Message from the Mayor
It’s been a big month for our City. I was thrilled to be able to attend the official opening of the Longburn to Palmerston North shared pathway, the first shared pathway in New Zealand to be opened by the Minister. The $34million increase in NZTA funding also announced earlier this month will allow for steady progress with the City to Linton shared pathway and the Manawatū River bridge project. These pathways will mean more people can get out and around our city safely.
Another first for Palmerston North was the introduction of Radio Frequency Identification self-service technology in our Library, a technology first for any library in New Zealand. I got to welcome two visiting groups to our City this month. The first, a group of young people on the Myanmar Young Leaders Programme, were visiting our country to get an insight into human rights, collective action, democratic decisionmaking and community participation. The second, a group 37 academic staff from various academic institutions in the Henan Province in China, will be based at Massey University for three months to learn about teaching agriculture in New Zealand. Finally, although our City escaped the worst of the flooding, I am proud of our team at Council and those Palmerstonians who helped each other and our neighbours. We had staff and resources in Whanganui and donated $120,000 towards The Manawatū Wanganui Regional District Relief Fund Trust.