Why Work in Whanganui?

The Whanganui region is home to just under 50,000 people, with new arrival numbers growing every year. Our size is just right for balance: we have the opportunities and resources of bigger cities, while our easy-going, affordable lifestyle is comparable to what you’d find in smaller towns. So what can you expect from working in Whanganui?

More Money in the Bank

In most industries, salaries in Whanganui compare well to what you’d earn in a bigger city and the lower cost of living means more freedom to spend or save. Workers here find plenty of time to enjoy sports clubs, volunteer opportunities, cafes and bars, art galleries and museums, live music venues and loads of outdoor recreation opportunities.

Less Time in the Car

Getting to work in Whanganui is quick and easy. Our compact layout and wide roads mean that most people can get between home and work within fifteen minutes. An ever-expanding network of bike paths offers another great commuting option.

Tight Networks

We’ve got the best of both worlds when it comes to networking: the high performing businesses and industry diversity you get in big cities and the collaborative, friendly culture you find in smaller towns. This is a welcoming place to workers and businesses, and you’ll find it easy to meet the people in your industry and share ideas.

Diverse Opportunities

Whanganui has a diverse economy, which means there are opportunities for a wide range of skillsets. We have some particularly strong industries though, and about two-thirds of our filled jobs are in the following industries:

Health care and social assistance


Retail trade

Education and training


Public administration and safety

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