Industry, Business & Employment

We work with Tairāwhiti businesses to support a diverse, innovative, resilient, and regenerative economy with opportunities for well-paid jobs.

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Business Support

A majority of Tairāwhiti businesses are small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMEs).

Tairāwhiti will benefit from increasing the diversity, sustainability, and innovation of SMEs.

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Workforce Development

Tairāwhiti has 6.3 percent of our workforce unemployed compared with 4.1 percent nationally. Our region has 1,300 15 to 24-year-olds who are not in employment or education.

This is not only a significant challenge, it is also a substantial opportunity for economic growth.

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Tairāwhiti Economic Action Plan

The Tairāwhiti Economic Action Plan(TEAP) sets out the strategic priorities and actions for delivering economic transformation for the region. Refreshed in December 2019, the revised document incorporates the priorities and aspirations of Tairāwhiti iwi and contains nine themed action areas.

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Westpac Tairāwhiti Business Excellence Awards

An event that celebrates the region's resilient and successful businesses and profiles the nominees and the economic diversity of the region over the last 12 months of adversity.

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Economic Insights

There are over 5,000 businesses in Tairāwhiti.

The Trust has partnered with Infometrics to offer insights into the latest trends and regional data.

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Our People

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I can help with connecting Tairāwhiti Businesses to the best support and how to make yummy cakes.

Midge Te Kani

Regional Business Growth Manager

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Supporting your business to grow the Tairāwhiti economy and where to get the best waves in Tairāwhiti

Richard Searle

General Manager Economic Development

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Jared Johnstone

Economic Development Manager

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Advice on growing your business, connecting you to the right people and the best places for a beer on the East Coast

Joe Williams

Business Growth Advisor

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Ryan Christison

Business Growth Advisor

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