New blood for urban renewal project

JANINE RANKIN
Last updated 12:00 23/01/2014

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The next round of Palmerston North's placemaking project starts next week with a new city council staff member leading the community action.

Urban design policy planner Jennifer Esterman started work with the city council last month, replacing former planner Geoff Wilkinson in the role.

She has moved to Palmerston North from Auckland, where she completed a masters degree in urban design.

She said she was looking forward to working with the community in Palmerston North to help people create the sort of neighbourhoods and spaces that worked for them.

Ms Esterman said placemaking was a great way for residents and retailers to get involved in their community.

"They can make changes to their local spaces in a way they feel best supports the needs of local people," she said.

Earlier placemaking projects have included revitalisation of the Linton community hub and a range of improvements to the area of George and Cuba streets intersection.

Placemaking teams are encouraged to look at what they have in their area and use what they have to create a sense of place and activity.

They receive free DIY kits designed by David Engwicht of Creative Communities that contain a narrative, inspiration and tools for placemakers to start implementing their ideas.

Registrations for the third round of placemaking projects open on January 27, closing on February 14.

Forms can be downloaded from pncc.govt.nz by searching "placemaking" or from the Placemaking Palmerston North Facebook page.

There will be a launch on Thursday, February 27 in the city library on level 2 from 5.30pm.

The event will feature testimonials from previous placemakers to inspire the newest participants.

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