East Coast / Tairāwhiti

Tairāwhiti is famed as the first place in the world to see the sun, and it has made the most of its prime location to build strong forestry, agriculture and horticulture industries.

Tairāwhiti is continuing to grow as new markets emerge in wood processing, medical research and tourism.  Tairāwhiti has been identified as a priority for investment and support, particularly for local industry and improving infrastructure resilience.

The Tairāwhiti Economic Action Plan Te Huarahi Hei Whai Oranga lays out the region's plans for economic growth, with 11 local iwi contributing to the Tairāwhiti Māori Economic Report which identifies ways to support and enhance the region’s Māori economy.

Tairāwhiti Economic Action Plan (TEAP) Refresh December 2019 — Trust Tairāwhiti

Tairāwhiti Māori Economic Development Report — Te Puni Kōkiri

For full details on projects funded in the region:

What we have funded

Tairāwhiti stories

Published: 12 December, 2023