Action plan to boost Manawatū-Whanganui economy

On: 12 August 2016

A detailed action plan to boost the Manawatū-Whanganui economy was launched today as part of the Regional Growth Programme, which identifies ways to increase jobs, incomes and investment in regional New Zealand.

The Manawatū-Whanganui Economic Action Plan looks to build on region’s strengths in primary production and food innovation, while taking advantage of opportunities in fields such as tourism, aged care and business process outsourcing.

Other focus areas include realising Māori potential, land use optimisation, sheep and beef, mānuka honey, fresh vegetables and poultry.

The plan contains a set of tangible actions in these areas, underpinned by strategies to grow business and improve transport, digital connectivity and skills training.

Local and central government, businesses and iwi worked together to develop the plan. The implementation work programme, known as Accelerate25, will be led initially by the Horizons Regional Council, with continued central government support. Individual actions will be coordinated and funded by various regional groups and government agencies.

The Manawatū-Whanganui Economic Action Plan was informed by a growth study completed in 2015 and aligns with He Kai Kei Aku Ringa – The Crown-Māori Economic Growth Partnership. It complements the wider work of the Government’s Business Growth Agenda.

Read more about the Manawatū-Whanganui Economic Action Plan and the Regional Growth Programme.


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