Whanganui is a member of UNESCO's Creative Cities Network

Creativity, innovative spirit, cultural integrity and strength of artistic tradition are exceptional in this City of Design.

Design is our cultural heritage

Being a City of Design reflects Whanganui’s historical contribution to creativity, from Māori designers’ artistry and innovation alongside the awa for more than 800 years, to the visionary architects who created the city’s breath-taking landmark buildings.

Design shapes our city

We are a place that welcomes, nurtures and is inspired by our creatives, artists and designers. Incorporating the principles of good design is integral to our city’s evolving profile.

Design is our future

We are building a future where sustainable practices ensure our region’s health and prosperity.

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