West Coast

After a strong economic run, the West Coast has been affected by global economic headwinds that have undermined key sectors of its economy in recent years. The Regional Growth Programme is supporting the region to build resilience and diversify its economy.

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The Regional Growth Programme on the West Coast

The Tai Poutini West Coast Growth Study was released in September 2016.

The study explores opportunities to achieve growth in investment, incomes and employment in the region. It outlines the potential to strengthen infrastructure and diversify the economy of the West Coast region, while also identifying constraints to growth and recommending how these can be addressed.

Next steps

An economic action plan is now under development and is expected to be launched in the first half of 2017. The plan will prioritise economic opportunities in the region, laying out key actions and how these will be implemented.


A governance group comprising business, iwi/Māori and local government is overseeing the development of the growth study and action plan.