What’s it like to study a Masters in Palmerston North?
Palmerston was first settled by Europeans in 1866 and is named after an English prime minister. In 1871, ‘North’ was added to the name to avoid confusion with another Palmerston on New Zealand’s South Island, in the region of Otago. When the west coast railway from Wellington arrived in 1886, Palmerston North began to develop into a bustling agricultural town. In 1927, its population had grown to 20,000 people and Palmerston North was recognised as a city.
One of Palmerston North’s cultural highlights is the Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, an interdisciplinary museum at the heart of the city. Te Manawa explores natural history, art, Maori objects and science through a number of interactive exhibits. The New Zealand Rugby Museum is in the Te Manawa complex, the first public museum in the world to focus on rugby. The institution houses many artefacts, exhibits and pieces of memorabilia related to the history of the sport, from the oldest rugby ball and All Black jersey to interactive scrum machines.
Established in 1954, Tararua Forest Park was New Zealand’s first park of its kind and can be reached by car in around 90 minutes from Palmerston North. Its natural beauty means that it’s a popular area for ‘tramping’ – the New Zealand term for hiking.
Thanks to 40% of its population being students, Palmerston North has a vibrant atmosphere. There are around 3,000 international students in the city, contributing towards its diversity. Palmerston North has a reputation for being one of the more affordable cities in New Zealand, with a variety of student accommodation options ranging from homestays to on-campus housing.
Universities in Palmerston North
Massey University’s Manawatū campus is in Palmerston North, offering a wide selection of Masters programmes that take an applied, practical approach to learning. Its other campuses are located in Wellington and Auckland.
Careers in Palmerston North
Higher education and research are important parts of the local economy in Palmerston North. The city is a major logistics hub for New Zealand, as well as a centre for food science and agricultural technology.