Masterton

Masterton (Māori: Whakaoriori[2]), a large town in the Greater Wellington Region of New Zealand, operates as the seat of the Masterton District (a territorial authority or local-government district). It is the largest town in the Wairarapa, a region separated from Wellington by the Rimutaka ranges. It stands on the Waipoua stream between the Ruamahunga and Waingawa Rivers - 100 kilometres north-east of Wellington and 39.4 kilometres south of Eketahuna.

Masterton
Whakaoriori (Māori)
Location of Masterton District in North Island
CountryNew Zealand
RegionGreater Wellington
Territorial authorityMasterton District
Town founded1854
NZ ParliamentIkaroa-Rāwhiti (Māori)
Wairarapa
Government
  MayorLyn Patterson
  Deputy MayorGraham McClymont
  MPsKieran McAnulty (Labour)
Meka Whaitiri (Labour)
Area
  Territorial2,299 km2 (888 sq mi)
  Urban
100.66 km2 (38.87 sq mi)
Elevation
69 m (420 ft)
Population
 (June 2020)[1]
  Territorial27,500
  Density12/km2 (31/sq mi)
  Urban
21,400
  Urban density210/km2 (550/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+12 (NZST)
  Summer (DST)UTC+13 (NZDT)
Postcode
5810
Area code(s)06
Websitewww.mstn.govt.nz

Masterton has an urban population of 21,400, and district population of 27,500 (June 2020).[1]

Masterton businesses include services for surrounding farmers. Three new industrial parks are being developed[when?] in Waingawa, Solway and Upper Plain. The town functions as the headquarters of the annual Golden Shears sheep-shearing competition.