Manawatū–Whanganui Regional Skills Leadership Group

The Manawatū-Whanganui Regional Skills Leadership Group identifies and supports better ways of meeting future skills and workforce needs in the region.

The Manawatū-Whanganui Regional Skills Leadership Group (RSLG) is one of 15 RSLGs set up to identify and support better ways of meeting future skills and workforce needs in our regions and cities.

RSLGs are part of a joined-up approach to labour market planning that sees our workforce, education and immigration systems working together to better meet the differing skills needs across the country. Find out more about the RSLG kaupapa:

Regional Skills Leadership Groups

Manawatū-Whanganui RSLG

The RSLG is co-chaired by Oriana Paewai and Katarina Hina.

Read more about RSLG membership

Regional Workforce Plan

The Manawatū-Whanganui RSLG released its first Regional Workforce Plan on 8 July 2022. This plan builds on regional aspirations and priorities, and has a specific focus on the Kaiāwhina Health Workforce and School Transitions.

The plan has been developed alongside regional stakeholders across all seven districts of Manawatū-Whanganui for the benefit of our people: for our kaimahi, our rangatahi, our employers, our whānau, and our mokopuna.

Turning these outcomes into a reality requires more than words on a page – it requires meaningful action. The Manawatū-Whanganui RSLG is committed to seeing through their identified actions and stands by their recommendations to different parts of government.

The plan is available below and will be built on each year through the inclusion of additional areas of focus.

Manawatū-Whanganui Regional Workforce Plan – Te Mahere ā-Rohe

Local insights reports

RSLGs are the eyes and ears on the ground in each region when it comes to labour market planning. Their regular insights reports are based on qualitative intel from stakeholders and partners about the local labour market.

You are welcome to quote from any report below – please attribute the Manawatū–Whanganui Regional Skills Leadership Group, an independent advisory group on regional skills and workforce development. ​

Local insights report: December 2022

Previous local insights reports(external link)

Updates and other information

Progress reports on RWP actions

More information on the establishment of RSLGs including background documents can be found on the general Regional Skills Leadership Groups page:

Regional Skills Leadership Groups

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Last updated: 08 February 2023