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Whanganui & Manawatu


Whanganui proving a tourism winner in Covid visitor economy
23 Feb 2021   /

Whanganui proving a tourism winner in Covid visitor economy

How did the river city, traditionally overlooked by visitors, top RTO area spend in 2020?


Whanganui & Partners appoints CEO
9 Dec 2020  

Whanganui & Partners appoints CEO

The combined EDA and RTO has found a replacement for former CEO Mark Ward, who left suddenly in May.


CEDA launches spring, summer campaign
23 Nov 2020   /

CEDA launches spring, summer campaign

The Central Economic Development Agency has launched a new How Manawatū Are You spring-summer visitor campaign.


Marathon returns to Whanganui
19 Oct 2020  

Marathon returns to Whanganui

The event is expected to attract more than 1000 competitors this year, half of which are coming from out of town.


Whanganui implores business to take advantage of funding
21 Sep 2020  

Whanganui implores business to take advantage of funding

Whanganui & Partners is encouraging businesses affected by Covid-19 to take advantage of the business support available.


CEOs slam “discouraging, cannibalising” $50m event fund allocation
14 Sep 2020   /

CEOs slam “discouraging, cannibalising” $50m event fund allocation

Gilliland said the approach resulted in “pathetically small” support for already-strong domestic tourism-centric regions.


Originair snaps up Hamilton to Palmy service
9 Sep 2020   /

Originair snaps up Hamilton to Palmy service

Hamilton Airport will re-establish the Hamilton-Palmerston North route following a new partnership with Originair.


Whanganui visitor spend jumps 30%
9 Sep 2020   /

Whanganui visitor spend jumps 30%

Visitors spent $12.6m in Whanganui during July, which was more akin to spending over summer holidays than a typical winter month.


ManawatuNZ visual library goes live
3 Sep 2020   /

ManawatuNZ visual library goes live

The Central Economic Development Agency has launched the ManawatuNZ Visual Library, providing a free resource of imagery and videos to help businesses and locals showcase Palmerston North and the Manawatū.


Almost half of Manawatū tourism businesses to cut staff
28 Aug 2020   /

Almost half of Manawatū tourism businesses to cut staff

One in five businesses in the Manawatū remain significantly concerned about revenue, says CEDA.


Strongest June on record for Whanganui spend
11 Aug 2020   /

Strongest June on record for Whanganui spend

June 2020 was the strongest June on record for Whanganui despite the impact of Covid-19, according Whanganui & Partners.


Whanganui event to showcase support for businesses
29 Jul 2020   /

Whanganui event to showcase support for businesses

Whanganui & Partners will host host a free event in August to help employers understand the support available to them through the Government.


Quest sets opening date of new apartment hotel
17 Jul 2020  

Quest sets opening date of new apartment hotel

The new apartment hotel Quest Palmerston North will open its doors to the public on 12 August 2020.


Whanganui hospo, accom top pre-Covid levels
15 Jul 2020   /

Whanganui hospo, accom top pre-Covid levels

Whanganui hospitality and accommodation businesses have seen significant consumer spending growth following the Covid-19 alert level 4 lockdown, says Whanganui & Partners.


Gallery receives $12m boost from infrastructure fund
6 Jul 2020   /

Gallery receives $12m boost from infrastructure fund

An additional $12m has been allocated to Whanganui’s Sarjeant Gallery redevelopment project from a Government infrastructure fund created in response to Covid-19.


Airport cafe up for lease as council steps aside
17 Jun 2020   /

Airport cafe up for lease as council steps aside

Whanganui District Council reviewed the operation of the South Beach Café at the airport and decided not to reopen the facility after it was closed by Covid-19 restrictions.


Whanganui partners with Chatham Air to drive domestic market
2 Jun 2020   /

Whanganui partners with Chatham Air to drive domestic market

Whanganui & Partners’ latest tourism campaign aims to boost visitors and spending in the region.


Construction begins on $12m Sarjeant Gallery extension
7 May 2020   /

Construction begins on $12m Sarjeant Gallery extension

Construction has started on the extension to Whanganui’s Sarjeant Gallery.


