We can be nation’s smartest city
Back for my second term as mayor I’m feeling very ambitious for Palmerston North. We’re young, well-educated and innovative, and I believe we can be the country’s smartest city.
Being smart is about much more than education levels and academic qualifications.
It’s about recognising and capitalising on our strengths. It’s about knowing where to put our energy and resources. And it’s about getting the best outcomes for everybody.
Palmerston North can thrive as a strategic regional hub.
We’re located in the middle of a million people and serve as the capital for 230,000 people living within a 45-minute drive. We’re close to central government, easily accessible by road, rail and air, and have a 24/7 airport – one of only three in the country.
This makes us well placed to attract and retain business, expand our key industries, and grow our already buoyant job market.
We’re well on our way to becoming the agri-food capital of New Zealand and we’re now a major freight and logistics hub.
As we continue to innovate and grow we’ll have exciting opportunities to offer our graduates and more jobs for our young people.
We’re also the perfect place for smart families to raise their children. We offer a safe and easy lifestyle, an abundance of green spaces, and affordable housing – and it’s so easy to get around.
Our central city is markedly more vibrant as we continue to upgrade our CBD, and new initiatives like the food trucks are creating a real buzz.
We’re also securing bigger and better events like the Hilux Rural Games that are attracting people from across the region and even the country.
We have some big projects under way that’ll provide real bang for buck for every resident. And I have no doubt they’ll make us an even more attractive place to visit and live.
The He Ara Kotahi cycle and pedestrian bridge, supported by significant funding from central government, will be a key route in our urban transport network. It will connect Linton Military Camp, Massey University and FoodHQ to the city and is expected to be used by more than 1000 people a day.
Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery will be the only centre of its kind in the country and an absolute national treasure. Building work will commence in January thanks to a very impressive fundraising drive and the generous support of the Central Energy Trust.
We really are on the cusp of some exciting times. We must be more ambitious than ever and become the city we all know we can be.
I’m passionate about Palmerston North and look forward to serving you for another three years.
A view of Palmerston North’s proposed cycle and pedestrian bridge looking from the Massey side toward the city.