Disconnection is an overarching theme we have found to affect young people within our community, which has a flow-on effect onto a variety of other issues. In fact, Palmerston North is easily recognisable as a multi-cultural hub, however we recognised a distinct lack of connection with migrant and refugee youth with the wider community.

We decided to launch ‘CommUnity’, a platform to highlight individuals’ stories from within our diverse community. The goal is to connect young people through the art of telling stories and celebrating what Palmerston North is great for, which is welcoming new people from all walks of life and places.


Who are we?


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What we've done

Community Manawatu is a blog dedicated to sharing the stories of people who have migrated to the Manawatu.

Our goal is to connect young people through the art of telling stories and celebrating what the Manawatu is great for.

We hope that stories of migrants connecting into the community will inspire you to find more ways to become more involved in the community.