Whanganui has recorded a growth in population for the first time in decades, and it's predicted that growth will continue. So what will that mean for those of us who live in this flourishing city? Abe Leach reports.

Whanganui's official population has grown rapidly for the first time in a generation confirming a long suspected turn-around in the district's population trend.

Data released today shows Whanganui's population, according to the Census, has grown for the first time this century.

And now Whanganui's leaders say planning is needed to prepare for being a larger district.

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Whanganui district's resident population from the

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