Vox Pop: What do you like about living in Palmerston North or the Manawatu?

Te Papaioea (Palmerston North) the heart of the Manawatu. Image:: wikimedia

It’s no big secret, the Manawatu takes a bit of bashing from celebrities from time to time. Look at comedian John Cleese who once quoted Palmerston North as the “suicide capital of New Zealand”. If that wasn’t bad enough he then said: “If you wish to kill yourself but lack the courage to, I think a visit to Palmerston North will do the trick.”

I’ve lived here for almost 20 years and have nothing but wonderful memories and things to say. So I took to the streets of Palmerston North to ask people what they love about the place they call home: