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Located in the heart of the lower North Island, Manawatū is the gateway to central New Zealand situated on the trunk rail line, and at the intersection of the state highways connecting Taupō, Taranaki, Hawke's Bay, and Wellington.
Palmerston North provides unrivalled connectivity for the inbound and outbound transportation of goods via road, rail, air and connectivity to ports. 

Boasting a strong and resilient economy, our largest sectors are distribution and logistics, education, defence, agrifood, agritech, and health and manufacturing. You can find more information about these sectors here.


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Home to two defence bases; Ohakea Air Force Base and Linton Army Camp and three tertiary institutes, the regions central position and diverse economic profile have positioned it well for the nearly $8 billion (NZD) of infrastructure investment underway in the next seven years, working to accelerate growth now and into the future.

The business ecosystem here has a vibrant mix of multinational and national companies, startups, research institutes, educational organisations, defence force industries and public agencies. With a strong contingent of distribution and logistics, manufacturing, government-funded, agritech and primary, research, science and innovation industries, business leaders cite the central location, science and research facilities, access to talent and availability of land, as key to their success in Manawatū.

And we don’t want to stop there! We are open to bring in new and emerging sectors to the region, and are open to considering almost any proposition that helps to grow the regional economy and adds value to Aotearoa.

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Te Utanganui

Te Utanganui is a unique multi modal distribution hub in the lower North Island of New Zealand, consisting of rail, road, air, and sea connections.

Complementing the Golden Triangle (Auckland-Hamilton-Tauranga) and southern Christchurch node, Te Utanganui is the third node in New Zealand’s national transport and freight network in the heart of the country.

Te Utanganui is accelerating at pace, and we have ample room to grow. Join us as we move to a sustainable and resilient future of distribution and freight, that supports Aotearoa and the world.

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Our sectors of strength!

Palmerston North and Manawatū is home to some of the brightest minds in Aotearoa, world-class research and educational institutions and an established business ecosystem that is connected to the world.
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