Minister Shane Jones vows economic boost for regions within 100 days

The regions will get an economic boost that'll bring "jobs, pūtea (finance) and more household stability" within 100 days, according to Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones.

While the he wouldn't go into specifics of his new projects as they're subject to sign-off this week, Minister Jones vows they'll arrive by July.

He told Magic Talk’s Peter Williams that the projects are driven by "a deep level of angst and concern for local and small businesses in the regions".

"The most important thing is not simply getting back to work, but getting the transmission of pūtea around the economy so people can pay their bills," Minister Jones said.

"I know that Business NZ is working very closely with [Finance Minister] Grant Robertson as to what additional interventions might be made, but until such time we've worked through the pros and cons of those, my focus is on standing up projects that are shovel-ready and capable of being delivered within May, June, July - virtually 100 days.”

"In fact I'm following for my regional development a 100-day plan, and at each step I'm wanting to demonstrate to Kiwis this is not political plaque. It's actual economic activity - meaning jobs, pūtea and more household stability,” the Minister added.

Minister Jones says "a number of projects" that are part of his 100-day plan are awaiting sign-off from Cabinet this week, before getting underway when New Zealand moves to alert level 3 at 11:59pm on Monday.

He says he's motivated to get the projects rolling because he's "a great believer in the ability of the economy to regenerate itself".

"We're talking not just about the economy in a theoretical way, we're talking about men and women - we've got to back our fellow Kiwis," Minister Jones said.

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