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City prepares to celebrate 150 years

Thursday August 20 2020

Planning is underway to mark the 150th anniversary of Palmerston North city in 2021.

Photo shows logo designed to mark 150 years of Palmerston North city.

Key to this is the creation of a 150th badge to anchor messaging during this time. The badge reflects the city, its people and cultural heritage. It is centred around Te Marae O Hine / The Square and features both Māori and Pākehā design elements.

Palmerston North is the only city in New Zealand to form around a seven-hectare piece of land, Te Marae O Hine / The Square. Designed by the city’s first surveyor, JT Stewart, it is now charged with 150 years of significant history, celebration, change, and meaning.

The badge design celebrates Te Marae o Hine / The Square as still being the heart of the city. Around its edge are taniko patterns (traditional cloak weaving), representing the five hapu of Rangitāne, and ornaments and details from Pākehā buildings including the Grand Hotel, Palmerston North City Library, and an art deco cluster near i-SITE.

Te Peeti Te Awe Awe's statue in Te Marae o Hine states: Kua kaupapa iau te aroha ma koutou e whakaoti. I have laid the foundation of friendship for your consummation. The Palmerston North coat of arms features a notional member of Rangitāne on one side, and a pioneering woman on the other.

The intention of the 150th badge design is to also reflect this long, harmonious relationship between Rangitāne and Pākehā in Palmerston North.

Locals invited to use 150th badge

Palmerston North City Council invites local organisations, businesses, services, and community groups to use the 150th badge in their communication materials. A kit including a guide about the use of the badge can be requested by emailing

The badge can be used from 1 September 2020, but please clearly state the 150th anniversary of Palmerston North city is being marked in 2021.