How close-knit is the expat community in this area? How do I get involved with it?
In Palmerston North, there are various newcomer groups that expats can join and there are many types of volunteer work assistance available. Some cultures have established support groups. For more information or assistance, please check your local phone book and the Citizens Advice Bureau.
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Beside expat groups, what is the best way to make social connections outside of work?
Joining local clubs or volunteering are excellent ways to meet people and make new friends. Some popular choices include the Rotary Club, the Lions Club and a variety of local sporting clubs, such cricket, soccer, hockey, net ball, tramping, tennis, golf clubs, etc.
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Where can I meet other singles in this city?
Singles often socialize in bars, nightclubs and fitness clubs. Other popular functions for singles are sporting events or local festivals. There are also several reputable singles networking associations and dating services that arrange evening and weekend activities.
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Are there any unique networking opportunities for accompanying partners?
A good recommendation is to join a local sporting club or become involved in the Zonta or Rotary Clubs. Zonta and Rotary are service organizations that meet on a monthly basis. They assist with fundraising for community projects. Zonta is for women and Rotary is for either men or women. Young mothers should join the local Plunket or Playcentre group. Become involved in the local school Board of Trustees or Parent Teachers Association to meet people from your own neighborhood.
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