has been keeping an eye on how taxpayers’ money has been spent – or given away – by the Ardern Government over the past week.
- $137m to unlock Tairāwhiti’s economic potential through stronger, safer and more resilient transport connections
- $13.3m for tourism projects to attract more visitors to the region
- $1.3m for forestry projects, including skills training for young people
- over $1m for projects in the food and beverage sector.
|Tairāwhiti Roading Package||Package of upgrades to the roading network across the Gisborne region||Up to $137m|
|Mt Titirangi – Puhi Kai Iti Connection||To build ‘Titirangi – Puhi Kai iti’ landscape and facilities, including a new wananga, and a bridge other facilities at the Cooks Landing Site||Up to $6.1m|
|Gisborne Airport||Redevelopment of the Gisborne Airport terminal building and supporting infrastructure||$5.5m|
|Cooks Landing Restoration||Restoration of the Cook Landing Site (CLS) National Historic Reserve||$1.6m|
|New Zealand Macadamia Industry Development Project||Growing macadamia on Maori land for export||$995,000|
|Tairāwhiti Rail Feasibility Study||Feasibility study for a rail tourism venture, including an extended Gisborne-Napier rail cycleway, and use of the Wairoa to Gisborne line for freight purposes (joint study)||Up to $600,000|
|Far East Sawmill||To recommission and improve a Gisborne mill site||$500,000|
|Manaia Forestry Skills Training (Priority)||Feasibility study to establish a ManaiaSAFE Forestry School||$301,000|
|Regional Action Plan Programme Manager||The Programme Manager role has been both valuable and crucial to coordination and reporting on project progress, and coordinating effort in order to accelerate the region’s growth.||$90,000|
|Tairāwhiti Honey Strategy||Development of a Tairāwhiti Manuka Honey strategy||$40,000|
|Water and Waste Management||Application for a feasibility study on a water recycling plant and waste management initiative||$30,000|
Bob Edlin is a veteran journalist and editor for the Point of Order blog HERE.