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Palmerston North told to pull its socks up and lead regional growth

Palmerston North has been told it needs to smarten up its act, exude more strength and purpose, and lead the Manawatu-Whanganui region's growth. 

Authors of the $230,000 regional growth study released by a trio of government ministers on Friday have judged the city harshly.

"Despite being the main urban centre, it is not a strong economic performer, nor the growth and vitality centre the region needs..."