Author: zaryd

Podcast: #002 Lucky 3.0

Matt Edmonds and Georgie Ormond have just opened Lucky Bar and Kitchen on Wilson St in Whanganui. You may remember it from last year when it was a pop-up on the river down by the town bridge for about four months over summer. Before that Lucky was a shop Georgie ran in Hunterville. Now the couple are committing to making it a permanent bar, kitchen and live venue and being just one part of a city on the up. Georgie and Matt want Lucky to fill a gap in Whanganui and offer the type of food and entertainment they...

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Podcast: #001 Steph Lewis

Welcome to the first episode of The Four Five Hundred podcast. Each week (give or take) we’ll be interviewing someone interesting from Whanganui – could be an artist, a politician, someone with a cool business etc… First up is Whanganui’s Labour Party candidate for this year’s election – Steph Lewis. However the election pans out Whanganui will have a new MP on September 23 with Chester Borrows stepping down and Harate Hipango being named as the new National Party candidate last week. The only other candidate confirmed so far is Horizons regional councillor Nicola Patrick for the Greens. We will...

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A new era for Artists Open Studios

In 2001 eleven artists within a small block in the Whanganui CBD banded together to open their studios to the public for a weekend. Sixteen years later more than 100 artists in 77 studios throughout the wider Whanganui region participate in Artists Open Studios which is now one of the biggest events on the city’s calendar. Zaryd Wilson talks to those involved ahead of 2017 Artists Open Studios which gets underway on March 24. In March 2001 art lovers followed directions on an A4 piece of photocopy paper to visit eleven artists’ studios dotted along Whanganui’s Taupo Quay. The...

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The first 100 days: our favourite stories

To celebrate our first 100 days, we’ve picked five stories we enjoyed doing but which didn’t make the top five most read: Click on the headline to read the full story. And here to read out top five most read. Chester Borrows: politics, youth justice, prisons and marriage equality: Zaryd Wilson talks to Chester Borrows about his time in Parliament, his changing politics, youth justice, prisons, marriage equality and Whanganui’s changing fortunes. Bringing youth back to Whanganui Like most provincial cities, Whanganui suffers the annual exodus of teenagers heading off to university and to travel the word. Numbers in...

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Our first 100 days: top five most read

The top five most read stories from The Four Five Hundred’s first 100 days: Click on the headlines to read the full story. And here to read our favourite five.  5: Kessel: Out from under the covers 4: Akash Gill: The Canadian cricketer’s Whanganui summer “It felt good to me to be a 17-year-old kid coming from Canada and be opening the bowling for Wanganui. It was just a great experience.” 3: Celebrating Castlecliff’s past and future “There is a lot of pockets in this community, there’s a lot of diversity, and I guess we just want to make...

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