Masterton/Whakaoriori
Wellington/Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui
New Zealand/Aotearoa
Shield of Masterton

Population: 23,352
District Area: 2,300 km²
Leader: Lyn Patterson

Name and Etymology:
Masterton is named after Joseph Masters, founder of the Small Farms Association. Whakaoriori, the Maori name, likely means "to make it shake."

Economy:
The economy of is primarily based on sheep herding and wool production, with some other industrial sectors represented as well.

History:
Masterton was founded in 1854 by the Small Farms Association and slowly grew into the major economic center of the Wairarapa region, due to its placement on the main Auckland-Wellington railway. The combined effects of increased European wool production in the 1970s and deregulation in the 1980s have left Masterton in a reduced economic position. Masterton is the site of one of New Zealand's worst industrial accidents—the 1965 General Plastics explosion.

Link to municipal website.

Masterton, New Zealand from the air
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