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Regional development high on the agenda in new government

Posted on November 20, 2017

By Dr David Wilson

As we roll into Christmas things seem to speed up rather than slow down! So many great things are coming together for Northland.

Government is an important ingredient in economic development especially when it is prepared to show some leadership. This leadership comes in many forms; providing a strategic direction for economic development, funding for infrastructure, education, research and development, foreign affairs and trade, business support services and providing an environment for businesses to grow. These things give the private sector added confidence to invest and create jobs in the parts of the economy that government is looking to support.

This new government has provided strong signals to the market with a focus on regional economic development, sustainable development, research and development and increasing our productive economy. These are fantastic policy settings for Tai Tokerau supporting the work that is underway in the Northland Economic Action Plan and the strengths that already underpin our economy.

Northland, we have never been in a better place to grow our economy. We have direction, we have a plan, and we have influence.

Dr David Wilson — Chief Executive Officer - Northland Inc

The recent discussions on the Trans Pacific Partnership and other trade deals will open up opportunities to access new markets for our businesses. What we will be looking for is a focus in the regions to increase our ability to trade, not just signing agreements to trade. This work needs to be done on the ground, in our regions, with our productive sectors. At Northland Inc we are looking forward to these challenges and support the direction of travel. 

Furthermore, Tai Tokerau has a strong group of Ministers and MPs with significant portfolios, and in general Northlanders are well-represented in parliament, holding positions of influence.

Northland, we have never been in a better place to grow our economy. We have direction, we have a plan, and we have influence.