Horizons Regional Council
The Manawatu Wanganui Regional Council was set up in 1989 as an amalgamation of Catchment Boards, Drainage Boards, Pest Destruction Boards, United Councils and Noxious Plant Authorities in the region. It was created as part of a wider reform of local government in New Zealand, which saw significant changes in how local government operated and in what form. A transitional committee was appointed to guide the amalgamation work for the region and this was based at the offices of the Manawatu Catchment Board, which was the principal local authority. In 1999 the Council changed its trading name to horizons.mw. In 2003 this was changed to Horizons Regional Council.