New Zealand or Bust

Linda McCarthy has served as Executive Director of the Missoula Downtown Association since 1999. Prior to that, she served as a Sports Information Director for Grizzly Athletics for 10 years. She is a two-time graduate of The University of Montana, where her husband, Tom Gallagher, is a professor in the Applied Computing and Electronics Program at Missoula College. Her daughter, Maddy Gallagher, is an outgoing and kind 11-year-old who has spent all of her school years at Lewis & Clark Elementary. They can be reached via email at:

There is Nothing Like Coming Home to Missoula, Montana

By LINDA McCARTHY - We have returned to the Garden City just in time to... more

Our New Zealand Adventure: Coming to a Close

By LINDA McCARTHY - Our time in Missoula's Sister City, Palmerston Nort... more

The Royal Treatment by the Rangitane Tribe of New Zealand

By THOMAS P. GALLAGHER - This week my family and I met Rangitane tribal... more

Volleyball in Palmy

By LINDA MCCARTHY - Here in Palmerston North, New Zealand, I have been fortunate to connect with a group of passionate volleyball players, and I have had more fun playing with them than anything else I've done ... more

Backpacking in New Zealand

By LINDA MCCARTHY - Last weekend we went backpacking (or tramping as they call it here in New Zealand). We chose a relatively easy and short hike into the Ruahine Forest and made plans to spend the night at the... more

Wellington: New Zealand’s Capital City

By LINDA MCCARTHY - We spent last weekend in New Zealand’s capital city Wellington, a two-hour drive south of Palmerston North. Wellington is the self-proclaimed Capital of Cool.... more

Palmerston North Public Library: a New Zealand Gem!

By LINDA MCCARTHY - It’s National Library Week in the United States, and Palmerston North’s modern and cutting-edge public Public Library is one of the community's greatest assets. ... more

Auckland New Zealand for Easter

By LINDA MCCARTHY - We had an opportunity to get away from Palmerston North and spend Easter weekend in Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand at just under 1.4 million people. ... more

Building More Sustainable Communities: Like Minded Efforts in Palmerston North and Missoula

By LINDA MCCARTHY - I recently took a field trip with Massey University's Christine Cheyne to learn about Palmy’s efforts to build a more sustainable community and to share what Missoula is doing to be more s... more

Building Entrepreneurship in Palmerston North New Zealand

By LINDA MCCARTHY - Palmerston North is a hub of activity for entrepreneurship. It is remarkable how much education and business development focus is centered on creating and distributing something new.... more

Croquet, Young Entrepreneurs and Tea in Missoula’s Sister City

By LINDA MCCARTHY - This week I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon having lunch and playing croquet with John Wall in Missoula's Sister City of Palmerston North, New Zealand.... more

Passion and Community Set Community Leaders Apart

By LINDA MCCARTHY - Palmerston North and Missoula have both benefited from the endeavors of John Wall and John and Jenny Hornblow--passionate leaders and supporters of the Missoula and Palmerston North Sister C... more

Getting Around in New Zealand – Driving, Biking, Walking and Busing

By LINDA MCCARTHY - It’s been a relaxing few days for me as I have taken in a number of different events and activities in my Sister City immersion program here in Palmerston North, New Zealand. Here is a syn... more

AAHH…Free Time in Palmerston North New Zealand

By LINDA MCCARTHY - It’s been a relaxing few days for me as I have taken in a number of different events and activities in my Sister City immersion program here in Palmerston North, New Zealand. Here is a syn... more

Settling into Palmerston North New Zealand

By LINDA MCCARTHY - We finally found a place to live in Palmerston North! It was a bit more difficult than we anticipated, but we celebrated Valentine's Day with a roof over our heads.... more

Time to Get to Work – In Palmerston North New Zealand

By LINDA MCCARTHY - After four weeks of vacation and the challenges of finding a place to live, Tom began teaching this week and we're settling down in Palmerston North. I think we're going to like "Palmy".... more

Fly Fishing the Brown Trout Capital of the World

By TOM GALLAGHER - After leaving Christchurch, we began a 1,000-mile, one week loop through New Zealand. There was some Montana-worthy fly fishing involved.... more

Christchurch, New Zealand: A City that Lost Its Heart and Found Innovation

By LINDA MCCARTHY - We visited Christchurch’s Central Business District as they rebuild after earthquakes. I am impressed and inspired after seeing their innovative efforts.... more

From Missoula to New Zealand… or Bust!

By LINDA MCCARTHY - Our trip to New Zealand began like most from Missoula. Though it took 15 hours to get to LA, we found refuge in the Cook Islands en route to Christchurch.... more