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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 2018

$ (in thousands)Palmerston North CityMedian for all METRO councilsNew Zealand
Public Equity 1,454,942 3,052,940 123,568,227
Operating Revenue 120,530 212,413 9,879,372
Operating Expenditure 127,858 225,847 10,292,961
Capital Expenditure 54,923 89,987 4,887,998
Rates Revenue 88,251 137,832 5,815,327

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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