Topic: Employment

5000 jobs for Hawke's Bay

updated By Aroha Treacher
  • North Island: East Coast

5000 jobs are to be created in Hawke’s Bay as it aims to get people off the benefit and into new jobs.

The Matariki Hawke’s Bay Regional Economic Development was launched today promising new jobs in the region.

It starts with project 1000 that will look to get 1000 people off the benefit and into employment over the next three years.

“The Project 1000 initiative brings together businesses, iwi, local authorities, training providers, and central government to support the creation of 1000 new jobs for local people who are not currently participating in the Hawke’s Bay economy,” says Social Development Minister Anne Tolley.

Creating 5000 jobs is the ultimate goal over the next five years as part of the long-term plan, aiming at whānau and all organisations getting involved in the economy. This includes attracting new businesses and new investments into the area.

Minister of Māori Development Te Ururoa Flavell says, “To be able to get into their own house and have some money in their pocket.” 

Flavell will be in the Hawke’s Bay for the next couple of days looking at what opportunities are available for Māori economic development.

Te Kāea reporter Aroha Treacher has more on this tonight on Te Kāea at 5:30pm.