Situated in the heart of the Lower North Island, Manawatū offers exceptional accessibility, with Wellington, Taranaki, Hawke’s Bay, and Taupō all within easy travelling distance. We also have an extensive network of rail, road, and air transportation options, offering seamless logistic options for your business.
Our region hosts a thriving contingent of logistics, manufacturing, distribution, government-funded and agri-science industries. Manawatū is home to a number of national and global organisations, including Toyota NZ, DKSH, Norwood, Fonterra Global Research & Development Centre, ProFab Engineering, New Zealand Defence Force, New Zealand Pharmaceuticals, FoodStuffs, Primary Connect (Countdown), Plant and Food Research, Nexus Logistics, and more. Our mix of multinational and national companies, start-ups, research institutes, educational organisations, defence forces and public agencies creates a great environment for innovation and collaboration. Discover more about our Sectors of Strength.
In our wider region we have a labour pool of over one million people, including a highly skilled workforce comprising graduates and experienced professionals. This means you’re sure to find the right people to help your business thrive here.
But it’s not just our strong business community that sets Manawatū apart. Our affordable and laid-back lifestyle allows you and your employees to enjoy a healthy work-life balance. Have the best of both worlds. Find out more about the best of both worlds.
Manawatū’s Annual Economic Snapshot 2023
A regional snapshot as for Dec 2023. Please click to enlarge.
What it’s like doing business in Manawatū
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What Palmerston North and Manawatū offer is unique and the logistics of Manawatū just make sense
The universal enthusiasm from business and local government for making the region successful is like nothing I’ve seen anywhere else. It’s a very vibrant, positive, enthusiastic place with councils and agencies who are actually prepared to invest in people to make sure that they’re successful and that’s exactly the environment that we want for our company.
Nexus Logistics Ltd has now been operating from Palmerston North for five years, choosing the location over other regions in New Zealand.