, Waverley, Rangitikei, and Ruapehu communities, on their journey to building respectful relationships, and being the best parents they can be for their tamariki. But there is still more work to do. At Jigsaw Whanganui we are fortunate to have the support of Plumber Dan as we work towards our vision of a world where families flourish and all children thrive. With that in mind, it’s almost time for the big yellow duck that we all know and love to make its appearance on the awa,

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October, 2020 to be in with a chance to win the $1000! Why did the duck cross the road? Because there was a quack in the pavement!

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hanganui’s new Upokongaro Bridge was launched just hours before the nation went into Covid-19 lockdown on Tuesday 25th March 2020. High tide was at noon, the river was low and calm, and conditions were perfect when Emmetts Civil Construction and Crane Services staff put the new and long-awaited foot and cycle bridge across the Whanganui River yesterday. The 130m long suspension bridge was rolled to the river’s edge on two trucks, lowered on to a pontoon by a crane, and then floated across the river. On the Upokongaro side it was hoisted on to the abutment prepared for it by another crane, then bolted into place. Papaiti Rd was closed at two points for the operation, and spectators were few. Power lines that had been in the way had been put underground. It had been a long wait for this bridge, which was supposed to be in place by April last year. It was held up by the necessity for the Whanganui District and Horizons Regional councils to liaise with the local Nga Paerangi hapū under the Whanganui River’s 2017 Te Awa Tupua legislation.

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The 130m bridge is a vital link in the Mountains to Sea/Te Ara Tuhono cycleway but it is still not known when the foot and cycle bridge between Upokongaro and Papaiti will open for use. Whanganui District Council said an easement is still needed for the bridge. An easement is a right agreed between a landowner and another party to use a property for a particular purpose, and can be registered against the property’s title. An easement across the bed of the river has always been a requirement and is being worked on between the area’s relevant

comfortable surgical ward has 15 private rooms, all with ensuites, and two twin bedrooms for children. A peaceful private courtyard and lounge area is available for patients and their families. We accept all medical insurance and privately paying patients and are happy to discuss costs and payment options. Belverdale Hospital is also an affiliated provider for Southern Cross Healthcare. Specialist surgery offered at Belverdale Hospital includes:

hapū, Te Pou Tupua for the Whanganui River and the council. The easement document will need to be final before the bridge can be opened and used. In the meantime landscaping, concrete and fencing work is happening, cycleway lines have been painted in Upokongaro village and there are new distance markers on Somme Pde. The bridge would have a “grand opening” before the summer tourists arrive, Mayor Hamish McDouall said. Those details are still being finalised. By Laurel Stowell

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rits and Nanette Mann are an independent plumbing wholesaler, we opened our store in 1999, and soon followed a second branch in Feilding. We deal with Trade and retail customers alike. We stock a wide range of general plumbing goods, hot water cylinders, fires, pumps, drainage, PVC pipe & fittings and more. Come and meet our friendly, knowledgeable team. Frit’s son, Jason Mann, has moved back home to Whanganui and took on the role as manager. Jason’s background in sales and independent business management continues the family legacy. Stu Duncan, a local lad has been in the plumbing, electrical and health and safety industries for over 20 years. He runs our trade store and is our front man on our main plumbing store. Nicola, our new showroom consultant with previous showroom background has joined our team and now runs our newly renovated showroom. The showroom is bright and spacious, and on display we have a wide range of bathroom fittings, including baths, tapware, toilets, showers, vessel basins, laundry units, vanities, accessories and more. Nicola will be happy to assist with design layout, quotes

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Whanganui has much to offer newcomers

he 2019 population estimate from Stats NZ marked a new record: 47,300 people live in Whanganui. This number only reinforced what those of us in town already knew, which was that our home is growing. We’ve all welcomed new neighbours, made new friends and visited new businesses in the past 12 months, and it’s been wonderful to see newcomers immersing themselves into our creative, open-minded and friendly culture. We’re becoming well known as a great place to live – ask a newcomer why they’re here and 4 out of 5 times the answer is ‘lifestyle’. Even with its recent growth, Whanganui has retained what makes it so special. We’re still one of the most affordable places to live in New Zealand, still a preferred home for creative people, and still a place with a warm, welcoming culture. There is something for everyone here, with a vibrant arts scene, an abundance of recreational options and an interesting, innovative culture. A busy events calendar means there’s always something new and different going on, and easy access to beaches, mountains, national parks, lakes and the Whanganui River offer plenty of access to outdoors activities.

