Tai Poutini West Coast Regional Skills Leadership Group

The Tai Poutini West Coast Regional Skills Leadership Group has been established to identify and support better ways of meeting future skills and workforce needs in the region.

The group is one of 15 Regional Skills Leadership Groups (RSLGs) in New Zealand, set up by the Government to identify and support better ways of meeting future skills and workforce needs in our region.

They are part of a joined-up approach to labour market planning which will see our workforce, education and immigration systems working together to better meet the differing skills needs across the country. The group will provide independent advice which employers and government agencies can act on.

Interim Regional Skills Leadership Groups were formed in June 2020, with an immediate focus on the COVID-19 impacts of regional workforce and labour market factors. Permanent groups were established in 2021 and are drawing on this work.

RSLGs are developing Regional Workforce Plans which will project labour supply needs, to ensure the regions have the right skills and workforce planning to seize local economic opportunities.

Find out how RWPs and other advice from the groups will be used:

Regional Skills Leadership Groups - Informing Government activities and decisions

Regional Workforce Plan

Have your say on the Tai Poutini West Coast Regional Workforce Plan consultation document

We have spent the past 2 years building a clear picture of the West Coast’s labour market and workforce needs and thinking about the kind of workforce required to achieve a long-term vision that aligns with 'Te Whanaketanga Te Tai Poutini West Coast Economic Development Strategy 2050'We’ve talked with business, local communities, councils, iwi and many other stakeholders to gather information, views and insights. We’ve also looked at what data and statistics can tell us.

Through this process we have found out about the region’s workforce challenges and opportunities and identified key areas to focus on. And we’ve come up with some actions we can take as a leadership group that we think will make a real difference – working with others to complement what’s already happening in the region.

We’ve put these ideas into our draft Regional Workforce Plan and we want to know what you think.

Consultation is now open and will close at 5pm on Friday 29 April 2022.

The consultation document and summary are linked below.

How to have your say

Public meetings – join us online via Zoom

We invite you to join us online to hear about the plan and ask questions. Dates are:

Please email us at westcoastRSLG@mbie.govt.nz if you’d like to attend and we’ll send you the details.

Online feedback

Consultation on Tai Poutini West Coast Regional Workforce Plan 2022(external link)

Feedback via email or post

If you can’t join us via Zoom or access the online survey, then you’ll find a feedback form below.

Email it to: westcoastRSLG@mbie.govt.nz

By post to: Tai Poutini RWP, PO Box 180, Nelson.


Each Regional Skills Leadership Group has 12 to 14 members, including the co-chairs. Each group has 2 co-chairs: one identified through a public expression of interest process and the other nominated by local iwi/Māori. Co-Chairs have been appointed by the Minister for Social Development and Employment.

Membership of the permanent Groups will vary by region but, in general, include:

  • business representatives to reflect the views from the ‘demand’ side of the labour market;
  • worker representatives, to reflect the ‘supply’ side of the labour market;
  • a local government representative, who may be drawn from an Economic Development Agency;
  • iwi/Maori representatives;
  • community representatives to ensure diversity of experience and perspective around the table;
  • and the relevant Regional Public Service Lead will also sit as a Group Member.

Local insights reports

Local insights reports have been produced by the interim RSLG, and are designed to provide a snapshot of the impacts of COVID-19 and identify the challenges and opportunities for the regional labour market. Reports are developed by West Coast Regional Skills Leadership Group members.

The iRSLG reflections handover document was developed to assist the transition between the interim and permanent Regional Skills Leadership Group. It was compiled by the RSLG Secretariat Team and passed over on behalf of the interim group. It contains a range of regional labour market and skills intel and includes an industry, welfare, and education profile. The data it contains is taken at a point in time and is up to date as of May 2021.  Further updates to this information may be developed in the future as required for the purposes of inclusion in the Regional Workforce Plan.

Last updated: 07 April 2022