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