|Administrative headquarters||The seat of administration for the Masterton District|
|Local foundation||May 19, 1854|
|Residents||15th 399 (2013)|
|Telephone code||+64 (0) 4|
|UN / LOCODE||NZ MRO|
|Photography of the place|
Masterton Municipal Buildings
The city is located about 80 km northeast of Wellington and about 65 km south of Palmerston North in the plain of the Waipoua River . The mountains of the Tararua Range rise almost 15 km to the west .
Masterton was founded on May 19, 1854 by the cooper Joseph Masters and named after him.
In the 2013 census, the town had 15,399 inhabitants, 3.1% more than in the 2006 census.
Masterton is the economic center of the region. The town's local industry processes the region's agricultural products and supplies the region with services and consumer goods. Agricultural machines, fertilizers, wood products and wool are manufactured. Some of the dairy products produced are exported.
The city's only daily newspaper is the Wairarapa Times-Age .
In the city is the Queen Elizabeth Park , which has a well-tended park, a bird house, an aquarium, a miniature train and a lake for boating.
The following personalities were born in Masterton:
- Alan MacDiarmid (1927–2007), chemist and Nobel Prize winner
- Vern Hanaray (* 1951), racing cyclist
- Ladyhawke (* 1979), musician
- Brian Lochore (1940-2019), rugby union player and coach
- Aaron Slight (* 1966), motorcycle racer
- Arthur Norman Prior (1914–1969), New Zealand-British logician and philosopher
- Jemaine Clement (* 1974), actor and musician
- Helga Neubauer: Masterton . In: The New Zealand Book . 1st edition. NZ Visitor Publications , Nelson 2003, ISBN 1-877339-00-8 , pp. 539 f .
- Masterton District . Statistics New Zealand , accessed on August 5, 2017 (English, StatsMap: Meshblock analysis from the interactive map).
- Topo250 maps . Land Information New Zealand , accessed August 5, 2017 .
- History . Masterton District Council , accessed June 29, 2016 .
- Neubauer: Masterton . In: The New Zealand Book . 2003, p. 539 .