Whanganui is great for families, with wonderful schools, parks, cycle paths and school holiday activities run through the library and Regional Museum. A compact city layout also gives parents a break from long commutes between work, school and activities. We have a diverse economy, with opportunities across a wide range of sectors, suiting people with all sorts of backgrounds, skills and experiences. This is a great home for entrepreneurs and business owners, with low operating

costs, a central location and productive business networks. Whanganui is a place where everyone is welcome and encouraged to follow their own path, it’s a place that inspires passion and connection in its residents and where residents, in turn, make their mark. This is a great place to live and we’re excited to see more and more people discovering it. Gaelle Deighton Interim Chief Executive Whanganui & Partners

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Doyle & Associates expand

lenn Brown and his team in Whanganui and Ohakune have joined with Doyle and Associates. We warmly welcomed Glenn and his team during the Covid lockdown in April 2020. Doyle’s have now gained Xero Platinum status and are partnered up with Figured and Receiptbank to provide our clients with the most efficient software to create beautiful business. Running a sustainable business has never been more challenging than during the last few months. What Covid has taught us, is nothing is certain. The best business plans need constant revision and regular planning is crucial. The plans don’t need to be works of art, indeed some of the best plans are on one page. But the clients who had a plan, came through Covid in a much stronger position against those who had no plan. We also found that clients with current, update to date financial reporting also felt in control of their finances, as opposed to those with late historical data. There are simple tools available that provide current, accurate financial reporting, and then add a simple plan, and business is easy.

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he Wanganui Jockey Club is the oldest surviving racing club in the country still racing at the original venue since 1848. The club is also the oldest sporting club in New Zealand. On the 20th May 1997 in less than two hours fire destroyed 90 years of racing history in Whanganui as the old grandstand at the racecourse was gutted. The old stand had survived numerous earthquakes and had been used by many organisations over the years, including the army during World War 2. Fortunately the blaze was contained in the wooden building and the Eulogy Lounge which was subsequently gutted and refurbished at a cost of $600,000. Ten days later the club was able to host the winter meeting with little inconvenience. It was especially traumatic for staff as 1998 was the sesqui (150) year and all the catering facilities had been lost, however out of the ashes the Wanganui Function Centre was born and its purpose built modern rooms are suitable for functions and events of all sizes. The Wanganui Function Centre is centrally located in the heart of the city at the Wanganui Racecourse. Not only is the location convenient and accessible but has plenty of on-site parking available too.

Rooms are of varying sizes and have hosted events from 50 – 500 guests. The team at the WFC will go out of their way for you for your function and will make planning and hosting the event as easy as possible to make your occasion a memorable success. Staff will assist with layout of

rooms, setting of tables and any other special requirements. As one of the most popular venues in town it pays to get in and book early! Contact the Wanganui Function Centre for more details on 06 345 3968 or info@wjc.co.nz or see www.wjc.co.nz/wanganui-function-centre/.

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UFC champ Israel Adesanya won the International Senior Sportsperson trophy and then the Supreme Award at the 2019 Ray White Whanganui Sports Awards. Photo / Jared Smith



'm just getting started, man, from the avenue to the world view." With that signoff, expat Whanganui MMA exponent Israel Adesanya raised up the first of two new shiny pieces of silverware at the Ray White Whanganui Sports Awards on Friday 22 November, 2019. While the reigning UFC Middleweight champion would like to see recognition for himself and more importantly by extension for Kiwi combat sports from the Halberg Awards, his former home town was more than willing to give prizes to the 30-year-old, who began his first

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serious combat sport training here before he left to take on the world. Adesanya received the International Senior Sportsperson prize, which he found a pleasant enough surprise in a field that included top rowers and former winners Chris Harris and Kerri Gowler, along with Gowler's younger sister Jackie, and tennis prodigy Paige Hourigan. It was an excellent night for the inline skaters as multiple time national masters champion Krystine Davies once again received the Masters Award, while the

