Mes­sage from the Mayor

The Tribune (NZ) - - TE KARERE A HINE / SQUARE CIRCULAR - Mauri Ora, Grant Smith

Kia Ora,

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.

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