Manawatu-Wanganui is located in the lower half of New Zealand’s North Island, bordered to the west by Taranaki, the south by Wairarapa, and the north and west by Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Hawke’s Bay. Manawatu-Wanganui’s two main cities are Palmerston North and Whanganui, and these two centres account for a little over half of the region’s population. Other significant towns include Levin, Feilding and Dannevirke.
Manawatu-Wanganui has a strong rural culture, with over a third of its people residing in small towns or rural areas. As such, agriculture is the cornerstone of the Manawatu-Wanganui economy. A large number of the nation’s sheep are farmed there, and farming in 1996 occupied 72.5% of the region’s total land. There are areas of forestry and horticulture as well, and Manawatu-Wanganui is a significant producer of vegetables, potatoes in particular.
Manawatu-Wanganui’s landscape is varied, from mountain ranges to high rugged country on the Volcanic Plateau and the flat, fertile Manawatu Plains. The region’s rugged interior is a major training area for the New Zealand Defence Force, which has three bases in Manawatu-Wanganui – Ohakea air base and the Linton and Waiouru army camps.
Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui’s largest city, is located inland on the Manawatu Plains, near the Manawatu River. The city has a population of close to 85,000, and as a university city that population is younger than the national median. Palmerston North’s important sectors are tertiary education, research, and central government (via its involvement with the Defence Force.) It’s also a city known for business innovation, with Glaxo, part of the GSK GlaxoSmithKline multinational, founded in the city in 1904. Glaxo is just one of the firms founded in Palmerston North to have found national or international success; in addition, at least a dozen large companies currently base their national head offices in the city.
Palmerston North offers a range of amenities and attractions that offer residents and visitors alike an enjoyable experience, including the New Zealand Rugby Museum and the seven-hectare park in the centre of the city known as The Square. For tourists, Palmerston North also serves as the gateway to the region’s other major attractions, including Whakapapa Ski Resort, Tongariro National Park and the Tararua and Ruahine Ranges. Day treks, cycling tours and other adventure tourism opportunities abound in Manawatu-Wanganui; interestingly, though, the region’s #1-ranked attraction according to TripAdvisor.co.nz is Kowhai Park, a family-oriented park and playground in Wanganui.
Missing out on winning the overall national figure prize title last year spurred Palmerston North bodybuilder Sarah Malthus on to win the Ms Universe title.
November 30, 2015
Marton Market day is on again, bigger and better than ever before! The street comes to life with stalls, entertainment, and bargains galore.
November 26, 2015
In the middle of a huge police anti-terrorism operation in Brussels, many were surprised to see the Belgian media fall silent and Twitter filling up with cat pictures.
November 24, 2015
Doctors are alarmed at the unprecedented discovery of a superbug found in chickens that has now jumped across to infect people around New Zealand.
November 22, 2015
Show Me Shorts is New Zealand’s leading festival of short films. Something kiwis are acknowledged as world leaders in. Did you know that we are the country after France to have the most short films screened in competition at Cannes? Kiwi short films are in demand for festivals around the world, so it’s great that Show Me Shorts provides a way for New Zealanders to see them here too.
November 19, 2015
Economic statistics for the Manawatu-Whanganui are among the worst in the country.
November 18, 2015
"Poverty was the greatest motivating factor in my life."
November 16, 2015
The best kiteboarders in the country converge on Foxton Beach for a 4 day blowout of epic proportions!
November 12, 2015
MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Authorities said on Wednesday that a zombie apocalypse had not occurred in central Wisconsin despite the discovery of an empty casket along a rural highway over the weekend.
November 11, 2015
Progressive Enterprises' plans to build a Countdown supermarket and shopping centre on Palmerston North's Pioneer Highway have been rejected.
November 9, 2015
A family night of fireworks and entertainment
November 5, 2015
"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."
November 3, 2015
Leaving the Feilding floodgates permanently semi-open could be looked at, but Horizons Regional Council says it will not be a silver bullet.