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man that trained her and others to win 24 national titles, Gary Clark, received the Coach of the Year prize. "Thanks to my coach Gary Clark, and Hayden [Gibson] and the Mitre 10 MEGA Wanganui crew for the carpark, and the sponsors," Davies said. A clearly emotional Clark also thanked Gibson and the Mitre 10 MEGA Wanganui staff for letting them use their land as the training base for his charges, including lights in the winter. "I'm a little bit taken aback, I didn't expect this," Clark said. "I've got some fantastic skaters, some real athletes, and they've done me proud." In the Masters grade, there was a special recognition prize given to the Aramoho Whanganui Rowing Club's Master's crew, who had won 25 medals, including 11 golds, at the National Masters regatta at Lake Ruataniwha. A regular nominee and multiple time past winner of Coach of the Year is Collegiate's Alec McNab, and Sophie Redmayne made sure to thank him along with the supportive families when she accepted the Junior Team of the Year award on behalf of the Senior Girls 4x400 Sprint Relay squad.

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Sports Awards Redmayne, Emma Osborne, Ana Brabyn, Tayla Brunger, and Genna Maples had an outstanding season, including a new national record in winning the NZ Secondary Schools title along with a silver at the NZ Athletics Championships against centre teams. "Relay's a huge part of our athletics at school and we're really delighted to receive this award," Redmayne said. Just as pleased was the Whanganui Premier Men's Rink Hockey squad, who received the Senior Team of the Year award for winning the first national title for their club since 1988. They cordially invited local kids to give "alternative" sports a go while searching for a code that suited them. Award Winners NZCT National Senior Sportsperson of the Year: Lisa Allpress (Thoroughbred Racing) Moore Markhams National Junior Sportsperson of the Year: Tara Raj (Golf) Stihl Shop Wanganui Club of the Year: Rangitikei Area Distance Riders Mars Petcare Coach of the Year: Gary Clark (Inline Speed Skating)

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Golfer Simon Owen accepts his induction into the Whanganui Sport Hall of Fame. Photo / Jared Smith

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Inline speed skating’s Garry Clark was the Coach of the Year. Photo / Jared Smith

Egelani Taito (Boxing); Kay Kotuhi — Brown (Softball); Pauline Hiroti (Dance Sport); Sascha Mayes (Equestrian); William Hocquard (Hockey). Whanganui Sports Hall of Fame Inductees: Pat O'Connor; Brent Thomson; Simon Owen. Sport Whanganui Roll of Honour: Walter Rhodes (Hockey), William (Bill) Tanner (Football).

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Lifestyle Farmers Club

nce upon a time farmers were farmers and townies were townies. Nowadays the lines are more blurred, and we have seen the rise of the ‘lifestyle block holders’. The name ‘lifestyle block holder’ of course covers many kinds of properties and operations, but they are in need of many of the products and services provided at Wanganui Veterinary Services and Wanganui Farm Supplies. So, in early 2019 the Lifestyle Farmers Club was established for the Whanganui area by the two above businesses partnered together. The inaugural meeting took place at Andrew and Jane Toy’s property on Western Line where they generously shared their ideology and ambitions for their small block. What shone through was a care for the land and their animals and their aim to live off their land, enhancing what they have, but also minimising their impact on the environment. Those attending had a very enjoyable afternoon and it soon became obvious that the Lifestyle Farmers Club was established, also that it had more facets to it than originally thought. In November 2019 the second Sunday afternoon meeting took place at the

property of Tom Dinwiddie, where we covered fencing, bee keeping, thistle control and soil maintenance. We finished the day with a short talk and beer sampling from a local craft brewer named Andy from Roots Brewing Co. The aim is to provide the chance to view and share in other people’s efforts and aspirations, the ability to learn about and access products and services, provide a directory of other resources, but especially the opportunity to meet new people, socialise and have a sense of belonging to a group that represents them in some way. On an educational basis the club intends to hold at least three afternoons per year on different properties covering a variety of topics on each day, coupled with a club newsletter and relevant articles provided to the group. The ability to meet people who have a huge amount of experience and knowledge in different fields allows people to not just rely on businesses whose focus has largely been on traditional farming. Another advantage of networking within the club is to share the costs of some items that are sold in larger amounts, which are again aimed at traditional farming. While the products are still appropriate for lifestyle blocks, they are not commercially

available in small packs, so to make them economically viable it is important to work together. No matter what your situation, if you have a lifestyle block you will most likely find something in the Club that is of interest to you, not the least of which will be a whole lot of fun. You can join the Lifestyle Farmers Club by contacting Wanganui Veterinary Services or Wanganui Farm Supplies.

