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Learning and education

Palmerston North is a brilliant place to live and learn. It’s easy for children to get around independently and many ride to school. There’s a broad range of schools at each age level – from state schools to Kura Kaupapa Māori schools, private schools and church-aligned schools with special character.

Find a school in Palmerston North

With over 30 schools for primary aged children, seven schools for intermediate aged children, and eight secondary schools, there’ll be a school that’s just right for your child.

Some schools have zoning requirements to keep them within the allowed roll size for their school. You can find all the schools in Palmerston North on the Education.govt.nz website, along with a snapshot of each school, a link to their website and latest Education Review Office report.

School terms and holidays

The school year is divided into four terms with two-week breaks in between. Start and finish dates can vary slightly from school to school, and each year the Ministry of Education sets the dates that schools have to work with. Check with your local school for their term and holiday dates.

Studying in Palmerston North

Palmerston North is a great place to be a student, and students make up around 40% of our population. The city is extremely well set up to cater for students, with all the facilities you could need while you’re studying, and an affordable city lifestyle with nature on your doorstep.  

We're the original home of Massey University. Its Manawatū campus is the largest institution for life sciences, agricultural, horticultural and veterinary teaching and research in New Zealand. Tertiary study is also available through UCOL, IPU New Zealand, Te Wananga o Aotearoa and The Design School.

Studying in New Zealand

If you’re looking at Palmerston North from overseas, a good place to learn about the New Zealand education system is the New Zealand Qualifications Authority website.

Trades and apprenticeships

Palmerston North is a great option if you’re learning a trade or developing your career on the job. Apprenticeships are available in a wide range of industries, from engineering to construction and manufacturing, to hospitality, business and sales.

Learning at the library

Learn in your own way, in your own time, at your local library. We have a fantastic library service, with collections and services for people of all ages, including new arrivals to New Zealand. You can access our catalogue and many of our databases from home, or come into the library to read, research, connect with people or even record your own music in the Beatbooth recording studio.