Hawke’s Bay gets a $68.3 million fillip from the PGF – and there’s more to come

The latest handouts from the Provincial Growth Fund were announced today as “a suite” of investments comprising transport infrastructure, digital connectivity, water storage, and skills and employment in the Hawke’s Bay region.

Suite? Or sweets?

This has been a lolly scramble.

Some of the $68.3 million is racially tagged with handouts from the PGF’s Whenua Māori programme.

The Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau, today issued four separate press statements.

Environment Minister David Parker got in on the act with one of the announcements to deliver an assurance about investments in two water storage initiatives, an aquifer mapping project, and a region-wide water assessment project “to better understand the region’s wider water needs”.

These projects are unlike the highly controversial Ruataniwha scheme, he said – they will assist the conversion of livestock farms to horticulture.

But wait – there’s more.  Further investments in industry-led activities in the Hawke’s Bay region will be announced in the coming months.

10 JUNE 2019

PGF investment package to grow Hawke’s Bay economy

Parliamentary Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau, announced a suite of Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investmentscomprising transport infrastructure, digital connectivity, water storage, and skills and employment in the Hawke’s Bay region.

The investments, worth more than $68 million, will build on the region’s strength to unlock the economic potential of the Hawke’s Bay and improve social outcomes.

“The Hawke’s Bay is known for its rich farming and horticulture sectors but it faces challenges such as high youth unemployment, low wages and lower GDP per capita compared to the rest of New Zealand,” Fletcher Tabuteau said.

“That’s why the PGF prioritised the Hawke’s Bay for investment and I’m proud of the package we’re able to unveil today.

“The region is a significant contributor to New Zealand’s agriculture sector and a global producer, processor and exporter of primary sector products. It is therefore heavily reliant on a dependable water supply and transport to get its products to market.”

The PGF is investing in two water storage initiatives, an aquifer mapping project, and a region-wide water assessment project to better understand the region’s wider water needs.

Environment Minister David Parker said the water storage projects were of a much smaller scale than previously proposed initiatives.

“Both projects will support horticultural production in the region by improving the security of water supply in dry years,” David Parker said.

“Unlike the prior Ruataniwha scheme, which relied on increasing cow and cattle numbers, putting more pressure on water quality, these projects will assist the conversion of livestock farms to horticulture.”

Fletcher Tabuteau said the transport initiatives being announced would improve links within the region and between major transport hubs, key services and markets, making travel more time and cost efficient.

“The local digital connectivity package will connect 11 Hawke’s Bay marae to fast and reliable broadband to help them seize business and education opportunities,” Mr Tabuteau said.

Through the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi programme, the government will invest in employment, skills and capability through two projects that will grow employment opportunities for the benefit of local people and businesses in the region.

Another investment is aimed at helping unlock the potential of Māori-owned land for horticulture by connecting a latent workforce in isolated communities to sustainable employment and training opportunities. This comes from the PGF’s Whenua Māori programme.

PGF invests in Wairoa’s growth

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau, today announced the Wairoa district will receive $9.1 million from a wider PGF investment package of $68.3 million for the Hawke’s Bay.

The investments announced for Wairoa today are:

  • Wāiroa High Productivity Motor Vehicle (HPMV) upgrades – $2.2 million
  • Ngati Pāhauwera Horticulture, Forestry, and Land Enhancement project – $6.5 million (PGF Whenua Māori fund investment of $5.5 million and Te Uru Rakau One Billion Trees programme of $1 million.)
  • The Limery, Wairoa Facility Expansion – $355,000
  • QRS – Growing Employment opportunities and enhancing organisation capability – $60,000
  • Connecting 11 marae in the region to reliable and fast broadband

The PGF will work with Māori landowners in Wairoa through the PGF’s Whenua Māori fund and through Te Uru Rakau’s One Billion Trees programme.

The $5.5 million PGF investment in Ngāti Pāhauwera Commercial Development Ltd aims to help convert and develop 82 hectares of flat, unproductive land into productive horticulture over the next three years.

The PGF will further its commitment to Māori in the region through connecting 11 marae to the internet as part of the PGF local digital connectivity funding package of $21 million.

The Limery is an example of local people maximising the opportunities that horticulture brings to the region.

Project Funding recipient Amount
Wāiroa High Productivity Motor Vehicle (HPMV) upgrades Wairoa District Council $2.2 million
Ngati Pāhauwera Horticulture, Forestry, and Land Enhancement project Ngati Pāhauwera Commercial Development Limited $6.5 million (PGF Whenua Māori fund investment of $5.5 million and Te Uru Rakau One Billion Trees programme with $1 million.)
The Limery, Wairoa – Facility Expansion Kopu Road Orchards $355,000
QRS – Growing Employment opportunities and enhancing organisation capability Quality Roading and Services (Wairoa) Limited $60,000

Water and infrastructure lead PGF boost for Napier and Hastings

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau , in Hastings today announced the Provincial Growth Fund will invest $18.8 million in water storage, infrastructure and employment projects in Napier and Hastings to support primary sector growth in the region,

The projects are:

  • Hastings Eastside Masterplan $600,000
  • The Initiate Programme $780,434
  • Tautua Pasifika Youth $320,000
  • Hawke’s Bay Water – Heretaunga Plains $12,900,000
  • Hawkes Bay Regional Freshwater Assessment $450,000
  • Hawke’s Bay Water aquifer mapping $2,514,000
  • Napier Port Access Enhancement Project $200,000
  • Hawke’s Bay Airport Airfreight initiative $200,000
  • Matariki Hawke’s Bay Regional Economic Development Strategy $450,000
  • Te Koru Drug and Alcohol, Education and Employment Initiative $1,100,000

Water is a major focus for PGF funding in the region because it is critical for the region’s economic prosperity, the Minister saud. The PGF will provide funding for pre-feasibility work for the development and construction of much-needed small-scale water storage on the Heretaunga Plains.

