About us

The Government is committed to unlocking the full potential of regional Aotearoa. It has allocated $3 billion, over three years, to enhance economic development and employment opportunities in regional New Zealand. 

Through the Provincial Growth Fund and other initiatives, the Government will support our regions so all New Zealanders, town or city, can fully participate in an economy that is sustainable, inclusive and productive.

The Provincial Development Unit (PDU) was established to work across government and with industry, communities, iwi and local government through three programmes: the Provincial Growth Fund, He Poutama Rangatahi and the Sector Workforce Engagement Programme.

The PDU is a business unit of the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment, and has been operating since 2018.