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Grey Power Wanganui Newsletter

Our newsletter is also available quarterly. It will be posted to all members. News and views of a more local nature on matters of interest to the over 50’s.  Contributions will be considered. Contact the newsletter editor (Executive page).

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Three Waters – Presentation To Council

On Tuesday March 22nd, Grey Power President Ross Fallen was the opening community speaker at Council’s meeting. He gave a quick summary of Three Waters, and our national Federation’s concerns. He also advised the councillors we had met with the Mayor on the topic late last year.

At this meeting we requested public meetings for face-to-face input. Technology is not always kind and especially to those who struggle with social media. President Ross thanked Council for its website, press releases and internet input requests but stressed that for a section of our seniors, this is not accessible due to low income and/or skill set. This is called Digital Exclusion!

Our request was mentioned favourably by the mayor throughout the meeting. The Councillors were in fact meeting on Three Waters. What a coincidence!  Council  unanimously voted to oppose Three Waters at this time, and one of the related motions included public engagement!

Our committee wish to  thank all who aided us over the last 6 months in seeking this on behalf of the people of Whanganui. We look forward to a positive community meeting opportunity of … where to now, rather than the past. Seniors 50+ make a difference!

Thank you.            Ngā mihi

Ross Fallen, Grey Power Wanganui Association, 29th March 2022

Bus Service – Papaiti to Castlecliff

The push for better Whanganui public transport gathers steam with Grey Power National and local association giving support for better national funding and equity of bus services.

Horizons regional councillor Nicola Patrick is hoping to see a decent increase in the Government’s 2022 Budget for regional public transport and in 2023 (subject to government funding) a high frequency bus service will run from Papaiti to Castlecliff.

This should see many more, especially seniors, accessing a service that has drop offs at key points such as the town, the medical centres, within the hospital grounds and many of the shared walkways along the way.

Grey Power Wanganui President Ross Fallen will be advocating that the Gold Card free service between 9 am and 3pm be extended to match start/finish times of this service.



Our committee member Helma Vermeulen will shortly join Age Concern and Alzheimers Wanganui and report from time to time on matters relevant to our members.


Click here to view our new executive committee.