Ngā kōrero ahunga whakamua mō ā mātou kaupapa hei arotahi me ngā rāngai | Progress updates on our focus areas

Over the past year we have made good progress on the actions for each of our focus areas and sectors.

Tasting mussels in Nydia Bay

Tasting mussels in Nydia Bay


Focus area progress updates

Focus area 1: Malborough as an attractive place to live and work

Focus areas 2 and 3: Career and learning pathways and Perceptions of industries and careers

Focus area 4: Connections between schools and industry/education

Focus area 5: Everyone in the region is aware of career and training opportunities

Focus area 6: Enabling equitable outcomes for Māori through education and work

Focus sector progress updates


  • Our Aerospace working group are progressing workstreams.
  • We worked with the Marlborough District Council and industry stakeholders (including airports, aviation engineering, training providers, and airlines) to establish the Smart + Connected Aerospace industry group. The group is also building links with Ringa Hora WDC and Aviation New Zealand. Marlborough aspires to be the Aerospace Training Hub in the Te Pūkenga network.
  • Through the Smart + Connected Aerospace industry group we are engaging with the New Zealand Defence Force and iwi on expanding activities at Marlborough Airport.
  • We are working with the Marlborough District Council and the Ministry of Social Development to develop a virtual reality experience for aviation and the opportunities in this sector.


  • The Food and Fibre CoVE Group Training Scheme Pilot in Marlborough will involve Aquaculture.
  • Aquaculture New Zealand received funding for their Workforce Action Plan. We are collaborating with Aquaculture New Zealand and the Nelson Tasman RSLG to take a Te Tauihu | Top of the South approach to the aquaculture sector. The funding will assist the aquaculture industry to get the first stage of the action plan for developing a skilled, qualified, and diverse workforce underway.
  • We have worked with the Smart + Connected Aquaculture group on initiatives, including a workshop focussing on efficiency and resilience, lifting production, driving value, innovation, and community and social responsibility. This included jobs, careers, and training information.

Building and Construction

  • We supported the establishment of a new construction academy at Queen Charlotte College – a partnership with Kāinga Ora. The academy enables local students to gain new skills and kick start careers in the construction industry.
  • We are working with the Electrical Training Company to bring training to Marlborough. This is not currently offered in our region.


  • We advocated for the establishment of a Bachelor of Nursing programme in Marlborough. This has now been established, with blended delivery available to Marlborough-based students meaning they can complete more of the programme here.
  • We connected our local aged residential care providers with Toitū te Waiora WDC.
  • We are looking to collaborate with aged residential care providers to progress work on ‘Marlborough as an attractive place to live and work’, particularly with respect to employment opportunities for spouses/partners of new recruits.


  • The Food and Fibre CoVE Group Training Scheme Pilot in Marlborough will involve Wine.
  • We are supporting the wine industry in their regional workforce planning. The industry-led steering group has a framework to plan the long-term needs of the Marlborough wine sector workforce.
Last updated: 20 June 2023