100% SWEET is a small organisation making a big difference in Whanganui. It’s a community initiative set up by the Whanganui District Employment Training Trust (WDETT), with one employee - Jason Shailer - who has been on board for the last three years.
A key element to economic growth is having a pipeline of people with the right skills and talents to meet the immediate and long-term workforce needs of industries. There has never been a more suitable time to ensure this need is met, especially with new investments made in the Manawatū-Whanganui region, national projects underway and the advent of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) programme.
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.
The AgTech Hackathon is back in 2019 with a new set of challenges and experiences for participants.
Held during New Zealand AgriFood Week from 15-16 March, with the support of Accelerate25, Hackathon connects tech talent to primary industries in New Zealand.
The AgResearch Future Feeders day is new to the New Zealand AgriFood Week and it’s going to be a good-un. Industry leaders will be exploring the future of food production, and it is a must attend for anyone focused on the continual improvement and development of food, across the value chain.
The Horowhenua District is currently going through a phase of massive growth, and that means there are plenty of opportunities for the area’s young people.
Last month the Whanganui District Council Holdings Limited (WDCHL), was one of the major recipients of Provincial Growth Funding, receiving $400,000 towards a business case to investigate an Advanced Aviation Hub at Whanganui Airport. The hub will operationally become part of the New Zealand International Commercial Pilot Academy, giving the Academy the potential to become an internationally significant pilot training organisation.