Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
License needed for work use Register

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


$140m investment in West Coast economy

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister

Hon Shane Jones

Minister for Regional Economic Development

29 November 2018

$140m investment in West Coast economy

The Government is investing significantly in the West Coast through the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) to strengthen the region’s economy and create new jobs with a $140 million investment package announced by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today.

The Prime Minister is on the West Coast alongside Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor to announce the PGF funding.

“This Government is committed to funding regional growth because local jobs and businesses drive resilient, thriving communities and the West Coast has so much potential,” Jacinda Ardern said.

“That’s why the Government is investing $140 million through the Provincial Growth Fund to capitalise on future opportunities for the West Coast.”

Projects announced today include:

• $87.46 million for tourism, ensuring the region’s popular sites and unique environments are protected and offer high-quality experiences for visitors

• $32.8 million for extending ultra-fast broadband and mobile coverage

• $10 million for a garnet mining project at Ruatapu

• $9.9 million for a milk segregation project with Westland Milk Products

“The projects announced today also reflect the priorities of the Tai Poutini Economic Development Strategy and focus on the key sectors already driving the region’s economy, which increases the chances of success,” Shane Jones said.

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

“This is a significant boost for the West Coast and demonstrates how the Government is partnering with the region to support projects that will build a better future for rangitahi and everyone here,” Shane Jones said.

The full list of projects included in today’s announcement is provided below.

Provincial Rail Upgrade KiwiRail’s world-class TranzAlpine service $40m
Connectivity Improve the region’s ultra-fast broadband and mobile networks $32.8m
Punakaiki Redevelopment Upgrade Punakaiki tourism infrastructure and improve Dolomite Point visitor experience $25.6m
Ruatapu Garnet Project Develop new garnet mine at Ruatapu, near Hokitika (Loan) $10m
Westland Milk Products Segregation Develop milk segregation processes to add value to milk products (Loan) $9.9m
Kawatiri Coastal Trail Create 55km family-friendly walking and cycle trail Charleston to Westport $9.36m
Oparara Arches Improve tourism infrastructure to protect the unique environment and enhance visitor safety $5.7m
Croesus Road Upgrade Croesus Road at Blackball, improving visitors access to Paparoa Track and Pike29 Memorial Trail $3.5m
Punakaiki Resort Wellness Centre Build spa facilities above Punakaiki Resort (Loan) $3.3m
Runanga Miners Hall Restore nationally significant historic building $0.4m
Total $140.46m


© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On How Climate Change Threatens Cricket‘s Future

Well that didn’t last long, did it? Mere days after taking on what he called the “awesome responsibility” of being Prime Minister, Christopher Luxon has started blaming everyone else and complaining that he's inherited “economic vandalism on an unprecedented scale” - which is how most of us would describe his own coalition agreements, 100-Day Plan, and backdated $3 billion handout to landlords... More

Public Housing Futures: Christmas Comes Early For Landlords

New CTU analysis of the National & ACT coalition agreement has shown the cost of returning interest deductibility to landlords is an extra $900M on top of National’s original proposal. This is because it is going to be implemented earlier and faster, including retrospective rebates from April 2023. More

Green Party: Petition To Save Oil & Gas Ban

“The new Government’s plan to expand oil and gas exploration is as dangerous as it is unscientific. Whatever you think about the new government, there is simply no mandate to trash the climate. We need to come together to stop them,” says James Shaw. More

PSA: MFAT Must Reverse Decision To Remove Te Reo

MFAT's decision to remove te reo from correspondence before new Ministers are sworn in risks undermining the important progress the public sector has made in honouring te Tiriti. "We are very disappointed in what is a backward decision - it simply seems to be a Ministry bowing to the racist rhetoric we heard on the election campaign trail," says Marcia Puru. More




InfoPages News Channels


Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.