Whanganui well placed to weather Covid-19 storm – report
29 Apr 2020   /

Whanganui well placed to weather Covid-19 storm – report

Whanganui is well positioned to weather the effects of a global recession due to the Covid-19 crisis compared to other regions, says Infometrics economist Brad Olsen. 


Airport stalwart receives highest training award
5 Mar 2020   /

Airport stalwart receives highest training award

Former Whanganui airport manager Allan MacGibbon is up for one of three special awards at Universal College of Learning Whanganui’s March 19 graduation ceremony.


PGF funds broadband at Rātana Pā in time for celebrations
24 Jan 2020  

PGF funds broadband at Rātana Pā in time for celebrations

The Rātana Pā near Whanganui now has ultra-fast broadband, in time for annual Rātana celebrations this week.


New Destination Wairarapa GM appointed
4 Dec 2019   /

New Destination Wairarapa GM appointed

Anna Nielson, the boss of food and wine festival Toast Martinborough, will replace David Hancock.


Martinborough dark sky experience set to launch
11 Oct 2019   /

Martinborough dark sky experience set to launch

The Star Field observatory complex and astronomy centre in Martinborough is set to open later this month, with a new dark sky experience at Ruakokoputuna.


Pūkaha’s Emily Court: “We’re going from strength to strength”
18 Sep 2019  

Pūkaha’s Emily Court: “We’re going from strength to strength”

Pūkaha’s GM on the growth of the unique attraction and the challenges of operating a conservation-based attraction.


PGF invests $12m in Whanganui’s Sarjeant Gallery
9 Sep 2019   /

PGF invests $12m in Whanganui’s Sarjeant Gallery

A $12m Provincial Growth Fund injection for the Sarjeant Gallery is set to “put Whanganui on the map as a vibrant cultural hub” according to Fletcher Tabuteau.


PGF ploughs $200k into unlocking Manawatū Gorge-Te Apiti tourism
4 Jul 2019  

PGF ploughs $200k into unlocking Manawatū Gorge-Te Apiti tourism

A drive to unlock the tourism potential of the Manawatū Gorge-Te Apiti region has been given a $200,000 boost from the Provincial Growth Fund.


Skydive Wellington: “We are all devastated”
20 Jun 2019   /

Skydive Wellington: “We are all devastated”

The operator has praised “focused and conscientious” 20-year old pilot, Joshua Christensen, who died in a mid-air collision on Sunday.


Skydive Wellington loses pilot in mid-air crash
17 Jun 2019  

Skydive Wellington loses pilot in mid-air crash

Skydive Wellington has confirmed that it operated one of the aircraft that was involved in a mid-air collision yesterday, killing both pilots.


Strong spend, domestic demand show tourism in rude health – Manawatū
24 Apr 2019   / /

Strong spend, domestic demand show tourism in rude health – Manawatū

Tourism in the Manawatū region remains strong despite a sharp drop in international guest nights in February, according to the region’s economists who point to rising spend and strong domestic demand.


Manawatu leads NZ fall in Feb foreign guest nights
16 Apr 2019   /

Manawatu leads NZ fall in Feb foreign guest nights

However, guest nights spent by Kiwis in commercial accommodation increased for the month, says StatsNZ.


Whanganui & Partners appoints new CEO
23 Nov 2018  

Whanganui & Partners appoints new CEO

The combined EDA/RTO has hired the current chief executive of the NZ Veterinary Association, Mark Ward.


PFG injects $460k into Manawatū-Whanganui aviation, tourism
16 Nov 2018   /

PFG injects $460k into Manawatū-Whanganui aviation, tourism

Most of the cash will go towards the first stage of an Advanced Aviation Hub at Whanganui Airport.


Whanganui & Partners GM resigns
22 Aug 2018  

Whanganui & Partners GM resigns

Philippa Ivory will leave the economic development agency on September 14.


