Summer’s here and we’re approaching the end of our first month. He’s a wrap of last week’s best stories and what you may have missed.

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YOUR PICKS: The most read stories in the past seven days 

Bernie Griffen and Kirsten Warner played at the Whanganui Musicians Club on Friday. Our profile on them and Griffen’s new album Salvation was the most read story on the site this week.

Click here to check it out. http://thefourfivehundred.co.nz/2016/11/28/bernie-griffen-im-going-to-write-a-song-about-that-place-one-day/

Ivan Vostinar move to Whanganui after working on the Hobbit films in Wellington and set up a pottery studio and gallery in Castlecliff. http://thefourfivehundred.co.nz/2016/11/30/ivan-vostinar-from-hobbiton-to-castlecliff/

Our reminder to keep it local this Christmas: http://thefourfivehundred.co.nz/2016/12/01/opinion-dont-forget-about-the-locals/

OUR PICK: Recommended reading and the ones you may have missed 

An-hour long interview with out-going Whanganui MP Chester borrows touches on prisons, youth justice and marriage equality and changing political sides. Read it here: http://thefourfivehundred.co.nz/2016/12/03/chester-borrows-politics-youth-justice-prisons-and-marriage-equality/