Council & City

Mayor Grant Smith

Grant Smith is the Mayor of Palmerston North. He was first elected to Council in 2013 and elected Mayor in a by-election in 2015.

Head and shoulders photo of Palmerston North Mayor Grant Smith.

"It is a great honour to be Mayor of Palmerston North – we have a smart, young workforce, our economy is growing, our centralised location is advantageous and we are becoming a more diverse city. We are on the cusp of something special."

Mayor Grant Smith

Do you want to talk to the Mayor about an issue?

The Mayor holds public sessions in Council's Customer Service Centre on The Square each week and once a month in Ashhurst. If you would like to come along and chat, just phone Council’s Customer Service Centre and ask for available times.

Invite the Mayor to talk at your event

The Mayor attends many events throughout the year. If you would like him to attend your event please complete an online form so that your request can be considered. If the Mayor is unable to make it we will endeavour to arrange for the Deputy Mayor or a City councillor to attend instead.

Council portfolios and appointments

Grant serves on the boards of:

  • FoodHQ
  • New Zealand Squash Hall of Fame
  • Central Squash

He chairs:

  • Council
  • Committee of Council
  • Arena Master Plan Steering Group
  • Palmerston North 150th Sesquicentenary Steering Group
  • People on Bikes Forum

He is also a member of the following Council committees:

  • Arts, culture and heritage
  • Audit and risk
  • Chief Executive's Performance Review Panel
  • Community Development
  • Economic Development
  • Finance and Performance
  • Manawatū District/ Palmerston North City joint strategic planning committee (Deputy Chair)
  • Planning and Strategy
  • Rangitāne o Manawatū
  • Sport and Recreation

He represents the Council on the following organisations and groups:

  • Horizons Regional Council Land Transport Committee
  • Local Government New Zealand zone 3
  • Manawatū River Accord
  • Manawatū-Whanganui Civil Defence Emergency Management Group
  • Palmerston North Performing Arts Trust
  • Palmerston North Public Transport Services Advisory Group
  • Regional Interagency Network
  • Te Apiti Governance Group
  • Wastewater Project Steering Group (ex-officio)

Mayor Smith is also a Justice of the Peace.