Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Ruapehu Excited by Economic Development Study

Ruapehu Excited by Regional Agribusiness Economic Development Study

Ruapehu District Council (RDC) Mayor, Don Cameron, accompanied by Chief Executive, Peter Till, and Economic Development Manager, Warren Furner, attended the launch of government’s Manawatu-Whanganui Growth Study project yesterday.

The Manawatu-Whanganui Growth Study (the Study) project is an initiative of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the Ministry for Primary Industries as part of government’s wider strategy of lifting NZ’s exports to 40% of GDP by 2025.

Undertaken by consultants working with central government and local stakeholders including iwi from August 2014 to February 2015 the Study project is aiming to increase investment opportunities, employment and incomes in the Manawatu-Whanganui region of which Ruapehu is part.

Mayor Cameron said that he was very excited about the opportunities that the Study project promises for the Ruapehu district.

“The Study project is particularly exciting because of its depth and scale,” he said.

“It will not only examine economic development potential across the region but also seek to connect people and organisations across the value chain from research to farming to markets.”

“The Study is evidence based research with very real, practical applications.”

Mayor Cameron said that Ruapehu producers will play an active role in the Study and be at the forefront of benefiting from the outcomes which will detail what aspects of our economy have the most potential to sustainably grow incomes and jobs in the future.

“This is a huge opportunity for Ruapehu to grow our economy, understand our markets further and develop our agribusiness sector,” he said.

“Current research shows that NZ is currently producing enough food to feed 40 million people but that we have the potential to feed 400 million.”

“With food security becoming an increasing issue for the world NZ and Ruapehu are well placed to benefit from this opportunity.”

“The Manawatu-Whanganui region currently has agribusiness exports worth $1.9 billion with plans to build this to $3.8 billion by 2025.”

“RDC is working to ensure that Ruapehu producers are in a position to contribute to, and benefit, from this growth in a sustainable way that doesn’t detract from our most important asset, our environment.”

Mayor Cameron noted that the government is an enabler of significant investment funding that may be released through the outcomes of the Study.

“For Ruapehu to fully participate in this growth we will need investment in the district.”

“Some of this may come from our iwi and Treaty of Waitangi Settlements; however, we will need additional outside investors.”

“The Study will help identify where the best investment opportunities are,” he said.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Govt’s Token Plans For Cyber-Security

Basically, the world is divided into two types of people: those who think the Panama Papers illustrate the bad shit that some people do, and those who think the Panama Papers illustrate what needs to be done to make sure no-one else discovers the shit – good or bad – that they’re doing. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac’s Grudging Concession To Reality

Is this any way to run a health system… whereby terminally ill patients are forced into public demonstrations before the government (and its funding agency Pharmac) will grudgingly provide the money for life-saving treatments freely available and publically funded in Australia for the best part of a year? More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Healthy Homes Bill Passes First Reading

Some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable children and families are on their way towards safer living conditions with the passing of the first reading of the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill in Parliament last night, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf Satire: Home, And A Way

The one thing even more popular than an Auckland house is offering advice on how to afford an Auckland house. So, on the grounds it can’t be worse than some of the stuff that’s out there, here’s my three cents* worth. [*Up 50% since 2013!] More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: The Defence Pretence

Last year, the world began spending more money on weapons again, for the first time since 2011... New Zealand belongs to a region – Asia and Oceania – where military spending rose sharply in 2015, by 5.4 per cent. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news