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Te Marae o Hine / The Square

Te Marae o Hine / The Square

Looking from the corner of Coleman Place to the Cornonation Fountain, built in 1902. Originally it stood in the middle of The Square, but was shifted to accommodate the war memorial in the 1920s. In 2005 it was again shifted, to sit near the Broadway corner of The Square. Beyond can be seen the PDC department store, near the Church Street conrner of The Square

 
Aerial image taken from The Square, Palmerston North

Aerial image taken from The Square, Palmerston North

Photograph taken by mobile phone, from a 105 metre crane in The Square, looking down on the Palmerston North area that leads to the Manawatū River. Fitzherbert Avenue runs centrally through the image, and on the right further back can be seen Ongley and Manawaroa playing fields and the Esplanade beyond.

 
Aerial image taken from The Square, Palmerston North

Aerial image taken from The Square, Palmerston North

Photograph taken by mobile phone, from a 105 metre crane in The Square, looking down on the corner of The Square and Church Street. The Butterfly Lakelet in The Square can be clearly seen. The corner of Fitzherbert Avenue and The Square is on the left, and prominent buildings are the FMG high rise building at centre, the All Saints Church and the Grand Hotel building opposite.

 
William and Vera Amey and family

William and Vera Amey and family

William and Vera Amey with their children and grandchildren enjoying a picnic at a local beach. The adult children are Leonard, Eileen, Prudence and Alice.

Date
circa 1954
Place
Palmerston North
 
Scutching flax fibre

Scutching flax fibre

The final stage in the preparation of the flax fibre is Scutching; a process in which the dried flax fibre is polished between two wooden surfaces.  As part of Local History Week, members of the public and City Library staff visited Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom and the Flax Stripper Museum in Foxton.

 
Dried and Bleached Flax Fibre

Dried and Bleached Flax Fibre

Stripped flax fibre that has been laid out to dry and bleach is now ready for the final stage of preparation – Scutching.  As part of Local History Week, members of the public and City Library staff visited Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom and the Flax Stripper Museum in Foxton.

 
Freshly stripped flax

Freshly stripped flax

Once the flax is stripped, the fibre is sticky to touch. It is washed to remove loose material and then laid out in the sun to dry and bleach. As part of Local History Week, members of the public and City Library staff visited Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom and the Flax Stripper Museum in Foxton.

 
Flax Stripper Museum, Foxton

Flax Stripper Museum, Foxton

Tony Hunt gives a run-down of the history of New Zealand’s flax fibre industry. Behind him is one of the few operational flax strippers remaining in New Zealand. As part of Local History Week, members of the public and City Library staff visited Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom and the Flax Stripper Museum in Foxton.

 
Joe and Rosemary Hollander

Joe and Rosemary Hollander

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Joe Hollander, RNZE (PNRSA Vice-President) with his wife Rosemary (PNRSA Secretary and Activities Convenor) at the 75th anniversary of the ending of WWII at the Cenotaph in The Square.

 
Workmen on the roof

Workmen on the roof

Workmen on the roof of the building on the corner of Coleman Place and The Square, as taken from the Central Library 2nd floor. ​

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Date
August 10, 2020
Place
25 Coleman Place, Palmerston North
 
75th anniversary of the end of WWII commemoration

75th anniversary of the end of WWII commemoration

Palmerston North marked the 75th anniversary of the end of World War 2 on 15 August, with a service at the Cenotaph in The Square. Wreaths were laid by those pictured (from left): Brigade Command Sergeant Major, WO1 Raymond Kareko; Lieutenant Colonel Ed Craw, RNZAC (Commanding Officer of the Queen Alexandra’s Mounted Rifles Regiment at Linton Camp); RNZAF; Command Warrant Officer Guy Lipsham; Base Commander Ohakea, Group Captain Shaun Sexton; Palmerston North Returned and Services Association Brigadier (Retired) Evan Torrance, who is PNRSA Welfare Trust Chair and Manawatū Officer’s Club Patron; Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Joe Hollander, RNZE (PNRSA Vice-President); Palmerston North Deputy Mayor Tangi Utikere; Wiremu Te Awe Awe from Rangitāne.

 
The Architectural Heritage Walk

The Architectural Heritage Walk

This brochure looks at the work of many of the architects who created Palmerston North. It travels from colonial in style, to Mid-Century Modern. It also links some buildings in the central city with others designed by the same architects It was compiled for the Palmerston North City Library by Val Burr from a wide variety of published and unpublished sources, and edited by Cushla Scrivens. _Please note: this brochure was prepared in 2017, after Palmerston North endured two earthquakes. Though there is hope that earthquake strengthening will still take place, you may find that some of the buildings with a low earthquake rating have been demolished._

 
Katherine

Katherine

Katherine (surname unknown) from Turakina Māori Girls College, who was attending a Presbyterian Bible Class at Terrace End, organised by the Manawatu District Committee.