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Whanganui golfing sensation

sensational 2019 season earned Whanganui golfing ace Tara Raj a crack at international duty, where she joined five other Kiwis to play at a prestigious international women’s amateur tournament in February, 2020. Carmen Lim, Fiona Xu, Vivian Lu, Darae Chung, Jessica Huang, and Raj played in the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific Championship on February 12-15 at the Waterside Course at the Siam Country Club in Thailand. These six promising players had all received invites to play in the third year of the competition after fellow countryman Wenyung Keh came close to capturing the first instalment of the tournament two years ago, losing in a playoff. The Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific champion received an invite to AIG Women’s British Open, the Evian Championship, the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship, and the Honda LPGA Thailand which was played the following week. Raj, a four time Whanganui women’s open champion, was in sensational form of late with her last big tournament perhaps sealing the deal for Thailand. In December 2019, Raj led the Manawatu Whanganui team as No1 into

Tara Raj earned a trip to play in the prestigious Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific Championship in February ry y 2020.

second place in the New Zealand Women’s Interprovincial (formerly the Toro) in Napier. Raj was the undisputed player of the tournament going through unbeaten in individual play beating former New Zealand Amateur champion Vivian Lu twice in the space of two days. Lu was one of Raj’s team mates in Thailand. The teenage golfing sensation took out the National Junior title at the 2019 Ray White Whanganui Sports Awards in November 2019 after proving she could compete with young adults by winning the Women’s Harewood Open on the Charles

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Whanganui economy shows resilience through COVID-19

hile COVID-19 has made 2020 a uniquely challenging year for businesses, the Whanganui economy not only survived the crisis, but boomed in the months following lockdown. Gaelle Deighton, interim Chief Executive of economic development agency Whanganui & Partners, says the winter of 2020 saw local records set in consumer spend, visitor spend and house prices. “We had great momentum going into the year, and we could see during the lockdown that Whanganui wasn’t being as badly affected as many other parts of New Zealand. This meant our businesses and people were able to pick up largely where they left off after lockdown.” The economic development agency keeps a close eye on a number of indicators that reflect on the overall health of the economy. “We look at consumer spend not just to get a sense of how well our retailers are doing, but to understand consumer confidence in our district. We also look at house prices as an indication of people

feeling like they want to live and invest here,” Deighton said. “This data is telling us that our economy is on the right track. People are seeing this as a great place to be, they’re feeling secure in their own futures and the future of the district.” Deighton says the high-performing economy speaks to the underlying resilience

of the district’s businesses and overall economy. She says the economic future of the district looks bright. “We’re currently likely to see our highest ever annual consumer spend, which is amazing considering the significant interruptions to business this year,” Deighton said.


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he winners’ dais of the 2019 Pak’nSave 3 Bridges Marathon was the domain of the enthusiastic amateurs at Moutoa Gardens on Saturday morning 14th December 2019. There was a big turnout of well over 800 runners and walkers who tackled the course in overcast but warm conditions, with only a small breeze, allowing a couple of the leading runners to blitz through with very quick times. In total, there were eight race length events for both racing disciplines on the 10.5km long course, with the headline 42.2km marathon run and walk races taking four laps. An exciting new development was that the marathon and half marathon are now IAAF [International Association of Athletics Federations] and AIMS [Association of International Marathons and Distance Races] certified. “That means the course has been measured and meets international criteria, which is great news for serious competitors. Their times can now be used as an official time for any events requiring a qualifying time.” In a bid to lead by example in its wellbeing mantra, the Whanganui District

Health Board entered more than 100 staff in the corporate division of the annual event. The huge turnout of staff from Whanganui’s biggest employer strode out among runners and walkers from throughout the rest of the community. DHB entries include radiologists, pharmacists, accountants, management, paediatricians, surgical and medical staff, mental health workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and public health promoters. It was the first time the DHB had been involved with the 3 Bridges and was part of the organisation’s WorkWell programme. WorkWell is a nationwide initiative designed to help workplaces conduct their everyday business in a way that leads to improved staff wellbeing. This, in turn, allows a staff member to achieve their full potential for the benefit of themselves and their organisation. “An active lifestyle and physical exercise are parts of the DHB’s holistic approach to staff wellbeing and so the 3 Bridges fits in perfectly,” spokesman Mark Dawson said. The Whanganui DHB achieved bronze accreditation for WorkWell, and it is promoting the programme to other businesses and organisations in the region.

