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Setting up a New Business

Business Big and Small – Rangitīkei has it all

The Rangitīkei is home to many successful businesses, both small and large, in wide and varied sectors.

With strong community support to shop locally and visitors coming through our District via state highways 1 and 3, retail shopping is a robust and growing industry with new developments taking shape constantly.

Tourism is a high growth sector with many fantastic businesses already in operation. Farm-stays and B’n’B’s continue to grow in popularity. Large business thrives in the district due our advantageous location.

Rangitīkei is home to traditional and niche market farming. Touring the countryside, you are likely to find the usual sheep and cattle along with alpaca, deer and a growing number of farmers working hard on sustainability, environmental care and animal welfare.

Marton has been home to New Zealand's malt production since beer brewing began. The success of this now extends to an export trade and continues to be the source of the country’s main supply of malt. The district’s rich soil sees a wide range of horticultural businesses including vineyards, organic produce and award winning olive oil.

Through the success of all the sectors we show strength and prosper together as the Rangitīkei .

Future Industries

It is without a doubt that we live in a changing world, from export opportunities to produce production and advances in technology. Environmental changes also open up new horticultural opportunities. The Rangitīkei offers an advantage of being able to draw on research and expertise from Massey University, who are leading the way with developments in future industry. Massey promotes collaborative arrangements and innovative research encouraging links with commercial organisations. A number of local businesses have drawn on this and improved their business. Find out more at

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment identifies a number of sectors and commercial opportunities that have the potential in the regions. More information on the MBIE website.

Rangitīkei is a fantastic district, where business possibilities are wide and varied. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to set up your new business and enjoy all that the Rangitīkei offers.

We wish you every success in your new venture!

Let’s Get Started

With different rules and regulations to comply with before you open your doors or gates, it is important to understand what approvals you may need prior to starting any project. Talk to us first to make sure you are making the very best business decisions right from the get go. We have dedicated business support staff that are here to help guide you through every step of the Council’s processes, making sure you get everything ticked off that you need to.

This guide will give you an overview of what you should be considering when setting up a new business or extending a current operation. You will also find useful links to business support groups in our district. Save yourself time, money and stress by planning well first.

You want to set up a Business!

Congratulations, there are many rewards that come from working for yourself. It can be daunting with the various rules and regulations that you have to navigate your way through. Depending on the type of business you want to open and where it will be located, different approvals will need to be sought. Then once your business is up and running there are rules you need to be aware of. By planning well and getting informed you will be able to keep the stress levels low and the customers happy.

Before you start your project contact the Council to help prevent delays and frustrations later on. Help us help you by coming and talking to us first!

Your Taking Care of Business Manager

We want you to be successful, and to help you achieve success we provide a free business support service to assist you setting up a new business - called Taking Care of Business. We will provide you with a single contact point for all your dealings with Council, making efficient use of your precious time.

What will they do for you?

• Assist you obtaining the required consents and licenses you will need.
• Tell you how long it will all take.
• Outline the best order in which to apply for everything.

To take advantage of this service complete the online application form,

Taking Care of Business Application Form - PDF 667KB

or alternatively pop into Council and talk to us or give us a call.
Phone: 0800 422 522
Visit: 46 High Street, Marton

Helpful Agencies

Whanganui and Partners - Economic Development Agency and the Chamber of Commerce Manawatu and Chamber of Commerce Whanganui service our district. These are two great business support groups that offer invaluable advice and assistance to new businesses. They could be worth talking to during your planning stage. More information about each can be found further down under Business Support

This website is not all inclusive, for further information and help make an appointment to meet one of our friendly Business Support Managers to talk about your exciting future.

We look forward to working with you to bring your future aspirations to fruition in the Rangitīkei!