Manawatū/Whanganui

Manawatū/Whanganui is characterised by its impressive natural assets - the Whanganui River, national parks, ski fields and the volcanic plateau. It is located in the centre of the North Island, and its largest centres are Palmerston North and Whanganui.

There is enormous potential in the Manawatū/Whanganui region. Accelerate 25, the region's economic development agency, has identified priority areas for investment within the Manawatū/Whanganui Economic Action Plan.

Tourism, mānuka honey, poultry, aged care, and business processes are just some of the industries that Accelerate 25 are focusing on as part of their plan.

We've identified this region as a priority for early investment from the Provincial Growth Fund. We are excited by what the future holds for the region and its people. 

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Fast facts

  • Population estimate: 240,300
  • Average household income: $81,000
  • GDP per capita: $42,651

Manawatū/Whanganui at the Regional Economic Activity Report