Newcomers to Palmy will find it easier to settle into their new home city with the aid of a welcome pack, launched this week, and the bimonthly city welcome and information sessions for newcomers.
The welcome pack is part of our city’s Welcoming Plan under the Welcoming Communities programme, which is an initiative of Immigration New Zealand. Our city is one of the five regions in New Zealand piloting this programme. With this plan, we aim to make Palmy a more welcoming place for all newcomers to live, work and play.
The Palmy welcome pack is an essential local guide for our city’s new migrants and settlers. It includes information about:
- emergency services and safety
- public transport
- things to do, as shared by Palmy locals
- finding and maintaining a place to live
- working in Palmy
- available health services
- helpful local contacts
- details of other essential services
Now available at the i-Site, the City Library and the Manawatū Multicultural Centre, the packs also come with handy slang (know your Kiwi lingo) and ‘things to do’ bingo cards.
You can also access the packs online on the Palmerston North City & Manawatū website.
If you’re new to town, you’re also invited to come along to our next city welcome and information session for newcomers. It will be held at the Central Library on Saturday 6 April, from 10.30am to 12pm. There will be free morning tea, a short walking tour of the city centre, and local tips and information about living in Palmerston North.
“We know how challenging it is to move into a new city. Through our welcome pack and city welcome sessions, we hope to connect newcomers to local information, tips and services,” says Welcoming Communities Coordinator Stephanie Velvin.