Mes­sage from the Mayor

Kia Ora

The Tribune (NZ) - - SQUARE CIRCULAR -

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

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