Investment in water and digital hubs for Northland

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The Provincial Growth Fund will invest up to $18.5 million in water storage to unlock land use potential in the Mid North, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Economic Development Minister David Parker announced in Hokianga.

The funding will be used to investigate and, if feasible, construct community-scale water storage and use options in Kaipara and Mid North.

This project is the largest PGF investment to date in water storage. The Government is investing in the proposal to unlock the opportunities that a more reliable water supply could bring to the region – up to $150m in increased horticulture earnings per year and up to 1150 jobs created.

Also announced was New Zealand’s first three Regional Digital Hubs (RDHs) to enable people to connect for business and accelerate economic development in the region.

Minister Jones said the Regional Digital Hubs will be a game changer for the region once they are set up and running by the end of this year. There will be three hubs in three locations in the region with the first hub to open in Kaitaia. The other two hubs are likely to be in Dargaville and Kaikohe.

The hubs will allow people to connect for business development and support, and offer services such as free WiFi connectivity, co-working spaces and guidance on use of the internet for business and skills development purposes.

April 5, 2019