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The mass participation on Saturday 14th also represented the DHB’s vision of “Thriving Communities” and its commitment to work more closely with the community in a partnership that is less focused on the hospital and more on keeping people well in their own homes. Organisers welcome entries for the 2020 event to be held on Saturday 12th December and more information can be found at www.whanganuithreebridges.co.nz

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St George’s is an independent, co-education, Anglican day school for students in Years 1 to 8. Families choose St George’s because we encourage Discovery and nurture every child. We offer small class sizes and personalised learning for each student, and as an Anglican School we are strong and proud of our values and traditions. The relationship we build between home and School is essential to our success, so together we can provide an ‘arms wide round’ approach for our students. We are brave and daring in our approach to teaching and learning. Discovery provides our students with quality time for creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial endeavours working in small groups with experienced and passionate teachers. Discovery creates a synergy between the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and the Arts subjects, as well as Social and Business enterprise. We encourage higher order thinking with all students, and because of this our students are more caring, critical and creative thinkers. Our students are supported to be creators of digital solutions, to think generously to explore and to innovate, and to be agile thinkers. Discovery enables us to grow great citizens who can contribute to building caring and sustainable communities. Our students know it only takes one person to make a positive difference in our community.

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ur world is in a continual state of change. Now more than ever, the decisions we make, the way we lead, the influence we impart on our world must be governed by a strongly ingrained set of values to reflect and guide us in challenging situations or moments of doubt. One of the purposes of education is to prepare students to thrive for the future – what may now seem like an uncertain future. The purpose of educators is to guide our young people to develop the skills to thrive, give them the time and tools to

discover a direction and the ability to learn and adapt from their experiences. At Whanganui Collegiate School we develop the skill of building meaningful, trust-based relationships, the skill of effective conversations, of proactive well-being, of managing minds and the essential skill of taking 100% ownership for who they are, the decisions they make and the behaviour they choose – accountability and responsibility must go hand in glove. We give our students the opportunity to practise these skills in a safe environment,

supported in their learning by teaching and pastoral staff. Today’s students are the next generation of business, political and community leaders. It is our responsibility to shape the way in which they understand, prepare for, and respond to the world’s challenges both now and in the future. Join us on one of our Tour Days or book a personalised tour to come and discover how Whanganui Collegiate School’s valuesbased education can benefit your son or daughter, now and for their future. www.collegiate.school.nz

Learning, Achieving, Celebrating Together At Whanganui Collegiate School, gender unites us. Our students become brothers and sisters who learn, achieve and celebrate together. Our students develop the tolerance, resilience, and understanding that is required to succeed in life. At Whanganui Collegiate School, our students are stronger together. We invite you to book your personal tour to meet our students, explore our facilities and discover why Whanganui Collegiate School is right for your family. www.collegiate.school.nz Celebrating Whanganui 2020


The Great Pie Hunt


ie making is in the family for Chaise Leslie and, after years of being out of business, he’s up to his elbows again in his family’s tradition. In July this year he opened up his new bakery Chasing Pies in Liffiton St. Chaise is no stranger to pie making, after spending countless mornings in his father Bruce’s business. Bruce Leslie, now operating Maggie’s Pies in Cross St, owned One Better Home Made Pies, which was located where Hunting and Fishing on Carlton Ave now sits. “I would always make a tray of pies before going to school,” Chaise said. “I always had a passion for it.” In 2001, Bruce sold the shop to Pete and Marie Hamilton, who turned the shop into Pete’s Pies. They were there until 2010 when a fire took out their shop and they moved out Castlecliff to open Maggies Pies on Cross St. Chaise Leslie bought the business back from the Hamiltons in 2013 and had three successful years of business. However, he walked away from the business after his partner and unborn son died in a car accident in 2016. “I was on ACC for three-and-a-half years after the car accident.”


