City at the Centre

A history of Palmerston North

Edited by Margaret Tennant, Geoff Watson and Kerry Taylor

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A richly illustrated history of an ambitious city

Once a small town sited at Te Papaiōea, a clearing in the bush that cloaked the Manawatū Plains, Palmerston North has always had big-city aspirations. Critical to its growth was the railway that runs through it, farming and education. Originally settled by Rangitāne, today Palmerston North is home to people from many parts of the world. Why they chose to come to the city, and what they did when they got there, is the subject of this richly illustrated and engaging history.

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  • CATEGORY: History
  • ISBN: 9780995113527
  • PUBLISHER: Massey University Press
  • IMPRINT: Massey University Press
  • PUBLISHED: 08/10/2020
  • PAGE EXTENT: 384
  • FORMAT: Hard cover
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Emeritus Professor Margaret Tennant was formerly Professor of History at Massey University, and is now an Honorary Research Professor within the School of Humanities.

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Dr Geoff Watson is a senior lecturer in the School of Humanities, Massey University.

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Professor Kerry Taylor is the head of the School of Humanities at Massey University.