 
Mirie, and Elayne Robertson

Mirie, and Elayne Robertson

Mirie (surname unknown) from Turakina Māori Girls College and Elayne Thompson at thePresbyterian Bible Class Girls' Easter Camp held in Feilding.

 
Poppy Places Article - Māori Battalion Hall

Poppy Places Article - Māori Battalion Hall

The New Zealand Poppy Places Trust has been established to develop, promote, and oversee a nation-wide project to commemorate and recognise as part of the heritage of New Zealanders, the participation of New Zealand in military conflicts and military operational services overseas. [Poppy Places website.](http://poppyplaces.nz/)

Creator
Date
October 11, 2018
Place
138 Cuba Street, Palmerston North
 
Poppy Places Article - Carroll Street

Poppy Places Article - Carroll Street

The New Zealand Poppy Places Trust has been established to develop, promote, and oversee a nation-wide project to commemorate and recognise as part of the heritage of New Zealanders, the participation of New Zealand in military conflicts and military operational services overseas. [Poppy Places website](http://poppyplaces.nz).

 
Poppy Places Article - Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa Ngārimu

Poppy Places Article - Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa Ngārimu

The New Zealand Poppy Places Trust has been established to develop, promote, and oversee a nation-wide project to commemorate and recognise as part of the heritage of New Zealanders, the participation of New Zealand in military conflicts and military operational services overseas. [Poppy Places website](http://poppyplaces.nz).

 
Te Rau Aroha' Maori Battalion Hall /  Te Wananga O Aotearoa, Cuba Street

Te Rau Aroha' Maori Battalion Hall / Te Wananga O Aotearoa, Cuba Street

The Maori Battalion Hall, named 'Te Rau Aroha' (emblem of gratitude), was erected in Palmerston North as a national memorial to the men of the 28th (Maori) Battalion who lost their lives in the Second World War. It was designed by John Scott, architect of Hastings, and the 14 carved panels on the facade (8 feet x 1 foot 6 inches) were carved by Kelly Kereama of Feilding. Inside 639 names of those who did not return are inscribed on 14 brass plates. All the concrete, both inside and out, was left unplastered and with the marks of the boxing to symbolise the strength of the Maori people. The three-storey building was planned as a community centre to serve all races and was opened in June 1964 by the Governor General, Sir Bernard Fergusson. At the time this photo was taken, it served as the Visual Arts school of the Wananga O Aotearoa.

 
Royal New Zealand Air Force Station Ohakea charter

Royal New Zealand Air Force Station Ohakea charter

"To the Commanding Officer of the Royal New Zealand Air Force Station Ohakea greeting. Be it known that by these presents We the Mayor, Councillors & Citizens of the city of Palmerston North do confer in perpetuity upon the Royal new Zealand Air Force Station Ohakea the privilege, honour and distinction of marching through the street of Palmerston North on all ceremonial occasions with bayonets fixed, colours flying, drums beating and bands playing." It is signed by the Mayor, G. Tremaine, and the Town Clerk, A M P Hall, and is affixed with the seal of council ( 27 August 1956).

Creator
Date
August 27, 1956
Place
Palmerston North
 
Oral Interview - Garry O'Neill

Oral Interview - Garry O'Neill

An interview with author, Garry O'Neill, about his book 'Hokowhitu". The book explores the history of the suburb of Hokowhitu in Palmerston North (search 2015Pa\_IMCA-DigitalMaster\_011129 on Manawatu Heritage for e-copy). Interviewer: Richard Mays. Length: 14 mins 31 secs

 
Home movie - History of Opiki

Home movie - History of Opiki

Home Movie showing the history of Opiki, from flax to farming, in black and white photographs, including from Molly Akers' book "From Fibre to Food" and other colour images. Some appear very recent (2018). Movie made by either Charlie Jensen or his son, Keith Jensen in 1950s. Approximately 8 minutes long.

 
Home Movie - Life on Opiki Farm

Home Movie - Life on Opiki Farm

Home Movie of the Jensen dairy farm on Tane Road, Opiki. Series of home movies spliced together, made by Charlie Jensen and his son, Keith Jensen in 1950s, except for the section dated 1964. Music added. Approximately 50 minutes long. It shows: Bringing in the cows and new calves; cows for milking in walk-through cowshed; Levin truck picking up the cream; feeding calves, making silage; sow feeding baby pig's; growing potatoes; Garden Party at Akers home to raise money for Opiki Church; old Emerson tractor; Opiki toll swing bridge; Godfrey Bowen, new shearing record at Akers' woolshed; making silage; dog dosing for distemper; new flood gates; closing of the old swing bridge and opening of new bridge 1964; stumping with bulldozer and rowing up stumps; Manawatu River flood Jan 1953; sand-bagging stop banks, army feeding the farmers; building the new flood gates at Motua and raising stop-banks at Opiki; crushing gorse at Bainesse on new run-off farm

