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
Country New 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.