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The government is committed to unlocking the full potential of regional Aotearoa. It has allocated $3 billion, over three years, to enhance economic development and employment opportunities in regional New Zealand. 

The Provincial Development Unit (PDU) was established to work across government and with industry, communities, iwi and local government.

The PDU is a business unit of the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment, and has been operating since 2018.