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Manawatū Fast Facts

Here are some fun facts about Manawatū you can freely use. 

  • We're home to the highest concentration of doctorate degrees in New Zealand and the highest number of Māori with doctoral degrees - education is in our DNA!
  • Our regional GDP hit $7.9 Billion in the year to September 2023. Our Five-Year GDP is tracking about national average.
  • We have one of the youngest populations in New Zealand.
  • We've seen a record level of construction consents issued over the past few years, bucking the national trend.
  • More than 3,100 scientists and researchers call our city home.
  • Thanks to our connectivity and resilience, we're home to the afterhours and emergency call centre for more than 70 councils across New Zealand
  • We represent 150 ethnicities and speak 126 languages here 
  • The visitor economy contributes over $500 million each year into our economy.
  • Te Āpiti - Manawatū Gorge is the only place in New Zealand where a river begins its journey on the opposite side of the main divide to where is joins the sea.
  • Manawatū is home to one of the three key nodes in New Zealand national transport and freight network - Te Utanganui, which is the only place in New Zealand where road, rail, air and sea via port come together.
  • Palmerston North is one of the three airports in New Zealand that is consented to move freight 25/7.
  • The region is experiencing unprecedented growth with more than $8 billion of capital infrastructure and investment planned and underway in the next eight years - we're growing fast!
  • Palmerston North is rumored to have the most cafes and eateries per capita in the country - more than 170 for its 90,000 population.
  • Feilding has won New Zealand's most beautiful town 16 times.
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Everything we love about Manawatū, as seen through your eyes.


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