An idea which took seed in a Massey University Lab in 2012, has grown to become one of the most exciting commercial ventures to come out of the Manawatū-Whanganui region in recent times.
Next year, work will commence on the new highway between Ashhurst and Woodville, a replacement to the beleaguered Manawatū Gorge road. It is all part of Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū Tararua Highway, which as a project, has involved a lengthy consultation and submission process and will now include a shared cycle/walk way path running the length of the route.
In the Manawatū, a rural revolution is in full swing. The Rural Innovation Lab (RIL), launched in February this year, and is the first of its kind in New Zealand, focusing on enabling a digital transformation of primary industries and supporting sustainable agriculture for the Manawatū-Whanganui Region.
When the Manawatū-Whanganui Economic Action Plan was created three years ago; skills and talent was identified as one of the four key enablers critical to supplying the means, resources and knowledge to achieve prosperity for the Manawatū-Whanganui region by 2025.