April 12, 2018
Taranaki iwi line up for development role
Taranaki iwi are set to play a prominent role as the region gets an infusion of cash from the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund.
Then initial investment in the region will focus on tourism, particularly the Mounga ki Moana Taranaki Crossing project which will create a system of one-day walks and other infrastructure.
There was also $100,000 to assess the state of Maori enterprise and education in Taranaki and develop a future pathway.
Deputy chair of TREDS (Taranaki Regional Economic Development Strategy) Wharehoka Wano says the fund has been a chance for the eight iwi to work together scoping out what role they can play in the region’s development, building on their existing asset bases and cultural capital.
"What this strategy does is announce nga iwi o Taranaki are wanting to play in that partnership role at governance level with our civic leaders in ensuring some of that resource from central government does come to be managed and governed by our people," he says.
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