The busy rural town of Waharoa, 7 kilometres north of Matamata, has the potential to become a bustling stop for Port of Tauranga’s congested cargo with the help of the Provincial Growth Fund.
There are already numerous trucks traversing through this small community, but a feasibility consult says the town could become a “road and rail hub”. In October last year, it was announced that $800,000 will be invested into Waharoa becoming a major industrial and food processing hub.
With a population of around 250 people eligible to work in Waharoa, Ministry of Social Development have stated that from the end of June there was around 90 locals who were on the job seeker benefit. The fruition of this PGF investment would be vital for the residents of the town, taking them off welfare and into gainful employment.
Reviving the economic fortunes of regional New Zealand towns and cities is exactly is the purpose of the Provincial Growth Fund, and a key focus of New Zealand First.