March has continued at the same frenetic pace where February left off for us in Northland as we looked to bed down the Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan (the Action Plan) launched in Kerikeri last month.
It has been a month where we saw the first sod of earth in the Hundertwasser Art Centre project turned. The Prime Minister was in Whangarei to break ground at the Town Basin site for the $300,000 folly (to pilot Hundertwasser building techniques) named, Te Kakano.
The Prime Minister’s presence comes after Minister of Economic Development Steven Joyce took the opportunity to announce a $4 million grant for the Hundertwasser Art Centre at the launch of the Action Plan. Great to see progress so soon.
What was just as appropriate was the PM’s attendance at Refining NZ where he unveiled the $365 million Te Mahi Hou project at a special ceremony where he praised the strength of Northland and New Zealand engineering and manufacturing companies that made the project possible. Read full story here.
It was also an opportunity for the country's only oil refinery to celebrate their net profit of $151 million for the 12 months to December 31 2015, compared with $10 million in 2014.
In this months Viewpoint I discuss why, of 12 options presented in the Port Future Study, Northport is the best choice for expansion.
David Wilson, CEO, Northland Inc
Northland's Regional Economic Development Agency