Priorities for the next 12 months

Our priorities for the next 12 months are based on the aspirations and actions outlined in the Regional Workforce Plan (RWP), as well as feedback received from stakeholders regarding new or different focus areas that (spotlight areas – Chapter 3) are important for the Regional Skills Leadership Group (RSLG).


The RSLG has a focus on seasonal market forces, including the peaks and troughs across sectors. We aim to promote greater access to a range of flexible, secure, and stable opportunities that individuals and whānau can tailor to suit their needs. The contract or piece nature of work, still has risks to worker conditions and our accompanying aim will be to support sectors and employers in mitigating this risk and combatting work exploitation.


There are a range of opportunities in the region [5] that the RSLG can promote more effectively to attract young people to the industry and build a local pipeline of skilled talent. However, small businesses in the region may struggle to take on junior talent due to a lack of access to skilled workers. We believe that the quality of life in the region can be a key selling point for attracting skilled workers.

Climate change

The RSLG is well positioned to engage with employers on climate change policy formation and compliance measures. We aim to get more employers on board to address the imputed costs of transitioning business practices into the circular economy model. With the upcoming legislation requiring corporates to publicly disclose their carbon footprint, [6] we believe there will be increased momentum from the commercial sector to participate in these discussions.


We are prioritising our focus on the Māori economy and enterprise to promote Māori worker resilience (set out in more detail in Chapter 3). By supporting Māori employers, we aim to future proof the labour market and attract more Māori workers. Additionally, we believe that lifting the skill levels and well-being of Māori workers will benefit the region.


We recognise the importance of addressing the plummeting attendance rates among students and are looking to make improvements in the school-to-employment pathway. Rather than solely focusing on tertiary education and workforce development, we aim to foster learning in a unique way that addresses issues with numeracy and literacy and encourages students to stay engaged in the school curriculum (set out in more detail in Chapter 3).


Overall, we aim to address these priorities in the next 12 months through strategic initiatives and partnerships with stakeholders in the region.


[5] Young Innovator Awards

[6] Mandatory climate-related disclosures(external link) — Ministry for the Environment