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KO TE KAINGA, KO TE WHĀNAU TE PŪTAKE; HE TAU-UTUUTU TE HONONGA KO TE ŌHANGA O TE MATAU A MĀUI E PAKARI NEI.

EVERY HOUSEHOLD AND EVERY WHĀNAU IS ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN, CONTRIBUTING TO AND BENEFITING FROM, A THRIVING HAWKE’S BAY ECONOMY.

REDS: What is it?

Where we are going

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The vision: ‘Every household and every whānau is actively engaged in, contributing to and benefiting from, a thriving Hawke’s Bay economy.’

Organisations from across all of Hawke’s Bay (councils, iwi, businesses and government agencies) have pulled together to come up with a plan that will help raise our employment opportunities and incomes.

The 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 (for example roads) to ensure they benefit the whole region.

To achieve the desired effect, each of the 45 actions named in the plan has a lead agency which will make sure the desired outcome is reached and report back on it.

That is just a snapshot of the work that needs to be done. For further details, view the full strategy.

How we will get there

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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 pf the plan.

The Action Plan contains over 45 individual actions. Some of those are:

  • Investigating starting up joint venture agricultural training hub
  • Set up systems ensuring major public infrastructure project management focuses on hiring local labour
  • Councils working on developing common rules on consents and construction regulations
  • Setting up an office that advises and mentors people wanting to start up new small businesses
  • Working with Rocket Lab to attract compatible businesses
  • Expanding the National Aquarium in Napier to include marine research capability which will create science-based employment
  • Looking into running an annual investors’ seminar in Hawke’s Bay to attract investment to the region

The journey so far

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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.

It is 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’.

The reach

The strategy applies across the region including Central Hawke’s Bay, Hastings, Napier, Wairoa and small parts of Rangitikei and Taupo. The boundaries coincide with the area covered by the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.

What happens next?

Members of the Governance Group are exploring options for a delivery model to be put in place to implement the actions and strategic goals. The new model will look at successful delivery models already in place and will build on existing strengths specific to the Hawke’s Bay. The new model will have a strong delivery focus and will include representation from business, Māori, and local government.

Maungaharuru Tangitū Trust
Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi
Ngāti Pāhauwera Development Trust
Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga
Central Hawke's Bay Distric Council
Hastings Distric Council
Napier City Council
Wairoa District Council
Hawke's Bay Regional Council
Hawke's Bay District Health Board
Hawke's Bay Tourism
Businsess Hawke's Bay
Eastern Institute of Technology
New Zealand Government

MATARIKI

Hawke's Bay Regional Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan

‘Every household and every whānau is actively engaged in, contributing to and benefiting from, a thriving Hawke's Bay economy.’

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