New Zealand’s first settlers thought Manawatu was a breathtakingly beautiful place. Manawatu (meaning ”heart standing still”) takes its name from its river, which has the second greatest flow in the North Island; its business and retail heart, Palmerston North, was formed in1866 in a natural clearing in the Papaioea Forest, (meaning ”how beautiful it is”). Today, Manawatu is a growing region, employing over 100,000 people in a variety of industries and occupations. Palmerston North is New Zealand’s sixth largest urban area; it’s rural surrounds are largely pastoral and flat to rolling, framed by the magnificent Tararua and Ruahine ranges and the Oroua and Rangitikei rivers.
The region has a great sense of community, a rich pastoral tradition and a vibrant business heart, offering a metropolitan base and a superb lifestyle for its residents. Manawatu has affordable housing, a relaxing lifestyle and friendly people, but still has still has all the benefits of a major city. The schools and educational institutions are excellent and we are home for many world leading researchers, notably those in the areas of food science and animal health. The arts and sporting infrastructure is excellent and Manawatu is home to many international fixtures: rugby, netball, basketball, motor racing, squash, art exhibitions and many more.