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is a service city and commercial centre for a rich, sheep farming region, near the mouth of the Wanganui River, with nearby Castlecliff's port facilities.
Often called the 'River City'.
Edward Jerningham Wakefield purchased some land in 1840 for the settlement and it was called Petre in the beginning after Baron Petre, one of the New Zealand Company directors.
Europeans are known to have visited the area long before that for trading and collecting signatures for the Treaty of Waitangi.
Wanganui was a very early and prosperous settlement in the country.
Maori settlement goes back a long time with a large number of easily fortified pas on the cliffs along its length, and many territorial wars were fought over it by many tribes.
It was declared a city in 1924.
Present population is about 50.000.
When I lived there for a few months in the late 1950's, the city was very colourful, beautiful and very friendly.
Tops in my book.

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