Action Plan Progress Report - June 2016
Since the launch of the Action Plan in February a number of projects have made significant progress and we have seen a wide range of stakeholders working together on projects that will benefit the region’s economy and improve prosperity. A focus on getting things done has been extremely helpful, as has having a region-wide view of the economic development projects in play and the agencies involved.
Highlights of progress so far include: construction of the Hawaiki international submarine cable connecting Northland and New Zealand to Australia and the United States via Hawaii, with completion due mid-2018; announcement of $4 million in central government funding for the Hundertwasser Art Centre and Wairau Maori Art Gallery in Whangarei; ongoing work on the Twin Coast Discovery revitalisation project including highway and byway development and completion of the first stage of the high-level strategic study of the region’s irrigation potential with the second stage, an in-depth investigation into selected areas, currently under development.
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This Roadmap brings into focus the first projects that will drive the transformation – it introduces the Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan (the Action Plan). This is the beginning of the journey; the start of the conversation. The projects within the Action Plan should be seen as part of a wider narrative about the region’s opportunities and barriers; they demonstrate steps towards transformation – the path to prosperity. Launched February 04, 2016
The Tai Tokerau Northland Growth Study (completed in February 2015) highlighted a range of opportunities for Northland. These have been narrowed down in the development of the Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan (the Action Plan).
The Action Plan brings into focus a group of projects that together will contribute to transforming Northland’s economy. These actions are founded on the opportunities laid out in the Growth Study.
Through the process of arriving at this Action Plan, the goals of He Tangata, He Whenua, He Oranga: An Economic Growth Strategy for the Tai Tokerau Māori Economy has been considered alongside the opportunities and barriers set out in the Study. The importance of Iwi/Māori participation in the economy is reflected in many of the actions contained in this document.
The Action Plan is short to medium term, covering 10 years; one that encourages new projects to be included as existing projects come to completion. A broad range of organisations will contribute to the success of the Action Plan, from business and Iwi/Māori through to not-for-profit and local and central government. This first iteration of the Action Plan is to “get us on the road”, but over the next 12 months, we will use this process to develop a deeper dialogue with Iwi/Māori and business to shape further actions that will build in a significant and transformational way on the opportunities set out here. The Action Plan is a living document that will change as projects are completed and new projects are started.
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The Action Plan was jointly launched by the Minister of Economic Development Steven Joyce, the Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy, the Minister for Maori Development Te Ururoa Flavell and David Wilson, CEO of Northland Inc.
Government contribution will inspire confidence in Hundertwasser Project
The government’s $4 million contribution to the Hundertwasser Art Centre and Wairau Māori Art (HAC) Gallery in Whangarei will inspire confidence in the project, says Northland Inc CEO David Wilson. Minister of Economic Development Steven Joyce announced the grant towards the construction of the HAC at the launch of the Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan in Kerikeri today.
“Since the launch of the Action Plan in February a number of projects have made significant progress” says Action Plan Working Group Chair and Northland Inc CEO David Wilson.