PGF backing growth in Gore

Published: Apr 26, 2019 · Updated: Dec 1, 2020

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The Provincial Growth Fund will help young people into jobs and support economic growth in Southland through a $3.7 million investment in Gore, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced.

The announcements include a $1.6 million investment towards the Maruawai precinct project, which includes the redevelopment of the Hokonui Moonshine Museum and creation of the Maruawai Heritage Centre. The Hokonui Huanui programme will receive $2.1 million to provide wrap-around support services for children and rangatahi.

The Maruawai precinct project investment has the potential to lure more visitors to Gore as they travel around the lower South Island to places such as Queenstown and Dunedin, Minister Jones said at the announcement.

Local young people will also be supported to take up jobs that will be created from a growing Southland economy. The Hokonui Huanui project will help to change the lives of rangatahi who are at risk of long-term unemployment.

Gore District Mayor Tracy Hicks welcomed the PGF announcements, saying that it was the right investment, at the right time, in the right place.

PGF backing growth in Gore —