Rana Naser and her family are originally from Jordan and moved to Palmerston North in 2006 from Pukekohe, South Auckland.

Rana is a Food Safety and Quality Advisor at Fonterra’s Research and Development Centre in Palmerston North.  Together with her husband, Rana raised their two sons in Palmerston North and she says there is no place they would have rather done so. Rana is also the president for the Manawatu Multicultural Society, helping newcomers to the city feel welcomed and supported.

Watch Rana’s story to find out what moving to Palmerston North has meant for her and her family.

We asked Rana…

Where are your favourite places to eat and drink in Palmerston North?

  • Esplanade Cafe
  • Columbus Coffee
  • Turkish Delight
  • Cafe Cuba
  • Bethanys

What do you love to do?

“I love going for long walks along the Manawatu river and shopping in the city centre. My husband plays social soccer every Sunday, and I attend Thursday night Zumba classes.”

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Manawatu Region

Facts & Figures

Total Population

119,600

Average House Price

$409,288

Average Weekly Rent

$315

Average Salary

$55,526

Parks & Reserves

196

Cafes & Restaurants

168