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The Government has allocated $100 million to help redeploy workers affected by the economic impact of COVID-19, with the hard-hit region of Gisborne-Tairāwhiti to be the first helped, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford, Forestry and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Employment Minister Willie Jackson announced today.

The Government is supporting a primarily female training programme in Northland that will help address labour shortages in the male-dominated forestry industry, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Employment Minister Willi

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will provide just over $300,000 to pilot a forestry training course as a solution to the growing forestry skills shortage, Regional Economic Development and Forestry Minister Shane Jones announced today.

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will invest $500,000 in the Far East Saw Mill in Tairāwhiti to increase wood processing capacity and get local people into jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today.

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will provide almost $1 million to see 1,350,000 trees planted on private land this winter in the Manawatū-Whanganui region, Forestry and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today.

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will provide up to $5.8 million over three years to allow a Bay of Plenty nursery to scale up production of forestry grade native seedlings, Regional Economic Development Minister and Forestry Minister Shane Jones announced today.