September 22, 2016
Iwi critical for Te Tai Poutini growth
Maori are being seen as a critical part in future development of the West Coast.
The Government this week released itsTai Poutini West Coast Regional Growth Study identifiuing the areas and industries with potential for growth.
Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says tourism is thriving and provides the major immediate opportunity in the region.
While dairy is likely to remain a mainstay of the West Coast economy, there are possibilities for job growth in a range of niche sectors.
Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says Maori land incorporations, runanga and iwi are involved in social and regional development projects and are important investors, with significant landholdings and interests in forestry, minerals, tourism, fishing, property, food and beverage, health, telecommunications and natural resources.
He says making the most of these strengths will require collaboration between business, iwi, central and local government.
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