As we head into the weekend we've selected some of the best stories you may have missed this week plus the stories most read by our online audience.
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Best of the week
There was one moment during the 2017 Rugby World Cup that will forever remain with Milton Haig.
An out-of-court settlement paid to the Whanganui District Council by MWH, the designers of the city's failed wastewater treatment plant, should remain a secret, the Ombudsman has ruled.
A Whanganui boy is overjoyed that his new BMX bike, a Christmas present from his dad, has been returned after it was stolen from his home.
A $30 million-plus chairlift/gondola to Knoll Ridge on Mount Ruapehu could make for a lot more all-season tourism jobs, Ruapehu Mayor Don Cameron says.
Counting down the most read stories online
10. Sixty-eight years in the same Whanganui house for John Breton
From where he sits on his veranda John Breton can see parts of Whanganui Hospital, where he was born.
He's lived in the same house for all his 68 years - apart from an overseas trip of three months in the United States and United Kingdom.
The former Whanganui High School student started an online homeware boutique called Papier HQ, which is currently based in Auckland, and already she has been getting orders from as far afield as Canada and Germany.
Mystery surrounds the cause of a loud noise in central Whanganui, reported by people across the city.
A two-storey 1950s classroom block at Whanganui Girls' College has to be knocked down and carted away by the time school starts, principal Tania King says.
The fickle weather patterns over the past wee while has home gardeners, professional groundsmen and farmers alike reaching for answers.
Whanganui police are appealing for sightings of two vehicles stolen in an aggravated robbery.
Town kids will get to experience a bit of country-style play in a new venture being set up in London St.
Starting the year topless. Nope, not me – sunbathing, topless or not, is no longer on my list after a skin cancer scare.
A woman is outraged after finding a four-month-old baby "cooking" in a parked car in Whanganui on Wednesday.
On a South Taranaki farm in Manutahi around 100 festival-goers saw the New Year in at the debut of Rhythm and Pines.