Distilling the best of Taranaki and its history

Published: Oct 6, 2020

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The South Taranaki museum, a New Plymouth distillery and a Pasifika building firm will benefit from a government investment totalling more than $1 million.

A close-up of juniper berries, lemon slices and ice on a wooden board.

Local farmers will gain opportunities to grow key ingredients for gin, such as juniper and orris root.

The $1.05m in grants and loans from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will help the recipients expand and create new jobs in the region, in line with the objectives of the government’s COVID-19 economic response.

New Plymouth company BeGin Distilling, which makes Juno gin, is receiving an $800,000 PGF loan to expand its operations, employ more staff and provide greater opportunities for local farmers.

The loan will help the distillery increase production to meet the growing demand for its products, both here and overseas.

The expansion will create five new distillery jobs, as well as offering local farmers new opportunities to grow key ingredients for the gin, such as juniper and orris root.

The PGF is also providing a $200,000 grant to help fund the expansion of Patea’s museum.

The $1.78 million project involves the construction of a new building to provide additional exhibition and collection space for Aotea Utanganui: Museum of South Taranaki. 

The museum is already popular, with 7000 visitors a year, and its hoped its expansion will bring more visitors to Patea, helping local businesses and encouraging others to become established.

The project will provide nine jobs during construction, with up to another three at the museum when it’s finished.

The third beneficiary of the funding announcement is the Pasifika-owned company Uhila Building Solutions, which is receiving a $50,000 PGF grant to help it grow its business.

This funding is part of the government’s focus on encouraging Māori and Pasifika businesses and will allow Uhila to employ four new staff and take on more work.