Labour and skills for Te Tai o Poutini West Coast – Summary

Our Regional workforce Plan 2023.

Our vision

An innovative and resilient economy delivering opportunities and high-paying jobs for our community/hapori. Caring for our people and our environment is part of who we are and what we are known for.

He ōhanga e hihiri ana, e manawaroa ana e kōkiri ana i ngā āheinga me ngā umanga whai rawa ki tō tātou hapori. He wāhanga nō mātou, kua hau hoki tō mātou rongo mō te kumanu i ō tātou tāngata, i tō tātou hapori anō hoki.

Te Whanakaetanga

Te Tai Poutini West Coast 2050 Strategy

Our key focus areas and year 2 priorities (2023/2024)

Focus area 1

Young people have the skills they need to meet regional forecast job growth and employer needs.


  • Help ākonga to discover, explore, and connect to the world of work through initiatives that enable meaningful connections with employers from our priority sectors.

Focus area 2

Maximising Te Tai Poutini’s workforce to meet our current and future skills and labour demands.


  • Encourage and support employers to understand their current and anticipated future workforce skill sets and needs that are required to be high performing organisations. 
  • Identify business strategic human resource advice and support needs and potential service providers.  Provide information and support to help employers.

Focus area 3

Connecting our employers, educators, and workers to future-proof our labour market.


  • Promote the sharing of ideas and learnings between sectors and businesses for improved labour market outcomes.

Focus area 4

Enabling workplaces to be more worker friendly, flexible and inclusive.


  • Actively engage with older workers to understand what information, support and training they need to successfully participate in our labour market.
  • Assist employers with the implementation of wellbeing strategies that benefit both the employee and employer.

Focus area 5

Māori have the skills and knowledge to succeed at all stages of their careers.


  • Understand the training and support needs that are required for Māori to successfully participate in our labour market.
  • Promote to whānau the diverse career opportunities and pathways available to their rangatahi.

Our key focus sectors

There are several key sectors that are important for Te Tai o Poutini’s economy and labour markets.  They are areas where we know that significant gains can be made and where we currently or are anticipated to have a shortage of skills and labour.

  • Accommodation and Food Services
  • Construction
  • Extractive Industries
  • Manufacturing
  • Health care and social assistance

Our priority groups

With a key focus on more inclusive employment outcomes and opportunities, we have identified five priority groups within our community.

  • Māori
  • Woman/Wahine
  • Older Workers/ Ngā  kaimahi kua tunohunohu
  • Youth / Rangatahi
  • Disabled Persons and/or People with Health Conditions/Te Hunga Whaikaha, te Hunga hoki/ranei kua Pangia e te tahi Mate Hauora