Data, statistics, and public information

We are committed to proactively releasing information about the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), and funding decisions. As careful stewards of public money, we recognise the importance of keeping you informed and engaged about the work we do.

Confidentiality and commercial sensitivity

Some information we hold can't be released, because we need to protect confidential and commercial information.

Information we can't release includes:

  • Proposals that have been declined on the grounds of commercial sensitivity. Advising that that they had been declined may compromise the ability of the project to attract funding from other sources in the future.
  • Proposals that have been agreed, but not yet announced. This is because contract negotiations are underway. Releasing material before we announce the project risks compromising contract negotiations.
  • Proposals that have been announced, but not yet contracted on the grounds that contract negotiations are still underway.  Releasing this material before announcement risks compromising contract negotiations.
  • All information related to loan details to ensure that the PDU’s ability to negotiate is not prejudiced.  
  • All projects still under active consideration.

Background information

Cabinet papers

The Provincial Growth Fund [PDF, 248 KB]

Operational design of the Tuawhenua Provincial Growth Fund [PDF, 394 KB]

Further decisions on the Provincial Growth Fund [PDF, 967 KB]

Provincial Growth Fund Investment in Skills and Infrastructure [PDF, 1.1 MB]

West Coast Tourism Investment Package [PDF, 1.4 MB]

Unlocking Tairāwhiti's Economic Potential - Tairāwhiti Roading Package [PDF, 2.1 MB]

Provincial Growth Fund — Unlocking Underutilised Whenua Maori [PDF, 831 KB]

Cabinet reports on the PGF

The Provincial Development Unit (PDU) reports to Cabinet every quarter on its funding decisions and the performance of the PGF. These reports are available on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) website.

All PDU quarterly reports to cabinet — MBIE website

Ministerial advice

Prime Ministers' Provincial Growth Fund Waitangi 2019 announcements at Otamatea Marae and Kaikohe [PDF, 2 MB]

Background points for the Prime Minister’s Waitangi 2019 announcements [PDF, 680 KB]

Kaipara Package Briefing [PDF, 3.2 MB]

Local Digital Connectivity Regional Digital Hubs and Marae Connectivity Briefing - 18 February 2019 [PDF, 1.3 MB]

Local Digital Connectivity Regional Digital Hubs and Marae Connectivity Briefing - 24 January 2019 [PDF, 2.2 MB]

Assessing the Impacts of the Provincial Growth Fund - June 2019 [PDF, 577 KB]

Regional Growth Programme evaluation

The following evaluation was developed for the Regional Growth Programme in 2017.

Evaluation of the Regional Growth Programme [PDF, 2.3 MB]

Contract templates

Development Phase Grant Funding Agreement [PDF, 334 KB]

The template terms and conditions of the Development Phase Grant Funding Agreement (to be used for PGF Express projects and Development Phase Projects over $100,000) will apply to the provision of grant funding agreed between MBIE and the Recipient.

Release of review

On 20 April 2018 the Provincial Development Unit released the review into its due diligence processes in relation to the approval of a Provincial Growth Fund grant for a Waste to Energy project.

Read the review and the PDU response to it [PDF, 388 KB]

Read the media release

Governance and decision-making

Regional economic ministers, senior regional officials, and the Independent Advisory Panel meet regularly to discuss and decide on proposals. We are in the process of releasing papers from these meetings.

Governance and decision-making

Position papers

We have developed investment principles for areas of priority investment to help applicants and decision-makers when preparing or assessing applications. 

These are described in a series of position papers which set out the objective of PGF investment, principles and investment priorities. They define our approach to investments required to address social and infrastructure deficits, and to support sector investments that align with regional priorities.

We will publish each of these papers as they are developed and agreed to. 

Released position papers

Official Information Act requests

See the MBIE website for our published responses to requests made under the Official Information Act. 

Published Official Information Act requests - Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment

Written parliamentary questions

Written questions in parliament are one of the most important methods for making sure the Government is doing its job.

You can read questions about the Provincial Development Unit, and their answers, on the Parliament website.

Written questions to the Minister for Regional Development and the Parliamentary Under-Secretary

Projects and their status

We provide details on all of our funding announcements.

Funding announcements

Job creation data

The Provincial Development Unit (PDU) reports on part-time and full-time job numbers quarterly.

The PDU is now looking to expand the breadth of data it gathers and develop a more thorough data collection process as projects come to fruition.

Regional economic development weekly reports

Find our weekly reports to ministers on MBIE's reports page:

Weekly Reports to Ministers

Decline of New Zealand Future Forest Products (NZFFP) application

The application made by NZFFP to the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) was declined by decision makers.

The Provincial Development Unit (PDU) does not discuss declined projects to protect commercial information relating to the applicant and their ability to either re-apply to the PGF or apply for funding elsewhere.

However, because it is in the public interest, and following consultation with the applicant, we are proactively releasing some material which relates to information already available in the public sphere.

Further information is available in written questions on the New Zealand Parliament website.

Written question 37868 (2019) — Parliament New Zealand website

Written question 37901 (2019) — Parliament New Zealand website

Written question 41610 (2019) — Parliament New Zealand website

Written question 37838 (2019) — Parliament New Zealand website

Published: Dec 23, 2019