Driving growth in the Whanganui region

Whanganui & Partners is Whanganui’s economic development agency. We work to deliver a thriving and resilient economy to our district.

Our Objectives

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Our Team

Positioned in the heart of the North Island, the Whanganui District is rich in history, culture and natural resources.

Whanganui & Partners exists to lead, drive and facilitate economic growth in Whanganui.

About Whanganui
What we do
How we work
Whanganui: vibrant, prosperous and rich with opportunity

From the mountain to the sea, Whanganui has much to offer. Our aim is to build pride by supporting business growth and events within the district and to share this with visitors and those who are considering, or making, the move to Whanganui.

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What we do

Our mission is to lead and drive richness and opportunity through business, education, and lifestyle. We work to promote Whanganui as a destination to live, visit, work, study and invest. Our activities also include supporting new and existing businesses, bringing events to Whanganui and providing the latest economic data, analysis and commentary on the Whanganui district.

How we work

We are a council-controlled organisation. Our operations are overseen by our board and management staff, while our funding and strategic direction is decided on by our Council. Our Statement of Intent is updated annually and sets out the strategic direction for the organisation, reflecting the expectations of our stakeholders.


We're focused on building Whanganui, together.

Strengthening Relationships

We connect with local, regional and national partners to deliver sustainable and resilient economic growth to Whanganui.

Improving Infrastructure

We work with business and the Council to understand our growing district’s needs and advocate for future-focused solutions.

Increasing Capability

We work with partners to ensure everyone has access to resources and opportunities that will maximise their productivity.

Raising Brand Profile

We manage the Whanganui brand and increase its visibility by championing our successes in the media.

Organisational Efficiency

We develop processes and plans to ensure we have clear, evidence-based objectives and that we’re are making the most of our resources to achieve them.

Our Board Chair

Pahia Turia

Pahia Turia is well known to many in Whanganui and brings a wealth of experience in governance and business management. Currently a consultant to Taipak Development Limited, Pahia continues to work with Appliance Repair Care Ltd, Parliamentary Services, Ngati Rangiwhakaturia, Taumata Haora Trust, and Nga Wairiki-Ngati Apa.

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Our Partners

We partner with organisations, initiatives and local authorities to help us transform the Whanganui District, driving economic growth for all sectors.

In addition to our Key Iwi Partners, Tūpoho, Tama Ūpoko, Hinengākau, Ngā Rauru, Ngati Apa:

Whanganui Chamber of Commerce
Te Manu Atatu
100% SWEET
Whanganui Maori Regional Tourism Organisation
New Zealand Trade & Enterprise
Massey University
Tourism New Zealand
Rangitikei District Council
Horowhenua District Council
Mainstreet Whanganui

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