Council & City

City centre transformation

Transforming our city centre is one of our major focus areas over the next 10 years. We are doing this through several major projects.

Artist's illustration of pedestrian-friendly social spaces in the CBD, including wide, tree-lined footpaths, grassed play areas and plenty of seating.

Square East is an important first step in strengthening the retail link between the Plaza and Broadway Ave.

Streets for People

Our City Centre Streetscape Plan brings together eight linked projects to develop pedestrian friendly public spaces, cultivate a lively economy after 5pm, and attract more private investment in the city centre.

Central Library redevelopment

People love our Central Library building and respect its heritage and design. We want to ensure it's ready and relevant for the next generation with an improved layout, better connection to the street, and more access to the latest technology.

Te Manawa 2025

We want to see Palmerston North positioned as a national – and even international – arts powerhouse. Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History is key to achieving this vision. Te Manawa is run by Te Manawa Museums Trust. Council owns the buildings and gives the trust an annual grant ($3.1m this year).

The trust has a proposal to redevelop the facility. This would expand Te Manawa’s regional and national profile through enhanced visitor experiences, including blockbuster exhibitions with greater accessibility to collections and the use of more exciting technologies.  

Council and the trust are working on a business case study to investigate the proposal further. If the project goes ahead then the bulk of the funds will be raised by the trust, with a Council contribution.

Arena upgrade

Palmerston North’s Central Energy Trust Arena is the lower North Island’s regional sports and events hub. The multipurpose centre caters for many different sporting codes, community activities, trade shows, exhibitions, conferences, and concerts.

While there are fit for purpose facilities within the Arena, there are areas that could be improved. The masterplan for Central Energy Trust Arena shows how these improvements will occur. Many of the projects in the plan are joint projects, involving external funding such as donations, grants and sponsorship. 

While we are planning for the future we also want to look at our past. The Council wants Palmerston North to embrace its iwi heritage and partnership, and for people connect with the city’s past by celebrating its history and heritage. We also work with Rangitāne o Manawatū and the owners of heritage buildings in Palmerston North to ensure that sites of heritage significance are protected.

You can find more information about what we’re doing in the city centre by looking through our strategies and plans, in particular those listed here.