This very early photo is of the John Ballance

This very early photo is of the

This very early photo is of the John Ballance statue at Moutoa Gardens Irish-born John Ballance and his wife Fanny emigrated to New Zealand in 1866, and arrived in Wanganui in mid-August of that year. In 1867, Ballance established the Evening Herald, that subsequently became the Wanganui Herald – and he developed a role as something of a “maverick troublemaker”. Fanny Ballance died in 1868 and he then married Ellen Anderson in 1870. In 1875, Ballance narrowly won the Rangitikei seat on a

Whanganui District Council

21. 02. 2018

Shakespeare in the park...on Thursday 22 February and Friday 23 February, Bason Botanic Gardens will close early at 4:30 pm for performances of The Tempest. The gardens will be closed all day on Saturday 24 February for the matinee and evening performances and will re-open on Sunday at 8.00am. If you want to join Shakespeare at the gardens, check here: http://bit.ly/2o9k7im

Librarians, list your Shush 📚

21. 02. 2018

Librarians, list your Shush 📚

Whanganui District Council

21. 02. 2018

Cooks Gardens has reopened this morning. A piece of flashing on the Whiskas Grandstand roof was starting to lift in the heavy winds last night. An assessment was arranged first thing this morning and we’ve organised a contractor to secure it. We're good to go!

It's today! We're excited! See you soon!

21. 02. 2018

It's today! We're excited! See you soon!

Whanganui District Council

20. 02. 2018

We're heading home now as wind speeds are definitely starting to drop in Whanganui. We have staff remaining here at the Council through the night though so if you have any concerns you can call us on 06 349 0001. If you want to report a power issue, you will need to contact your electricity provider. Hoping we might be through the worst now - stay safe everyone.

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT: Please note that Cooks Gardens is...

20. 02. 2018

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT: Please note that Cooks Gardens is closed until further notice as the high winds are causing a bit of havoc. An assessment will be carried out in Wednesday morning once the wind drops. Thanks for your understanding.