Theme Week New Zealand – Palmerston North

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Palmerston North with Tararua Range in the background © Mover85/cc-by-sa-3.0

Palmerston North with Tararua Range in the background © Mover85/cc-by-sa-3.0

Palmerston North (Māori: Te Papa-i-Oea, known colloquially as Palmy) is a city in the North Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Manawatū-Whanganui region. Located in the eastern Manawatu Plains, the city is near the north bank of the Manawatu River, 35 km (22 mi) from the river’s mouth, and 12 km (7 mi) from the end of the Manawatu Gorge, about 140 km (87 mi) north of the capital, Wellington. Palmerston North is the country’s eighth-largest urban area, with an urban population of 81,200 (June 2022). The estimated population of Palmerston North city is 90,400 (June 2022).

The official limits of the city take in rural areas to the south, north-east, north-west and west of the main urban area, extending to the Tararua Ranges; including the town of Ashhurst at the mouth of the Manawatu Gorge, the villages of Bunnythorpe and Longburn in the north and west respectively. The city covers a land area of 395 square kilometres (98,000 acres).

Cenotaph War Memorial and Clock Tower © flickr.com - Geoff McKay/cc-by-2.0 Dugald McKenzie Rose Garden - Victoria Esplanade © jonathanischoice/cc-by-sa-4.0 Te Peeti Awe Awe Memorial © Michal Klajban/cc-by-sa-4.0 Palmerston North with Tararua Range in the background © Mover85/cc-by-sa-3.0 © Aaron Lawrence/cc-by-sa-3.0 All Saints Anglican Church © PhilBeeNZ/cc- by-sa-3.0
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Dugald McKenzie Rose Garden - Victoria Esplanade © jonathanischoice/cc-by-sa-4.0
The city’s location was once little more than a clearing in a forest and occupied by small communities of Māori, who called it Papa-i-Oea, believed to mean “How beautiful it is”. In the mid-19th century, it was settled by Europeans—originally by Scandinavians and, later, British settlers. On foundation, the British settlement was bestowed the name Palmerston, in honour of Viscount Palmerston, a former British Prime Minister. The suffix North was added in 1871 to distinguish the settlement from Palmerston in the South Island. Today, the name is often informally shortened to “Palmy”.

Early Palmerston North relied on public works and sawmilling. The west coast railway was built in 1886, linking the town to Wellington, and Palmerston North benefited from a booming pastoral farming industry. Linton Military Camp, Palmerston North Hospital, and the establishment of Massey University (in 1927) have reduced the dependence on farming due to more skilled workers, since the early 20th century. Popular attractions include Te Manawa (a museum and art gallery that includes the New Zealand Rugby Museum), and several performing arts venues.

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Read more on NewZealand.com – Palmerston North, Wikivoyage Palmerston North and Wikipedia Palmerston North. Learn more about the use of photos. To inform you about latest news most of the city, town or tourism websites offer a newsletter service and/or operate Facebook pages/Twitter accounts. In addition more and more destinations, tourist organizations and cultural institutions offer Apps for your Smart Phone or Tablet, to provide you with a mobile tourist guide (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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