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Chaise Leslie has spent his life making pies under the guidance of his father Bruce, who owns Maggies Pies in Cross St. Photo / Bevan Conley

Bruce bought Maggies Pies from Chaise to alleviate the financial burden and still runs the Cross St bakery. Chaise knew he wanted to get back into the pie business and, after seeing the empty shop on Liffiton St, decided now was the right time. Chasing Pies offers 30 different pies, a range of sandwiches, rolls and sweet treats as well as barista-made coffee. He hopes to add chicken and chips to the menu soon. Like all good ideas, the name of the shop was created over a couple of beers at the pub, Chaise said.

“We wanted something new and something catchy.” He said it has been great to get his feet back into the business and looks forward to what the future holds. “We are doing bloody well, really. Surprised by the support and turnover already, I’ll definitely do all right here.” Chasing Pies in Liffiton St is open Monday to Friday from 5am to 4pm and Saturdays 7am to 1pm. By Logan Tutty

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armland has been producing quality small-good products for over 50 years. Starting in a butcher shop and now, three generations later in a modern plant located in Bulls in the Rangitikei district it is one of New Zealand’s leading producers of Christmas hams, premium quality bacon, cooked deli meats and speciality goods. Back in 1964, George Davis owned a butcher shop in Broadway Ave, Palmerston North. George’s sons, Russell and Allan Davis set up Cobblestone Bakeries producing pies and bakery products for local dairies. In 1978, Cobblestone Bakeries sold to a large multinational food company. Allan then started Farmland Meat Company and purchased the 800-acre property where Farmland is today. Throughout the ‘80s saw the farm being developed and the first factory was built. During the ‘90s the factory extended to include the production of meats, including pre-packed corned silverside supplied to supermarket butcheries. Cooked ham and deli meats products were also developed and a new temperature-controlled distribution centre built. From 2001 to 2011 a major expansion of the plant took place to more than double capacity. The distribution centre was also extended to increase storage capacity by 300%. 2015 onwards saw investment continued in the plant to upgrade amenities and technology, including new equipment to cater for convenience packs, and the launch of our pre-packed sliced meat ranges. Today, you will find the company still passionately owned and run by Whanganui’s Davis family, employing over 120 staff committed to providing premium meats, the best customer service and products that set the benchmark on a daily basis. From our humble beginnings to today and beyond, Farmland is committed to quality and innovation – you’ll find our Farmland products at the deli counter and chilled meats department in supermarkets throughout the country. Farmland Foods are always on the lookout for staff. If you want to come along and work in our slice of paradise with peaceful rural surroundings, we have a great company culture, values, and a business with growth opportunities for career progression with strong management support then, contact us or check out our website to find out more.

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Beaver Tree Service Beaver Tree Service has been established for over 50 years in Christchurch, and successfully extended business into the lower North Island. Located in Wellington, Kapiti Coast District, Horowhenua District, Manawatu and Wanganui Districts, Beaver Tree Service has just recently opened for business in Taupo. We would be happy to help you with your tree related needs! Beaver Tree Service offers specialised tree work, carried out by qualified professionals with the experience and expertise to ensure your tree needs are taken care of to the highest standards. Our arborists are trained and certified to make sure that all work is safely completed while meeting internationally accepted Arborcultural industry standards. We use specialised equipment to remove dead, unwanted, or unsafe trees without causing damage to nearby gardens or property so that you can rest easy! Beaver Tree Service is also proud to focus on apprenticeships and introducing young people to the industry. Our apprentices are enrolled with the Primary ITO and complete a New Zealand Certificate in Arboriculture Level 3 and 4.

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Events Calendar 2020 – 2021 Sunday 11 October 2020 10:00am – 3:00pm Glass Art Workshops Sundays 2020: Introduction to Kiln Glass The Glass Factory, 21 Kings Ave. Friday 16 October 2020 8:00pm Sorry Bout It A showcase of comedy favourites, and some new hidden talents, Tofiga Fepulea’I will be joined by award-winning NZ/ UK comedian James Nokise. This allages, family friendly show promises to deliver explosive laughs built around the comedy stylings of possibly the world’s second-most popular Polynesian comic storyteller, who’s definitely not Sorry Bout It. Saturday 17 October 2020 8:00am – 2:00pm The Mudder - Rangitikei Farmstay Woolshed, 498 Makuhou road, Marton The rugged hill country of the southern Rangitikei makes for plenty of lung burning and calf-aching even before you throw in the obstacles. Saturday 17 October 2020 3:00pm and Sunday 18 October 2020 3:00pm High Tea & Art at Edwardian Home - Bushy Park, 791 Rangitatau East Road Come and experience High Tea at this outstanding Edwardian Home. Each room in this wonderful home will be showcasing local artists so come early to explore before enjoying your High Tea at 3:00pm. Period costume is encouraged so you experience the fullness of this event.

