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Councils and Defence Force sign collaborative agreement

Friday May 6 2016

A new agreement strengthens the Manawatū region's position as a hub for Defence.

Photo shows Grant Smith, Tim Keating and Margaret Kouvelis signing a joint statement of intent.

This afternoon Palmerston North City Mayor Grant Smith, Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Tim Keating and Manawatū District Mayor Margaret Kouvelis signed a Statement of Intent between the two councils and the New Zealand Defence Force.

The document recognises the common interests that exist between the three parties and records the intention to work together to create mutual benefits.

Mayor Smith says he recognises the special contribution made by the Defence Force to the region.
Manawatū District Mayor Margaret Kouvelis believes those relationships will encourage and enable growth.

“We see the Manawatū as a hub of capability for Defence and related activities. We want to enable closer working relationships between our joint Councils and the Defence Force so that we can encourage shared strategies for growth and jobs.”

The Statement of Intent provides a framework for the next 10 years, to ensure that relationship is actively managed and that where possible, collaborative outcomes are identified and implemented.

“The New Zealand Defence Force has been an active part of the Palmerston North and wider Manawatū region for many years. This Statement of Intent formalises the positive working relationship we have with the region,” said Lieutenant General Tim Keating.