Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Hawke’s Bay bids to be home for NZIST

23 January 2020 – Hawke’s Bay has lodged a strong bid to be the new home for the Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST).

The region’s mayors and regional council chair fully support the application to permanently locate the headquarters of NZIST in Hawke’s Bay; as it seeks “a vibrant location in which to create a new kind of organisation that will deliver work-based, off-the-job and vocational learning and training through a network across the country”.

This is a fantastic opportunity for Hawke’s Bay to be at the centre of vocational learning, and support a major new education initiative, says Central Hawke’s Bay Mayor Alex Walker.

She says Hawke’s Bay is the natural home for the new institute given that the region is leading the country with the most comprehensive collaborative approach to economic and inclusive development via the Matariki Hawke’s Bay Regional Development Strategy.

Locating in Hawke’s Bay would put NZIST at the heart of a region that relies heavily on vocational skills, says Wairoa Mayor Craig Little.

“We have a large population of priority learners that will benefit from NZIST’s activities. Vocational education and learning is of huge importance to our community and economy.”

Napier Mayor Kirsten Wise says the region has a vested interest in promoting innovation in vocational education and learning as a way to develop homegrown talent, and provide opportunities for every whānau and household to be actively engaged and benefitting from a thriving Hawke’s Bay economy.

“Hawke’s Bay is one of New Zealand’s largest regions without a university, a key requirement for NZIST,” says Mayor Wise.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council chair Rex Graham says EIT is one of New Zealand’s top ranked polytechnics that plays an important role in the region”.

“With proven strong partnerships and collaborative leadership across the region through the Matariki framework we believe that Hawke’s Bay is the right location for the institute,” he says.

Hastings Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst agrees, saying Hawke’s Bay not only has the right infrastructure and logistical assistance, as demonstrated by the successful relocation of corporate offices and government departments such as Kiwibank, Xero and NZ Police, but also strong networks delivering measurable results across multi-layered projects.

“Our region has the advantage of being centrally located with excellent transport links as well.”

The joint application was lodged by a number of Hawke’s Bay agencies and organisations including the five councils, EIT, Business Hawke’s Bay and Ngāti Kahungunu.

Business Hawke’s Bay chief executive Carolyn Neville says that being a vibrant, progressive, collaborative region, Hawke’s Bay delivers all the requirements for NZIST to be successful.

In summary Hawke’s Bay offers:

• United and collaborative leadership across the region
• Strong support within the region for the NZIST bid
• Strong track record with relocating companies
• One of New Zealand’s best performing regional economies
• Desirable location
• Skilled workforce
• Ample commercial office space to home NZIST and its 50 FTEs
• Buoyant job market
• Range of housing options.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Our Unreal Optimism About The Economic Impact Of Coronavirus

At this week’s Chinese New Year celebrations, PM Jacinda Ardern was resolutely upbeat that business with China would soon bounce back to normal – better than ever, even - once the coronavirus epidemic has been brought under control. To Ardern, the adversity has only accentuated just how close we are to Beijing Nothing wrong with being upbeat, if it can calm the nerves and turn business sentiment into a self-fulfilling prophecy. The problems begin when the optimism detaches itself from reality. What has been very odd so far about the coronavirus episode is that global share markets – normally spooked by mere sneezes or sniffles in the world’s major economies - have continued to be fairly positive, even as the epidemic has unfolded... More>>

First Published on Werewolf here


Gordon Campbell: On The Political Donations Scandals
Even paranoids have real enemies. While there has been something delusionary about the way New Zealand First has been living in denial about its donations scandal, one can sympathise with its indignation about Paula Bennett and Simon Bridges being among its chief accusers. More>>


UN Expert: NZ Housing Crisis Requires Bold Human Rights Response

This is a press statement from UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing at the end of her 10-day visit to New Zealand. The Government of New Zealand has recognized that the country is facing a housing crisis, said Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur ... More>>


2020 And Beyond: National’s Economic Plan

National Leader Simon Bridges has today outlined National’s economic plan heading into election 2020. “National understands the economy and how it impacts on New Zealanders day to day lives... More>>


Abortion Legislation Committee: Abortion Bill Report Presented To The House

The Abortion Legislation Committee has presented its report on the Abortion Legislation Bill to the House. A copy of the report is available here. The bill seeks to have abortion services provided like other health services... More>>


Auditor-General's Report : Water Management

The Auditor-General’s report Reflecting on our work about water management was presented to the House of Representatives today. Over the last two years we have been looking at how well public organisations are carrying out their water management ... More>>






InfoPages News Channels