Palmerston North City Council - News Mon, 01 Jan 001 00:00:00 GMT Festival kicks off Festival of Cultures kicks off – literally – with Ethkick at the Central Energy Trust Arena on Saturday 29 February. Fri, 21 Feb 2020 16:06:49 GMT Festival of Cultures: Celebrating connections and community It’s that time of the year again when different cultures in Palmerston North converge to celebrate diversity and community. Fri, 21 Feb 2020 15:48:33 GMT A creative Blueprint The City Library Makerspace is already enabling creativity, solutions and innovation in its first few months of opening. Mon, 17 Feb 2020 09:28:33 GMT Make a date for outdoor movies Palmerston North City Council is continuing its Movies in Parks programme, with the final four events coming to Summerhill, Linton Camp, Awapuni and Longburn. Tue, 18 Feb 2020 15:48:04 GMT Arts Event Fund boost for regional kapa haka competition Up to 1,800 people are expected to attend the 2020 Tangata Rau Festival at the Regent Theatre in Palmerston North on 29 February. Fri, 14 Feb 2020 10:14:06 GMT A park for all seasons and reasons It might be a summer for the great outdoors, but Victoria Esplanade is pretty cool all year round. Thu, 13 Feb 2020 10:34:00 GMT World-class director for Summer Shakespeare “Random kismet” has led to London-based director Mel Cook leading the Manawatū Summer Shakespeare 2020 production. Wed, 05 Feb 2020 13:38:05 GMT Call for disability community representatives Palmerston North City Council is seeking new members for our Disability Reference Group. Tue, 04 Feb 2020 11:54:56 GMT On yer bike Whether you’ve got a balance bike or a cyclocross, Palmy is fast becoming one of the cycling capitals of New Zealand. Mon, 03 Feb 2020 15:56:39 GMT Journey through the stars Instagram worthy, eco-friendly and a first for Australasia. Fri, 07 Feb 2020 08:37:55 GMT Lantern workshops creating connections The illuminated wonder of community-created lanterns will light up the Square on 29 February to herald the start of this year's Festival of Cultures. Fri, 31 Jan 2020 15:17:00 GMT Welcoming Communities gains accreditation Palmerston North City Council is among 10 councils and their communities throughout New Zealand that Immigration New Zealand has accredited as Committed Welcoming Communities. Fri, 24 Jan 2020 15:52:41 GMT Carnival celebrates reading successes Palmerston North's Great Reading Carnival, Te Taiopenga Pānui Hira, is so popular there's a ballot for places. Mon, 03 Feb 2020 15:45:39 GMT Major upgrades around The Square resume in late January Construction work will resume on The Square later this month as we continue work to create a vibrant city centre where people want to shop, eat, attend events and do business. Wed, 22 Jan 2020 09:50:47 GMT Major water upgrades starting on Cuba Street Work is beginning this week on replacing some of the city’s oldest buried pipes. Wed, 12 Feb 2020 16:16:04 GMT We're removing some trees in Springdale Park Springdale Park in Summerhill will be closed from Monday 13 January for about a month while we remove all the pine trees on the Heathcote Place side of the park. Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:03:23 GMT Local businesses are food waste heroes Palmerston North businesses have helped stop 1,000 tonnes of food waste ending up in landfill. Sun, 29 Dec 2019 10:00:57 GMT The five best places to swim in Palmy this summer Put on your togs, grab some sunscreen, and get ready to check out Palmy's best swim spots. Fri, 07 Feb 2020 12:10:50 GMT Five walks to do this summer A roundup of some of our recommended walks in and around Palmerston North. Tue, 18 Feb 2020 16:03:51 GMT Five places to play in Palmy With sunny days here to stay, it's time to get outside and play. Thu, 19 Dec 2019 14:56:41 GMT Changes to Taonui-Walding intersection We’ve made changes to a key city centre intersection to make it safer for all road users. Wed, 18 Dec 2019 14:52:45 GMT Swim spot monitoring Horizons Regional Council monitors local water quality to help inform the public about where and when it's best to swim at your favourite spots. Wed, 18 Dec 2019 09:07:14 GMT Flowers return to Cook Street Mosque The flowers that lined the Palmerston