Governance and decision-making

The Provincial Development Unit, part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, assesses each application and provides advice to the groups who'll make a final decision on funding. 

We assess the applications against the Provincial Growth Fund criteria and investment principles. We work with other government agencies where appropriate, including the New Zealand Transport Agency, Ministry of Transport, Ministry for Primary Industries, and Te Puni Kōkiri.

Who makes decisions

  • Cabinet has oversight of the Provincial Growth Fund, and makes decisions about investments of $20 million or more.
  • Regional economic development ministers make decisions about investments between $1 million and $20 million, consulting with the relevant portfolio ministers when this is appropriate. 
  • Senior regional officials (SROs) made decisions about investments of below $1 million.
  • The Independent Advisory Panel (IAP) provides advice to ministers about investment proposals, and supports our work to build a balanced and coherent portfolio of investments.

We now publish information from the regional economic development ministers' meetings, and plan to release papers from the senior regional officials' and Independent Advisory Panel's meetings shortly.

2019 meeting schedule

January
  • Independent Advisory Panel: Tuesday 15th (Wellington)
  • Senior regional officials: Thursday 24th
  • Regional economic development ministers: Tuesday 29th
February
  • Independent Advisory Panel: Thursday 14th (Invercargill)
  • Senior regional officials: Thursday 28th
March
  • Independent Advisory Panel: Thursday 14th (Wellington)
  • Senior regional officials: Thursday 28th
April
  • Independent Advisory Panel: Wednesday 17th (Northland)
  • Senior regional officials: Monday 29th
May
  • Independent Advisory Panel: Wednesday 15th (Hawke's Bay)
  • Senior regional officials: Thursday 23rd
June
  • Independent Advisory Panel: Wednesday 19th 
  • Senior regional officials: Monday 29th
July
  • Senior regional officials: Thursday 25th
August
  • Senior regional officials: Thursday 22nd
September
  • Senior regional officials: Thursday 26th
October
  • Senior regional officials: Thursday 24th
November
  • Senior regional officials: Thursday 28th
December
  • Senior regional officials: Thursday 19th

Some meetings for the year have not yet been scheduled.