$1.91m investment into Hawke's Bay

On: 22 June 2018

The Government today announced a $1.91 million investment for four initiatives funded from He Poutama Rangatahi (HPR) and one from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF).

HPR initiatives

Hastings District Council will receive $460,000 to build on their successful Connector Model programme, which employs specialists to build relationships with employers, local youth and whanau. The government will also contribute $258,000 to Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga’s Takatū Youth Mentoring Programme to enable 140 rangatahi to gain driving qualifications. Hikoi4Life Trust and Les Hokianga’s award winning Workfit programme, will receive $765,000 to scale up existing support to get young people physically and mentally fit for work and just over $194,000 will enable the Development Hub to provide a work readiness programme to support 36 young Māori and Pasifika women (including) mothers.

He Poutama Rangatahi is an initiative which develops pathways into employment, education or training for young people under 24 years old in four regions of high needs; Te Tairāwhiti, Eastern Bay of Plenty is one, Te Tai Tokerau, and Hawke's Bay.

Read the Minister's press release.

PGF initiative

$215,000 to Hastings District Council, will support business case development for a Hawke’s Bay Food Innovation Hub. The Food Hub will support the creation of new innovative facilities and industries and provide opportunities for iwi investment and employment.

The Provincial Growth Fund is a $1 billion per annum investment over three years to ensuring regional New Zealand can thrive through productive, sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

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