About us


Cass Alexander has a background in PR, communications and media advisory and has recently written a short play inspired by WW1 for the Wanganui Repertory Theatre. In a past life, she had a radio show on Wellington student radio station Munt FM.

She was born in Whanganui and lived there in her teens. She has lived in Hamilton, Wellington, London and Ireland and came back to Whanganui “by accident” in 2011.


Zaryd Wilson is a Whanganui journalist who has worked for both major New Zealand print media companies over the past five years covering everything from local government to sport.

After studying at the Witt School of Journalism in 2011 in his hometown of New Plymouth he took a job at the Feilding Herald and Rangitikei Mail. He moved to Whanganui in 2014 where he worked at the Wanganui Chronicle until September 2016.

About Whanganui

Whanganui is a provincial town of around 43,000 people, located in the central North Island of New Zealand. Whanganui has a strong indigenous (Maori) history, as well as a significant colonial past. The Whanganui River, also known as the awa, runs through the city centre and rural district and is a focal point for the area. Whanganui’s urban centre is nestled between rural and agriculturally rich hinterland. Whanganui is also known for its historical buildings.

Spelling of Whanganui

For non-Whanganui listeners, the two different spellings we use in this website (Whanganui and Wanganui) may be confusing.

Since the middle of the 1800s, there have been two different spellings for our district.

The difference in spelling occurred because of the way indigenous Maori people said it, and the way the European settlers wrote it down.

In 2014, the Whanganui District Council asked the New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa (NZGB) to change the name of the district from Wanganui to Whanganui, following a request from Tūpoho, a Whanganui iwi (tribe).

In 2015 the NZGB accepted the request.

While the legal name for our district is ‘Whanganui’ now, most of these stories took place while we were known as ‘Wanganui’, hence the use of the two names in this site.

Music for this Podcast….

Is by Castlecliff Lights.

Thanks heaps. 

Media coverage

Wanganui Chronicle – Whanganui stories revealed in podcast series – 6 October 2016

Midweek Wanganui – Telling the stories of our odd history – 5 October 2016