Last month, KiwiRail announced its design concept, known as the Master Plan, for the regional freight hub to be based near Palmerston North.
The timing was apt, as the announcement came almost a year to the day, after central government’s $40 million Provincial Growth Fund to undertake the hub design, was made in November 2018.
The Ruapehu district is going through something of a transformation at the moment, with unprecedented growth. Visitor numbers are booming, new businesses are popping up and house prices are rising.
Having just celebrated thirty years as a district in November, Tararua is experiencing unprecedented growth for the first time. This strong growth is expected to continue as the development of Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū Tararua Highway, replacing the Manawatū Gorge, progresses.
The Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) is a council controlled organisation, co-owned by Palmerston North City Council and Manawatū District Council, with a purpose to drive and facilitate the creation and growth of economic wealth for Manawatū and beyond. CEDA was formed three years ago when Vision Manawatū and Destination Manawatū were amalgamated.
The district of Whanganui has been going through an exciting growth period in recent times with confidence building, houses selling like hotcakes, spending on the up and loads of positive energy on the streets.
If you have a great business idea, but you are not sure where to start. Or you are looking to grow your existing business, the Central Economic Development Agency’s (CEDA) team of Business Growth Advisors can help.
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.