A Government that is finally investing in Tairawhiti’s growth

LETTER

Yesterday’s announcements by the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones are exactly the central government investment and relationship that Tairawhiti has been seeking for years.

I welcome the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) announcements, they affirm the commitment our Government has made to Tairawhiti and the regions.

The Gisborne region asked this Government to partner with it, and this investment of $152.7 million into jobs, roading, tourism and business is a clear indication to the Gisborne community that our Government is committed to putting our money where our mouth is to achieve genuine growth.

After years of chronic underinvestment in the region’s roads, Tairawhiti will see a total roading investment of $369m through the National Land Transport Fund and PGF.

We campaigned for regional growth, for jobs and for better basic infrastructure after our region had been sorely neglected by the previous government. Every single year since 2010, the regional roading maintenance budget decreased. Now we can celebrate as a community that the tide has finally turned.

The PGF is supporting opportunities in tourism, forestry and infrastructure. The $6.1m investment into Mt Titirangi and the Puhi Kai Iti Connection will result in 44 jobs alone initially, and stimulate further job creation as a consequence of tourism growth. The $995,000 support into the Macadamia Industry Development project is a great example of a business setting out to provide work-based training in a growing, local-based industry.

The five-year pipeline for the roading package will also be a great opportunity for central government to work with Gisborne District Council and other agencies to ensure we get our young people who may not currently be in work, employment or training into jobs in their own community.

Today is a huge win for all those who have campaigned for better economic and employment opportunities right here in Gisborne.

Just over six months after our Government launched the PGF in Gisborne, I’m stoked to be back in the region and part of a Government that is creating more than 60 jobs with yesterday’s announcements, with more jobs and opportunities to come as projects get under way.

Kiri Allan

Labour Member of Parliament

Yesterday’s announcements by the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones are exactly the central government investment and relationship that Tairawhiti has been seeking for years.

I welcome the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) announcements, they affirm the commitment our Government has made to Tairawhiti and the regions.

The Gisborne region asked this Government to partner with it, and this investment of $152.7 million into jobs, roading, tourism and business is a clear indication to the Gisborne community that our Government is committed to putting our money where our mouth is to achieve genuine growth.

After years of chronic underinvestment in the region’s roads, Tairawhiti will see a total roading investment of $369m through the National Land Transport Fund and PGF.

We campaigned for regional growth, for jobs and for better basic infrastructure after our region had been sorely neglected by the previous government. Every single year since 2010, the regional roading maintenance budget decreased. Now we can celebrate as a community that the tide has finally turned.

The PGF is supporting opportunities in tourism, forestry and infrastructure. The $6.1m investment into Mt Titirangi and the Puhi Kai Iti Connection will result in 44 jobs alone initially, and stimulate further job creation as a consequence of tourism growth. The $995,000 support into the Macadamia Industry Development project is a great example of a business setting out to provide work-based training in a growing, local-based industry.

The five-year pipeline for the roading package will also be a great opportunity for central government to work with Gisborne District Council and other agencies to ensure we get our young people who may not currently be in work, employment or training into jobs in their own community.

Today is a huge win for all those who have campaigned for better economic and employment opportunities right here in Gisborne.

Just over six months after our Government launched the PGF in Gisborne, I’m stoked to be back in the region and part of a Government that is creating more than 60 jobs with yesterday’s announcements, with more jobs and opportunities to come as projects get under way.

Kiri Allan

Labour Member of Parliament

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