Co-chairs appointed to Regional Skills Leadership Group

30 June 2021
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
The Government has appointed Graeme Neylon and Lisa Tumahai as the co-chairs of the West Coast/Tai Poutini Regional Skills Leadership Group (RSLG) for the next three years.

Co-chairs appointed

RSLGs aim to identify and support better ways of meeting future skills and workforce needs in our regions and cities, through improved coordination and workforce planning. There are 15 RSLGs across the country.

Graeme says “We are connecting with stakeholders, gathering labour market information, and providing advice to decision-makers in the region and in Central Government”

Lisa says “We want Te Tai o Poutini to remain a desirable place to live, work, and raise a whānau. To do that we need to identify what the growth opportunities are in our region and ensure our people are equipped with the skills to succeed in those future-focused industries.”

The West Coast/Tai Poutini Regional Skills Leadership Group will be responsible for developing a future focused Regional Workforce Plan for the Region. The plan will highlight the labour supply and demand trends, and identify where change is needed from regional and national stakeholders to allow central and local government to better plan for, and address, future skills shortages. Each of the 15 RSLGs will be developing a plan for their region, and will work together to ensure national consistency.

RSLGs are regionally based and regionally led, supported by a regional and national team of data analysts, advisors and workforce specialists at the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment. The RSLGs will work closely with local, regional and national initiatives including the six Workforce Development Councils.

An interim-RSLG for West Coast/Tai Poutini has been working over the last 12 months under the chairmanship of Tony Kokshoorn, and have undertaken several deep dives into a range of topics that underpin the regions labour force including our education systems and extractive industries.

“We’re looking forward to building on the great momentum that the interim-RSLG has built, so we can make a real difference to the future of West Coast/Tai Poutini” says the co-chairs.

The latest insight reports and more information is available on the MBIE website.

Regional Skills Leadership Groups

The Regional Skills Leadership Groups are independent advisory groups. Reports and insights are prepared for the region and regional stakeholders. Secretariat support is provided by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Lisa Tumahai

Lisa Tumahai is kaiwhakahaere/chairperson of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, the tribal council of Ngāi Tahu and principle iwi of Te Waipounamu, with over 70,000 registered whānau members. She is also deputy chair for the New Zealand Climate Change Commission.

Graeme Neylon

Graeme is a Reefton dairy farmer and former Buller District Councillor and Inangahua Community Board Chair.