Regional growth studies
Find out more about the studies and download copies of the reports.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) are leading a programme, along with regional stakeholders, to evaluate opportunities for increasing investment, employment and incomes in:
- West Coast
- Tai Tokerau Northland
- Bay of Plenty
- East Coast (Gisborne and Hawke's Bay).
The Tai Poutini West Coast Growth Study released in September 2016 identifies economic opportunities that have the most potential to grow incomes, employment and investment in the region.
- Tai Poutini West Coast Growth Study: Summary Report [PDF, 5.2 MB]
- Tai Poutini West Coast Growth Study: Opportunities Report [PDF, 5.3 MB]
- Tai Poutini West Coast Growth Study: Evidence Report 1 – Economy [PDF, 1.7 MB]
- Tai Poutini West Coast Growth Study: Evidence Report 2 – Key Sectors [PDF, 2.1 MB]
The Northland Regional Growth Study – Opportunities Report identifies a number of sectors and commercial opportunities that have the potential to sustainably grow incomes, jobs and investment in the region. It was released on 4 February 2015.
Te Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan
Following the launch of the regional growth study, the Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan was developed. It was released on 4 February 2016 by Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy. The plan includes key actions, identifies the next steps, and who will lead that work.
- Find out more about the action plan – Northland Inc website
- Download the 1 year economic action plan summary [PDF, 237 KB]
- Read the ministers' media release – Beehive website
MPI is involved in a number of the actions outlined in the plan. Some initiatives are already underway:
- Northland College Mānuka Planting Initiative [PDF, 235 KB]
- GROW – Growing Regional Opportunities through Work [PDF, 278 KB]
- Māori Agribusiness – Te Hiku Farms and Mid-North multiple Māori land blocks [PDF, 397 KB]
- Te Tai Tokerau Māori Forestry Collective [PDF, 319 KB]
- Pre-Feasibility of a Mechanical Pulpmill Complex in Northland [PDF, 2.3 MB]
Mid to Far North Primary Industry Employer Research
As a project within the Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan, the Mid to Far North Primary Industries Employer Research project explored primary sector employers' barriers to, and opportunities for, accessing the local workforce. The research was independently carried out by Research NZ, commissioned by the Ministry for Primary Industries.
302 Northland primary industry employers completed a survey and up to 30 were involved in focus groups – the research findings are the views of primary industry employers.
The research made recommendations for action as a result of the findings and now requires a multi-agency approach to address the challenges.
- Download the Mid to Far North Employer Engagement report [PDF, 940 KB]
- Summary of the project [PDF, 383 KB]
The Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Growth Study – Opportunities Report (released in May 2015) identifies economic opportunities that have the most potential to grow incomes, employment and investment in the region.
The Bay of Plenty Regional Economic Action Plan
Following the opportunities report, the Bay of Plenty Regional Economic Action Plan was developed. It was released on 29 October 2015. The plan includes key actions, identifies the next steps, and who will lead that work.
Next Steps: Implementation of action plan
MBIE and MPI will continue talking with regional representatives about leadership for implementing the plan and the role for central Government in achieving the actions.
The plan will continue to be led by the region through the Bay of Connections Governance Group and a management group, which will maintain links across the sectors and region to oversee the implementation process.
The action plan will evolve as detailed business plans are developed and the resources required are refined.
The Manawatū-Whanganui Growth Study – Opportunities Report (released in July 2015) identifies economic opportunities that have the most potential to grow incomes, employment and investment in the region.
The Accelerate25 – Manawatū-Whanganui Economic Action Plan was launched on 12 August 2016. MPI will work in partnership with the region to deliver initiatives in the plan to lift productivity and profitability of the primary sector in this resource-rich region.
The East Coast economic potential study (released in April 2014) identifies economic development issues and opportunities for the East Coast study area – covering Gisborne, Wairoa, Napier and Hastings. The study focuses on transport and skills issues in the region.
Matariki – Hawke's Bay economic development strategy and action plan
Following the release of the economic potential study, Matariki – Hawke's Bay economic strategy and action plan was launched on 27 July 2016.
Primary industries are the backbone of the Hawke's Bay economy. MPI is working with the region to deliver several actions from the plan, which will help primary industries continue to grow in Hawke's Bay.
The Tairāwhiti economic action plan
The Tairāwhiti economic action plan was launched on 28 February 2017. The plan has been developed by Tairāwhiti people for the community and represents a shared investment in the future. The plan’s development was led by the Tairāwhiti Action Plan Governance Group, and is supported through the Government’s Regional Growth Programme. The plan will be implemented by regional groups, industry groups, local businesses and iwi, with support from central government.
Tairāwhiti is a small economy underpinned by an export-focused agriculture sector. The release of the Tairāwhiti economic action plan represents the region's economic development priorities for the next 5 years. By working together, the region can harness natural and human resources for a stronger more sustainable future.
Purpose and scope of the studies
Each study was supported by a group made up of representatives from industry, iwi/Māori, and local government who collectively covered areas of activity important to each region. The studies were further informed by a comprehensive series of interviews and workshops with participants from across each region.
The studies identify and prioritise the commercial opportunities in each region that have the most potential to sustainably grow incomes and jobs.
Growth opportunities are then prioritised using a range of criteria such as practicality, viability, potential impact on incomes and employment, market/export potential, and existing local/regional investment.
The prioritised opportunities, along with any identified barriers and actions required to address them, are compiled in each report.
The government will be working in partnership with the regions to develop Regional Economic Action Plans that focus on the opportunities and possible actions identified in the studies.
Who to contact
If you have questions about the regional growth studies, email firstname.lastname@example.org