Whanganui Newcomers Network

About us

Whanganui – the River City – prides itself on welcoming newcomers. Our city is one of New Zealand’s first accredited Welcoming Communities and is rich in history, arts and culture, and the natural environment.

The Whanganui Newcomers Network was established after the Whanganui Welcoming Communities Advisory Group recognised the need to enhance newcomer experiences to our district.

Our goal is to support newcomers so they can enjoy all that Whanganui has to offer. And, have a look at the 2020 Welcome to Whanganui Guide.


Join Whanganui Newcomers Network

Join us to make new friends, find out about events and get involved in your new community.

Our Coordinator: Jaqcueline


My name is Jacqueline and I am a member of our Whanganui Welcoming Communities Advisory Group.

As a South African migrant living in Aotearoa since 2001, I have lived the newcomer experience. I lived in Ōwairaka and Manukau for the first years. Then my husband and two children and I moved to Whanganui in 2014. My mission is enabling connection and belonging for everyone. I am excited to be a co-ordinator for newcomers to Whanganui. My special interests include maternity and women’s support, community drumming and creating events that are inclusive.

Welcome to Whanganui – I look forward to helping you settle into your new life in your new home!

Contact Whanganui Newcomers Network

c/- Whanganui District Council
100 Guyton St
Whanganui 4500


Register for free and get to know people in your new community.

Find people to socialise with, try new skills, sports or just enjoy a coffee with other newcomers, we know how it feels to be new in your community.


Volunteers and donations are the life blood of our organisation.