Developing jobs, transport and business together in Tairawhiti

The Government is partnering with the Tairāwhiti region on opportunities to develop jobs, transport and businesses with a $152.7 million investment package, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.

The Prime Minister is in Tairāwhiti today alongside Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones to announce funding from the Provincial Growth Fund.

“I’m delighted to be in Tairāwhiti today to announce a package of funding that will help boost Tairāwhiti’s economy, create jobs and enhance tourism opportunities,” Jacinda Arden says.

“Tairāwhiti offers a unique quality of life combined with genuine business and economic opportunities. However, it faces significant infrastructure challenges, high unemployment and lower productivity.

“That’s why the Government is investing $152.7 million through the Provincial Growth Fund to ensure that Tairāwhiti reaches its potential.”

Projects that will be announced today include investments of:

  • $137 million to unlock Tairāwhiti’s economic potential through stronger, safer and more resilient transport connections
  • $13.3 million for tourism projects to attract more visitors to the region
  • $1.3 million for forestry projects, including skills training for young people
  • over $1 million for projects in the food and beverage sector.

“The projects funded through today’s announcement reflect the priorities of the Tairāwhiti Economic Action Plan which emphasise the need to connect people and markets and support businesses to thrive.

“This is a significant boost for Tairāwhiti and is evidence of this government partnering with the region to invest in projects that will help contribute to a better future for rangitahi and everyone here,” said Jacinda Ardern.

The full list of projects included in today’s announcement is provided below.



PGF Funding

Tairāwhiti Roading Package

Package of upgrades to the roading network across the Gisborne region

Up to $137m

Mt Titirangi - Puhi Kai Iti Connection

To build ‘Titirangi - Puhi Kai iti’ landscape and facilities, including a new wananga, and a bridge other facilities at the Cooks Landing Site

Up to $6.1m

Gisborne Airport

Redevelopment of the Gisborne Airport terminal building and supporting infrastructure


Cooks Landing Restoration

Restoration of the Cook Landing Site (CLS) National Historic Reserve


New Zealand Macadamia Industry Development Project

Growing macadamia on Maori land for export


Tairāwhiti Rail Feasibility Study

Feasibility study for a rail tourism venture, including an extended Gisborne-Napier rail cycleway, and use of the Wairoa to Gisborne line for freight purposes (joint study)

Up to $600,000

Far East Sawmill

To recommission and improve a Gisborne mill site


Manaia Forestry Skills Training (Priority)

Feasibility study to establish a ManaiaSAFE Forestry School


Regional Action Plan Programme Manager

The Programme Manager role has been both valuable and crucial to coordination and reporting on project progress, and coordinating effort in order to accelerate the region’s growth.


Tairāwhiti Honey Strategy

Development of a Tairāwhiti Manuka Honey strategy


Water and Waste Management

Application for a  feasibility study  on a water recycling plant and waste management initiative