Hawke's Bay

Beaches, wineries and Art Deco. The Hawke's Bay has a diverse economy, including business services that support its sectors to be the second largest contributor to regional GDP.

Farming, horticulture, wine and tourism are the main industries in the region, with Port of Napier acting as a major export and transport hub.

Matariki, Hawke’s Bay's regional economic and social inclusion strategy, was released in July 2016. The plan aims to make Hawke’s Bay the most innovative region in New Zealand, the leading exporter of premium primary produce, and a hub for business growth. Its vision is 'Every household and every whānau is actively engaged in, contributing to and benefiting from a thriving Hawke’s Bay economy.'

Iwi came together to form Te Kāhui Ōhanga o Takitimu, a collective of organisations working to develop and act upon the strategy.

Fast facts

  • Population estimate: 164,000
  • Average household income: $86,700
  • GDP per capita: $45,348

Funding announcements

Note: PGF funding is approved in principle and announced, after which contracts are negotiated. Some funding may depend on completion of business cases. Payments are made once agreed milestones are met. These are set as part of contract negotiations, and differ from project to project.

See more details about announcements on the Beehive's Regional Economic Development page.

Region Programme Organisation Amount Date
Hawke's Bay Wairoa to Napier Railway KiwiRail $ 5,000,000 23 February 2018
Hawke's Bay Whakaki Lower Catchment Pilot Project Hawke's Bay Regional Council $ 100,000 23 February 2018
Hawke's Bay Hawke's Bay Food Innovation Hub Hastings District Council $ 200,000 22 June 2018
Hawke's Bay Wairoa Capability Support Wairoa District Council $ 250,000 31 July 2018
Hawke's Bay Whakaki catchment cultural and economic assessments Hawke's Bay Regional Council $ 100,000 14 August 2018
Hawke's Bay Napier National Aquarium Napier City Council $ 350,000 31 August 2018
Hawke's Bay Wairoa Youth Employment Business Case Wairoa District Council $ 15,000 7 January 2019
Hawke's Bay Wairoa Skills & Employment Wairoa District Council $ 150,000 7 January 2019