 
He Ara Kotahi pathway bridge

He Ara Kotahi pathway bridge

Image of one of the bridges on the 7.6km He Ara Kotahi pathway which connects cyclists and pedestrians between Palmerston North and Linton Military Camp, Massey University and Food HQ. The name means a pathway that brings people together. There are five bridges along the path. He Ara Kotahi from the Victoria esplanade and over the Manawatu River is 190m long. Turitea Bridge is the next closest to the city, followed by Farm Bridge. Both are 36 metres long and have three piles anchored 15 metres into the ground. The 10 metre long Greenwoods Bridge is towards the Linton end of the path. It was built in Horowhenua and trucked in for installation. This bridge connects to a raised boardwalk which lets you walk in the canopy of native trees. The last, Kahutarawa Bridge, is a suspension bridge like the the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco. It is 45 metres long and connects the pathway to Linton Military Camp. The project was a partnership between Palmerston North City Council, Massey University, Rangitāne, Horizons Regional Council, the New Zealand Army at Linton Military Camp and the New Zealand Transport Agency. NZTA funded $3 million of the $14.6 million cost of the project through the Urban Cycleway Programme. The remainder of the cost was split between the National Land Transport Fund, administered by NZTA, and Council. Powerco also contributed $500,000.

 
He Ara Kotahi pathway bridge

He Ara Kotahi pathway bridge

Image of one of the bridges on the 7.6km He Ara Kotahi pathway which connects cyclists and pedestrians between Palmerston North and Linton Military Camp, Massey University and Food HQ. The name means a pathway that brings people together. There are five bridges along the path. He Ara Kotahi from the Victoria esplanade and over the Manawatu River is 190m long. Turitea Bridge is the next closest to the city, followed by Farm Bridge. Both are 36 metres long and have three piles anchored 15 metres into the ground. The 10 metre long Greenwoods Bridge is towards the Linton end of the path. It was built in Horowhenua and trucked in for installation. This bridge connects to a raised boardwalk which lets you walk in the canopy of native trees. The last, Kahutarawa Bridge, is a suspension bridge like the the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco. It is 45 metres long and connects the pathway to Linton Military Camp. The project was a partnership between Palmerston North City Council, Massey University, Rangitāne, Horizons Regional Council, the New Zealand Army at Linton Military Camp and the New Zealand Transport Agency. NZTA funded $3 million of the $14.6 million cost of the project through the Urban Cycleway Programme. The remainder of the cost was split between the National Land Transport Fund, administered by NZTA, and Council. Powerco also contributed $500,000.

 
He Ara Kotahi pathway bridge over the Manawatu River

He Ara Kotahi pathway bridge over the Manawatu River

Image of the 190m long He Ara Kotahi bridge with viewing platform in the centre, that connects the Victoria Esplanade in Palmerston North, to the other side of the Manawatū River. The design inspiration for the bridge is a karaka tree, with its 'roots' in Dittmer Reserve, between the Esplanade and Ruha Street. People flying from Palmerston North to Christchurch will likely get the best view of the tree design. The Karaka design has strong links to the history of our iwi, Rangitāne. The pathway is part of the 7.6km route which connects cyclists and pedestrians between Palmerston North and Linton Military Camp, Massey University and Food HQ. The name means a pathway that brings people together. There are four other bridges along the path. Turitea Bridge is the closest to the city, followed by Farm Bridge. Both are 36 metres long and have three piles anchored 15 metres into the ground. The 10 metre long Greenwoods Bridge is towards the Linton end of the path. It was built in Horowhenua and trucked in for installation. This bridge connects to a raised boardwalk which lets you walk in the canopy of native trees. The last, Kahutarawa Bridge, is a suspension bridge like the the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco. It is 45 metres long and connects the pathway to Linton Military Camp. The project was a partnership between Palmerston North City Council, Massey University, Rangitāne, Horizons Regional Council, the New Zealand Army at Linton Military Camp and the New Zealand Transport Agency. NZTA funded $3 million of the $14.6 million cost of the project through the Urban Cycleway Programme. The remainder of the cost was split between the National Land Transport Fund, administered by NZTA, and Council. Powerco also contributed $500,000.

 
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City Library - Main Desk

The main desk at Palmerston North City Library with floor markings to assist with social distancing in preparation for re-opening to the public. The library closed to the public on 22 March, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some library staff were able to work from home, while many were re-deployed to other roles across Palmerston North City Council. The library reopened on 20 May, 2020.

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