Investing in our regions

New Zealand's regions have so much to offer. Let's unlock that potential.

Jobs created Trainees Projects Total funding
13,000 11,000 1,653 $4,511.4m

About the Provincial Development Unit

The Provincial Development Unit (PDU) was established in 2018 to support delivery of government funding to enhance economic development opportunities in regional New Zealand.

The government seeks to ensure that people living all over New Zealand can reach their full potential by helping to build a regional economy that is sustainable, inclusive and productive.

Part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the PDU works across government together with industry, communities, iwi and local government through a number of programmes to achieve these goals.

The PDU has been responsible for the administration of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), in consultation with other government agencies. A total of $3 billion was allocated to the PGF over a three year term to enhance economic development opportunities, create sustainable jobs, enable Māori to reach their full potential, boost social inclusion and participation, build resilient communities and help meet New Zealand’s climate change targets.

The PDU continues to monitor PGF investments and administers a number of other government funding allocations. This includes funding from the Infrastructure Reference Group; the Strategic Tourism Assets Protection Programme; Regional Investment Opportunities and the COVID-19 Worker Redeployment initiative; as well as Skills and Training programmes: He Poutama Rangatahi; the Māori Trades and Training Fund and the Sector Workforce Engagement Programme.