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Another Boost For Regional Development

Industry New Zealand Provides Another Boost For Regional Development

Eight regions have been approved for funding totalling $920,500 in the latest round of Regional Partnerships Programme allocations. This brings the total number of regions approved for strategy planning and capability building funding under the scheme to nineteen. Industry New Zealand has now committed some $2.2 million to regional development since December last year.

Regions allocated funding in the latest round announced today are:
Manawatu $135,000
Canterbury $200,000
Wairarapa $ 82,500
Mataatua (Eastern Bay of Plenty) $100,000
Hawkes Bay $100,000
Rotorua $133,000
Wellington $ 70,000
Southland $100,000

Neil Mackay, Industry New Zealand Chief Executive, says the success of the programme indicates it is fulfilling a real need in helping kick-start regional development.

“Just a handful of regions are still to apply for assistance from Industry New Zealand through the Regional Partnerships Programme, which means most areas throughout New Zealand have now begun the process of developing sustainable economic development plans for their areas,” he says.

“It is particularly pleasing to see how quickly businesses, councils, iwi, and other interested parties in the regions have come together to work collaboratively on planning for their region’s future, “ Mr Mackay says.

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