Your weekly guide to events in the Whanganui region.

Wanganui Races

When: Race 1: 1.02pm
Where: Wanganui Racecourse
Details: 8 race card, free entry

Book Launch


Abroad: The Travel Journals & Paintings of Cranleigh Harper Barton
When: 5.15pm
Where: Sarjeant on the Quay
Details: Written by Gerry Barton, great nephew of the artist, these selected journal entries and watercolours shine a light on the richness of this artist's life in New Zealand and abroad in the first half of the 20th century. The Sarjeant has thirty of Barton's watercolours in its permanent collection. Paiges Book Gallery will be present and publisher Roger Steele will talk. Refreshments will be served.

Quiz Night

YMCA fundraiser to send disadvantaged children to school holiday programmes. Teams of six players at $10 per head. Prizes, raffles and supper.
When: Thursday, April 4 at 7pm.
Where: Community House.
Details: Register at The Peoples Centre, level 1 Community House, 345 8656.

Whanganui Musicians' Club

Open Mic followed by Wild Taylor with Edmond Taylor. Then reggae band Amokura from Wellington.
When: Friday, April 5 Club Night. Doors open 7pm.
Where: Clubrooms in Drews Ave.
Details: Entry $10 Members $15 Non-Members.

Live music

Kessel, The Jacks & Dusk Till Dawnz
When: 9pm
Where: Lucky Bar + Kitchen
Details: Tickets, $10 on the door.

Alice in Wonderland


Melbourne City Ballet's Michael Pappalardo (Artistic Director) and Brendan Bradshaw (Artistic Associate) pay homage to the novel by Lewis Carroll, Alice In Wonderland, with this enchanting ballet complimented by one of Tchaikovsky's most famous scores.
When: Friday, April 5, 7.30pm.
Where: Royal Wanganui Opera House
Details: Adult $59.50, Group 6+ $54.50, Senior / Student $49.50, Child 0-12yrs $45.50. Booking fees $1 per ticket.



The Delphies @ Lucky with The Mean Owls
When: 9pm
Where: Lucky Bar + Kitchen
Details: $10 on the door

River Traders' Market

When: 8.30am-1pm.
Where: Downtown Whanganui riverbank.
Details: Goods, produce, food.

Walking Tours

When: Tours leave 10am and 2pm each Saturday, Sunday
Where: Whanganui i-Site
Details: Learn about Whanganui's history, buildings and people. $10 per person. Other times possible - call i-Site in good time.

Castlecliff Market

When: 11am-3pm.
Where: 5 Bryce St, Castlecliff.
Details: Goods, produce, food.

Speakers for the Sarjeant

From Vladivostok to London by 4WD
When: 4.30pm
Where: Sarjeant on the Quay
Details: Claire and Robin Brown will present an illustrated talk retracing their 82-day overland journey made in 2017.
Tickets $12, Gallery Friends and Stars $10. Purchase from Sarjeant on the Quay or by phoning 06 349 0506.

NZ Society of Genealogists - Whanganui Branch

When: Monday, April 8, 6.30pm.
Where: Alexander Heritage and Research Library.
Details: Lynley Fowler; The Founder's Society, its Origin and Purposes plus a personal story.

How films impact our spirituality

When: Tuesday, April 9, 7pm. Koha.
Where: Josephite Retreat Centre, 14 Hillside Tce. To register please call Pam on 3455047 ext 3 or email
Details: A series of five films spread over 10 weeks which explore how movies help us to understand our personal lives. This will explore (at an individual level) what can be learned about oneself from watching movies and reflecting on life's journey. The structure of the programme means it will be of most benefit if participants can be present at each session. The theme this year is: The Stories of Our Lives. Film #5: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Slimmers Support Group

What: Lose weight and keep it off
When: 5pm.
Cost: $10 joining fee with $2 weekly. Inquiries: Ngaire 06 347 1613.

Green Drinks, Whanganui

What: Fruit trees with Lyn Pearson. Sustainable Whanganui Trusts Fruit Trees in School project could become Fruit Trees in the Community next year.
When: 5.30pm
Details: Vault Bar & Eatery

Save the children

When: From 10am
Where: 1 Warwick Place
Details: Sale of NZ souvenirs, haka kiwis, bears, pens, notepads, tea towels, handkerchiefs and hand-knitted garments for under-5s. All half price.

Waimarie Paddle Steamer

What: River cruise
When: 11am
Details: Sailing at 11am on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout April. Book at i-Site or online at

Postcard Stories: Richard von Sturmer

What: NZ artist and performer Richard von Sturmer brings a wonderfully eclectic performance of words, music and images from his book Postcards Stories.
When: 7.30pm
Where: Sarjeant on the Quay
Details: Tickets $15, Gallery Friends & Stars $12. Purchase from Sarjeant on the Quay or by phoning 06 349 0506.

*If you have an item for this free column, email news@ with the details. The deadline for information about events from, and including, Thursday, March 28, to Wednesday, April 3, is noon on Tuesday, March 26.