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Whanganui District Council

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Phone: (06) 349 0001
Web site:

Mayor: Hamish McDouall
Councillors in 2016: 12 (excluding Mayor)
Council employees in 2017: 229

Key financial statistics 2016

$ (in thousands)Whanganui DistrictMedian for all PROVINCIAL councilsNew Zealand
Public Equity 804,732 1,279,498 112,859,570
Operating Revenue 74,219 75,330 8,865,430
Operating Expenditure 79,071 79,071 9,282,110
Capital Expenditure 24,037 29,902 4,264,961
Rates Revenue 54,316 54,069 5,317,234

Source: Local Authority Financial Statistics, Statistics New Zealand

The financial profile pages for this council contains more detailed information.

The Council's current long-term plan and annual report may be available from its website:

Community statistics as at the 2013 census

Usually resident population - 2013 Census 42,150
Usually resident population - 2006 Census 42,639
Change from 2006 to 2013 (All NZ: 5.3%)-1.1%
Land Area km2 (not incl. inland waters or oceanic areas) - 2014 2,373
People per km2 (All NZ: 15.9)17.8
Median personal income - 2013 Census (All NZ: $28,500) 23,500

Census, Statistics New Zealand

View more QuickStats about the Whanganui District on the Statistics New Zealand website.

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