Palmerston North hosts Te Wānanga o Aotearoa campus and is home to several private training establishments, and the New Zealand Defence Force College and Education Directorate for Navy, Army and Air Force personnel.
The education and training sector is the fourth largest sector in the Palmerston North economy, contributing $349.3 million in GDP in 2019. With a population that values and promotes education; 40% of people in the region study or train in education. Niche areas of specialisation include agrifood, agritech, agriculture vet science and education.
From small town Wānaka to the big cities of Wellington and Hamilton - Erica Van Reenen has lived all over New Zealand, but it's Manawatū she's found a thriving life as a business owner, farmer and mum.