Get your business off to a great start.

Our district’s strategic advantages have led to the development of a rich and diverse economy, known for innovative and niche businesses. We welcome new businesses to our community and invite you to discover what Whanganui can do for you and your business.

There are big opportunities outside the big cities

Businesses thrive in Whanganui, due to our accessible location, comprehensive infrastructure, a proactive council and low operational overhead. Our district’s population is large enough to support a market for almost any business, while remaining small enough to facilitate  connections with customers, clients and collaborators.


New ventures benefit from enthusiastic community backing and established businesses discover opportunities for expansion and innovation through relationships with like-minded businesses.


Getting Started

If you’re starting a business, working through this 10-Step Guide to Starting a Business is a great first step.

Support for your Start-up

Whanganui & Partners, the regional economic development agency for Whanganui, is here to support new businesses.  Every start-up has different needs, and we know exactly who to connect you with to help guide you through the process of getting your vision off the ground.


Once you’ve worked through the 10 Step Start-up guide, set up an appointment with the Whanganui & Partners team through the Business Enquiry Form below.

Get your business off to the right start



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With support for existing business, a desire to attract new business and a drive to excel in all we do - Whanganui is a place where potential is limitless.

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.

Get your business off to the right start

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