Our vision is for Whanganui to be vibrant, prosperous and rich with opportunity.

Who are Whanganui and Partners?

Whanganui and Partners is Whanganui’s economic development agency.
Our innovative and friendly team includes experts in business development, education and destination marketing.

What Do We Do?

We lead, drive and facilitate economic growth in Whanganui.

Our job is to imagine the brightest possible future for our district and support anyone who want to be part of it. We use our expertise and our relationships to help our partners achieve their goals and move Whanganui forward.

Whanganui Economic Dashboard

Our Economic Dashboard is updated every three months and offers a quick overview of how our region's economy is performing. We also take a look at the indicators relating to the sectors that Whanganui & Partners has strategic involvement in. Download our latest dashboard here.


Whanganui & Partners collaborates with Council, local iwi, business groups, and community leaders to facilitate growth in Whanganui.


We will make Whanganui a preferred visitor destination in New Zealand.

This group comprises tourism representatives, and its role is to interpret the Whanganui Visitor Strategy and oversee the delivery of promotional and marketing activities.  The group is also the Whanganui Regional Tourism Organisation and is supported in that regard by resourcing from the Council’s economic development activity.

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Your dedicated team focusing on enhancing the Economic Development of Whanganui.

Support – We will focus on facilitating growth in our district’s core industries as a primary means to grow jobs and incomes in Whanganui.

Attract – We will develop proposals to attract new business, talent, and investment to Whanganui.

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Ensuring that Whanganui maintains and builds on its reputation as a ‘Smart 21’ city.

Ensure we are globally connected

Innovate – Support innovation through networks, access to capital and we are known as “powered by creative smarts”.

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Education Whanganui.

The purpose of Education Whanganui is to ensure growth, delivery and development of education to create economic benefit for the Whanganui community and to ensure active working partnerships between the council and the education sector – acting as a catalyst for unity through Whanganui and Partners.

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Whanganui has everything you need for a great lifestyle. It represents the best of New Zealand, with everything you could possibly need for a good life. You have great schools, exciting urban architecture, funky cafés, top community amenities, and it’s close to other towns and cities in the central North Island. There are many beautiful views, terrific, reasonably priced homes and all within a short ride from the centre. You can have a great life without traffic worries and other hassles of larger cities . . .

Whanganui District Council
Smart 21 Intelligent Communities
New Zealand Innovators Awrds 2014