November 1, 2015
Head down the Whanganui Regional Museum this Halloween for a spook-alicious evening of tricks, treats and surprises! Experience the Museum's haunted trail filled with skeletons, ghosts and many more creepy creatures waiting in the shadows.
October 29, 2015
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Loud or sleeping people will soon be asked to leave buses and light rail trains in Sacramento under new rules approved by transportation officials Monday night, though efforts to ban smelly riders did not pass.
October 28, 2015
The positive effects of proposed work at Lake Horowhenua would outweigh adverse effects, Horizons Regional Council lawyers have argued.
October 26, 2015
Got To Get Out is a group which is all about getting people active, outdoors, making new friends and having adventures! (check out www.facebook.com/gottogetout)
October 22, 2015
We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.
-Henry Ward Beecher
October 20, 2015
The Manawatu-Whanganui economy is underperforming in almost all areas, with its areas of strength all having less jobs on offer for young people.
October 18, 2015
This is a comical, heart-warming show which comments on the situation rural communities are currently having to face with the influence of globalisation and urbanisation.
October 15, 2015
The US woman who attempted to sue her nephew for breaking her wrist said she had "no choice" but to sue the 12-year-old claiming she was "reluctant" in doing so.
October 14, 2015
The North Island's been shaken all night long after Pongaroa's 5.8 quake - and GeoNet warns aftershocks could follow for weeks, some as large as magnitude 5.
October 12, 2015
The 3rd annual New Zealand Burlesque Festival is set to be even larger than previous years, with a another stellar line up from New Zealand and further abroad.
October 8, 2015
"Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others."
October 6, 2015
Palmerston North Hospital's main entrance was cordoned off after an unidentified chemical was brought to the front doors by contaminated workers.
October 4, 2015
This Spring Hӧpt Soda is fizzed to bring you the 2015 Hӧpt to it Comedy Grapevine Tour!
Daffodils are coming out of the ground, blossoms are appearing on the trees, Nick Rado is coming out of a cake, Urzila Carlson is doing her first national tour, Steve Wrigley is dressing up as a native bird and singing - you know, the usual spring stuff!
October 1, 2015
Belgian researchers are examining the excrement of giant pandas to try to understand how they can digest tough bamboo, hoping for clues on how to develop new generations of biofuel.
September 30, 2015
A young person has died in Manawatu after contracting meningococcal disease.
September 28, 2015
Three years ago Big Daddy Wilson, originally from North Carolina in the USA, toured New Zealand for the first time in a well received and successful tour all across the country. Finally he's back again, with plenty of new songs and a brand new CD to bring along for the ride.
September 23, 2015
Comedian Mike King wants to help prevent suicide by encouraging discussion and changing societal attitude towards mental health.
September 22, 2015
The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water.
September 20, 2015
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A cloak of invisibility may be common in science fiction but it is not so easy in the real world. New research suggests such a device may be moving closer to reality.
September 17, 2015
"Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence."
September 16, 2015
It is starting to feel like spring after a hard long winter and farmers say they are now getting some much needed pasture growth.
September 14, 2015
Come along and enjoy good company and great fun at the Marton Rugby club as we get in the spirit of the Rugby World Cup.
September 10, 2015
For many people, a soothing shower is one of life's luxuries - but not Dave Whitlock, who hasn't showered in 12 years.
September 8, 2015
Corrections staff have been subjected to an increasing number of assaults at Manawatu Prison.
September 6, 2015
ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis slipped out of the Vatican on Thursday evening to make a surprise visit to a Rome optician's shop to get a new pair of eyeglasses, insisting that his old frames be re-used and that he would pay for them.
September 3, 2015
"It's one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody."
September 1, 2015
A driver who slammed his car into the rock near the top of the Rimutaka Hill Rd yesterday morning may have been fatigued, say police.
