Yep, you guessed right if you figured Northland is getting more than a fair share from the PGF

About the same time as Fletcher Tabuteau was announcing the latest handouts from the Provincial Growth Fund, the Point of Order Trough Monitor was massaging all available data on where the money from the fund has been going.

The figures take us up to November 30 2019 and affirm what most readers would have suspected – the region to benefit most, by far, is Northland.

The fund had dished out almost $1.6 billion to 427 projects.

Northland had secured funding of $353.3 million (22% of the total) for 86 projects.

Next best was the East Coast, securing funding of $238.6m. (15% of the total) for 45 projects.

But  Gisborne is listed separately and is credited with winning further funds of $5.030m for one project.

Then there are two separate categories – Pan-Region and National – without obvious regional distinctions.

The Pan-Region has been given funding of $344.2m (like Northland, this accounts for 22% of the total) for 19 projects.

The Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau, today  announced the Ngā Ara Tipuna –  Waipukurau Pā Site Interpretation project will receive $2.798 million from the Provincial Growth Fund “to create an authentic cultural tourism experience”.

“The project will inform visitors about the history of six pā sites in Waipukurau with a combination of whare korero (carved gathering spaces), pou whenua (carved posts), interpretative signage and digital storytelling unique to Central Hawke’s Bay.

“The Ngā Ara Tipuna – Waipukurau Pā Site Interpretation project aims to create a sense of belonging, connection and understanding within the local community in regard to the pā sites

“PGF funding will be used to tell the story of how iwi came to the area and what these pā sites were used for. The areas are archeologically, spiritually and culturally significant, and these pā sites are of particular importance to hāpu and whānau in the area and in the wider regions” said Fletcher Tabuteau.

“The economic benefits of this project for a town the size of Waipukurau are huge because of the boost to employment and tourism.

“The project expects to create 16 new jobs once finished, and attract up to 15,000 visitors annually by its fifth year of operation.”

The project will be split into two phases with plans for phase one to commence in March 2020 which will focus on the development of the largest pā site, Pukekaihau.

Phase two will begin in February next year, developing the remaining five pā sites, Te Waipukurau, Kaimanawa, Kaitoroa, Ruatangaroa, and Moana-i-rokia.

“Ngā Ara Tipuna plans to use the voices of real people to tell the stories of their ancestors in a way that stays true to tikanga Māori. Our Māori heritage needs the likes of Ngā Ara Tipuna to keep our stories alive, our culture vibrant and our people connected.”     

The Point of Order Trough Monitor has detected these other announcements since November 30 –

17 JANUARY 2020

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) has approved a $15 million loan to help re-establish a gold mining operation at Blackwater Gold Mine, near Reefton on the West Coast today.

Here’s our breakdown of the PGF data published up to November 30 –

Region Number of Funding announced % of total
projects $ spending
Tai Tokerau / Northland 86 353,272,030 22
Tairāwhiti / East Coast 45 238,576,248 15
Bay of Plenty 36 124,451,409 8
Manawatū-Whanganui 37 99,677,149 6
Hawke’s Bay 35 90,602,344 6
West Coast 20 89,208,620 6
Otago 32 85,911,098 5
Southland 27 47,688,336 3
Taranaki 26 27,466,429 2
Waikato 14 20,702,865 1
Wellington 5 15,629,286 1
Canterbury 14 12,809,005 1
Te Tau Ihu / Top of the South 11 11,858,980 1
Gisborne 1 5,030,000 0
Kapiti 4 3,290,000 0
Canterbury/West Coast 1 2,180,000 0
Wairarapa 5 2,108,000 0
Nelson 1 1,092,000 0
Manawatū-Whanganui/Horowhenua 6 1,033,000 0
Chatham Islands 1 98,000 0
Pan-Region 19 344,183,363 22
National 1 10,000,000 1
TOTAL 427 1,586,868,161

CORRECTIONS:    The original table wrongly recorded the numbers of projects in Bay of Plenty (the correct number is 36) and Canterbury (the correct number is 14). More significantly, we under-stated the sum approved for the one Gisborne project,  which involves the Te Wiwi Nati Trust and Te Riu o Waiapu Trust Partnership.  The correct Gisborne total is $5,030,000.


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