News, Events and Culture

1960s

First woman and first Māori City Councillors; TV comes to New Zealand; the railway station opens on Tremaine Avenue and Massey University becomes autonomous; a Māori Battalion Hall is opened and lots of changes to the city library.

First Passenger train arrives at new Palmerston North Railway Station on Tremaine Avenue

1960

 
  • William Henry Brown elected as MP for Palmerston North
 
  • The first television transmissions in New Zealand begin in Auckland
19-May
  • Palmerston North University College officially opens in Centennial Drive, Hokowhitu (a branch of Victoria University of Wellington), with a particular focus on extramural studies

1961

 
  • Population 41,014
1-Apr
  • City boundary extended to include 248 acres in Highbury

1962

 
  • Awatapu Special School opens (formerly Palmerston North Occupational Centre, the Awapuni IHC School)
13-Oct
  • Election of first woman and first Māori City Councillors, Julia Wallace (Girl's High School Principal) and Sam Mihaere

1963

 
  • The Vogue closes (cinema)
1-Jan
  • Massey University College of Manawatū formed by the amalgamation of the Massey Agricultural College with the Palmerston North University College, with a strong extramural component
20-Apr
  • The Times newspaper closes. This was the morning daily newspaper in Palmerston North
21-Oct
  • Railway Station off Tremaine Avenue officially opened and passenger services on the Milson railway deviation commence
9-Dec
  • Government announces that the Railway Land in Main Street is to be transferred to the City Council in exchange for land at Kelvin Grove

1964

 
  • The Meteor closes (cinema)
 
  • The three old artesian bores in the City are closed off; a new bore is sunk at Papioea Park on Featherston Street
1-Jan
  • Massey University becomes fully autonomous and able to award its own degrees
1-Jun
  • Last passenger train (a 'special') passes through The Square, the last goods train passed through on the 6th or 7th of June
27-Jun
  • Māori Battalion Hall in Cuba Street officially opened
27-Oct
  • City Council announces its proposed Transportation Plan to manage traffic in the City

1965

 
  • An artesian bore is sunk at Takaro Park on Botanical Road to supplement the water supply
 
  • The Odeon cinema opens - formerly the Mayfair
26-Apr
  • Transportation Plan amended with the addition of a 4 lane road ("eastern distributor") through Hokowhitu
4-Nov
  • Public Library building on the corner of The Square and Main Street East opened by Governor General Sir Bernard Fergusson

1966

 
  • Population 46,832
 
  • One way traffic flow around The Square instituted, this proves to be very unpopular with residents
 
  • Manawatū Mills builds new premises in Tremaine Avenue
21-Mar
  • City Council abandons the proposed "eastern distributor" highway as a result of public opposition
21-May
  • The Manawatū Standard newspaper introduces 'front page news'
28-May
  • Ratepayers approve a loan of £90,000 to build student accommodation at Massey University
15-Oct
  • Lido Swimming Complex in Park Road officially opened

1967

 
  • Joseph Albert Walding elected as MP for Palmerston North
May
  • All but one of the Public Library branches are closed and a mobile service is launched
10-Jul
  • Decimal currency introduced in New Zealand
1-Sep
  • City boundaries extended to include 3440 acres in Aokautere, Kelvin Grove, Milson, Amberley and Awapuni, this extension was designed to accommodate urban growth for the next 25 years

1968

 
  • Desmond Barry Black elected Mayor
22-Jun
  • Sewerage Treatment Plant in Totara Road officially opened

1969

24-Mar
  • Revised Transportation Plan adopted by the City Council and based on advice from Professor W R Blunden a traffic engineering expert from New South Wales
17-Jun
  • Proposals for Central City development of the Railway Land announced (prepared by a planning consultant from Auckland, Mr Ian Reynolds)
5-Dec
  • Clockwork Orange a discotheque opens as entertainment for young people, the opening night is marred by drunken teenage violence blamed on alcohol smuggled into the venue
Disclaimer

Most dates are taken from tertiary sources and accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Researchers are strongly advised to check specific dates in other sources to confirm accuracy to their own satisfaction. All corrections or additional information and dates gratefully considered - please contact the Ian Matheson City Archives.