We've achieved a lot over the last 3 years

Despite some fairly big challenges we’ve made a lot of positive progress for, and with, our community over the last 3 years, since we adopted our last long-term plan. Here are just some of the things we've delivered.

Bunnythorpe Community Centre

Bunnythorpe residents now have a place to meet and be together following the completion of their community centre.  

Duplicate water main 

Palmy now has a resilient drinking water supply, following the two-year construction of a second water main. 

Memorial Park upgrades  

The region’s only free-to-use splash pad at Memorial Park opened in 2021 and was quickly filled with children wanting to play in the water. 

Major city water upgrades  

We’ve done major projects along many suburban streets, replaced some of our wastewater pumps and made seismic upgrades to the Wastewater Treatment Plant. 

Major road safety upgrades  

We upgraded many of our city’s intersections and roundabouts to make them safer. We’ve also put speed calming measures around many of our schools. 

New and improved river entrances 

Our residents and visitors now have more accessible entrances to our awa from Victoria Esplanade and Albert Street. And a brand new one from Kanuka Drive. 

Papaioea Place social housing  

We’ve completed our social housing redevelopment at Papaioea Place with the former 48 homes converted into 85 new ones – a 77 per cent increase!  

Tamakuku Terrace  

We’ve converted some of our land on James Line into sections for the public, to help increase the city’s housing supply. 

Railway Road bore  

We’re preparing for our growth by ensuring we have enough water for the North East Industrial Zone.  

We’ve implemented cycleways  

We’ve completed two cycleways in our Urban Cycle Network Masterplan. 

Seismic strengthening 

 We’ve done vital work to safeguard our Water Treatment Plant and the Crematorium at the Kelvin Grove Cemetery.  

Animal shelter  

We’re about to open a new animal shelter to take better care of our city’s animals in their time of need.  

We’ve lodged our Nature Calls wastewater consent application  

The consent application for how we’re proposing to treat and discharge our city’s wastewater/ resource water over the coming decades has now been submitted to Horizons Regional Council.  

We’ve upgraded some playgrounds  

There have been major upgrades to Savage Reserve, Cloverlea Park, Peace Tree Reserve, Awapuni and Kelvin Grove playgrounds. 

Transforming our city centre 

We’ve made significant upgrades to Ferguson Street to make the area safer and help traffic flow. Contractors have also finished revamping Cuba Street with wider footpaths, outdoor dining areas, better street lighting and public seating. 

We made it easier for you to recycle  

In late 2022 we introduced liquid paperboard recycling at our Ferguson Street recycling centre. We also started collecting tyres and have now had more than 3,000 dropped off and sent up to Auckland to be recycled.  

Food waste collection trial 

Our 5-month trial of food waste collections on 14 city streets stopped a whopping 16,010 kilograms of food from wasting away at landfill!  

Upgrading bus shelters

We’ve received funding from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency towards building new bus shelters and rejuvenating existing ones across the city.  

Enabling more housing

We’ve begun consulting on a number of potential District Plan changes for the city, including growth at Aokautere, rezoning at Roxburgh Crescent and increasing the density of housing in some of our urban areas.  

Central Energy Trust Arena upgrades 

Improvements were made to the lighting, embankment seating and entrance plaza with artificial turf installed on the back playing fields. The speedway pits were also relocated to make them more user-friendly and visible to spectators.  

Formal establishment of the Palmy Business Improvement District 

We work with Palmy’s Business Improvement District to support organisations within the city centre and foster a safe and vibrant environment for businesses, the local community and visitors.  

New advisory boards established 

We now receive regular input from our disability, Pasifika and seniors' community reference groups. 

Voted and now have Māori wards on Council 

Papaioea Palmerston North has 2 Te Pūao Māori ward seats on Council.  

Victoria Esplanade entranceway upgrade

The park’s new entrance is now wider and lines up with Cook Street, taking vehicles down the tree-lined avenue to the Scenic Railway car park, which has also been improved and extended. 

First Puanga Matariki events held 

We welcomed in the Māori new year by co-hosting two hugely popular Puanga twilight festivals alongside Rangitāne. 

Waka Kotahi and Council formally partner on the Palmerston North Integrated Transport Initiative 

This is a package of projects designed to support the growth of freight distribution in the region, while also improving transport safety and choice for residents. 

Urban Eels opened 

Urban Eels is a platform on the Turitea Stream just metres from the entrance to the Manawatū River. From the platform people can watch and feed the eels and learn why they are so important to Māori and the health of our waterways. 

150 year celebrations 

We celebrated Palmerston North’s 150th-year celebrations with our community in 2021, with a range of historic themed events throughout the year. 

Trialled and continued free swimming for under-5s with a caregiver 

Palmerston North families have been lapping up the opportunity to take their preschoolers swimming for free at the city’s pools. 

Supported our neighbours during multiple civil defence responses 

During Cyclone Gabrielle our Council contact centre managed more than 6,500 calls for aid from Hawke’s Bay residents. Afterwards, staff and resources were also deployed across the flooded region, including to Tararua, Central Hawke’s Bay and Hastings.  

Introduced Summer Water Use to reduce the need for water restrictions 

We introduced the initiative to encourage our residents to voluntarily act as though they’re already in water restrictions. Our awesome community listened, and we’ve managed to get through the past couple of summers without any restrictions!