Council & City

Economic updates

Read economic reports for Palmerston North and the Manawatū-Whanganui region.

Economic reporting for the region includes the six-monthly Regional Economic Report for Manawatū–Whanganui, Core Cities analysis, and Long-term Projections for Palmerston North (updated every two to three years).

Manawatū region covers the area of Palmerston North city and Manawatū district, which had an estimated population of 120,000 people in June 2019, annual employment of 60,400 jobs in February 2019 and total annual earnings (salaries, wages and self-employment income) of $3,480 million in the year to March 2018.

We also produce monthly and quarterly economic updates for the region, which are distributed by the Central Economic Development Agency, CEDA. You can read these reports on the CEDA website.

Manawatū-Whanganui regional economic report

These reports provide an overview of economic trends for sub-regions in the Manawatū-Whanganui region and brief overviews for each territorial authority. The report is updated every six months.

Core Cities

The Core Cities analysis was developed to better understand the role and economic contribution the largest cities make to the New Zealand economy and to identify the “competitive advantage and distinctiveness” of each city-region. It is planned to update the analysis for Palmerston North when Census 2018 data is available.

Long-term projections

These reports are produced to provide a better understanding of what contributes to population, household and economic growth in the city and the longer-term outlook for growth. The projections report is updated every two to three years.