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We are economic diversity enablers

Thrive Whanganui provides start-up and kaupapa-driven enterprise capability building services to help great ideas take-off, grow and scale. We offer wrap around services to help those who want to start their own business, support their whānau and community and achieve good in the world. We enable new and profit-for-purpose enterprises to flourish from our region. Our geographic areas of focus are Whanganui, Rangitīkei and Ruapehu. We see our role in the community as one of tautoko, supporting our community in their aspirations.

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story-telling, events
& advocacy


networks, mentoring
& research


start up coaching,
business support

Get in touch if you need:

  • 1-1 Business Coaching Support

  • Further support to complete your business plan

  • Independent business advice

  • Specialist kaupapa driven impact modelling support

  • Networking and coaching at wānanga with other like minded start-ups

Hour to Empower

Free 1hr Initial Business consultation 

Private Coaching

From $120 p/h individual or organisation coaching


We offer a range of group learning opportunities

Contact us today! Ph: 027 5692622 E:

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Business Planning Resource

The Boss Book -
Te Pukapuka Pāhi

The Boss Book - Te Pukapuka Pāhi is designed to empower entrepreneurs with the necessary information to validate your idea and become your own boss. This step by step, business planning resource simplifies the journey by breaking down the barriers to articulating your vision. Including advice on how to get the funding you need to get started. Within the book, entrepreneurs can find whakataukī (Māori proverbs) and examples of successful businesses, providing inspiration for new ventures. Now available for purchase via email or phone orders. Each book costs $99 (excluding shipping) and can be paid for by cash, direct transfer or invoice. For more information get in touch via or 027 302 0979

Pakihi Showcase

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Phil Leota

Meet Whanganui's most passionate driver! "Setting up my own taxi service will make a real difference for my whānau."
You can ask for Phil through River City Cabs: 06 345 3333


Let's Talk!


The Backhouse

28 Taupo Quay




Opening Hours

By Appointment

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