Whanganui and Partners
Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Growth Study
Central Government’s Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Growth Study was launched by Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell on 31 July 2015.
The Growth Study and background information is available on the MBIE website:
The report identifies eight opportunities for growing investment, incomes and employment in the region:
- Tourism and visitor services (primarily Ruapehu and Whanganui but also Rangitikei)
- Sheep and beef farming and processing (entire region, particularly within Whanganui, Rangitikei, Manawatu and Tararua)
- Land use intensification (Rangitikei, Manawatu, Tararua and Horowhenua)
- Manuka honey (Rangitikei, Whanganui, Ruapehu and Tararua)
- Fresh vegetables (Horowhenua, Rangitikei and Ruapehu)
- Poultry and grain processing (Horowhenua, Rangitikei and Manawatu)
- Quality care and lifestyle for older people (initially in Horowhenua but also Whanganui)
- Business process outsourcing and food innovation outsourcing (across the region but centred on Palmerston North).
The report also identifies four strategic areas that will require strong and focused attention to enable these opportunities. These are:
- Distribution and transport
- Growing business
- Growing the Māori economy
- Skills and talent.
The study identifies a number of potential opportunities that have implications for a range of stakeholders including central and local government, iwi and Maori, industry groups and businesses.
The implementation programme for this study is known as Accelerate25. You can find out more, read the latest updates and subscribe to the Growing Our Region eNewsletter on the Accelerate25 website.
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