News, Events and Culture


The Square is redeveloped, Young Heart Easy Living, 125th anniversary of the Council and major flooding throughout the region.


  • Council approves a substantial redevelopment of The Square
  • Rangitāne paramount chief Tanenuiarangi Te Awe Awe (Joe Larkins) dies


  • Population 72,033
  • The sale of the Council Building on The Square as a luxury hotel fails
  • Replacement 347m artesian bore sunk at Papaioea Park
  • Mark Rex Bell-Booth elected Mayor
  • Skateboard Park opens on part of the Railway Land in Main Street
  • 'Young Heart Easy Living' brand is launched for the Manawatū
  • Community Athletics track opens at Massey University
  • A 200 kilowatt mini-hydro station is opened by Mayor Jill White at the base of the Upper Turitea Dam


  • The double murder trial of Mark Lundy runs for 6 weeks in the Palmerston North High Court
  • Ashraf Choudhary becomes the first Member of Parliament of South-Asian descent in New Zealand
  • Convention Centre upgrade complete
  • Arena 4 opens
  • City Council approves sale of westernmost portion of the Railway Land to The Warehouse
  • 125th Anniversary of Palmerston North Borough City Council
  • Ian Matheson QSM (1946-2002), City Archivist and historian dies


  • Major flooding in the Manawatū and surrounding regions. Palmerston North experiences ponding but no significant flooding thanks to floodwork protections


  • War Memorial rededicated after the addition of pillars, flagpoles, a number of plaques and more names to list all war dead for the City
  • King Edward VII Memorial Fountain is relocated to the NW corner of The Square near the Ladies Rest, where it is restored (it's 2nd move)


  • Population 75,540


  • Jono Naylor elected Mayor
  • Restored and largely rebuilt Clocktower reopens in The Square with a new lantern style cross in place of the earlier freestanding cross


  • Highbury Branch Library Opens

Most dates are taken from tertiary sources and accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Researchers are strongly advised to check specific dates in other sources to confirm accuracy to their own satisfaction. All corrections or additional information and dates gratefully considered - please contact the Ian Matheson City Archives.