Matariki is the Regional Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan for Hawke’s Bay.
Organisations from across Hawke’s Bay (councils, iwi, hapu, businesses and government agencies) are responsible for different projects. The focus is on working together to grow jobs across the region, increase household incomes and raise Hawke’s Bay economic performance.
For more information and the latest news on progress see the Matariki website.
What is Hastings District Council working on?
Hastings District Council has direct responsibility for five projects under Matariki (Regional Economic Development Strategy).
Those are to:
- Develop a business case to put to central Government supporting the making of Hawke’s Bay a ‘special economic zone’. The aim is to identify barriers to employment then propose policy changes specific to the region that will increase local employment, particularly for the unemployed and school leavers.
- Develop a ‘map’ of educational and employment opportunities across the region to measure the support and services available to youth who are not in education, employment or training. This is being undertaken through Youth Futures, under the Hastings District Council youth development strategy.
- Investigate co-ordinating a common approach across the region’s councils for consenting and regulatory processes.
- Identify land in the region that is suitable for further industrial development. Key to this action is the continued development of the Irongate, Omahu Rd and Whakatu industrial zones.
- Develop a regional strategy that will attract business, investment and migrants. The objectives are to create new jobs, forge links and connections between and for businesses, attract new ideas and capital investment, and encourage product development.
Hastings District Council is also a key partner in other projects being led by various councils and groups in the region, among them: Linking local unemployed with new jobs (1000 in three years); providing opportunities for youth to gain drivers’ licences (particularly in outlying areas); exploring the establishment of a small business ‘incubator’; investigating setting up an annual investor summit; supporting the drive to significantly upgrade State Highway 2 between Napier and Opotiki; assisting with developing a Maori-centred tourism group.