Welcome to Palmerston North

#1: International Safe City

Palmerston North has been accredited as an International Safe Community by WHO in October 2013. People who live, work, study and visit here are welcome and secure.

#2: World-class Education

Palmerston North is a city of growth and opportunity with strengths in world-class education across sectors from early childhood through to tertiary. The city is home to major educational and research institutions, including New Zealand’s defining university – Massey, Universal College of Learning (UCOL), and International Pacific College.

#3: Highly educated and skilled population

Our education and qualifications levels continue to outperform the national average, especially at Post-graduate & Honours, Masters and Doctorate.


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Bachelor Degree & Level 7 Qualifications



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Statistics by Destination Manawatu 2012

#4: A global village

Palmerston North hosts a diverse and inclusive population with representatives from over 100 different cultures. International students are warmly welcomed and embraced into the vibrant multi-cultural and multi-ethnic community.


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#5: Affordable and balanced lifestyle

Palmerston North offers a lovely laid-back lifestyle. People are very social, tolerant and supportive. The city is a great place, safe, affordable and relaxed, to raise children with greater educational opportunities and an appreciation for nature and freedom.

#6: Central location

Palmerston North is centrally located in the lower North Island of New Zealand. It is a growing hub with outstanding infrastructure, reliable and regular air, rail, and road transport. The city offers the sophistication and diversity of a major city with all the freedom and space of a provincial centre. Only two hours to Wellington, Ohakune or Napier and a short drive to Wairarapa, the location of Palmerston North makes weekend trips easy.

#7: Globally connected

With ultra-fast broadband across the city and free Wifi service in the city centre, Palmerston North is well connected globally. It offers digital commuting to the world, reduced travel time and cost; hence, enables the local economy to remain innovative and competitive.