Economic Development

​​​Whanganui and Partners

Whanganui and Partners is a Council Controlled Organisation which oversees the Council's economic development activity. One method to achieve successful economic development outcomes is to form partnerships with the community focusing on growth and prosperity. The Council, local iwi and partner industries are represented on Whanganui and Partners.

Whanganui and Partners provides the link between the Whanganui District Council and the community in relation to economic development. By forming partnerships with sectors of the community who play an active role in encouraging and facilitating growth and who play a key role in promoting a positive reputation, we will collaboratively deliver Whanganui’s strategic direction.

Whanganui and Partners has three advisory boards: Visit Whanganui (our regional tourism organisation), Business Whanganui and Education Whanganui. Industry representatives, as well as elected members, sit on each board and add their expertise in additional to the professional, skilled staff.

Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Growth Study

Central Government’s Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Growth Study was launched by Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell on 31 July 2015.

The Growth Study and background information is available on the MBIE website:

The report identifies eight opportunities for growing investment, incomes and employment in the region:

  1. Tourism and visitor services (primarily Ruapehu and Whanganui but also Rangitikei)
  2. Sheep and beef farming and processing (entire region, particularly within Whanganui, Rangitikei, Manawatu and Tararua)
  3. Land use intensification (Rangitikei, Manawatu, Tararua and Horowhenua)
  4. Manuka honey (Rangitikei, Whanganui, Ruapehu and Tararua)
  5. Fresh vegetables (Horowhenua, Rangitikei and Ruapehu)
  6. Poultry and grain processing (Horowhenua, Rangitikei and Manawatu)
  7. Quality care and lifestyle for older people (initially in Horowhenua but also Whanganui)
  8. Business process outsourcing and food innovation outsourcing (across the region but centred on Palmerston North).

The report also identifies four strategic areas that will require strong and focused attention to enable these opportunities. These are:

  • Distribution and transport
  • Growing business
  • Growing the Māori economy
  • Skills and talent.

The study identifies a number of potential opportunities that have implications for a range of stakeholders including central and local government, iwi and Maori, industry groups and businesses.

Accelerate25 logoThe implementation programme for this study is known as Accelerate25. You can find out more, read the latest updates and subscribe to the Growing Our Region eNewsletter on the Accelerate25 website.

Moving to Whanganui​

Are you new to Whanganui? ​

Information for new residents is available in the New Settlers Guide. has more information about living and working here.

You can also contact the Multicultural Council of Rangitikei/Whanganui who run a One Stop Shop for newcomers. The Multicultural Council is a voluntary organisation representing people of different nationalities. Phone (06) 345 9143, email or write to PO Box 5040, Aramoho, Whanganui.​

Community profile​ tools

How well do you know the Whanganui district? What is our population? Is our population aging or are we getting younger? Are we more or less multi-cultural than the New Zealand average?

Council’s community profile tool has been developed by specialist demographics company .id (Informed Decisions) and delivers a comprehensive demographic profile of the Whanganui district based on 1996, 2001 and 2006 NZ Census data.​ reveals how our district looks, lives and works now, as well as historical data to show how things have changed over time. takes a longer-term view by looking at how our population will change between now and 2043. This tool will help Council staff and community organisations understand the likely outcomes of current population trends and Council policies on the future of our district.

Page reviewed: 19 Aug 2016 4:25pm