Council’s emphasis is on maintaining our essential infrastructure – roads, footpaths and cycleways, the water, wastewater and stormwater networks, parks, sportsgrounds and walkways, and the library buildings and community halls.

Our three major focus areas are enabling sustainable growth, city centre transformation, and the Manawatū River. Each focus area is made up of a number of ambitious projects to help us achieve our vision.

Click on the tiles below for more information on each focus area and the projects associated with these. For detailed information about all our activities, see our strategies and plans.

Living wage

Council is considering paying permanent staff the Living Wage from year two of the 10 Year Plan. The Living Wage is set nationally each year and is currently $20.20 per hour. At present, our minimum hourly rate is $17.50 per hour. We estimate that introducing the Living Wage for permanent staff earning below $20.20 per hour could cost between $325,000 and $1.3m a year, depending on the extent to which the increase flows on to other staff to maintain relativity between wage rates.

The proposed 10 Year Plan does not provide funding for paying the Living Wage.

Council has no fixed view on this and we will now consider the results of your feedback as we finalise the Plan.

Here is some background information for you: Living Wage report to Council [PDF]

If Council was to pay the Living Wage is would add between $9 and $35 per year to the average residential rate.

23 April, 2018

Katie says:

“Yes, I think that everyone should at the bare minimum be paid the living wage. It is good that the council is leading by example.”

23 April, 2018

Ruth Jackson says:

“Yes I think PNCC should absolutely pay a living wage. I'm happy to pay more rates so that employees are treated fairly. Subcontractors too”

22 April, 2018

Phil D says:

“I do not agree to Council paying a living wage, this is unnecessary and should be a central government initative”

20 April, 2018

Kelly says:

“Yes a living wage should be introduced. PNCC should pave the way for other employers to do the same”

20 April, 2018

Kingsley Berkahn says:

“Of course the council is morally obliged to pay a living wage to its lowest paid workers. It sets a good example to all employeers.”

20 April, 2018

Thomas Nash says:

“I’m in favour of PNCC - and all employers - paying the living wage. It’s the right thing to and well-paid workers are better workers anyway.”

19 April, 2018

Fraser says:

“Yes, Living Wage should be paid - could help to set a standard in the city. Also worth considering is tying bottom wage to top via a ratio.”

19 April, 2018

Anne says:

“Yes, value all employees and pay living wage. Be a role model for a more equitable society..”

17 April, 2018

Jo says:

“Happy to see an increase in wages for the staff however the CEO should not receive a pay increase under any circumstances!”

15 April, 2018

Bruce says:

“As long as those over paid fat cats higher up the ladder don't get a raise because of some sort of relativity index BS and no rate rise reqd”

15 April, 2018

Meredith says:

“Absolutely yes, at a minimum. It should also extend to all staff, contractors, cleaners, and funded community organisations. ”

14 April, 2018

Ally says:

“I agree with Craig, many rate payers don't earn the living wage, why should we subsidize council staff wages and be worse off.”

Other projects

We've considered many other projects that aren't included in this plan. We'd like them too, but the number of projects we like exceeds our ability to pay.

You can find a complete list of all the projects we considered but have not funded in our plans.

Projects considered but not funded
  • Trialling a kerbside food waste collection (programme number 1370). This would cost $472,000 (operating) in 2020-21
  • Subsidising swimming pool admission for preschoolers and off-peak adults to see if it leads to increased pool use (programme number 1434). This would cost $75,000 (operating) for each of the next three years
  • Realigning and widening the five dips in Kelvin Grove Road to improve safety (programme number 159). This would cost $3,028,000 (capital) in 2019-23
  • Purchasing land at Riverside Drive (off Te Matai Road) for a cycle criterium track, river entranceway and wetland biodiversity area (programme number 1456). This would cost $167,000 (capital) in 2023-4


Thank you for your feedback. We will now consider these comments as we finalise the Plan.

23 April, 2018

Katie says:

“Subsidising swimming lessons would be more beneficial than subsidising admission to the swimming pools.”

23 April, 2018

Katie says:

“I think that kerbside food waste collection is extremely important and should be included. What about subsidising swimming lessons instead.”

20 April, 2018

Thomas says:

“Certainly in favour of the riverside track - I guess bearing in mind potential for future flooding with extreme weather events.”

17 April, 2018

Elizabeth says:

“Think we should be purchasing more land like Riverside Drive as a green space for the future.Please maintain as a natural environment.”

17 April, 2018

Anne says:

“I like the idea of linear park along The Manawatu River if this means a green corridor for native flora and fauna.”

4 April, 2018

Miriam says:

“I support the criterium. PNCC talks about Palmy as a cycling city and this would add to our reputation. It would bring people into the city.”

4 April, 2018

Miriam says:

“I support the food waste trial. Would it save money by diverting food waste from landfill?”

22 March, 2018

Adele says:

“A food waste collection trial would be a great step towards reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill. ”

21 March, 2018

Rebecca says:

“A food waste collection programme could be a really good way of minimising waste going to the landfill. Interested in this one. ”

21 March, 2018

Noella says:

“Food waste trial might be okay, but can't afford the rest.”

19 March, 2018

Rachel says:

“Would be interested to trial the food waste collection - even for 6 months. ”

Improving services

The major projects outlined on this website will improve the services we provide. We'll also continue to provide improved day-to-day services and projects. These include:

  • Organisational performance and digital transformation
  • Arts beyond the CBD and Arts Powerhouse projects
  • Citywide active transport connections to schools, work, and recreation – including Feilding to Palmerston North shared pathway
  • Redevelopment and growth of Council housing
  • Street lighting conversion to LED
  • New biodiversity programmes
  • More activities and events throughout the city (plenty to do)
  • Placemaking, laneways, Palmy Unleashed and play projects
  • New recycling services
  • Asset management and maintenance
  • Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) delivery: job creation, marketing and visitor attraction, supporting start-ups and major events (regional, national and international)
  • Three new community hubs (Bunnythorpe, Highbury Partnership, Kelvin Grove) and meeting community needs for people-centred planning for services and facilities
  • New Civil Defence Emergency Operating Centre
  • Reserve development (Linklater Reserve, Edwards Pit Park and Memorial Park)
  • Alternative and renewable energy services
  • Water quality (fresh drinking water)
  • Massey University entranceway and Food HQ campus redevelopment

23 April, 2018

Katie says:

“I don't think that the Massey University entranceway and Food HQ campus redevelopment is a priority. Could not Massey University fund this?”

19 April, 2018

Fraser says:

“As a rates payer, I'm happy to pay more for these improvements. Prioritise arts, CBD, place making, green development (in all its forms).”

17 April, 2018

Anne says:

“Do not think rate payers money should be spent on a new MU entranceway or redeveloping the Food H Q campus”

12 April, 2018

DH says:

“I love PN but it is boring. Look at providing better & more frequent events for all interests - we have a geographical advantage lets use it”

12 April, 2018

DH says:

“Why is the functionality of Ruahine St & Tremaine Ave not being addressed - I am happy to pay more to fix real issues not perceived ones”

3 April, 2018

Kat says:

“The LEDs are too dark - wait until they're better quality before spending on this”

27 March, 2018

Craig says:

“Why are ratepayers paying for upgrades at Massey's Food HQ. The council already makes a large contribution to Massey annually. ”

25 March, 2018

Noella says:

“This all this really necessary? Do the ones that need doing. The rest is unaffordable. Should not be asking for increase in rates for this.”

20 March, 2018

Grant says:

“Many of these proposals are nice to have but not affordable. Proposed rate increases need to be reduced. Only undertake if self funding.”