HPNZ 2018: Manawatu holiday park wins top award
26 Jul 2018   /

HPNZ 2018: Manawatu holiday park wins top award

Himatangi Beach Holiday Park has won the top gong at the Holiday Park NZ 2018 Awards held in Hamilton last night.


Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom wins architecture award
16 May 2018  

Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom wins architecture award

Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom won the sole award for public architecture at the New Zealand Institute of Architects Western Architecture Awards on Friday night.


New major event for Palmerston North
18 Apr 2018  

New major event for Palmerston North

The event takes place from 8-14 April 2019 and will incorporate an arena spectacular telling real stories about the homecoming of the NZDF in 1919.


Work begins on He Ara Kotahi pathway and cycle trail
9 Feb 2018   /

Work begins on He Ara Kotahi pathway and cycle trail

A ceremony has been held to officially mark the start of construction of He Ara Kotahi, a new 7.6km shared path for cyclists and pedestrians through Palmerston North and over the Manawatu River.


Mayor welcomes government’s freedom camping call
2 Feb 2018  

Mayor welcomes government’s freedom camping call

New Plymouth District (NPD) Mayor Neil Holdom has welcomed Government moves to find a solution to the nationwide freedom camping problems.


New Plymouth mayor calls for stronger freedom camping rules
30 Jan 2018  

New Plymouth mayor calls for stronger freedom camping rules

Mayor of New Plymouth District calls for stronger freedom camping rules to protect the access of locals.


Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom prepares to open
13 Nov 2017  

Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom prepares to open

Foxton’s much anticipated tourism and community services centre, Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, is set to open its doors on Saturday 18 November 2017.


Mayor: $35m Whanganui redevelopment has potential “to bring millions”
2 Nov 2017  

Mayor: $35m Whanganui redevelopment has potential “to bring millions”

Whanganui District Council has thrown its weight behind a proposed $34.9m re-development of the historic Sarjeant Gallery to help secure $16m of government funding.


Popular regional hotel comes to market
26 Oct 2017   /

Popular regional hotel comes to market

Colliers International has been exclusively appointed to sell the 72-room, 4.5 star Hotel Coachman, arguably Palmerston North’s most popular hotel and event facility.


Akaroa, Havelock North, Masterton, Mt Hutt win beauty parade
16 Oct 2017  

Akaroa, Havelock North, Masterton, Mt Hutt win beauty parade

Keep New Zealand Beautiful are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017 Beautiful Awards.


Applications open for new major events fund
8 Oct 2017   / /

Applications open for new major events fund

Applications are now open for the new Major Events Fund, helping event organisers to build iconic events right here in Manawatu.


Chambers to promote local air service for Kāpiti
29 Sep 2017  

Chambers to promote local air service for Kāpiti

Kāpiti and Porirua Chambers of Commerce have begun engaging with Air New Zealand to promote flights from Paraparaumu to Auckland, to drive demand for the local air service.


Manawatū Gorge options released for feedback
27 Sep 2017  

Manawatū Gorge options released for feedback

The NZ Transport Agency has released a long list of options for a long term resilient solution for the Manawatū Gorge route. 


Tourism businesses to benefit from new toolbox
26 Sep 2017  

Tourism businesses to benefit from new toolbox

Tourism businesses are among those that could benefit from access to support, advice and resources from a new website that aims to help businesses in the Horizons region grow and flourish.


Pukaha Mount Bruce appoints new GM
25 Sep 2017  

Pukaha Mount Bruce appoints new GM

Tararua’s Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre has appointed Emily Court its new general manager.


Pukaha Mount Bruce’s breeding season starts early
22 Aug 2017  

Pukaha Mount Bruce’s breeding season starts early

Pukaha Mount Bruce is celebrating the beginning of this year’s breeding season with the hatching of 6 pāteke (brown teal) ducklings.


Kāpiti narrative key to growing air services
3 Aug 2017  

Kāpiti narrative key to growing air services

Air New Zealand has congratulated Kāpiti on its growing momentum and says the airline is committed to working with stakeholders to grow tourism in the region.