The Heretaunga water project will ensure enough water is stored for use when supplies are low over summer and help mitigate the depletion of municipal water in Napier and Hastings.

The PGF will also fund an aquifer mapping project and region-wide fresh water assessment project, building on previous work that considers how to future-proof supply.

Hawke’s Bay Airport will receive funding to look into introducing new air freight services to export high-value perishable produce such as fruit, vegetables, meat and seafood.

The announcements today will also step up skills and employment initiatives in the region through the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi and He Poutama Rangatahi (HPR) programmes.

The Te Koru Drug and Alcohol, Education and Employment initiative will provide a pre-employment programme for working in the horticulture sector in partnership with local apple producers and the Initiate Programme will work with women between the ages of 18 to 24 to help them overcome obstacles to be able to enter sustained employment, education or training.

The growing and youthful Pasifika population in Hawke’s Bay has been recognised with $320,000 earmarked for the Tautua Pasifika Youth project.

Funding recipient Amount
Hawkes Bay Water – aquifer mapping Hawkes Bay Regional Council $2,514,000
Hawke’s Bay Water – Heretaunga Plains Hawkes Bay Regional Council $12,900,000
Hawkes Bay Water – Regional Freshwater Assessment Hawkes Bay Regional Council $450,000
Napier Port Access Enhancement Project Napier City Council $200,000
Hawke’s Bay Airport Airfreight Initiative Hawke’s Bay Airport Limited $200,000
Matariki Hawke’s Bay Regional Economic Development Strategy Business Hawke’s Bay Incorporated $450,000
Hastings Eastside Masterplan Hastings District Council $600,000
Te Koru Drug and Alcohol, Education and Employment Initiative First Choice (Hastings) $1,100,000
The Initiate Programme The Development Hub (Hastings) $780,434
Tautua Pasifika Youth Tautua Ltd $320,000

PGF invests in Central Hawke’s Bay infrastructure to boost growth

The Parliamentary Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau, announced in Waipukurau today the PGF will invest more than $40 million from the PGF to support the following initiatives in Central Hawke’s Bay:

  • Route 52 Waipukurau to Porangahau – $20,100,000
  • Hawke’s Bay Water – Tukituki Project $14,700,000
  • Central Hawke’s Bay upgrades to meet High Productivity Motor Vehicles standards – $350,000
  • Dannevirke Rail Hub Evaluation and Construction – $4,400,000
  • Ngā Ara Tipuna – Waipukurau Pā Site Interpretation project – $119,764
  • Exploring Central Hawke’s Bay economic development opportunities –  $272,640

Primary sector producers need a reliable roading infrastructure, as well as water, to connect producers to their markets, the Minister said.

A major PGF investment in water storage is being made with funding for the first step of pre-feasibility work for the development and construction of the Tukituki water project.

The upgrade of Route 52 from Waipukurau to Porangahau is part of a wider Hawke’s Bay transport package aimed at helping lift the productivity of the region through roading improvements.

The government is providing $400,000 to investigate the impacts of a new rail hub on the local roading network, as well as other wider requirements of freight movement and hubs in Hawke’s Bay. If successful, the PGF has earmarked $4 million to contribute to the construction of the rail hub.

A new rail hub at Dannevirke could remove a considerable amount of logging and other freight from local roads in the future, especially with the expected growth in forestry.

The PGF has also funded the potential development of Ngā Ara Tipuna – Waipukurau Pā Site Interpretation project, which will investigate a tourism attraction involving six pā sites that surround Waipukurau. The concept involves digital storytelling, displays, sculpture and displays that show Central Hawke’s Bay landscapes in a fresh light. This will complement the PGF’s investment in the region towards exploring Central Hawke’s Bay’s vast economic development opportunities.

Funding recipient Amount
Route 52 Waipukurau to Porangahau Central Hawke’s Bay District Council $20,100,000
Hawke’s Bay Water – Tukituki Project Hawkes Bay Regional Council $14,700,000
Central Hawke’s Bay (CHB) upgrades to meet High Productivity Motor Vehicles (HPMV) standards Central Hawke’s Bay District Council $350,000
Dannevirke Rail Hub MOT/KiwiRail $4,400,000
Ngā Ara Tipuna – Waipukurau Pā Site Interpretation project Central Hawke’s Bay District Council $119,764
Exploring Central Hawke’s Bay Economic Development Opportunities Central Hawke’s Bay District Council $272,640

 

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