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Tourism investment boost for Whangarei

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing over $2 million in two tourism initiatives which will further enhance Whangarei as a tourist destination and support the region’s economic growth, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today.

“Tourism is set to continue to grow in Whangarei and it’s crucial that we invest to improve the infrastructure and encourage initiatives that cater to tourists,” Kelvin Davis said.

“The projects announced today are supported by the local community and add to the mix of existing and planned attractions in Whangarei.

“The PGF will invest $1.3 million towards the completion of a feasibility study and business case for the development of the Riverside Hotel and Entertainment Precinct. If the project goes ahead, it’s estimated that it will create upwards of 100 jobs and inject $7.75 million into the Whangarei economy each year.

“Funding of $750,000 will help build a full scale version of an operational rolling ball clock promoting Clapham’s National Clock Museum in Whangarei. A prototype built by local volunteers gained interest as a potential cultural and educational tourist attraction.

“Our regions are a big tourism drawcard and we want them to thrive as much as our cities. Through smart investments, the PGF can help grow a more sustainable and high value tourism industry, while creating jobs and more opportunities,” Kelvin Davis said.

With today’s announcement the Provincial Growth Fund is set to invest over $101 million to support New Zealand’s tourism sector.

Today’s Whangarei tourism investments:

Riverside hotel and entertainment precinctDevelop business case for the Riverside Hotel and Entertainment Precinct being developed$1.3m
Whangarei Rolling Ball ClockBuild a full scale version of an operational rolling ball clock promoting Whangarei’s Clapham’s National Clock Museum$750,000

Northland Provincial Growth Fund announcements to date:

Te Mingi Barge FeasibilityInvestigating building and operating a barge site at Te Mingi for transporting logs to the Whangarei port.$257,000
ANT – Developing ProjectsCapability support for 12 months to scope three key development projects$250,000
Te Hiku Water SolutionsInvestigate a water storage scheme to support local high value horticultural production.$99,500
Ngāti Rehia Kauri SanctuaryOpportunity for research and control of kauri dieback in a contained plantation environment, with training and education opportunities.$288,000
Ngāti Rangi Manuka and Kanuka oil distilleryDevelopment of a business ecosystem based on extraction of the essential oils of manuka and kanuka.Up to
Ngati Hine Forestry Trust Joint VentureTe Uru Rākau and Ngāti Hine Forestry Trust to plant and manage 3,600ha of pine trees.$6m
Ngati Hine Manuka Planting Training ProgrammeA mānuka plantation and training/work experience programme for 40 trainees over two years.$1.89m
Opua WharfConstruction of a new concrete pontoon, 111 metres long and 4 metres wide at Opua Wharf.$0.89m
Paihia WharfExtend, upgrade, maintain and operate the Paihia Wharf.$3.77m
Russell WharfUpgrade to Russell Wharf including floating concrete pontoons, dinghy dock and a wharf extension.$1.114m
Kawakawa Tourism HubDevelop Te Hononga Interpretive Centre, a cultural tourism hub facility in Kawakawa$2.378m
Waipapa Intersection ImprovementSafety improvements to intersection at Waipapa$9m
Totara Industry Proposal - pilotA two-year pilot to test the validity of establishing an indigenous tōtara wood industry in Northland.$0.45m
Hihiaua Stage OneInitial stage of a wider plan to develop the Hihiaua Peninsula into a contemporary Maori precinct. $1.075m
Manea Footprints of KupeEstablish an interactive Cultural Heritage Tourism and Education Centre in Opononi, Hokianga.$4.6m
Bay of Islands Airport Terminal UpgradeConstruction of new terminal building for BOI Airport.$1.75m
Marine travel liftPurchase and installation of a marine travel lift in Whangarei to assist boat-building and refitting services.$4.84m
Waitangi Mountain Bike ParkConstruction and delivery of the final stage of WMBP including bike trails and jumps and associated infrastructure.$0.49m
Pouto Road Phase 1Extending the sealed portion of Pouto Road$5.05m
Kaipara Moana (Wharves analysis and implementation)Investigating wharves and water transport in the Kaipara harbour, including $4.0m for implementation$4.95m
Road re-metallingImproving quality of existing roads$3.15m
Pouto Road Phases 2Complete sealing to Pouto Point$3.13m
Waipoua River RoadImproving safety and access$1.6m
Programme SupportAdditional resource to assist Kaipara District Council to deliver the investment programme.$1.3m
Kaipara KaiDevelop a potential 50,000 hectares of fertile land into a sustainable horticultural area$0.98m
50MAX HPMV (High productivity motor vehicle) networkUpgrade bridge and road network allowing access for larger, more efficient trucks$0.23m
Maori Battalion MuseumEstablishing a museum to honour the 28th Māori Battalion on the Waitangi Treaty Grounds$14.5m
Kai iwi Lakes ProjectConstruction of visitor facilities at Taharoa Domain, Lake Waikare.$90,500
The restoration of Lake Omapere initial feasibility studyDevelop a strategy to determine the viability of raising the water level of Lake Omapere on the outskirts of Kaikohe.$59,000
Te Waiariki Ngawha Springs Redevelopment and enhancementFeasibility work for an upgrade of facilities and access at Ngawha Springs, near Kaikohe. $260,000
Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan Portfolio ManagementAdditional resources to progress PGF applications and economic action plan objectives.$200,000
Ohaeawai Visitors CentrePreliminary work to develop an Indigenous visitor experience near Kaikohe.$100,000


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