Mike Tweed is a multimedia journalist at the Whanganui Chronicle
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"Actually, this is much better than being a teacher, I'll do this instead."
"We're out there at the moment making a bit of noise and letting people know we exist".
"It's a bit of a balancing act and we're all just wading through it as best we can."
"As always, I'll just keep showing up, getting the job done and hanging on for dear life."
He's fitting right in with the Waverley locals.
Mike Smith and Neville Davidson are looking forward to "doing nothing" for a while.
There's already been two big cancellations.
"We always said that if we had an opportunity to get out of the big smoke we'd take it."
Passes will be required in many places when the traffic light system comes into effect.
At present, the choice to get vaccinated or not is still in the hands of employers.
"The 6-year-old me would be very happy about it, and I'm very happy about it".
"Once we know what we can and can't do, we'll get into it."
Around 850 people will be at the festival over Waitangi weekend next year.
The Whanganui District Library stocks 45 of the top 100 most challenged publications.
A sample from Castlecliff Beach was analysed by an independent laboratory
At 25, Tāwhiao McMaster is the youngest member at the board table.
He began sewing his own garments "out of necessity, really".
"The stress we're feeling is a normal reaction to an abnormal situation."
A Horizons officer was back on the beach on Tuesday to "assess any ongoing affects".
Whanganui's Matt Pine was "tenacious, and very focussed on what he wanted to achieve".