North mosque after the Christchurch terror attack have been returned to the site – albeit in a slightly different way. Wed, 18 Dec 2019 13:32:05 GMT Music, marching and military mates We chat to New Zealand Tattoo performers Murray Mansfield and Tim Cook about living in Palmy, music, and the military. Wed, 18 Dec 2019 16:13:07 GMT Fish and chip Friday: a Kiwi classic The top five fish and chip shops in Palmy, as voted by you. Fri, 13 Dec 2019 15:01:28 GMT City Ambassadors back for summer Palmerston North City Council is bringing back its City Ambassadors, Māngai Atawhai, programme for the summer. Mon, 09 Dec 2019 09:59:02 GMT Pride of Palmy selected as name for city rose Pride of Palmy has been announced as the name for the rose celebrating 50 years of International Rose Trials in Palmerston North. Tue, 03 Dec 2019 15:10:30 GMT We're removing some trees near the lagoon We need to remove some trees near Hokowhitu Lagoon to dig service trenches. Wed, 11 Dec 2019 15:11:15 GMT On the 12 Days of Christmas, Youth Space gave to Palmy… Palmerston North City Library’s Youth Space is getting into the festive spirit, hosting 12 Days of Christmas from December 1 to 12. Mon, 02 Dec 2019 16:04:58 GMT Recreation award wins prove Palmy punches above its weight Palmy’s won big at the national recreation awards, with The Lido winning Best Pool and Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery winning Best Project. Fri, 29 Nov 2019 08:30:50 GMT Community Patrol has hybrid addition The Palmerston North Community Patrol’s latest tool in helping to keep Palmerston North a safe community was launched in the Square last week. Wed, 27 Nov 2019 16:21:29 GMT Creative Communities Scheme funding boosts city art projects Twenty years ago, photographer Catherine Russ’ exhibition Pork Chop at Square Edge captured the modern culture of Palmerston North landmark Te Motu o Poutoa. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 09:38:44 GMT Valerie Dittmer: Civic Award winner 2019 In a volunteer career extending 45 years, Valerie Dittmer has practised this ‘oldies but goodies’ maxim as a committed member of the city's dedicated not-for-profit sector. Wed, 27 Nov 2019 15:22:50 GMT Scott Bruce: Civic Award winner 2019 A long-serving Rotarian, Scott Bruce reckons that working on behalf of the community generates a continuous loop of goodwill. Wed, 13 Nov 2019 08:43:39 GMT Rodney Wong: Civic Award winner 2019 Rodney Wong is a passionate Rotarian, but please don’t ask him to list the innumerable projects he has tackled as a member of the service club. Wed, 13 Nov 2019 08:43:25 GMT Graham Slater: Civic Award winner 2019 Described by Centrepoint Theatre's former artistic director as “my go-to lighting guy”, Graham Slater’s involvement in theatre began completely by accident. Wed, 13 Nov 2019 08:43:05 GMT Angie Farrow: Civic Award winner 2019 Professor Angie Farrow has made a huge contribution to Palmerston North’s profile and reputation as a centre for performance arts. Wed, 13 Nov 2019 08:42:41 GMT Veterans’ graves to be restored by local RSA Some of the graves of the city’s war veterans will now be restored by the Palmerston North Returned Services Association. Wed, 13 Nov 2019 09:43:54 GMT Supper concert channels upbeat romance of the 1940s The Palmerston North Central Library will be transported back in time on Friday night with a 1940s-themed supper concert. Mon, 04 Nov 2019 15:26:23 GMT Esplanade Scenic Railway celebrates 50 years Palmy's miniature railway is even more popular now than when it first opened in November 1969. Fri, 15 Nov 2019 08:55:01 GMT He Ara Kotahi lights up The city’s newest landmark will be lit in all its glory from Monday night. Thu, 31 Oct 2019 15:31:18 GMT Catch a glimpse of the new village gateways Palmy residents are now able to catch a glimpse of new entrances to the city’s villages. Wed, 30 Oct 2019 15:48:12 GMT Tiptoe through the tombstones The temptation to “meet” some of the interesting residents of Terrace End Cemetery as part of events planned for Palmerston North’s Local History Week has proved so strong that a second date has been added. Mon, 04 Nov 2019 15:15:19 GMT Marshmallow toasting, fire dancing and a huge bonfire... Marshmallow toasting, fire dancing and a huge bonfire will be the star attractions at this year’s Koanga event. Wed, 30 Oct 2019 15:49:35 GMT From landfill to refills – Palmy’s eco-café movement Palmerstonians are no exception when it comes to the nationwide coffee obsession, except for one emerging trend. Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:07:49 GMT Te Āpiti – Manawatū Gorge:(Re)discover this natural and cultural treasure in Palmerston North’s backyard Explore the heritage and natural beauty of Te Āpiti – Manawatū Gorge. Tue, 04 Feb 2020 15:01:09 GMT Council farewells three elected members Palmerston North City Council bid farewell to three Councillors today at its final meeting of the 2016-19 term. Mon, 07 Oct 2019 11:25:00 GMT Are you prepared? Kia rite: Be prepared. That’s the key point of a new Council campaign teaching people how to get prepared for a disaster. Fri, 04 Oct 2019 08:50:27 GMT CBD has gone to the dogs A successful trial and positive feedback have ensured Palmy dogs have a new fur-ever home in the central business district. Tue, 24 Sep 2019 16:18:54 GMT Splashhurst set to reopen The Council is thrilled to announce Splashhurst will reopen on Tuesday 24 September. Fri, 20 Sep 2019 16:10:01 GMT Central Energy Trust Arena artificial turf construction completed Palmerston North’s newest multi-use artificial sports field is now ready for use. Mon, 02 Sep 2019 16:13:10 GMT Two minutes with a Palmy Global Ambassador One of the city's first ever Global Ambassadors talks to us about what it takes to do the job. Mon, 26 Aug 2019 11:46:56 GMT New sculpture revealed The final piece of the Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery project is now complete, with the unveiling and blessing of a new Paul Dibble sculpture in Victoria Esplanade. Fri, 06 Sep 2019 12:00:50 GMT Council planning to flush Ashhurst pipes We’re doing a major flush of water pipes in Ashhurst this week. Mon, 26 Aug 2019 15:29:21 GMT Howitzer finds new home in landmark Palmy park A former military gun is now on show at Memorial Park. Fri, 23 Aug 2019 14:46:54 GMT A to Z of He Ara Kotahi We’ve got the answers to some of your most frequently asked questions about Palmy’s newest shared path. Tue, 20 Aug 2019 09:09:08 GMT Palmy athlete wins in Japan Palmerston North triathlete David Martin has won the 30th Sagishima Triathlon in Japan, improving on his second placing last year. Mon, 26 Aug 2019 09:33:33 GMT Locals embrace reduced e-waste recycling fees Palmy residents have recycled more than 56 tonnes of e-waste over the past year – almost twice as much as the year before. Mon, 19 Aug 2019 11:20:27 GMT More than three tonnes of chemicals saved from landfill in just one day One hundred and seventy four people dropped off their household chemicals at Council’s free hazardous waste day in June. Thu, 15 Aug 2019 09:13:38 GMT Water pipes to be cleaned tonight We’re cleaning the two main pipes that get water from the Turitea Dam to Palmy homes and businesses, to ensure our city’s water stays pristine. Wed, 14 Aug 2019 15:15:38 GMT Splashhurst closed for repairs Ashhurst’s community pool will remain closed until early September, while leaks in the pool are repaired. Fri, 09 Aug 2019 16:23:14 GMT Hunting permits in Turitea Reserve suspended Hunting permits in the Turitea Reserve are being suspended for safety reasons, as the construction of the Turitea windfarm gets underway. Mon, 05 Aug 2019 09:58:39 GMT Massey recognises strong partnership between Council and university Palmerston North City Council has been presented with a Partnership Excellence Award by Massey University. Fri, 02 Aug 2019 11:43:46 GMT Upgraded park will combine digital fun and physical play Milverton Park’s play space is reopening this weekend – and is smarter than ever. Tue, 30 Jul 2019 16:31:25 GMT Wanderlust calling Applications are now open for the 2019 Jaycee Trust Travelling Fellowship. Mon, 29 Jul 2019 09:37:55 GMT Elections an easy read for Palmy’s diverse community We’re making the upcoming local government elections more accessible for everyone in our community by producing an election information flyer in 13 languages. Mon, 29 Jul 2019 10:47:24 GMT