In 2016 organisations from across Hawke’s Bay (councils, iwi, business and government agencies) developed a strategic plan to help raise the region's employment opportunities and incomes. The overall focus was to work 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 a strategy was developed. Called Matariki – Hawke’s Bay Regional Economic Development Strategy (HBREDS), it details 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. The Matariki vision is that ‘Every household and every whānau is actively engaged in, contributing to and benefiting from, a thriving Hawke’s Bay economy.’
The rise of Matariki in mid June marks the Māori new year: a time for celebration, reflection and planning. Matariki means three things to this regional economic development strategy – it is its name, its conceptual framework, and symbolises the shared commitment to robust annual review and refinement. Matariki has seven stars, and the Matariki framework has seven points, each pivotal to
maintaining the direction and integrity of the strategy for all partners and stakeholders.
The strategy, unlike previous ones, is a truly collaborative effort between iwi and hapu, the business sector, central government agencies and local authorities. It was put together after extensive consultation with a broad range of representatives from business and the public sector, which included
three wānanga held in Wairoa, Hastings and Masterton. The strategy includes a detailed Action Plan that outlines what needs to be done to achieve its strategic goals, so it’s not ‘all talk’ but is focused on measurable outcomes.
Dr Alister King is the Matariki Programme Manager and it is his role to facilitate the implementation of the strategy. Each of the 40+ actions named in the strategy has a lead agency to drive achievement of desired outcome, supported by relevant stakeholder partners.
As well as a Governance Group and a Project Group, results are driven by the following organisations:
Matariki - HBREDS is made up of a large number of contributing stakeholder groups. The stakeholder groups include iwi and hapu groups, local government councils, business, NGOs and central government. The objective is to have all active participants come together twice a year to discuss regional progress and where strategic and process improvements can be made.
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