Saturday 17 October 2020 10:00am – 3:00pm Fest of Cultural Unity The iconic Whanganui Fest of Cultural Unity is coming to the heart of the city, at Majestic Square, bringing with it, reflections of our culturally diverse and dynamic community, through cultural performances & delicious food. Nonstop entertainment with food from around the globe to enjoy. Saturday 24 October 2020 1:00pm and Sunday 25 October 2020 1:00pm Taste Whanganui On The Rocks - October 24th - 1pm - 6pm On The Vines - October 25th - 1pm - 6pm Taste Whanganui - a weekend of boutique distilleries & wineries, gourmet food & live music. At the War Memorial Center Forecourt. Saturday 31 October 2020 10:00am and Sunday 1 November 2020 10:00am Whanganui Home & Lifestyle Show – Jubilee Stadium Whatever stage you are at, the Whanganui Home & Lifestyle Show is your event of the year. Bringing together the very best in products and services for the home including kitchens, flooring, appliances, heating, new building and so much more. Saturday 12th December 2020 Whanganui Pak n Save 3 Bridges Marathon Events open to runners and walkers. 6 events to choose from. Enter now at www.whanganuithreebridges.co.nz

Saturday 26th December 2020 Boxing Day Cemetery Circuit Of international fame and run for the first time in 1951, this event captures the hearts and minds of motorcycle enthusiasts everywhere!

Friday 22nd - Monday 25th January 2021 Wellington Anniversary Weekend Whanganui Vintage Weekend Whanganui Vintage Weekend is about celebrating the very best of every era, be it magnificent machinery, fabulous fashion, beautiful buildings, magical music or fantastic fare, this weekend has it all, and then some! Saturday 23 January 2021 10:00am – 11:55pm Mainstreet Caboodle Caboodle is the biggest day of the Vintage Weekend Festivities. 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. Friday 5 February 2021 – Sunday 14 February 2021 Downer New Zealand Masters Games The New Zealand Masters Games is the largest annual multi-sport event in New Zealand. Held yearly, the event alternates between Whanganui and Dunedin. The 2021 New Zealand Masters Games will be held in Whanganui from the 5th to the 14th of February.

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Bridal gowns support charity

he local bridal shop, Etcetera, has supported the local Cancer Society pop-up store to help raise money for the Whanganui Cancer Society. The temporary store called Daffodil Bridal received more than 70 donated new wedding dresses. Kirsty Simpson, of Etcetera, said they were about to receive the dresses from New Zealand designer Katie Yeung to discount in their store. However, Yeung said it would be a good opportunity to donate some of the older stock to make room for fresh styles. Simpson said Etcetera loved the idea. “It’s so incredibly generous of them”. Simpson said the bridal shop has had enormous support from all over the country in the last two years. Brides everywhere, from Wellington to Hawke’s Bay, Taranaki, Hamilton and more, have come to get their dresses for their special day. “It was really nice that we get to now give back and we thought the Whanganui Cancer Society was the perfect charity to support with this.” Jane Burgess, from the Whanganui Cancer Society, said the organisation was “beyond grateful” to Simpson for her generosity.

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Daffodil Bridal set the prices for all the dresses at $250. “There’s always a bit of downtime between Daffodil Day and Relay for Life so this came at the perfect time really,” Burgess said. The Cancer Society were hoping to make $5000 to $10,000 from this venture.

