Palmerston North City Sustainable Living Info

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Palmerston North's next Sustainable Living programme starts on 23 September 2021, meeting weekly.  It is fully booked! Enquiries about future courses by email to Kian Lee <>

If you are interested to become a facilitator, training sessions can be run online (last one was held in May 2021). To register email with your details and/or contact Kian Lee at PNCC offices.

The Council has adopted EcoCity Goals to realise the benefits to society from creating clean energy, lowering carbon emissions and reducing local ecological footprint. Read more about sustainability at PNCC here.

Gardening, growing & buying food

Community gardens in Palmerston North.

Awapuni community gardens.

Moheke community gardens.

Road berm gardens.

Ashhurst, Pohangina - educational events from RECAP on permacuture, food & fruit growing

Manawatu Food Action Network - Advocacy and education for food resiliency, food localisation, community food initiatives and waste minimisation in the Manawatu

Summerhill farmers' market, monthly first Sundays at Ruapehu Drive.

Waste minimisation

Rubbish and recyling by the City Council.

Trade waste-water services for business.   Guru's guide to what is recyclable and where.

Palmy Plastic Pollution Challenge - Environment Network Manawatu. Read more here.

Food Rescue & Free Food Store - Just Zilch.

Recycling sports gear locally.

Zero Waste Manawatu Facebook Group.

Surplus timber saved for re-use in building projects.( Reclaimed Timber Traders is the business arm of a trust, Human Aid Focus New Zealand.)




Water supply by PNCC

Water conservation - efficient use of the treated water supply.

Stormwater collection and reticulation.

Wastewater (e.g. from toilets, sinks, showers) collection and treatment: strategy info here.

The water protection society, in Manawatu

Map of public places where you can refill drinking water bottles.

Sustainable travel & transport

Transport planning by City Council.

Bike Palmy.

Online bike route maps.

Cycle Aware Manawatu.

Greenbikes Trust, Palmerston North.

City bus routes & timetables, Palmerson North routes 101 to 133 plus Fielding services. Use map here.

Electric car charging location: the Square, PN, open 24hr.  Additional sites soon.  Charge Net Map here

 Advocacy for pavement and walkway users - walking or on wheels - Living Streets.

Palmy's recreational walkways.

Energy & buildings

Advice on energy efficiency in home insulation and heating, including home alterations and new build to take advantage of sunshine, available free by appointment from the Council's EcoDesign Advisor.

Council has a target of 25% reduction in city carbon emissions by 2028. Read more 

Landlords of rental property (residential tenancies) are obliged to meet minimum insulation standards

Warmer Kiwi Homes scheme is government-subsidised insulation for older homes of low-income earners. Service providers locally have included Energy Smart,  Energywise, and Premier Insulation

Additional contacts

PNCC Public libraries are online.  Walk-in branches in central city, Awapuni, Ashhurst, Linton, Roslyn, Te Patikitiki.

Sample publication search on 'sustainable living' available here.

Environment Network Manawatu can connect you with varied projects and groups as a volunteer: email them at   

Access the Learning Materials

Click here to access our online learning materials.

Become a Course Facilitator

Click here to apply to become a Sustainable Living course facilitator.

Existing course facilitators, log in here

Tip: After you 'Get Thru'?
What would you do in the weeks after a pandemic, flood or earthquake’s disruption? Practical skills offered in our Community Resilience guide.