Whanganui Manawatu - Young heart, Easy Living
Settlement Support Coordinator
Palmerston North City Council
City Library & Community Services
The Square, Palmerston North 4410
Private Bag 11034,
phone: 06 356 8199
The Whanganui Manawatu region is named after its two main rivers. The Whanganui to the west separates it from Taranaki district, and is the longest navigable river in the country. The Manawatu in the region’s southeast creates a large fertile plain and flows through the region's largest city, Palmerston North.
This region is the second largest in the North Island. It contains ten districts offering a wide range of lifestyle options. Regional boundaries do not align to districts however, and five of the ten are also partly in other regions.
In the west the city of Whanganui sits at the mouth of the Whanganui river. Because it could be navigated the river was vital to Maori for centuries before colonisation, and links with local iwi (tribes) remain very strong.
In the southeast Palmerston North has become a key university city, with strong links to the surrounding agricultural sector.
The mix of farming industries has made the city an ideal hub for agriculturally focused education, which has expanded over time into most aspects of education.
Forty percent of the city’s 80,000 inhabitants now either work at or attend an educational institution.
Palmerston North is the closest city to the National Air Force base at Ohakea, and to Linton Army Camp.
In those other districts different farms from cropping to high country sheep co-exist with many of the North Island’s adventure tourism destinations.
The region’s weather reflects its position between the exposed west coast and the drier east, with moderate rainfall and sunshine.
The government also provides support for newcomers to create their own local networks.
To find out more, visit the Newcomers Network.
The Newcomers Network is supported by Settling In, an initiative of Family and Community Services (Ministry of Social Development).