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Government investment in Far North’s future

The future of the Far North is looking brighter with Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investments in key community-led projects across the district, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today.

“There’s a lot of work being done in Tai Tokerau to drive economic growth and help improve the lives of local people. This Government believes every New Zealander, no matter where they live, should share in a growing and prosperous economy,” Kelvin Davis said.

“We know the Far North District faces a range of complex challenges including high unemployment, an underutilised labour force, and comparatively lower GDP than other districts, but we won’t rest on our laurels as we turn around the fortunes of the regions.”

Among today’s investments is $4.6 million for Sir Hekenukumai Ngaiwi Puhipi Busby’s Kupe Waka Centre, to be built in Aurere at the southern end of Doubtless Bay.

“Sir Hek is truly an icon of the Far North. The Kupe Waka Centre will see his knowledge preserved and also bring people from both New Zealand and overseas to this incredible part of our country.”

The PGF is also investing $3 million in a much needed multi-use sports centre in Kaitaia.

“Participation in sport and fitness is a key part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and improving the wellbeing of individuals, whānau and wider communities. This facility will create jobs, attract people to live here and help retain workers, young people and athletes in Kaitaia.”

The investment package also includes support for three iwi (Aupouri, Ngāti Kahu and

Te Rarawa) to make progress on major projects, funding for preliminary investigations of a water storage project for the area and exploring the potential for a barge at Te Mingi to transport logs to Whangarei.

“Taken together, the announcements made today reaffirm our determination to unlock the full economic potential of the Far North. It’s also an example of the PGF bringing agencies together from across Government to make a difference for people on the ground.

“We understand that supporting thriving and sustainable regions requires a holistic approach, ensuring our towns are attractive places for whānau to live, work and play.

“By supporting projects that look to the future, today’s investment will bring new people to the region and keep them here by creating new jobs and opportunities close to home,” Kelvin Davis said.

Today’s Northland investments:




Kupe Waka

Development of the Kupe Waka Centre, including completion of planning works and construction.


Te Hiku Sports Hub

Construction of a multi-use Sports Hub in Kaitaia.


Te Mingi Barge Feasibility

Investigating building and operating a barge site at Te Mingi for transporting logs to the Whangarei port.


ANT – Developing Projects

Capability support for 12 months to scope three key development projects


Te Hiku Water Solutions

Investigate a water storage scheme to support local high value horticultural production.




Northland Provincial Growth Fund announcements to date:




Business Case Development – Northland Rail Upgrade

Exploring upgrade of the North Auckland (rail) Line (NAL), running from Auckland to Otiria in the Far North.


Twin Coast Discovery Route

Support for the next step in the Twin Coast Discovery Route (TCDR) programme, delivering transport improvements across Northland.

Up to $6.25m

Hundertwasser Arts Centre

Construction of the Hundertwasser Art Centre with Wairau Maori Art Gallery.


Ngāti Rehia Kauri Sanctuary

Opportunity for research and control of kauri dieback in a contained plantation environment, with training and education opportunities.


Ngāti Rangi Manuka and Kanuka oil distillery

Development of a business ecosystem based on extraction of the essential oils of manuka and kanuka.

Up to


Ngati Hine Forestry Trust Joint Venture

Te Uru Rākau and Ngāti Hine Forestry Trust to plant and manage 3,600ha of pine trees.


Ngati Hine Manuka Planting Training Programme

A mānuka plantation and training/work experience programme for 40 trainees over two years.


Opua Wharf

Construction of a new concrete pontoon, 111 metres long and 4 metres wide at Opua Wharf.


Paihia Wharf

Extend, upgrade, maintain and operate the Paihia Wharf.


Russell Wharf

Upgrade to Russell Wharf including floating concrete pontoons, dinghy dock and a wharf extension.


Kawakawa Tourism Hub

Develop Te Hononga Interpretive Centre, a cultural tourism hub facility in Kawakawa


Waipapa Intersection Improvement

Safety improvements to intersection at Waipapa


Totara Industry Proposal - pilot

A two-year pilot to test the validity of establishing an indigenous tōtara wood industry in Northland.


Hihiaua Stage One

Initial stage of a wider plan to develop the Hihiaua Peninsula into a contemporary Maori precinct.


Manea Footprints of Kupe

Establish an interactive Cultural Heritage Tourism and Education Centre in Opononi, Hokianga.


Bay of Islands Airport Terminal Upgrade

Construction of new terminal building for BOI Airport.


Marine travel lift

Purchase and installation of a marine travel lift in Whangarei to assist boat-building and refitting services.


Waitangi Mountain Bike Park

Construction and delivery of the final stage of WMBP including bike trails and jumps and associated infrastructure.


Pouto Road Phase 1

Extending the sealed portion of Pouto Road


Kaipara Moana (Wharves analysis and implementation)

Investigating wharves and water transport in the Kaipara harbour, including $4.0m for implementation


Road re-metalling

Improving quality of existing roads


Pouto Road Phases 2

Complete sealing to Pouto Point


Waipoua River Road

Improving safety and access


Programme Support

Additional resource to assist Kaipara District Council to deliver the investment programme.


Kaipara Kai

Develop a potential 50,000 hectares of fertile land into a sustainable horticultural area


50MAX HPMV (High productivity motor vehicle) network

Upgrade bridge and road network allowing access for larger, more efficient trucks


Maori Battalion Museum

Establishing a museum to honour the 28th Māori Battalion on the Waitangi Treaty Grounds


Kai iwi Lakes Project

Construction of visitor facilities at Taharoa Domain, Lake Waikare.


The restoration of Lake Omapere initial feasibility study

Develop a strategy to determine the viability of raising the water level of Lake Omapere on the outskirts of Kaikohe.


Te Waiariki Ngawha Springs Redevelopment and enhancement

Feasibility work for an upgrade of facilities and access at Ngawha Springs, near Kaikohe.


Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan Portfolio Management

Additional resources to progress PGF applications and economic action plan objectives.


Ohaeawai Visitors Centre

Preliminary work to develop an Indigenous visitor experience near Kaikohe.





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