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Palmerston North City Council

Council mapHawkes Bay Region Taupo District Stratford District Ruapehu District Tararua District Palmerston North City Horowhenua District Manawatu District Rangitikei District Whanganui District Wellington Region Bay of Plenty Region Taranaki Region Waikato Region

Phone: (06) 356 8199
Web site:

Mayor: Grant Smith
Councillors in 2016: 15 (excluding Mayor)
Council employees in 2018: 552

Key financial statistics 2017

$ (in thousands)Palmerston North CityMedian for all METRO councilsNew Zealand
Public Equity 1,440,000 2,933,438 118,835,141
Operating Revenue 115,552 198,643 9,412,132
Operating Expenditure 119,513 193,926 9,851,504
Capital Expenditure 38,021 57,474 4,310,621
Rates Revenue 85,631 129,143 5,531,730

Source: Local Authority Financial Statistics, Statistics New Zealand

The financial profile pages for this council contains more detailed information.

The Council's current long-term plan and annual report may be available from its website:

Community statistics as at the 2013 census

Usually resident population - 2013 Census 80,079
Usually resident population - 2006 Census 77,724
Change from 2006 to 2013 (All NZ: 5.3%)3.0%
Land Area km2 (not incl. inland waters or oceanic areas) - 2014 395
People per km2 (All NZ: 15.9)202.9
Median personal income - 2013 Census (All NZ: $28,500) 27,000

Census, Statistics New Zealand

View more QuickStats about Palmerston North City on the Statistics New Zealand website.

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