The Manawatu – Wanganui region is located in the lower half of the North Island of New Zealand, comprising the Local Territorial Authorities of the Tararua, Manawatu, Horowhenua, Rangitikei, Wanganui and Ruapehu districts and Palmerston North City.
With over 50% of the land area comprising hill country the region is recognised as a significant sheep and beef producer. Other significant land uses include dairy farming, forestry and horticulture. The region is home to many high performing businesses, supporting the rural base.
The diverse landscape and our strong pastoral farming heritage have led the City, and its university, Massey, to develop a respected science and research base in agri-foods and food innovation.
Our central location creates many unique advantages from which have developed significant capability in transport, warehousing and related logistics services.
Key Productive Sectors in the region include:
Distribution – naturally efficient hubs as acknowledged by the long standing presence of Toyota, Ezibuy, Foodstuffs, DKSH, Woolworths NZ,Open Country Dairy,Suzuki Motors,Mars Pet Care, Affco and many others.
Education – a critical sector that makes an enormous contribution to our region’s economy, and is a massive draw card for talent and innovative projects – there is excellence here in Trades, Design, Defence, Aviation, Engineering, etc.
Agri business and Food – a powerful primary producer with some very smart innovations that are changing New Zealand and world practices; plus a significant and growing base of over 600 world class food scientists as well as many companies who are developing innovative products.
Defence has a long track record in the region , with Linton Army Base, Ohakea Air force Base and Waiouru Training Camp and together with support staff employ over 5% of the regions workforce.
Manufacturing; –some key industries have set up in this region because of the well stablished infrastructure such as rail, road and ultrafast internet and central position with close proximity to major markets.
Central Economic Development Agency – CEDA (Board Member)
PO Box 12 025
P: 06 350 1830
Whanganui District Council
Economic Development and Project Officer
PO Box 637
P: 06 346 3136
Tararua District Council
Lianne Simpkin, Economic Development & Communications Manager
P O Box 115, Dannevirke
P: 06 374 4080
Ruapehu District Council
Manager Land Transport and Economic Development
Private bag 1001
P: 07 8958188
Rangitikei District Council
Senior Policy Analyst
Private Bag 1102
P: 06 327 0168
Horowheneua District Council
Economic Development Manager
Private Bag 4002
P: 06 366 0999
Horizons Regional Council
Dr Nic Peet
Group Manager Strategy & Regulations
Private Bag 11025
P: 0205 800 800 ext 5876
Manawatu District Council
Community Serveries Group Manager
Private Bag 10001
P: 06 323 0000
Palmerston North City Council
General Manager, City Future
Private Bag 11034
P: 06 351 4484