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 announced as refugee resettlement area

On 7 February 2019, Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway joined with Whanganui Mayor Hamish McDouall and community groups to announce the city’s selection as a new refugee resettlement location from March 2020.

Whanganui, as well as Levin, Masterton, Blenheim and Timaru have been selected as refugee resettlement locations by the cross-government New Zealand Refugee Resettlement Strategy Senior Officials’ Group.

Here's some helpful information to help you understand what this means for Whanganui:

New Zealand Refugee Resettlement Strategy
Immigration New Zealand - Welcoming Communities
Immigration New Zealand fact sheet - refugees and asylum seekers
Immigration New Zealand fact sheet - new refugee settlement locations


Helpful information for newcomers

F​​ind out about...

Taking blood pressureHealthcare

Whanganui D​​istrict Health​​​ Board
CAB Health and Wellbeing Advice

Girl College studentsEduca​​​tion Options

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

WaimarieTourist activities

I​​​​​si​​​te - Visit Whanganui ​

Business meetingBusiness info​​rmation

Whanganui an​​d Partners Business
Whanganui Chamber of Commerce​
CAB Business Advice

Musicians clubJoining a community g​​​roup

Community​​​ House
Sport Whanganui
Whanganui Community Education

English Language PartnersImproving y​​our English

English Language Partners 


Counci​​l services including rubbish and recycling

A-Z Services

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



Wha​​nganui Welcoming Communities ​​Plan

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

​Download the full Whanganui Welcoming Communities Plan ↓

Welcome to Whanganui 2019 Booklet

Whanganui District Council, in collaboration with the Whanganui Chronicle, has produced a booklet for newcomers and residents that contains information about Council services and other services you may need.

Download Welcome to Whanganui 2019

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