Manawatū-Whanganui Growth Study

The Manawatū-Whanganui Regional Growth Study is an independent report commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), in conjunction with the region. The Study was released in July 2015. It is one of a series of regional growth studies. Read more about it here.  

12 Months Of Increasing Guest Nights In Whanganui

Whanganui has just recorded 13 months of consecutive increases in commercial guest nights for the year ending April 2015. Total guest nights increased by 11.1% for the year ending April 2015.  The average length of stay in Whanganui increased to 1.75 nights and occupancy figures continue to increase as well for the same period.  The majority of these visitors are …

Whanganui Museum

Whanganui Regional Museum – Qualmark Recognition

Whanganui Regional Museum – a magnet for visitors and locals alike – has earned Qualmark recognition for best practice in the tourism sector. This year the Museum scored a rare 100 per cent for the Qualmark independent assessment of its service, facilities, safety and operating systems.  It also boasts two Qualmark Enviro Gold awards for environmental leadership after being evaluated …

UFB Rollout Lures Business

Whanganui celebrated the completion of its urban ultrafast broadband rollout last month and is only the second city in New Zealand to be able to offer all businesses and residents access to the game-changing technology. The district council was able to convince government to give it priority in the national fibre rollout because it’s serious about providing the conditions to …

Pacific Helemets – Meeting Global Demands

Flexible processes and innovative design help keep Whanganui-based Pacific Helmets at the forefront of global safety helmet design and manufacture with exports to more than 80 countries. But founder and managing director David Bennett also credits much of the company’s success to the ease of doing business in Whanganui, its collaborative networks and skilled, long serving staff. Pacific Helmets grew …

AXIAM – Global Player Enjoys Serendipitous Base

Whanganui high tech plastic and metal component manufacturer AXIAM sees itself as a global player that has serendipitously found itself in “a very good space” to build and adapt its business to meet the highest international standards. Managing director John Oskam says AXIAM aligns itself with other leading manufacturers, locally, nationally and internationally. It supplies Whanganui’s own globally successful Pacific …