The Regional Economic Recovery Taskforce is working with numerous community groups, business and agencies to aid recovery in the Manawatū-Whanganui region.
Last month saw the launch of the Manawatū-Whanganui Regional Indicators website. This website will house information on work the Economic Recovery Taskforce is carrying out, including funding announcements, economic indicators and a dashboard of key statistics. These indicators and statistics will help us to ascertain the economic impact of COVID-19 on our region over a period of time.
Shovel Ready Projects
The global spread of COVID-19 will have a long lasting impact, which will continue to develop over the coming months and years. As they arise, it will be important to capture opportunities that will stimulate our region’s social, economic, built and natural environment, and cultural wellbeing, and strengthen our rural areas.
The Regional Freight Hub is identified as one of our region’s key transport initiatives to assist with Manawatū-Whanganui’s medium-term recovery from COVID-19. In 2018, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced a $40 million PGF investment to be used by KiwiRail to complete site master planning, concept designs and to secure land.
Earlier this month, central government announced a $45 million injection into the Manawatū-Whanganui Region with funding towards Foxton environment and visitor amenities, Te Puwaha – Whanganui Port revitalisation, the development of a new wing for the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Whanganui, and talent and skills initiatives to support the region’s labour market.