Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Otago Receives $100,000 For Capability Building

28 June 2002

Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton today announced Industry New Zealand funding of $100,000 for capability building in Otago.

Funding was approved upon completion of Otago’s Regional Strategy for Development.

The funding is part of Industry New Zealand’s Regional Partnerships programme, which provides guidance and financial support to help regions identify and develop sustainable economic growth strategies and put them into action.

At a meeting with Dunedin mayor Sukhi Turner, Jim Anderton expressed his satisfaction at the progress being made by the region thus far.

“I’m pleased to see Otago coming together as a region. It’s excellent to watch local groups working in partnership with the Government to identify growth opportunities for the whole region.

“The investments this Coalition Government has made in the regions prove that sustainable regional development is possible.”

“Every region in New Zealand now has an economic development plan in place. All 14 are currently in a positive growth mode.

“This level of growth is a direct result of regions playing to their individual strengths, instead of competing against other regions. Continued growth in our regional economies will add up to sustainable growth for the entire country.”

The five Otago Mayors, together with the Chairs of the Community Trust of Otago and the Otago Regional Council, have been working with the Otago Chamber of Commerce and Ngai Tahu representatives. This group is formally known as the Otago Mayors’ Joint Committee for Regional Economic Development (or the ‘Mayors’ Joint Committee’). Their focus is to devise and implement an Otago-wide regional economic development strategy.

The strategy provides a framework and focus for economic development for the region, and identifies specific regional development initiatives. Funded by Industry New Zealand, one of the report’s key recommendations was for the creation of a Board to manage the day-to-day implementation of the identified regional initiatives.

The Board is responsible for setting a high-level development strategy, as well as developing and extending a funding base for development projects and establishing an appropriate working relationship with the four district councils and the Dunedin City Council.

The Otago Mayors’ Joint Committee for Regional Economic Development will use the capability building funding assistance in several areas. These include the appointment of a regional co-ordinator for economic development initiatives and four strategically important projects to help Otago enhance its development.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news