Message from the Mayor
I'd like to thank all those who helped to organise this year's ANZAC Day events. Palmerston North City and surrounds hosted seven ANZAC Day ceremonies and what wonderful, moving and memorable services we had in The Square. I'm sure that being able to provide a large screen TV and supply extra seating added to the experience for those attending. I was very proud that my father helped place a wreath on the Cenotaph in The Square.
It was great news to hear the Council has agreed to extend its two parking trials in the central city until the 4th of July. The first trial offers free parking until eleven every Saturday morning and the second trial allows a driver to park in the same space for up to three hours provided they feed the meter. I believe the parking trials have offered people more incentive to spend time in the City centre whether they're doing business, shopping, dining or using the library.
Congratulations to Council's Mike Sahayam who won a top science award at the Industrial Waters NZ Conference recently in Christchurch, for his work on improving the quality of the City's trade waste. It's reassuring to know that we are at the cutting edge of processes that improve our waste water discharges. It should be noted that this important conference will be hosted in the City next year.
With the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Sport Manawatū and Palmerston North City, the City is another step closer to establishing the Central Energy Trust Arena as the Sports Hub of Palmerston North. It was also exciting to attend the unveiling of the new lights on the back fields. This has been a huge project undertaken by B&M Electrical and supported fully by Central Energy Trust. The new Phillips LED lighting emits a cool white light on the fields, allowing for better visibility and clarity for games, trainings and events, bringing further prosperity to the facility and city.
Mauri ora Grant