The Palmy debate continues
I write in response to Pete French’s letter about his disappointment with Sunday’s (and I can only assume the entire nation’s) “Palmy bashing” [January 16]. I’d just like to clear up the gross misconception that “it’s BS” – no, Palmy’s a nightmare. I’ll give it to Pete that it’s a great place to live and raise a family, but I fear that I must add that this is only the case if you’re totally unaware of the alternatives and care little for the state of your child’s schooling. It was mentioned that the region hosts a wide variety of wholesome outdoor activities, but I’d like to point out that you can do nearly none of those things locally – you may as well live in central Auckland.
Pete mentioned the people being down to earth; I’ve never been to a less friendly place in all of New Zealand. When I first moved to Palmy I was taken aback by the cold attitude with which I was generally regarded. Usually I find it extremely easy to interact with new people, but for the first time in my life this wasn’t the case in Palmerston North. I could cite numerous cases of my friends getting attacked and badly beaten when walking at night, and if you’re looking for a fight I’d suggest you look