Another 130 wedding dresses were also on sale in the store, and a cut of each sale also went to the Cancer Society. The Daffodil Bridal store closed in mid September, 2020. By Logan Tutty


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It’s official!

he new Wanganui Proparts store had its Grand Opening Day on Saturday August 29, and it’s true what they say; it’s better late than never. Due to Covid-19 lockdowns this event was put on hold, even though Proparts store has been open for business for several months. Proparts NZ and Elite Mechanical & Engineering Services have combined forces to provide a great service with a wide range of products available. Mike Mooney is the new Wanganui Proparts franchise owner; Mike Palmer is the man with the parts knowledge, he looks after shop sales; and out in the Engineering shop, if you need help there, Murray Sutherland is the man to talk to. It was great to see a good turnout of cool vehicles to support this new parts store. Hot rods through to more modern performance cars lined the street, as well as a cool old Foden truck dubbed ‘Rockon’ complete with pinstriping. Proparts Wanganui stocks a huge range of parts for muscle cars, classics, hot rods, strip, circuit, speedway and jet sprint, sourced locally and from overseas; Proparts imports directly from more than 600 suppliers.

You’ll also find a good range of lubricants, car care products, tools, and more. However if you need a custom part the team in the engineering workshop can fabricate it for you, whether it’s a pedal box, battery box, fuel tank, roll cage etcetera. The workshop is fully equipped, including a water jet than can cut up to 120mm think steel plate, and a huge metal folder. Elite is also Wanganui’s largest stockiest of sheet

metals, including steel, alloy, stainless, polished, satin, and chequer plate. “There’s a lot of interest in Whanganui and they currently travel to Palmerston [North] or elsewhere to buy. Now we can keep it all in town and keep the service at a local level.” Proparts Wanganui is the newest of five Proparts stores around the North Island, joining Palmerston North, Napier, Petone and Rotorua.

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“Your One Stop Eng gineering Shop” Elite Mechanical and Engineering Services cuts a fine figure in Wanganui trade circles The flourishing company with around 22 skilled staff is based in the heart of the city’s vibrant manufacturing region and has developed from small beginnings into a successful engineering company offering a wide range of services. It is made up of a small team of tradesmen who are not only proficient in the maintenance and repair of trade machinery, but are also equipped with the technical expertise to design, develop and install machinery to meet specific requirements. Mike Mooney and the team take pride in their ability to get a job done quickly and efficiently, with special attention given to detail and workmanship.

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From mild steel and stainless steel to aluminium, the fully equipped workshop in Heads Road enables tradesmen to fabricate a wide variety of sheet metal products. Precision waterjet cutting means almost any shape can be cut from a wide variety of materials to specific specifications. With over 2500sqm of workshop, no job is too big or too small for Mike and the team. Mike and group of experienced tradesmen can do the job to a standard that’s second to none. Also offering, in-house, their own designer with AutoDesk Inventor.

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Whanganui Growing as an Events Destination


hanganui loves to get together, and a vibrant events calendar gives us the chance to celebrate our arts, sport, heritage and culture. Recent years have seen our recurring events, like Vintage Weekend, Opera Week, Masters Games, Artists Open Studios and Cemetery Circuit, getting bigger and drawing in visitors from around New Zealand. New events are also being added to our calendar, giving locals and visitors new opportunities to discover the best of Whanganui. The city’s reputation as a destination for conferences is also growing. In November 2019, Whanganui hosted its biggest ever business event, the Labour Party Conference, which attracted 630 delegates, along with family, MPs and media to Whanganui. “This was our first conference of this scale, and we knew it was important to get it absolutely right on the day,” said Jonathan Sykes from economic development agency Whanganui & Partners. “A lot of work went into planning and organising the event, which paid off in spades.” Sykes says Whanganui has a lot of advantages as a conference destination.

“We’re a central city to get to and an easy city to get around,” Sykes said. “Our climate is good, there’s plenty to do during down-time, and our heritage venues add a unique point of difference.” “Delegates were also impressed with our city’s hospitality. We had feedback that the visitors felt welcomed and treated well while they were here, which is testament to the great community we have and especially the friendliness of our businesses.” Businesses also enjoyed having the conference in town, with consumer spending data over the weekend of

the Labour Party Conference showing spending rose by 15.9% compared to the same weekend 2019. Sykes says, the significant impact the conference had on businesses demonstrates the advantage of having conference-goers based in the central city rather than a conference centre. “We’re lucky in Whanganui to have centrally-located venues that allow attendees to explore our city rather than spending all their time in a conference centre. It’s a win for everyone, and we look forward to Whanganui hosting more large scale conferences in the future.”

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