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City celebrates 2005 with student welcome

City celebrates 2005 with student welcome

Sunday 6 March is the date for the StudentCity welcome with a free festival and concert in the Square, including legendary US cult college band, The Violent Femmes and top New Zealand acts Dei Hamo and The Have.

The free festival launches StudentCity for 2005 and is the designed to bring together students, residents, businesses and other organisations for a day of entertainment, education, friendship and fun.

StudentCity is an exciting new initiative, bringing together the city’s tertiary providers and local-body groups. It aims to highlight Palmerston North as New Zealand’s premier student destination and to assist new arrivals with orientation of the city.

StudentCity coordinator Duncan McCann hopes for a massive turnout on the day and extends the invitation to all residents of the city. “The Violent femmes have been a cult student band for 20 years so this event is for everybody. We want to see people from all sections of the community celebrating our vibrant city and setting the scene for a record breaking 2005”.

Just one week after the national Kapa Haka festival and with an unprecedented calendar of events in 2005 including the British Lions tour, Hurricanes match, Festival of Cultures, motor sport events and much more, the StudentCity welcome is an opportunity involve students in the wider community and allow them to feel like a valuable part of Palmerston North.

Events include:

- Free live entertainment from The Violent Femmes, Dei Hamo, The Have, and Stichface, with other acts to be confirmed.
- Stalls for retail, recreation, leisue, sports, flatting supplies, arts, crafts and opportunities for local businesses to engage with students.
- Fun activities, rides and community spirited entertainment.
- Clubs, sports teams and other community organizations highlighting the many activities the city and region have to offer – encouraging students to take part in community events.
- Promotion for other community events upcoming in 2005 such as the Inspire.Net Jets, Hurricanes, Manawatu RFC, Netball, Centerpoint Theatre, The Regent on Broadway, Relay for Life and Festival of Cultures.
- Mid Central Health initiatives to promote health issues to students.
- Safe City initiatives to promote safety issues to student
- Information on education opportunities from all of Palmerston North’s tertiary providers.

The free StudentCity welcome is an unprecedented initiative, which distinguishes Palmerston North as the premier student destination and has been made possible by support and cooperation of many local organisations including…

- Massey University
- UCol
- PNCC
- MUSA
- AS@U
- Radioworks
- Te Wananga
- Vision Manawatu
- Destination Manawatu

- International Education Manawatu
- The National Bank
- Inspire Net
- Property Brokers
- Bell Booth Ltd
- @ The Hub
- Stagedoor Café
- V
- Tranzit
- Entrance 21
- Steve Parsons House of Travel

More to be sponsors announced.


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