Building momentum in Northland

Posted on May 08, 2017

Contrary to some profits-of-doom for “the regions” momentum is building for Northland’s economic development.

This newsletter is unashamedly about good news. Northland’s GDP is increasing, productivity is up, new residential building consents are up, milk prices are up, our wood processors are flat out, and spending in the region by domestic and international visitors alike is higher than it’s ever been and set to continue. 

The Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan (Action Plan) has provided a mechanism to prioritise and fund economic development projects.

Contrary to some profits-of-doom for “the regions”, momentum is building for Northland’s economic development.... There are so many great stories of people doing great things in Northland.

David Wilson — Chief Executive Officer, Northland Inc

An example is the incredible support NZTA has provided the plan - a cursory look provides an impressive list: four-lane upgrade to State Highway One between Whangārei and Point Marsden Highway, Puhoi to Warkworth and Warkworth to Te Hana motorway announcements, improvements to the Brynderwyns, upgrade of state highway 15, Akerama curves, bridges at Kaeo and Taipa and infrastructure support for the Twin Coast Discovery tourist route.

Other milestones in the Action Plan include the Hawaiki submarine cable announcementroll-out of Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB2 and RBI2) in Northland, The Orchard Business and Events Hub opening, Kingfish aquaculture commercialisation, Extension 350 programme to lift profitability, environmental sustainability and on-farm performance, the Twin Coast Discovery Byway journeys development, the Twin Coast Cycleway, progress on the Hundertwasser Arts Centre, and the opening of the QRC Culinary School in Kerikeri to name a few.  There are so many great stories of people doing great things in Northland. We hope to bring you more of these stories that are part of the momentum to build Northland's prosperity.