PGF to lift the tourism potential of Te Apiti – Manawatū Gorge

Fletcher Tabuteau, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will help take Te Apiti – Manawatū Gorge area one step closer to being a major tourist destination with investments in two projects, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today.

A unique tourist trail between Woodville and Ashhurst to showcase Māori culture will be investigated with the support of $100,000 in PGF funding. A further $100,000 will go to the Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) to evaluate a range of new tourism experiences.

“Te Apiti is a key landmark in the Manawatū-Whanganui region. This funding will help the region take the next step in maximising tourism opportunities in the region, thereby enabling it to grow,” Fletcher Tabuteau said.

“The proposed tourist trail has the potential to showcase rich Māori culture through virtual reality. If realised, the project will be a great example of the use of old and new to tell the story of Māori gods and their place in Te Ao Māori.

“The funding for CEDA will help the region to scratch beneath the surface on some exciting tourism ideas, including activities relating to ecotourism, culture, education, as well as on-water experiences.

“The people of the region have a vision of turning Te Apiti into a major tourist destination and we’re proud to be coming to the table to support that vision.

These investments will help revitalise towns like Woodville, which have been negatively impacted by the Gorge’s history of closures due to slips,” Fletcher Tabuteau said.

Mr Tabuteau will be visiting the area today to hear from local players such as CEDA and Ngati Kahungunu. He will also travel to Feilding to receive an update on the PGF-funded National Driver Training Centre and employment hub at Manfeild.

 

Fletcher.Tabuteau@parliament.govt.nz

 

PGF involvement in Manawatū-Whanganui to date

Project

Description

PGF funding

Organisation

KiwiRail Palmerston North Regional Economic Growth Hub

PGF funding will enable KiwiRail to acquire a new site on the outer fringe of Palmerston North, to enable a new rail freight facility to be fully integrated with air & road, improved automated technology, efficient layout, 'fit-for-future' safety focussed design.

Grant

$40,000,000

KiwiRail

Rail Freight Opportunities - Whanganui Rail Upgrade

PGF funding is allowing KiwiRail to undertake deferred maintenance on the Whanganui and Castlecliff lines, and undertake resilience upgrades to the track to support the transportation of growing export volumes. 

Grant

$3,000,000

KiwiRail

Manawatū River Loop at Foxton

 

 

An investigation of aquatic and technical environment aspects of a proposed diversion of the river flow to improve opportunities for the Foxton community, and to develop a Visitor and Business Destination Plan for Foxton.  This is anticipated to be completed by 31 August 2019.

Grant

$100,000

Horowhenua District Council

 

Whanganui Port - Geotechnical Feasibility

PGF funding for a geotechnical feasibility study for the Port Revitalisation Programme.

Grant

$90,000

Whanganui Port

Whanganui Port Development

PGF funding for completion of further investigations for the Port Revitalisation Programme.

Grant

$3,000,000

Whanganui Port

Advanced Aviation Hub

PGF funding is enabling the development of a full business case to establish an Advanced Aviation Hub (AAH) in Whanganui

Grant

$400,000

Whanganui District Council Holdings Ltd.

FoodHQ Executive Director

PGF funding to enable the employment of a director to improve market penetration, refresh the strategic plan and investigate and develop business opportunities based around a proposed food science innovation centre at Massey University.

Grant

$150,000

FoodHQ

FoodHQ Plus

PGF funding for stage one of an ambitious project to investigate what it will take to realise FoodHQ's potential. The proposed campus has the potential to be NZ's first globally-relevant "super campus".

Grant

$100,000

BCC Limited on behalf of FoodHQ

Kaitahi Commercial Food Processing Plant

PGF funding for a business case and design plans for the establishment of a small scale Food Innovation factory in Manawatū.

Grant

$98,000

Kai Tahi Limited

National Driver Training Centre

PGF funding is allowing expansion of the Manfeild National Driver Training Centre to train more people in various classes of license, and enable civil infrastructure developments to have well trained, work ready employees.

Loan facility and grant

$2,862,000

Manfeild Park Trust

Pathways Horowhenua

PGF funding for a Feasibility Study to investigate the education to employment interface within Horowhenua and provide justification that Pathways Horowhenua is needed to act as an activator to improve educational, economic and social outcomes.

Grant

$50,000

Horowhenua District Council

Rangitikei City Resourcing

PGF funding to engage a resource to assist with the preparation of applications to the Provincial Growth Fund

Grant

$25,000

Rangitikei District Council

Resource support for age-friendly community projects in Manawatū- Whanganui

PGF funding for 1.0 FTE resource support for communities transforming into being age-friendly as an economic basis to their future

Grant

$150,000

Office for Seniors

Rural Innovation Lab

PGF funding to co-design with farmers, growers & technologists a Rural Innovation Lab (RIL).     

Grant

$400,000

Massey University

Tararua Alternative Land Use

PGF funding for research that will support local farmers to make informed decisions on alternative land use. Environmental benefits, skills, training & investment/ structures required for the expansion of horticulture including the feijoa growing & processing industry.

Grant

$100,000

Tararua District Council

Tararua Tourism and Trails Strategy

PGF funding to develop a comprehensive Tourism & Trails Strategy that includes a Destination Development Plan & Cycle / Walk/ Horse Trail Strategy for the Tararua District.

Grant

$60,000

Tararua District Council

Timber Waste Manufacturing

PGF funding to investigate timber waste manufacturing into alternative products.

Grant

$45,000

Fomana Capital

Transitional Programme Manager - Ruapehu Regional Visitor Development Plan

PGF funding for the engagement of a highly competent Programme Manager to put in place the arrangements needed to get 'Ruapehu 400' & related priority new destination experiences up and running.

Grant

$85,000

Ruapehu District Council

Turakina Māori Girls College Redevelopment

PGF funding for a feasibility study and business case for the development of training hub to build a local workforce pipeline in the Rangitikei District.

Grant

$95,000

Te Rūnanga o Ngā Wairiki – Ngāti Apa

Whakapapa Sky Waka / Ruapehu Alpine Lift

PGF funding for the construction of a new gondola at Whakapapa Ski field.

Loan

$10,000,000

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts

 

 

 

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