Palmerston North City & Manawatu



Katherine Huynh

Katherine Huynh

I love all things online, blogging and getting out and about taking photographs of amazing details and big vistas on Instagram.  I like meeting humble and interesting people who have made this place their home.  I'm always on the lookout for new bloggers for, so let me know if you're interested in finding out more.

My role involves digital marketing, helping out the team with whatever is going on and I'm a founding organiser and member of DigiGroupies.

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Monday, 30 January 2012 14:06

New Zealand's Tallest Kowhai Tree

The township of Feilding is known for its collection of kowhai trees where they live in Kowhai Park.  Nearby in the Kitchener Park bush reserve is New Zealand's tallest kowhai tree.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010 10:38

Break in at Tui

Brucetta from Tui Brewery is always attempting to break back in, and if you’re conferencing in Palmerston North City, you’re likely to be roped in to help.  This themed function dinner, exclusive to the City provides non-stop entertainment from the time you’re ushered onto the bus in your Tui gear until the end of the night.  Set in the Flagon Room beneath the Tui Brewery Tower, professional actors and the real Tui Girls really bring this event to life and for many make it the most fun they’ve ever had.   If you have a group of 40 or more and are planning a conference in Palmerston North City or nearby, consider this event for your gala dinner.  Guest speaker and award slots can be easily worked into the night’s entertainment.

Our team went on the very first Break in at Tui event in September 2009 with a group of about 50 people from Palmerston North City.  Brucetta and Davena were both trying to break into the Brewery, and in the end could only do so with the help of a bra underwire (property of one of our team).  Needless to say it was very funny.

To find out more, just give the Head Brewer (aka Destination Manawatu) a call on +64 6 350 1811.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010 10:30

New Venues for Palmerston North

30 years on since New Zealand’s first convention centre was built in Palmerston North, the city is holding its own as a corporate events destination.  The newest and largest dedicated facility comfortably holds 700pax with breakouts, and more venues are opening in 2011.

April is the time to mark in your calendar to check out Te Manawa (science centre/art gallery/museum) and The New Zealand Rugby Museum, which are co-locating for a fresh and engaging visitor experience.  World-class, interactive displays, NZ’s Rare XV rugby artefacts, seeing rugby heritage through the decades in context with New Zealand culture, and even a wetland will be some of the things to do and see.  Most importantly though, it will be another function space to add to Palmerston North’s mix, and located right next door to Palmerston North Convention Centre – where it all began.