A Whanganui Welcome

Our vision is that all newcomers to Whanganui feel welcome and have a sense of belonging, enabling them to thrive in and contribute to the Whanganui community.

Whanganui District Council, in collaboration with the Whanganui Chronicle, has produced a booklet for newcomers and residents. Welcome to Whanganui 2021(PDF, 19MB) contains information about Council services such as rubbish and recycling and other facilities you may need.

Quick Links

Below are some helpful links for newcomers to Whanganui:

Health Healthcare

Whanganui District Health Board
CAB Health and Well-being Advice


Education Options

Education Counts - Ministry of Education
CAB Education Advice
Whanganui Learning Centre
Whanganui & Partners Education

Tourist activities

I-site - Visit Whanganui  

Business information

Whanganui and Partners Business
Whanganui Chamber of Commerce
CAB Business Advice

Community groups

Joining a community group

Community House
Sport Whanganui
Whanganui Community Education


Improving your English

English Language Partners
Language College Whanganui

Employment rights

Employment and legal rights

Employment New Zealand
Minimum employment rights and responsibilities
Community Law


Immigration New Zealand

Immigration New Zealand website
New Zealand Now


Information in your language

InfoNOW in your language 


Buses    Public transport

    Whanganui Urban Bus Timetable
    Horizons Regional Council Bus Services


Whanganui Welcoming Communities Plan

The Whanganui Welcoming Communities Plan(PDF, 10MB) addresses the need to enhance newcomer experiences through improving access to information, promoting activities and services and celebrating cultural diversity and inclusion. 

Whanganui Newcomers Network 

Join us to make new friends, find out about events and get involved in your new community.

If you have any questions about living in Whanganui, please contact Harriet McKenzie, Community Development Activator - Newcomers:

Email: harriet.mckenzie@whanganui.govt.nz
Phone: 06 349 3044