Residents give thumbs up to Council More than half of Palmy residents are satisfied or very satisfied with Council’s overall performance. Fri, 26 Jul 2019 15:12:39 GMT Children’s Theatre is a winner Full houses for Manawatū Youth Theatre's latest production are a testament to the popularity of children's theatre. Wed, 24 Jul 2019 12:16:12 GMT A wheely good story Six historic rail wheels are being installed at the Railway Land to commemorate the site's significant role in Palmerston North’s history. Fri, 26 Jul 2019 16:33:10 GMT He Ara Kotahi numbers exceed our expectations He Ara Kotahi is even more popular than we thought it would be. In its first three weeks, 56,000 people or groups have used the new pathway. Tue, 02 Jul 2019 12:15:18 GMT Okoro Matariki Puanga bonfire Palmerston North will be celebrating Māori new year with what is expected to be the largest Matariki Puanga festival ever held in the city. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 12:40:31 GMT Council opens new shelter for hikers An open-fronted whare will provide hikers with a sheltered place to sleep as they traverse the famous Te Araroa trail near Palmerston North. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 15:22:45 GMT Opening date revealed for Splashhurst Ashhurst residents will soon have a local place to swim again, with the grand opening of Splashhurst next weekend. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 08:21:21 GMT Huge numbers on He Ara Kotahi opening weekend More than 12,000 people and groups used Palmerston North's newest pathway on its opening weekend. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 14:12:24 GMT Queen’s Birthday rubbish and recycling Kerbside collections will take place as usual on Queen’s Birthday Monday. Fri, 31 May 2019 11:02:23 GMT Deputy Mayor in China to talk education and ‘big data’ This year marks the 27th anniversary for sister cities Palmerston North and Guiyang, in southwest China. Fri, 31 May 2019 10:30:24 GMT Glittering Palmy paths steal the show Thousands of luminous spheres are lighting up paths along the Manawatū River in a first for Australasia. Fri, 03 May 2019 10:47:45 GMT Speeds on Cuba Street drop after major roading upgrades Palmerston North City Council is excited to reveal vehicle speeds have dropped on Cuba Street since major roading upgrades took place. Thu, 18 Apr 2019 16:17:36 GMT Easter and Anzac hours City Council services over the public holiday period. Thu, 18 Apr 2019 08:16:41 GMT Local artists send uplifting message of inclusivity with street mural At the back of Te Manawa, along Church Street, a mural with splashes of colour and a positive message is turning heads. Thu, 18 Apr 2019 08:01:45 GMT Turbines on the way for Turitea Mercury will begin building 33 wind turbines on and near the Turitea Reserve in August this year. Fri, 12 Apr 2019 13:32:22 GMT City Library and Youth Space introduce April school holiday programmes School holidays are upon us and so are some interesting programmes from the City Library and Youth Space. Thu, 04 Jul 2019 16:12:39 GMT Planning for the future Palmerston North City Council has been praised for how we plan for the city’s future development. Mon, 08 Apr 2019 16:14:21 GMT New mobile app showcases our city’s history Keen to explore Palmy’s best heritage sites? Manawatū Heritage has launched an app that helps you do just that. Thu, 04 Apr 2019 14:21:18 GMT Parking officers to conduct after-hours sting Palmerston North City Council parking officers are cracking down on after-hours parking infringements, taking their fight to previously unmonitored hours to ensure mobility parking is available for those who need, when they need it. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 13:10:39 GMT Palmerston North earns International Safe Community reaccreditation Palmy has done it again. Affirming our commitment to being a connected and safe city, Palmerston North has been reaccredited as an International Safe Community. Tue, 19 Mar 2019 16:11:36 GMT Palmerston North to host international and NZ delegation at Sister Cities conference International visitors from USA, Japan, China and Australia as well as delegates from all over New Zealand are set to converge at the 2019 New Zealand Sister Cities conference in Palmerston North this week (21 to 23 March). Wed, 24 Apr 2019 15:47:08 GMT Positive feedback for CBD dog trial Dogs could become a permanent feature in the CBD if public reaction remains pawsitive. Mon, 09 Sep 2019 09:07:36 GMT Arts and cultural ideas sought for Creative Communities Scheme Applications are now open for the Creative Communities Funding Scheme. Wed, 06 Mar 2019 09:23:01 GMT Proposed rates increase lower than forecast Palmerston North City Council is proposing that total rates for 2019-20 will increase by 4.4 per cent – lower than the 5.5 per cent assumed in the 10-Year Plan adopted last year. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 16:08:25 GMT Thirty new social housing units for Papaioea Place tenants Papaioea Place’s first construction phase is now complete. Wed, 03 Jul 2019 10:21:47 GMT Residents warned not to touch ducks Palmerston North residents are being warned not to touch ducks in the city after some ducks tested positive for avian botulism. Thu, 28 Feb 2019 14:34:47 GMT Ashhurst wins vote for new mobile gym After a heated public vote, Ashhurst Domain will be the initial home to Palmy's first mobile gym. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 12:48:21 GMT Welcome packs ready for Palmy newcomers We've launched a welcome pack to help newcomers settle in to living in Palmerston North. Wed, 27 Feb 2019 15:53:04 GMT Council’s building services team gears up for future talent UCOL students are spending an open day with Palmerston North City Council’s building services team. Tue, 26 Feb 2019 14:50:45 GMT Hazardous chemical spills double in 2018 Palmerston North City Council is calling on businesses to let us know urgently if you have a hazardous waste spill. Mon, 25 Feb 2019 16:21:17 GMT Multicultural groups gather for tenth Ethkick football tournament Kick off a day of fun with your friends and whānau this Saturday as Ethkick turns 10. Mon, 11 Mar 2019 11:52:29 GMT Keeping toxic waste out of our environment The city has almost doubled its e-waste recycling since Palmerston North City Council reduced the fees six months ago. Fri, 22 Feb 2019 12:09:19 GMT City's first fenced dog agility park now open Palmerston North dog owners have a new, secure place to take your pooch to play. Mon, 08 Apr 2019 11:37:29 GMT Do you have any World War One stories? As we near the New Zealand Tattoo celebration, we're looking to feature World War One stories. Got something? Tell us your story and help us honour our war heroes. Fri, 26 Apr 2019 10:01:44 GMT Download our smartphone app to help make reporting issues easy Report issues to Palmerston North City Council using the smartphone app Snap Send Solve. Thu, 12 Dec 2019 10:13:47 GMT Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery opens its doors The wait is over — New Zealand's first specialised wildlife rehabilitation centre is set to welcome everyone during its phased opening, starting today. Mon, 08 Apr 2019 11:17:51 GMT Smart bins for a smart city A trial is underway in Palmerston North to see whether compacting solar rubbish bins are more effective and efficient than some of our current bins in public parks. Fri, 26 Apr 2019 09:09:22 GMT Flying fox repairs underway The Linklater Flying Fox should be back up and running again by the end of March. Mon, 11 Feb 2019 09:28:27 GMT Waitangi Day rubbish and recycling Our recycling facilities will be open this Waitangi Day, and we're ready to take those things that no longer bring you joy. Mon, 04 Feb 2019 14:34:23 GMT First female driver for Teams Champs 22-year-old Rebecca Barr has been racing since she was 12, and now she’s at the top of her game and making history. Mon, 08 Apr 2019 11:11:11 GMT Hunt starts for cycling ambassadors Applications are open for two new community members to join Palmerston North City Council's people on bikes forum. Thu, 28 Mar 2019 09:25:42 GMT Coping with stray cats Tips from Palmerston North City Council's environmental protection team on what to do if you find a stray cat this summer. