Mes­sage from the Mayor

The Tribune (NZ) - - SQUARE CIRCULAR -

Kia Ora

We are cur­rently con­sult­ing on our An­nual Plan for 2016/17. This is year 2 of our 10 Year Plan and, although there are no ma­jor changes to the 10 Year Plan, the Coun­cil is propos­ing some small ad­di­tions to keep a good bal­ance be­tween what peo­ple ex­pect us to do and what it costs.

Our Con­sul­ta­tion Doc­u­ment was de­liv­ered to all house­holds last week. It is brief but im­por­tant, be­cause it out­lines our pro­pos­als for the 2016/17 year. See page three for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion. Ear­lier this year I at­tended the open­ing of the Massey Maori Sci­ence Academy. The pro­gramme will work with five Manawatū sec­ondary schools to nur­ture Maori stu­dents with a love of sci­ence. Guests at the open­ing in­cluded speak­ers from NASA. The Pūhoro pro­gramme is funded by Massey Univer­sity and Te Puni Kōkiri with sup­port from the Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil, Te Tumu Paeroa and the New Zealand Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Au­thor­ity. I was thrilled to hear that Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil to­gether with the Manawatū Dis­trict Coun­cil have se­cured the Hilux New Zealand Ru­ral Games for the next two years. The free two-day event will be held over the weekend of 11–12 March 2017 and will take place in The Square. The games will kick off the New Zealand Agri In­vest­ment Week and will add to the vi­brancy of the City. It’s great to see the City swell with so many new stu­dents who choose to study in Palmer­ston North. I wel­come you to our City and en­cour­age you to par­take of ev­ery­thing we have to of­fer dur­ing your time here.

Mauri ora Grant

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