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    Grant Smith

    Palmerston North City Council

    Mayor Grant Smith is the 29th Mayor of Palmerston North City and is proactive in supporting international relationships. He is the current president of Global Cities New Zealand where Palmerston North has sister city relationships with Guiyang and Kunshan in China, Mihara in Japan, and Missoula in Montana in the USA. Grant has had an extensive business background in advertising and marketing, as well as managing multiple international sporting and cultural events. He has also served on numerous cultural, sporting and business boards before becoming Mayor.

    He has championed the international programme Palmerston North city runs, which supports key city sectors of Food Research, International Education, Defence, and Trade.

    Mayor Smith is also the Metro sector chair for Local Govt New Zealand.