November 30, 2016
The world an oyster for Murihiku iwi
Tourism and aquaculture have been identified as areas where Murihiku iwi can contribute to economic development in Southland.
The Southland Regional Development Strategy Action Plan was launched yesterday with a call to diversify Southland’s economy, grow the population and strengthen local business.
It’s the latest of a series of regional economic plans the government has been promoting around the country in the absence of any targeted investment.
Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says local iwi were part of developing the plan.
He says boosting aquaculture will benefit Maori through employment.
Iwi can also help develop the story that can be sued to market the region to migrants and visitors.
Te Puni Kokiri has granted the Rakiura Maori Land Trust to build a heritage centre on Stewart Island to display taonga, and the trust is considering other tourism ventures on the island.
The Awarua Runanga are looking at the feasibility of another tourist attraction – Bluff Oyster World.
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