Tai Poutini West Coast Economic Development Action Plan 2017
What is the Action Plan?
Launched on 13 July 2017 at the Arahura Marae, the Tai Poutini West Coast Economic Development Action Plan builds on the high priority actions for increasing economic growth identified in the Tai Poutini West Coast Growth Study. The implementation of the Plan will be overseen by the West Coast Regional Growth Governance Group with support from the Government’s Regional Growth Programme.
While minerals and dairy will continue to be critical sectors for the West Coast, the Growth Study saw tourism as the major immediate opportunity to increase investment and employment in the region. This is reflected in the Action Plan, with seven of the Governance Group’s 14 headline initiatives relating to growing the West Coast visitor economy.
What does the Action Plan propose?
The Action Plan has five priorities for the region. In addition to growing the visitor economy, the plan has initiatives aimed at enhancing support for economic development, making it easier to invest and do business, supporting economic diversification, and improving connectivity and infrastructure..
Growing the visitor economy aims to spread visitors more widely across the region, increase visitor expenditure and lengthen visitor stays. Other notable initiatives in the Plan include streamlining mining consent processes and a digital economy action plan designed to make full use of ultra-fast broadband as it is extended to new parts of the region. It also includes the establishment of a sustainable whitebait fishery, safeguarding what is undoubtedly a West Coast icon, work on enabling ongoing access to windblown timber and on contributing to the establishment of horticulture-based social enterprises across the Coast.
The Action Plan is not a short term fix but a long term commitment to achieving better economic outcomes for all communities in the West Coast.