After 30 years on a benefit, Carol Te Nahu now has a job thanks to a new private/public training partnership for local job-seekers. Carol, the mother of 11 children she raised alone, is one of eight graduates of the inaugural Work Readiness programme delivered by Hastings-based company People Linking People (PLP NZ), in partnership with Work and Income. Read more...
HBREDS: What is it?
Organisations from across Hawke’s Bay (councils, iwi, businesses and government agencies) worked together in 2016 to develop a strategic plan to help raise the region's employment opportunities and incomes.
The ongoing focus is on working together to grow jobs across the region, increase household incomes and raise Hawke’s Bay economic performance up into the top quarter of New Zealand regions. To achieve these aims, the strategy sets out the steps needed to help existing businesses who want to grow to do so, attract new business, promote great new ideas, attract skilled migrants to work in the areas in which we need more people and plan major public projects that benefit the whole region.
To achieve the desired effect, each of the actions named in the strategy has a lead agency to drive achievement of desired outcome. To find out more, view the full strategy.
The plan is to build on the many great advantages that Hawke’s Bay has, and come up with practical projects that achieve the aims and the overall vision of the plan. Some actions include setting up systems ensuring major public infrastructure project management focuses on hiring local labour, Councils working on developing common rules on consents and construction regulations and expanding the National Aquarium in Napier to include marine research capability which will create science-based employment.
The Matariki - Hawke's Bay Regional Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan is an ambitious strategy that aims to make Hawke’s Bay the most innovative region in New Zealand, the leading exporter of premium primary produce and a hub for business growth. Named for the Māori new year (in mid-June) ‘Matariki’ is a time of celebration, reflection and planning. For the strategy this means a commitment by all partners to robust annual review and refinement. The strategy is linked with national economic development plans as it is part of the Government’s Regional Growth Programme, which focuses on increasing jobs, income and investment in regional New Zealand. It also aligns with the Government’s Māori Economic Development and Action Plan ‘He kai kei aku ringa’.
Members of the Governance Group are exploring options for a delivery model to implement the actions and strategic goals. The new model will have a strong delivery focus and will include representation from business, Māori, and local government. Watch this space!
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