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Northland, we're on a roll!

Posted on June 16, 2017

Recently Northland has been in the economic news for all the right reasons.

It's been an exciting week, with the breaking news today that the Hundertwasser  Art Centre with Wairau Māori Art Gallery project will receive up to $3 million from the government, just days after the NZ Lotteries Commission pledged $3.5 million to the project. This news came hot on the heels of an already-great month for Northland.

The ASB regional ecomomic scoreboard released on May 29 showed Northland as the second highest growth region in the country last quarter – up seven places; an MBIE report of short term employment forecasts (2017-2020) predicted growth in Northland's digital sector of around 1,000 jobs a year; and the good news was capped off by Mike Hosking on Newstalk ZB lauding our economic success. Yes, Mike Hosking!   

Has our economy ever looked better?

Now, one of the key projects in the Northland Economic Action Plan, the Hundertwasser Art Centre with Wairau Māori Art Gallery, has reached its funding target thanks to the wonderful Prosper Northland Trust with two significant pledges this week from the NZ Lotteries Commission and the Ministry for Arts, Culture & Heritage. This will be an amazing addition to Northland’s arts, culture and heritage offering and transform the Whangārei Town Basin area.

There is still plenty of work to be done to build a resilient and sustainable economy that continues to provide jobs for all Northlanders through thick and thin. But we have momentum, we're on track, there are jobs available, the economy is growing and there are plenty of reasons why Northland can become one of the most prosperous regions in New Zealand.

... we have momentum, we're on track, there are jobs available, the economy is growing and there are plenty of reasons why Northland can become one of the most prosperous regions in New Zealand.

David Wilson — Chief Executive Officer, Northland Inc

We are all aware of some of the social issues we need to address but a job provides a sense of self-worth and increased life choices; it is a great start to have more jobs available. In the medium term, however, there is the ongoing need to educate our youth and to match skills training with job demand.

Increasing tourism will require infrastructure, quality service and products to meet that demand. We must also look to the future with opportunities for sustainable economic development taking advantage of Northland's wonderful comparative advantages, and we must look to gain efficiencies, value-add and innovate in our strong primary sectors. 

It’s essential that we provide support and pathways for our entrepreneurs to take advantage of all that Northland has to offer. 

These things all add up to more jobs in Northland. We’re up for it, and we know you are too.

David Wilson
Chief Executive Officer - Northland Inc