Iti te kopara kai takiri ana i runga i te Kahikatea.
Hikurangi Takiwa Trust (HTT) with support from Eastland Community Trust (ECT), commissioned the preparation of a draft Economic Development Plan to help identify opportunities and plan action to raise the economic wellbeing of the Takiwa.
HTT Trustees agreed at their meeting in March 2016 that it made sense for the plan to include people and places in the wider district and not be restricted just to the geographic and population communities that Hikurangi Takiwa Trust is established to benefit. This plan has a focus on the area generally from Te Puia Springs and Waipiro Bay through to Poroporo and Rangitukia.
It is by no means comprehensive or authoritative, it has no explicit mandate from the people in this district but we have tried to involve business owners and local residents in identifying priorities and opportunities to progress. We have provided drafts of the plan to a number of external stakeholders with a particular interest in our communities.
Through a process of local stakeholder engagement and research, a broad range of opportunities have been narrowed down in the development of an Action Plan to ensure limited resources can make the greatest short to medium term difference.
The projects in the Action Plan have been organised together into three broad work streams:
- WHAIRAWA / CAPITAL GROWTH
- AHUWHENUA / ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
- KUHUKUHU / SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS
The Whairawa / Capital Growth work-stream focuses on identifying and growing six asset classes in the district:
- Natural Capital: Regenerating a healthy natural environment.
- Manufactured Capital: Ensuring the infrastructure that enables economic development and wellbeing is available.
- Human Capital: Building local capability for economic development through education, training, mentoring and whānau relocating back to the district.
- Intellectual Capital: Developing and protecting knowledge-based assets including traditional knowledge and intellectual property.
- Financial Capital: Encouraging capital investment in local ventures.
- Social & Cultural Capital: Maintaining and growing healthy relationships, traditions, creativity and resources within the community.
The Ahuwhenua / Enterprise Development work-stream focuses on supporting the local development of high value industries and the business service sector. This includes new products and services and expanding existing enterprises while reducing associated business costs:
- Tourism & Hospitality: eco-tourism, cultural experiences, agricultural tourism, etc.
- Bioactives: manuka, kanuka, hemp, pine, etc.
- Energy: solar, hydro and biomass for heating, fuel and electricity
- Research & Technology: online businesses and services, consultants and technical support, etc.
- Forestry: diversifying species, improving environmental management, utilising waste stream, etc.
- Beef & Sheep: diversifying breeds and improving production
- Horticulture: cropping, nuts, truffles, saffron, Nati Kai Kete, etc.
The Kuhukuhu / Sustainable Livelihoods work-stream focuses on supporting whānau to stay in the district, maintain sustainable lifestyles based on traditional whenua and access to natural resources through:
- Supporting Existing Businesses: identifying & deploying priority business support for existing enterprise;
- Reframing Development: using progress indicators that measure wellbeing instead of income;
- Supporting Subsistence: enabling public policy supporting rather than penalising subsistence lifestyles based on hunting, gathering and harvesting;
- Digital Development: improving digital infrastructure and skills for telecommuting.
To progress the goals of the plan Hikurangi Takiwa Trust supports the establishment of a new entity to lead job creation and economic development opportunities in the takiwa and neighbouring hapū. Subsequently this planning process has resulted in the establishment of Hikurangi Huataukina Trust, a charitable trust focused on job creation and economic development – initially in the communities between Waipiro Bay and Rangitukia.
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