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 12:46:54 GMT Huge glass recycling numbers in city Christmas and a hot summer break see a spike in glass recycling in the city. Wed, 23 Jan 2019 13:28:58 GMT Water outlook for summer An update on Palmerston North's water levels this summer. Wed, 23 Jan 2019 13:51:28 GMT Five things to do in Palmy this summer As voted by you! Mon, 29 Apr 2019 15:32:00 GMT Poppy Places recognises seven more sites in Palmerston North Seven more Palmerston North streets and locations have had the red poppy added to their street signs. Wed, 09 Jan 2019 14:40:38 GMT Free recycling service for used non-commercial motor oil Free motor oil recycling for Palmerston North domestic residents is about to become a reality. Wed, 09 Jan 2019 14:40:39 GMT PNCC takes ownership of purpose-built 100% electric trucks Two purpose-built 100% electric kerbside rubbish and recycling trucks, fully constructed in New Zealand, are soon to hit the streets working for Palmerston North City Council. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 16:20:32 GMT Pink parklet provides pop of colour as well as parking for bikes A transportable cycle park is among the options for housing your bike in Palmerston North's city centre. Thu, 05 Sep 2019 08:46:54 GMT Playground upgrades a slam dunk Council has upgraded a suite of playgrounds across the city in the past three months. Mon, 08 Jul 2019 15:18:53 GMT David Edge: Civic Award winner 2017 Dr David Edge has helped put Palmerston North on the musical map. Wed, 09 Jan 2019 14:40:43 GMT Junne Bendall: Civic Award winner 2017 Whether you’ve pondered if the Numbers sculpture contains a secret code or marvelled at the kinetic quality of Giants Amongst Us, Junne Bendall’s voluntary work has touched all Palmerstonians and visitors alike. Fri, 26 Apr 2019 09:53:52 GMT Lyal Brenton: Civic Award winner 2017 Lyal Brenton’s difficulty saying no is Palmerston North’s gain. Wed, 09 Jan 2019 14:40:44 GMT Poppies mark service of Victoria Cross recipients Six more Palmerston North streets have had the red poppy added to their street signs to mark the significance of their names. Wed, 09 Jan 2019 14:40:44 GMT Preserving cultural heritage Plans to preserve and better protect Palmerston North’s significant cultural artefacts take a big step forward this month. Wed, 09 Jan 2019 14:40:44 GMT Do the right thing with your unwanted vehicle! Palmerston North City Council is urging residents not to abandon unwanted vehicles. Wed, 09 Jan 2019 14:40:44 GMT Protecting notable trees Palmerston North City Council wants you to let us know if there are any special trees that need our protection. Wed, 09 Jan 2019 14:40:44 GMT Every home should have one “She’ll be right” isn’t an acceptable attitude when it comes to keeping you and your family safe. Every home in New Zealand needs to have an emergency survival kit. Fri, 26 Apr 2019 10:06:02 GMT Nine new poppy streets honour 28th Māori Battalion A special event was held on Armistice Day to mark the inclusion of nine more local streets in the Poppy Places project – a street recognition initiative that identifies New Zealand places with links to our military involvement overseas. Fri, 26 Apr 2019 09:55:47 GMT Ian Gray: Civic Award winner 2016 Ian Gray’s love of cycling began when he was just 14 years old. “I enjoy the challenge it presents. But my real passion is coaching.” Mon, 08 Jul 2019 15:16:05 GMT Isabelle Poff-Pencole: Civic Award winner 2016 Isabelle Poff-Pencole has helped people from all over the world settle in Palmerston North. “In our world it’s really important to grow and support a well-balanced multicultural society.” Fri, 26 Apr 2019 09:23:52 GMT Margaret May: Civic Award winner 2016 Margaret May is passionate about the social and cultural wellbeing of Palmerston North. “I believe we’re all responsible for creating a better, more equitable city for everyone.” Fri, 26 Apr 2019 10:02:11 GMT Stewart Collis: Civic Award winner 2016 Stewart Collis likes to help people out whenever he can. “I’m not a person who talks all day and then walks away. I’m a doer.” Wed, 09 Jan 2019 14:40:45 GMT Jenny Mair: Civic Award winner 2016 Jenny Mair was born to work with her hands and bring ideas to life. “I pick up ideas and I make them happen.” Wed, 09 Jan 2019 14:40:45 GMT