The face of the Horowhenua district is changing. Like most districts throughout New Zealand, their community is becoming older and more diverse. It is also increasing in population, with many choosing regional living, within easy travelling distance of Wellington and Palmerston North.
Tararua district is working towards better telecommunications infrastructure solutions and the project is being driven solely by the local community.
Over the past six months, Te Kotuku Hauora, the iwi health and social service for Ngā Wairiki Ngāti Apa has been delivering Tu Ora, an employment facilitation programme for iwi members.
Ruapehu District Council is leading the Tourism and Visitor Services opportunity for Accelerate25. The Ruapehu district is full of potential, they have the most incredible natural assets at their front doorstep - from mountains which can be enjoyed year round, through to beautiful forest parks and New Zealand’s most navigable (and stunning) river, the Whanganui.
Exciting times are ahead for Whanganui Māori entrepreneurs. A suite of programmes are just around the corner, aimed at those in the early stages of starting a business, or who have a business idea.
Nine years ago, Tararua based company Scanpower made the decision to buy Oringi Freezing Works and convert it into a business park. They have never looked back. Today Oringi Business Park is thriving as the home to seven companies who employ around 200 people
According to the Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) at least 700 new jobs will be needed in the next five years within the logistics and distribution sector, and that is just in the Manawatu!
It is expected that logistics and distribution will become the region’s second largest industry after healthcare by 2021.
So how do we best prepare our young people to gain the right skills to move into this growing sector? Right now, more than ever before, it is critical that industry, education institutes and development agencies work together to find and create solutions.
Ruapehu Recruitment, a small business in Ohakune, has been changing lives.
Only two years old, Ruapehu Recruitment is an initiative which was set up under the Ruapehu Whānau Transformation Plan by Ngati Rangi. The Plan was established to address the issues in the communities of Raetihi, Ohakune and Waiouru and is seen as a catalyst for positive change.
Growing our Region is a bi-monthly newsletter highlighting the work going on around the regionunder the Accelerate25 programme. It also tells the stories of some of the great businesses and projects who are leading the way, all across our region.