Plenty of peo­ple who care

Whanganui Midweek - - NEWS -

Whanganui is brim­ming with peo­ple who care.

They care about their fel­low ci­ti­zens, their city and its fu­ture.

This pa­per doc­u­ments many of those peo­ple in ev­ery is­sue, whether they are vol­un­teers or just peo­ple who want bet­ter things for Whanganui and those who live here.

Take Tues­day’s Whanganui Chron­i­cle and two ex­am­ples from its pages.

There’s John Hay who wants to de­velop the old Rail­ways / Chron­i­cle build­ing in Taupo¯ Quay into stylish river­side apart­ments.

His hope is to cre­ate a mar­ket for in­ner city liv­ing in Whanganui and cre­ate a work­ing fu­ture for her­itage build­ings.

Then there’s the Blairholme Trust — Sue Cooke and hus­band Bryce Smith — who have bought the her­itage Thain’s build­ing at the gate­way to Vic­to­ria Av­enue and want to pre­serve it.

As Bryce says in the story, “If all her­itage build­ings in Whanganui were knocked down, Whanganui would be a shadow of its for­mer self.”

We have seen the re­sults of greedy de­vel­op­ers rush­ing in and de­mol­ish­ing beau­ti­ful old build­ings in this town. They sub­sti­tute ven­er­a­ble qual­ity with cheap and nasty con­crete and glass, con­fus­ing progress with ug­li­ness.

A good ex­am­ple is the for­mer Postie build­ing where DIC used to be.

The steel and glass ed­i­fice is now empty and likely to stay that way, clut­ter­ing Vic­to­ria Ave with all the grace and style of an air­craft han­gar.

That dis­as­ter is the re­sult of a de­luded de­vel­oper try­ing to “drag Whanganui into the 21st cen­tury”.

It’s not all about sav­ing old build­ings, but pre­vent­ing Whanganui from be­com­ing just an­other bor­ing, fea­ture­less desert of rub­bish ar­chi­tec­ture and tem­po­rary re­tail sheds.

For­tu­nately all is not lost and there is still much beauty to be pre­served in the town’s old build­ings.

Peo­ple who care should be ap­plauded for all they do — from the hard-work­ing vol­un­teers like Jim Puki (on page 4) to those who see Whanganui with a fu­ture worth the in­vest­ment of ex­per­tise, time and money.

Peo­ple of­ten fall vic­tim to fraud through tele­phone or in­ter­net scams.

While this may be wide­spread it is easy to avoid pro­vided you are care­ful and fol­low a few sim­ple rules.

Se­niorNet Whanganui is host­ing a Fraud Aware­ness Work­shop in their rooms on Moutua Quay this Fri­day, No­vem­ber 16 at 1.30pm. The hour-long work­shop is run by West­pac Bank­ing and will help you iden­tify the var­i­ous ways you may be scammed into part­ing with your money, and give you tools to pre­vent it.

The work­shop is free and open to all, par­tic­u­larly those who did not grow up in the age of in­ter­net bank­ing. Af­ter­noon tea is pro­vided.

Come and learn how to recog­nise a scam and how to deal with it. Just a few sim­ple pre­cau­tions will help you to be­come more con­fi­dent in the way you use the in­ter­net and man­age your money se­curely.

You can regis­ter at se­niornet-fraud-aware­ness­work­shops.lil­regie.com/ book­ing/at­ten­dees/new

or call Terry at Se­niorNet on 0273516104 who will regis­ter for you.

The Whanganui book is now avail­able.

The long-awaited cof­fee ta­ble book From the Sea to the Moun­tain has at last ar­rived in town — more than six tonnes in all.

Read­ers of the Whanganui Mid­week who pre-or­dered at the dis­counted pre-pub­li­ca­tion rate of $19.95 may col­lect their copies at Her­itage House, 136 St Hill Street (next to the Grand Ho­tel) on Fri­day, No­vem­ber 16 be­tween 10am3pm or on Mon­day, No­vem­ber 19 dur­ing the same hours.

If for any rea­son you are un­able to col­lect dur­ing these times then pub­lisher Henry Newrick has asked that you call him on 027 471 2242 so that suit­able ar­range­ments can be made.

Read­ers who pre-or­dered but did not pay may also col­lect their copy or copies at the same times as above and pay on col­lec­tion.

Un­paid pre-pub­li­ca­tion or­ders must be col­lected and paid for no later than Fri­day, No­vem­ber 23. Af­ter that date any un­paid pre-pub­li­ca­tion or­ders will be can­celled with the books avail­able at book­shops or on­line at www.small­ci­ty­books.com.

If any reader is un­able to col­lect and would like their or­der posted or de­liv­ered, this can be done for an ad­di­tional charge. Call for de­tails.

Pub­lisher Henry Newrick re­ports that the book is sell­ing well and he an­tic­i­pates that the ini­tial print run will be sold out by March, if not sooner.

From the Sea to the Moun­tain may be pur­chased at all good book­shops, the i-Site, The Whanganui Re­gional Mu­seum and also a small num­ber of lead­ing char­ity shops.

PIC­TURE / PAUL BROOKS

This her­itage build­ing has been saved from de­mo­li­tion.

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