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


Wellington regional development a priority

Anderton says Wellington regional development a priority

Economic Development Minister Jim Anderton said today that one of his priorities for the coming Parliamentary term will be to make progress on removing obstacles to the economic development of Wellington city and the surrounding region.

According to the most recently published National Bank Regional Trends Survey, published late last year, Wellington's annual average economic growth rate was a disappointing 1.3% in the September 2002 quarter, the weakest pace of year-on-year growth among the 14 regions of New Zealand.

Jim Anderton, who met today with Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast, said he is confident the situation can be turned around because Wellington has all of the ingredients to do so.

"But clearly there are issues that must be addressed to further assist economic development.

“Transport network issues have to be fixed at the same time as programmes are advanced to assist the current exciting transition of the local economy which is increasingly being driven by emerging industries such as Information Technology and the creative art sectors," Jim Anderton said.

"Cities around the world are now competing hard to attract and keep the people and skills needed to sustain future economic activity. We need to ensure that central government agencies are doing their part to make sure New Zealand's capital city is one of the clear winners in that global contest," Jim Anderton said.

The Minister has asked officials from the Ministry of Economic Development and Industry New Zealand to report to him on Wellington's economic performance and outlook and to assess the impact and effectiveness of current central government infrastructure, business and development programmes in the region designed to encourage economic growth and job creation.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Politics Of Scaring Voters Back Into Line

Fear has always been a useful mobilising tool in politics… yet in 2017, bogeymen of all shapes and sizes seem to have fallen on hard times. For years, the National party had painted itself as being the only reliable defensive bastion against the terrifying prospect of a centre-left government…

In fact, the polls suggest that the public seems to quite like the new government, its Prime Minister, and its proposed plan of action. Somehow, even though a Labour/Greens/NZ First government is in power, the sun is still rising and setting, on time. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Drinking Water As A Failure Of Political Leadership

It is almost possible to feel sorry for the Health Ministry in their terrible, no good, very bad week... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Saying ‘Work For The Dole,’ Nicely

As New Zealand First learned the hard way from its two previous periods in government, small parties in MMP coalitions get blamed for the unpopular stuff done by their senior partner in power, but no one remembers the good stuff the junior player brought to the table... More>>


Seismic Blasting: Greenpeace Launches Legal Challenge Against Amazon Warrior

A legal challenge against the world’s largest seismic oil exploration ship was launched at a public rally on Parliament Lawn. More>>


Tertiary: 80,000 People Eligible For Fees Free

The Government has today made good on its 100-day promise of delivering the first year of fees-free post school training and education and industry training from 1 January next year, says Education Minister Chris Hipkins. More>>


PM's Presser: Rebuilding Cathedrals, Felling Trees

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attended the press conference today with Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration Dr Megan Woods to announce urgent legislation this week for the rebuilding of the Christ Church Cathedral. More>>





Featured InfoPages