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Iwi and council partner up to spend ‘better-off’ funding
Whanganui District Council says it 'jumped the gun' by initially not consulting iwi.
Support for National Park to restore ‘most beautiful name’
A three-month public consultation on the name change proposal will open on Tuesday.
Whanganui council edges closer to Māori wards decision
Councillor Josh Chandulal-Mackay on how the debate is stacking up.
Longest suspension bridge to be ‘missing link’ of Mountains to Sea trail
Construction has begun on the missing connection between National Park and Horopito.
How will Whanganui Hospital cope with its growing population?
What changes will be needed to keep pace with the district’s projected population growth?
Overcrowding in Whanganui ED like 'a disaster movie'
The hospital says over-occupancy of up to 147 per cent is the norm.
Health, wellbeing strategy unveiled for Whanganui River
The strategy will reform resource management in the catchment.
Strategy for wellbeing of Whanganui River to be unveiled
The launch is at Pūtiki Marae on Friday morning.
Whanganui meeting calls for Māori wards and constitutional change
Andrew Tripe: Local government needs reform. But we do not have the answers to everything.
Surf club seeks backing to build new rescue centre
The club wants to build a new lifeguard rescue centre and tower at Castlecliff Beach.
Treaty of Waitangi settlement 'just crumbs off the table. But the healing has to start'
'This piece of justice will re-energise and boost all the peoples in this area.'
$30m and apology for iwi who paid the price for the nation's development
The tribes' areas of interest include the middle reaches of the Whanganui River.
Why Whanganui council is opening up some discussion to the public domain
But contentious or difficult matters may still be spoken about behind closed doors.
Central North Island tribes back $30m Treaty settlement
Tamahaki, Tamakana and Uenuku will formally sign the Deed of Settlement on July 29.
Iwi set to reserve parts of Whanganui River for annual tribal journey
Iwi want to use the river without interruption from jetboats.
Whanganui River tribes celebrate 28th Pākaitore Day
The 28th Pākaitore Day will be celebrated on February 28.
Left to gather dust: Whanganui council report warned of ‘widespread flooding’
A Pūtiki resident says flooding is a danger and urgent action is needed.
Whanganui River Māori support North American Indigenous leaders
A delegation is travelling to crisis talks about the Colorado River.
‘Facing a crisis’: Tourist town can’t wait three years for upgrade
"Our tourism industry is on thin ice."
Māori agribusiness sets target to cut emissions by 10pc
Shareholders were told the business was 'definitely' affected by climate change
Ātihau-Whanganui reports first apiary business loss as honey markets slump
As economies responded to Covid-19, there was good demand for Ātihau products.
'Surely this is madness': Uproar at hui over water bottling consent
There was uproar at a community hui on a water bottling consent granted in Whanganui.
New research explores impact of Covid response on Māori
Research by Te Atawhai o Te Ao aims to improve future pandemic responses.
'Not too late' to turn around low Māori voting turnout
In many places voter turnout for Māori wards 'hasn't been that great'.
Heritage Month: City's brutalism architecture seen in new light
Examples of the minimalist concrete style can be seen in a range of Whanganui buildings
Iwi leader slams plan to bottle and sell bore water
Consent has been granted to 2035.
Most mayoral candidates oppose plan for Three Waters
Only two mayoral candidates in Whanganui, Rangitīkei and Ruapehu support the current plan.
Most mayoral candidates back climate change spending
Twelve of the 67 councils around the country have declared a climate emergency.
Mixed support for Māori wards from mayoral hopefuls
Just over half of New Zealand councils are introducing Māori wards in October.
Mayoral candidate serves time for dodging sentence
Quinton Murray Berrett was released from prison the day before voting opens.
New build dates to be set for Whanganui Police Hub
An announcement on timing is expected in the next few months, police say.
Whanganui council seeks explicit Awa Tupua recognition in water reform bill
Council was concerned water governance was too convoluted and inefficient
Unorthodox council candidate says don't trash the underworld
Scott Phillips is standing for Whanganui District Council in this year's election.
Ruapehu council targets illegal users in water-loss mystery
Hundreds of thousands of litres are disappearing every day.
Nominations slow for mayoralties, council seats and Māori wards
Nominations for October's local body election close on Friday.
Masters students face Dragons in City of Design think-tank
The students faced panels of judges in a Dragons' Den-style challenge.
Why Whanganui port revamp is over budget – but could still save on costs in the end
The Te Pūwaha partners plan to publish an update on their work programmes this week.
'It really did lift my heart': Minister moved by Māori mental health efforts
The Minister said the stories he heard were powerful.
'We need to act': NZ can't slow down on climate action, Minister says
"But if we slow down too much, nothing will happen for a number of years."
'Sector must lead Future for Local Government review' – LGNZ chief
President Stuart Crosby says the LGNZ conference is an opportunity to think big.
Major new exhibition partners with tribal river entity
He Awa Ora – Living River opens on Monday, June 27.
'A real honour': Māori MP tipped for top constitutional role
Between 1993 and 1996 Sir Peter Tapsell was the first Māori to hold the role
Any-time roll change for Māori voters 'huge' improvement, says councillor
Elijah Pue says the move will help remove barriers to voting
Whanganui institute leads study of Māori brain health
Te Atawhai o te Ao is working with the Ageing Well National Science Challenge
Whanganui council protests at 'ridiculous' cost of annual conference
The council may consider quitting the local government representative body altogether.
Collective reveals master vision for Te Āpiti-Manawatū Gorge
Eleven potential projects have been identified for consideration in a masterplan.
Proceeds of Crime Fund gives $3.5m to Whanganui initiative
A mental health crisis response team will be established by four organisations.
'Three causes of community issues: alcohol, alcohol and alcohol'
In a majority vote, Whanganui District Council supported a bill to amend alcohol laws.
Whanganui River iwi hit back at Horizons councillor's claims
'There is global interest in Te Awa Tupua and what iwi are trying to achieve in Whanganui'
NSW politician seeks help from iwi to protect Australian rivers
NSW parliamentarian Mark Pearson wants similar status for the Barwon and Darling rivers
'Lipstick on a pig': Ruapehu councillor condemns Three Waters changes
Cr Adie Doyle condemned the new public shareholding model as Government spin.
City needs more investment to grow as major sports venue, promoter says
Whanganui is booked out this week.
Workers absorb iwi values guiding $50m port upgrade
The cultural sessions have been well received - but it hasn't been all smooth sailing.