August 30, 2015
A strong 4.4-magnitude earthquake near Eketahuna has rattled the lower North Island.
August 30, 2015
If you're looking for a night out with a Palmerston North vibrant and friendly atmosphere then this night market is for you! We are a community based market with all sorts of creators, crafters and makers. From hats to shoes, books to art works, second hand to home made, sweet treats to savoury food, we have it all. Our monthly market debuts local up and coming musicians who will serenade your soul. Come down and check it out!
August 27, 2015
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Despite a devastating four-year drought that has forced strict water conservation measures across California, most Los Angeles County supervisors still have their cars washed two or three times a week, a local newspaper reported.
August 26, 2015
Emergency services have been called out to two separate single-vehicle car-crashes in Manawatu.
August 24, 2015
In Concert with Guy Donaldson, O.K Chorale, Linsey Yeo,
August 20, 2015
"He who has a why to live can bear almost any how."
August 18, 2015
State Highway 57 is now open after being closed at the Mangaore Stream bridge at Shannon in Horowhenua.
August 16, 2015
Experience Massey University students' creative side and enjoy an evening of performances by groups as diverse as the PNG Community Club, the Pacific Island Club, Fire Club, the Smashocytes Vet Band, Manawatahi, the Checkmate Dancers, Canta Conmigo and our entertaining MC Abi Symes and Co.
August 13, 2015
"Friends are the siblings God never gave us."
August 12, 2015
Insurance claims for more than $35 million in damage have been received as the cost of the June floods continues to be counted.
August 10, 2015
Beauty and the Beast is a musical with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and a book by Linda Woolverton.
August 6, 2015
"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."
August 4, 2015
Spring may be in the air, but any cleaning that Mother Nature decides to do will be colder and drier than normal.
August 2, 2015
What do you want from life? Unsure? Unfulfilled? Uninterested? Then come along to Eat, Prey, Laugh. Let us fill your brain, soul, and heart with food for thought, laughs for joy, and prey for… dinner? Come and experience the life lessons you never thought you needed as we test the old saying - “laughter cures everything."
July 30, 2015
One man is equivalent to all Creation. One man is a World in miniature.
July 29, 2015
A respected Palmerston North teacher has been farewelled with a powerful haka.
July 27, 2015
As seen on TV3's "Campbell Live" programme, Dave Upfold is known for his energetic, engaging and enthralling live shows. Dave's shows feature audience participation and utilise the power of the mind and suggestion .
July 23, 2015
You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
July 21, 2015
Yet another Manawatu Gorge closure has fuelled frustration about the fragility of Manawatu's freight links to Hawke's Bay.
July 19, 2015
On Friday 17th July at The Willow Park Tavern on Tremaine Ave, Palmerston North, Turbostill will be releasing our new ep "Red River" with 3 other awesome bands playing too.
July 16, 2015
The end is in sight for road works stretching kilometres along State Highway 1 in Horowhenua.
July 15, 2015
When I get bored, I'll zone out, and I'll just sit in front of my computer and start writing any random song that comes to mind.
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July 15, 2015
Alien Weaponry live with Ceder and Deadset at the Royal Hotel Palmerston North.
July 15, 2015
When I was a kid - and I don't know why, it's the most random thing - I wanted to be a speech therapist for little kids. I knew I wanted to do something with kids.
July 15, 2015
A tanker carrying a load of animal blood that plunged over the side of the Manawatu Gorge has been lifted out of its perilious position.
July 15, 2015
Zirka Circus is proud to bring you its 4th tour of New Zealand, our new show "Cross the ocean" and it's more spectacular than ever!
July 15, 2015
I'm quite a rational person, but I'm drawn to the irrational. I love coincidences, and I like to question that in fiction: 'Is this random, or is there something working underneath?'
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July 14, 2015
Two brothers have been called "animal hoarders" and compared to crazy cat ladies, after they were caught keeping an assortment of animals in squalid conditions
July 14, 2015