We launched The Four Five Hundred on Thursday morning. Here’s a wrap of our first few days.

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Wellington’s Eyegum Music Collective annoucned A Gathering in the Forest; a 20-band music festival to be held over Waitangi weekend somewhere near Whanganui. Read more here.

Click here to read an interview with Charlotte Melser talking about celebrating the Castlecliff Rejuvenation Project with a community gathering at The Citadel. It’s on this Saturday.

Whanganui painter Amy Blackburn opened her debut solo exhibition Homeward Bound at Space Studio and Gallery. Read about it here.

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Whanganui writer Airini Beautrais won the 2016 Landfall essay competition. Umlaut was her essay about the struggles of having an unusual name. Competition judge David Eggleton said it’s”an account of the vexing business of unusual names and the thorny encounters they can provoke in this country with bureaucracy, with the insular-minded, with the proudly ignorant”.

In this interview, new Whanganui Chamber of Commerce chief executive Marianne Archibald answers our questions about her role and the future of business in Whanganui.

Whanganui Chamber of Commerce chief executive Marianne Archibald

Whanganui Chamber of Commerce chief executive Marianne Archibald