|• Mayor||Annette Main (Whanganui District Council)|
|• Total||2,373 km2 (916 sq mi)|
|Population (June 2015 estimate)|
|• Density||18/km2 (48/sq mi)|
|Time zone||NZST (UTC+12)|
|• Summer (DST)||NZDT (UTC+13)|
|Postcode(s)||Map of postcodes|
Formerly spelled "Wanganui", the Whanganui District Council resulted from the amalgamation of Wanganui and Waitotara county councils and Wanganui City Council. The district has an area of 2,373 km². Much of the land in Whanganui District is rough hill country surrounding the valley of the Whanganui River. A large proportion of this is within the Whanganui National Park.
All but some 4,200 people in the Whanganui District live in the city itself, meaning there are few prominent outlying settlements. A small but notable village is Jerusalem.
In 2015 Wanganui District Council changed the name of the district from Wanganui District to Whanganui District, bringing the council's name in line with the spelling of the city and the river.
- "Subnational Population Estimates: At 30 June 2015 (provisional)". Statistics New Zealand. 22 October 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2015. For urban areas, "Infoshare; Group: Population Estimates - DPE; Table: Estimated Resident Population for Urban Areas, at 30 June (1996+) (Annual-Jun)". Statistics New Zealand. 22 October 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
- Sachdeva, Sam (17 November 2015). "Wanganui to become Whanganui". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
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