News, Events and Culture

1970s

Centennial Celebrations; the population reaches 50,000 and another royal visit.

Palmerston North City Bus Centre, Church Street

Palmerston North City Bus Centre, Church Street

1970

 

William Henry Brown elected as MP for Palmerston North

   

New Zealand Rugby Museum founded, in Palmerston North

   

The Clockwork Orange discotheque closes for financial reasons after seven months operation

   

One Way traffic flow around The Square abandoned

 

20 May

Monro Memorial opens at Massey University to honour the man who introduced rugby union to New Zealand and a prominent early settler in Palmerston North

 

26 June

Natural gas is first piped into Palmerston North from Taranaki

 

30 Aug

Palmerston North's 12 months of Centennial Celebrations commenced

1971

 

Population 51,893

   

Brian George Conway Elwood elected Mayor

   

Centenary of Industry and Commerce held - part of City's Centenary Celebrations

 

27 April

Architectural competition to design new Civic complex for the old railway land won by Wellington architects Maurice and John Patience

1972

August

YWCA closes its hostel due to overwhelming maintenance requirements

 

27 Nov

City Council resolves to build new civic complex

1973

15 June

Part of Bulls bridge collapses into Rangitikei River

1974

 

Work commences on the Civic Centre

   

St. Joseph's Convent High School closes

   

St. Patrick's Parish School closes

   

Marist Brothers High School closes (Catholic)

 

22 Jan

Centrepoint Theatre holds first production (City's first professional theatre company)

 

18 Aug

St Peter's College officially opens - a new Catholic secondary school

 

13 Dec

Approval given to construct a $1.3m Fire Station in Cook Street

1975

 

Atawhai childcare centre set up by the YWCA for the children of families under stress

   

Two 4500m 3 low level water supply storage tanks are built 3km downstream from the water treatment plant

 

26 May

City Council and Feilding Borough Council agree to establish a joint forestry venture in Scott's Road (Gordon Kear Forest)

 

8 Jun

Museum officially opens in Church Street

 

Nov

Work starts on Post Office telephone exchange (Telecom Tower) on Main Street

1976

 

Manawatu side wins Ranfurly Shield from Auckland

 

29 - 30 Jun

Flooding of the Manawatu and Oroua rivers requires evacuation of some Palmerston North and Feilding residents, 24 hour rainfall records in Feilding and Palmerston North are exceeded

 

1 Dec

Awatapu College officially opens (fifth secondary school for City)

1977

 

Royal visit by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh to City

   

Opening of New Zealand Rugby Museum, Grey Street

 

10 Jan

Bus Station opens in Church Street for City and rural bus services

 

15 May

Cattle Pavilion at Showgrounds destroyed due to arson

 

3 Jul

Art Gallery officially opens in purpose built building in Main Street

 

13 Jul

Andrews Furnishers premises destroyed due to arson

 

13 Aug

Centennial Celebrations of Palmerston North City Council - 100 years of municipal local government

 

7 Nov

New Zealand Motor Bodies factory in Keith Street officially opens

 

12 Nov

New Fire Station officially opens in Cook Street

1978

 

Joseph Albert Walding elected as MP for Palmerston North

 

31 Jul

Toyota National Parts Distribution Centre officially opens on Roberts Line

 

14 Nov

National Mutual building officially opens on the corner of The Square and Fitzherbert Avenue - at 10 storeys high it is the tallest building in the City at the time

1979

 

Sam Mihaere dies having served as a Councillor continuously since his election in 1962

   

The Public Library introduces a computerised circulation system

   

Milson Airport terminal extensions completed, Airport runway is resealed

 

18 Dec

Special Council meeting held in new Council Chambers to celebrate the completion of the Civic Complex - the new Council building on The Square, sometimes referred to as 'Elwood's Battleship', marks the completion of the 'Civic Complex', later Civic Centre', later 'Civic Administration Building' (CAB)

 

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.