Our aim is to build Whanganui as a sustainable food and fibre powerhouse.

We work towards boosting the prosperity of Whanganui’s primary sector with enablers for food and fibre, technology, agri-tourism, and Māori agribusiness.

We’re a leader in advancing primary industries. Elevating Whanganui’s strength and resilience for our region’s agribusiness and rural sector is a priority for us. We seek to facilitate growth, build national influence, and create new pathways for diversification and sustainability.


Primary industries accounted for the top five international export ‘industries’ for Whanganui in 2022. Dairy product manufacturing was 41% of the share compared to 27% nationally, with meat manufacturing at 24% compared to 14% nationally. Forest and logging, and horticulture and fruit growing are also significant contributors to exports for Whanganui.

How can we help you?

Whanganui & Partners offers a range of high-value initiatives and resources to support the primary industries with business mentoring and start-up assistance, scholarships, cluster collaborations, exports, funding, workshops, research, and training.



Amplify is a one-off grant of up to $4000 to help you make a meaningful step change in your business. Apply for a quarterly grant through Amplify.


NZ Rural Leaders Trust

Each financial year we sponsor $4000 each for two successful Whanganui applicants to put towards their Kellog Rural or Nuffield course fees. Scholarships are still available. Apply by June 30th.


Agribusiness Newsletter

Subscribe to our Agribusiness newsletter and stay in the loop with our offerings, resources, and events.


Business Friendly Group

The Business Friendly Group is a programme that identifies all the processes a new venture needs to work through.  Relevant Whanganui District Council experts are brought together in one place to help you get things underway. Find out how we helped Papaiti Gin.


Talk to us about your primary industries business

Connect with our Strategic Lead – Agribusiness, Colleen Sheldon for opportunities to grow your business. Find out how we helped Jackson’s Rewena Bread in this video below.


About Whanganui & Partners

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.

Our Partners

Our relationships form an intrinsic part of our culture and how we work as an organisation. Along with our partners, we help with the facilitation of guidance or expertise. We lead in consultation with a range of partners and stakeholders and work with them to realise the full potential of Whanganui.

Our partnerships lead to better outcomes for our businesses and community.

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