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Whanganui Welcoming Communities

Whanganui has been selected as one of only five regions to pilot Welcoming Communities – a programme to make newcomers to our district feel welcome.

As part of this programme, the Council is working toward a Welcoming Communities Plan for our community and we need your voices.

We want everyone in Whanganui to be able to fully participate in the economic, civic and social life of our community. When people feel they belong, everyone in the community is likely to enjoy better social outcomes, greater social cohesion and stronger economic growth.

If you’re a newcomer – recent migrant, former refugee, international student or a person/ family moving here from other parts of New Zealand or even the world we would love to hear from you.

And if you’re a local, we need your local expertise and guidance to ensure every handshake is a firm one (and our greetings are warm and fuzzy).

Get involved by completing the Whanganui Welcoming Communities Survey (estimated completion time: 6-8 minutes-we promise!) and shape the Whanganui Welcoming Communities Plan, due to be delivered by mid-2018.

If you would like to provide further feedback or discuss Whanganui Welcoming Communities please email 

Feel free to also post your comments below and let the rest of our community know.

On behalf of the team here, we look forward to receiving your feedback.

Katy Newton – Community Development Advisor – Newcomers

Engagement closes Friday 16 February 2018

WDC Administrator

4 thoughts on “Whanganui Welcoming Communities

  1. I think this is a really good initiative and I look forward to seeing results. I have always thought our little town is pretty welcoming but it would be good to hear it from the people who haven’t been here that long.


    1. Thanks for your comment, I’m also really excited to see the results of the survey. We currently have 195 responses, so a lot of people are taking the time to share their thoughts which is great


  2. Hi, I work at the Court House ane often have visitors come in. Newbies often have forms that need signing or need directions etc. We always make time for them and hold Wanganui maps to give out.


    1. Thanks for your comment, it’s great to see that all sorts of places are already involved in welcoming our visitors and newcomers. Keep up the great work!



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