Palmerston North Team 2016


Disconnection is an overarching theme we have found to affect young people within our community, which has a flow-on effect onto a variety of other issues. In fact, Palmerston North is easily recognisable as a multi-cultural hub, however we recognised a distinct lack of connection with migrant and refugee youth with the wider community.

We decided to launch ‘CommUnity’, a platform to highlight individuals’ stories from within our diverse community. The goal is to connect young people through the art of telling stories and celebrating what Palmerston North is great for, which is welcoming new people from all walks of life and places.





I want to bring people back to their communities and help each other to achieve common goals.

Hey! My name is Taryn Hudepohl. I was born and raised in the Horowhenua area, before moving to Palmerston North to complete my Bachelor of Science, majoring in Psychology. I own 3 horses, so I spend most of my spare time out with my horses, either riding at home or out competing. Outside of horse riding, I enjoy playing music, drawing/painting and anything art based really! I also work part time at the Youth Space in Palmerston North, which is an extremely rewarding job and where I get to fulfil my passion for working with youth.



Kia ora, my name’s Dan, I’m 22 years old and come from the Wairarapa! I grew up on a small horse stud where my family train and show the American Quarter Horse. My life revolves around working with horses, they have been my passion since I was young and have taken me around the world. Prior to studying at Massey University, I took a gap year around the world, during which I showed horses as the captain of Team NZ at the AQHA Youth World Cup in Texas, winning a bronze medal. I now study full time in Palmerston North and train horses in my spare time.

I’m super excited for the Future Leaders program and can’t wait for the challenge!



Community Manawatu is a blog dedicated to sharing the stories of people who have migrated to the Manawatu.

Our goal is to connect young people through the art of telling stories and celebrating what the Manawatu is great for.

We hope that stories of migrants connecting into the community will inspire you to find more ways to become more involved in the community.