Whanganui

Whanganui is a port city on the west coast of New Zealand’s north island and, more importantly, a river city: it is built on the banks of  Te Awa o Whanganui  - the Whanganui River, the longest navigable river in Zealand, stretching from the coast to Mt Tongariro. ‘Te Awa O Whanganui – Kō au te Āwa, kō te Āwa kō au. I am the river, the river is me’ – this was one theme of the interviews we did in Whanganui over a week in February 2015, for an oral history project funded by the Whanganui District Library. The full interviews are archived at the Whanganui Library; extracts can be heard here.

Thanks to Whanganui District Library for its support of this project.

 Greg Ratana

Greg Ratana

 Johnny Keating

Johnny Keating

 Huia Kirk

Huia Kirk

 Gonville Knitters Club

Gonville Knitters Club

 Ailsa Stewart

Ailsa Stewart

 Annnette Main

Annnette Main

 Graham Howes

Graham Howes

 Sue Westwood

Sue Westwood

 Alan Cooper

Alan Cooper

 Ed Boyd

Ed Boyd

 Lynley Fowler

Lynley Fowler

 Whanganui markets

Whanganui markets