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.
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.
Regional Growth Programme evaluation
The following evaluation was developed for the Regional Growth Programme in 2017.
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.
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.
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
Provincial Growth Fund Position Paper: Skills, employment and
Provincial Growth Fund Position Paper: Wood processing
Provincial Growth Fund Position Paper: Tier 2: Sector
Provincial Growth Fund position paper: Digital connectivity and the Provincial Growth
Provincial Growth Fund position paper: Energy and the
Provincial Growth Fund position paper: Economic development
Provincial Growth Fund position paper: Land
Provincial Growth Fund position paper: Water
Provincial Growth Fund Position Paper: Waste
Provincial Growth Fund position paper: Feasibility and Business
Provincial Growth Fund Position Paper:
Official Information Act requests
See the MBIE website for our published responses to requests made under the Official Information Act.
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.
Projects and their status
We provide details on all of our 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:
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.
Conflict of Interest Transfer
Draft PGF Proposals for Review — NZ Future Forest Products 7 November meeting of RED
Regional Economic Development Ministers briefing for meeting held 11 September
Links between the Provincial Growth Fund and
Final RED Ministers meeting briefing for 7 November
Letter from IAP to Minister for Regional Economic
Application for Funding Development
PGF Proposals for Review
Briefing attaching an annex of projects where NZFFP appears as a line
Independent Advisory Panel meeting papers for 19 June
Published: Dec 23, 2019