A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process.
Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m to two projects to train new employees in Gisborne and the wider East Coast.
“This PGF funding gives Tairawhiti people access to opportunities and meaningful work through the support of locally-led initiatives. We know this is essential for our regions to thrive and grow,” Mr Tabuteau said.
The funding includes $731,311.40 for a two-year civic infrastructure workforce development programme for 24 new employees (targeting potential workers from Tolaga Bay up to Hicks Bay) and 15 existing employees, run by Parata Contracting.
In addition, a two-year horticulture training programme run by Four Seasons in Gisborne, would receive $940,000 to train 56 full-time employees — 31 in year one, and another 19 the year after.
“These projects exemplify the purpose of Te Ara Mahi — to give regions the capability to support local people with skills, training and employment,” Mr Tabuteau said.
“These projects will make a significant difference to the futures of people and businesses in Tairawhiti. I’m proud we are backing locally-led programmes which tackle challenges in this region head on, and support the priorities carved out by people in this community,” he added.