Kaipara District Council (KDC) have secured funding for $28.2million from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) for the Kaipara Kickstart Programme.
In February 2019 at Otamatea Marae the Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, with the support of Minister Shane Jones, announced funding from the PGF to increase resources to support regional economic growth for the Kaipara region.
With a kind climate, great soils and the largest harbour in the Southern Hemisphere, Kaipara has rolling farmlands fringed with spectacular bays and beaches. As the perfect gateway between Auckland and the rest of the North, this part of Northland region is largely unknown and its potential untapped.
There is a huge opportunity to “kickstart” Kaipara by focusing on renewing what was done well in the past, building future-proofed infrastructure and opening up its land and resources.
What is the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)?
The Provincial Growth Fund is a funding programme run by Central Government, with the aim of lifting productivity and economic growth in the regions in New Zealand. You can find more information about the PGF on this website www.growregions.govt.nz.
What is the Kaipara Kickstart Programme?
The Kaipara Kickstart programme is set to utilise investment to enhance and protect existing natural assets, while providing a platform from which to harness these assets and improve the Kaipara District as a whole. The programme consists of three projects:
Roading Package – upgrading key roads and bridges to develop more reliable access for freight vehicles on the local road network
Kai for Kaipara – investigate new crop types, aquaculture opportunities as well as commercial and financial analysis to provide options to transform land use to higher value and more sustainable investment opportunities
Kaipara Wharves – investigate options for a water based transport network, the upgrade or replacement of existing wharves to better connect communities and businesses around the Kaipara Harbour.
This programme of works will see roads and bridges improved, wharves built, a transformation hub opened, and analysis conducted to support future development.
What are the benefits of the Kaipara KickStart Programme?
- Increasing resources to support regional economic growth
- Resources to support strategic land use
- Protecting natural assets and infrastructure efficiently and sustainably
- Supporting and attracting residents, businesses and tourist to the region
- Providing more opportunities and a platform for future investment
- Improving road safety and resilience
- Reducing the impact on the environment
Have your say?
If you have any questions or would like to provide us with your feedback about the programme you can email us, alternatively you can call the freephone number to let us know your thoughts.
If you would like to receive email updates from the team, about any of the projects please email us with your name and topics you're interested in.
Freephone: 0800 727 059