These carvings, created by John Bevan Ford and Warren Warbrick were constructed in 1990 to honour the significance of the Māori name for The Square, Te Marae-o-Hine, The Courtyard of the Daughter of Peace. John Bevan Ford, a member of Ngāti Raukawa and a well known artist of Palmerston North was commissioned to undertake the work by the Rangitāne Maori Committee and the Palmerston North City Council. The paved courtyard provided a venue for civic gatherings where Māori protocol could be used and the set of nine wooden carvings defined the boundaries of the courtyard. The two large posts shown here contain carvings which face in two directions. The outward carvings welcome visitors to the city by Rangitāne, while the inward carvings depict Te Rongorito and her mother Hineaupounamu, bring their gifts of peace to the civic gathering place which they overlook. The group of three carved posts, shown in this picture symbolise a hope for peace and prosperity. The Square has since been redesigned but the carving and their significance remain.
This manuscript lists the meanings of some local place names. Ian Matheson, City Archivist, created a series of manuscripts on Local History in the course of his work. To view the full item, please click the download link.
This manuscript contains a brief history of the Maori in Palmerston North. Ian Matheson, City Archivist, created a series of manuscripts on local history in the course of his work.
From the title page, "Historical Maori Pageant Organised and Staged by the Maori People of the Manawatu District for the Diamond Jubilee Committee of Palmerston North as an event during the Celebrations, held in November 20th to 27th, 1937. Maori Committee: Rangi Marumaru (Parewanui), Chairman Hoani Meihana Apakura Meihana Durie (Aorangi) Wiremu K Te Aweawe (Rangiotu) Akuira Te Rangi (Rangiotu) Tata Roera (Awahuri) Te Hiwawa Paurini (Tokorangi) Purangi Herangi (Pikiahu-Waewae, Halcombe) Te Haeana Wi Hemara (Motuiti) Pitihira Reihana (Motuiti) Takerei Kohika (Poutu-Shannon) Hon. Rangi Mawhete, M.L.C. (Convener) Taite Te Tomo (Kakariki) (Kaumatua representing the older generation of assembled tribes) Rikihana B Carkeek, Hon. Secretary" Printed by local company H. L. Young Ltd.
"A Form of Prayer and Thanksgiving to Almighty God commended by the Archbishops of Cantebury and York for general use on Wednesday, the 12th Day of May, 1937 being the day of the Coronations of their Majesties King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in the Abbey Church of St. Peter, Westminter."
The order of service from the unveiling of the Memorial Shrine at Fitzroy Memorial Park (later known as Memorial Park). The memorial was created to remember service men and women from Palmerston North and District who gave their lives during World War One and World War Two.
Plans for the development of the central area around The Square of Palmerston North. It includes proposals for the use of public spaces around Coleman Mall, Broadway Avenue and Church Street.
The Downtown building in Broadway houses retail businesses on the Ground Floor and the main cinema complex for Palmerston North on the First Floor.
A series of maps showing residential and industrial development across the city of Palmerston North.
An artists Impression of Aokautere Subdivision, Pacific Drive & Woodgate Subdivision
A concept drawing of what housing might look like on the the railway land, bounded by Pitt Street, Church Street, Main Street and Cook Street.
A plan for housing to be built in Palmerston North, on former railway land, bounded by Main Street, West Street and Church Street.
Map showing part of the area bought by the Government to open up the interior of the lower North Island. it follows the courseof the Manawatu and Oroua Rivers. "The main part of this map is traced from one drawn by Mr G L Adkin in Nov. 1956 based oh a half-scale copy (dated 1860) of J T Stewart's 2 inches to 1 mile survey of 1859. Additional names and data are from other maps by J T Stewart and from other sources. Additional pa sites have been added from a rough map drawn by the Hon. Mr W. Moffat. As the latter was not to scale these sites may be out of their true position and have been marked thus + for reference. A. E (?) Williams. August 1961"
Topographical map showing boundaries proposed by the Palmerston North City Council (August and November 1988) and Local Government Commission (Interim Determination and Draft, December 1988. In 1989 there was New Zealand wide reform of Local Government. At the time about 850 local bodies were amalgamated into 86 local authorities, made up of regional and territorial levels.
The Wellington Manawatu Railway Company Limited constructed the rail line between Wellington and Palmerston, Which opened in 1886. The company ran the line until they sold it to the Government in 1908. Also contains a sketch map of New Zealand showing the railway systems. the map contains wider information on the ownership and use of land in the area.
Three maps pasted onto one sheet. 1. Map of New Zealand, with some general statistics and a description of the country. 2. "Thorndon Ward, City of Wellington, N.Z., Shewing Locality of Reclamation to be made by the Wellington & Manawatu Railway Co." 3. "Sketch Map of the Wellington & Manawatu Railway to accompany Sixth Annual Report of the DirectorsC
A new airport terminal was designed for the Palmerston North airport. The airport was originally developed as the Milson aerodromme in the 1930s.
Artist's impression of The Square's proposed appearance, when interior roadways had been converted to gardens and the new Civic Administration Building had been completed. ##
Map showing land for sale in and near Linton. The land had been allocated to the Wellington & Manawatu Railway Company.
Land sale map for land near Te Horo and Hautere, adjacent to the Wellington & Manawatu Railway, who owned the land. The map also includes information on the sale conditions and on the railway itself, and a locality map showing the position of the lands for sale and the railway.
Land sale map of Shannon and the surrounding area, with land being offered for sale by the Wellington & Manawatu Railway Company.
Land sale map for the township of Tokomaru and the surrounding area. The land was owned by the Wellington & Manawatu Railway Company.
Land sale map for land owned by the Wellington & Manawatu Railway Company.
Land sale map showing the sections available in the township of Shannon. The land had been allocated to the Wellington & Manawatu Railway Company. George Shannon, who Shannon was named after, was one of the shareholders of the W&M Railway Co.
Land sale map showing the sections available in the township of Manukau and the surrounding area. The land had been allocated to the Wellington & Manawatu Railway Company. Township now called Manakau.
Land sale map showing the sections for sale between the Tokomaru and Shannon areas. The land had been allocated to the Wellington & Manawatu Railway Company.
Map showing land for sale in the Akatarawa, Rimutaka, Paikakariki and Belmont Districts near Wellington. The land had been allocated to the Wellington & Manawatu Railway Company.
Map showing land for sale in the Fitzherbert area near Palmerston North. The land had been allocated to the Wellington & Manawatu Railway Company. Also contains a locality map showing position of land for sale and the Wellington and Manawatu Railway.
Rate book for ratepayers of PNBC, for the years 1878-1883. Handwritten. Details occupier or person primarily liable for rate, description of the property, rateable value, rate and by whom paid, if available.
Notice and Order Paper for Special Council Meeting Being the Final Council Meeting to Commemorate the Abolition of the Present Palmerston North City and the Dissolution of the Present Palmerston North City Council.