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Regional Initiatives Funding Of $50,000 For Patea

12 July 2002

Economic development in South Taranaki will receive a boost from the Ministry of Economic Development's Regional Initiatives Fund over the next few months.

$50,000 will be provided for a Community Economic Development Advisor dedicated to Patea, Industry and Regional Development Minister, Jim Anderton announced today.

The South Taranaki District Council will establish the Patea Community Development Advisor as a permanent position, with the Ministry of Economic Development part funding the position for the first 12 months.

The fulltime advisor will work alongside the Patea Community Development Trust, and other relevant iwi, government, commercial and voluntary organisations to co-ordinate a number of specific community based initiatives, including tourism and employment projects. The Community Development Advisor will also work with the community on building a wider economic, social and environmental vision for Patea.

"A dedicated full time resource with the appropriate skills to help enhance economic development will be a real asset for this community", Jim Anderton said.

"Patea will be able to capitalise on its strong cultural history and other strengths and make the plans they have on the drawing board a reality".


Note to Editors:
The Regional Initiatives Fund was established as part of the 2001 Budget Economic Development Package.

Funding is available for regional development projects which are consistent with the Government’s key goals and which have the potential to leverage economic growth as well as meet government objectives for economic, social and environmental development.

The fund is aimed at assisting regions to develop capability and to respond to opportunities. Eligible projects must show broad support within the region. Funding is available as a contribution towards the project’s costs and is assessed on a case by case basis.


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