The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $14 million into the Hawke's Bay, for food innovation and employment opportunities.
Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau MP was in attendance for the latest announcement in PGF funding, an initiative that New Zealand First won in their Coalition Agreement with the Labour Party.
The Hawke's bay Food Innovation Hub, which had already undergone a $215,000 feasibility and business case through the fund, will receive $12 million.
Meanwhile, a training and employment initiative – the Ngāti Pāhauwera Training and Employment Project – will get $1.3 million. Also in terms of employment, a pilot programme run and co-funded by Turners and Growers to up-skill and build leadership capabilities for at least 100 local horticulture workers will receive $557,000 in funding.
Another $300,000 will go to a feasibility study for expanding the apple press company Apollo Foods.
This significant investment in the Hawke’s Bay economy is part of New Zealand First’s commitment to helping our regions.