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. 

Fast facts

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

Manawatū/Whanganui at the Regional Economic Activity Report

Funding announcements

Note: PGF funding is approved in principle and announced, after which contracts are negotiated. Some funding may depend on completion of business cases. Payments are made once agreed milestones are met. These are set as part of contract negotiations, and differ from project to project.

See more details about announcements on the Beehive's Regional Economic Development page.

Region Programme Organisation Amount Date
Manawatū-Whanganui Rail Freight Opportunities - Whanganui Rail Upgrade KiwiRail $ 3,000,000 23 February 2018
Manawatū-Whanganui Whanganui Port Development Whanganui District Council $ 3,000,000 23 February 2018
Manawatū-Whanganui Whanganui Port - Geotechnical Feasibility Whanganui District Council $ 90,000 23 February 2018
Manawatū-Whanganui Whakapapa High-Speed Gondola Ruapehu Alpine Lifts Ltd $ 10,000,000 15 June 2018
Manawatū-Whanganui Manawatū-Whanganui Tree Planting Horizons Regional Council $ 970,600 15 June 2018
Manawatū-Whanganui KiwiRail freight hub KiwiRail $ 40,000,000 15 November 2018
Manawatū-Whanganui National Driver Training Centre Manfeild Park Trust (MPT) Charitable Trust $ 2,862,000 15 November 2018
Manawatū-Whanganui Advanced Aviation Hub Whanganui District Council Holdings Limited $ 400,000 15 November 2018
Manawatū-Whanganui FoodHQ BCC Ltd $ 100,000 15 November 2018
Manawatū-Whanganui Kaitahi commercial food processing plant Kii Tahi Limited $ 98,000 15 November 2018
Manawatū-Whanganui Turakina Māori Girls College Redevelopment Te Rūnanga o Ngā Wairiki – Ngāti Apa Trust $ 95,000 15 November 2018
Manawatū-Whanganui Tararua Tourism and Trails Strategy Tararua District Council $ 60,000 15 November 2018
Manawatū-Whanganui Pathways Horowhenua Life to the Max Horowhenua Trust $ 50,000 15 November 2018
Manawatū-Whanganui Tararua Alternative Land Use Tararua District Council $ 100,000 15 November 2018
Manawatū-Whanganui Food HQ executive Director Massey University $ 150,000 7 January 2019
Manawatū-Whanganui Timber waste manufacturing Fomana Capital Ltd $ 45,000 7 January 2019
Manawatū-Whanganui Rangitikei City Resourcing Rangitikei District Council $ 25,000 7 January 2019
Manawatū-Whanganui Transitional Programme Manager - Ruapehu Regional Visitor Development Plan Ruapehu District Council $ 85,000 7 January 2019