wanganui

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Wanganui (ˌwɒŋəˈnuːɪ)
 
n
a port in New Zealand, on SW North Island: centre for a dairy-farming and sheep-rearing district. Pop: 43 600 (2004 est)

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wanganui

city ("district") and port, southwestern North Island, New Zealand, near the mouth of the Wanganui River. The site lies within a tract bought by the New Zealand Company in 1840. The company established a settlement in 1841 and named it Petre. It was renamed in 1844, the present name deriving from a Maori term meaning "big mouth," "big bay," or "big heaven." Wanganui was declared a town in 1862, a borough in 1872, and a city in 1924.

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