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Economic Development
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Economic Development

Economic Development is viewed as a vital element in keeping the Wairoa District alive and thriving, both now and into the future.

WDC works closely with the community to develop ideas and assist in turning thoughts into reality. This happens on many levels – from small community initiatives to large scale plans involving multiple entities.

To help guide the way, WDC has created an Economic Development strategy that identifies seven key, inter-related themes.

Four of the themes are enablers, meaning that while they do not generate wealth in their own right, they are an essential component in facilitating and supporting local development and growth.

These themes are:

  • Infrastructure
  • Planning
  • Regulation
  • Life

The remaining three themes represent wealth-creating opportunities with the potential to add genuine value in economic terms to the district.

These themes are:

  • Land
  • Business
  • Visitors

To find out more about how these themes have been developed into a strategy, click here.

Matariki - Hawke's Bay Regional Economic Development Stratgegy

The Wairoa District Council is working alongside with iwi and hapu, the business sector, central government agencies and other local authorities in our region on this strategy and the actions resulting out of it. The aim is to grow jobs across the region, increase household incomes and raise Hawke’s Bays economic performance up into the top quarter of New Zealand regions.

To achieve these aims, the strategy sets out the steps needed to help existing businesses who want to grow to do so, attract new business, promote great new ideas, attract skilled migrants to work in the areas in which we need more people and plan major public projects that benefit the whole region.

Matariki REDS Star Colour


'Every household and every whānau is actively engaged in, contributing to and benefiting from, a thriving Hawke’s Bay economy.'

'Ko te kainga, ko te whānau te pūtake; he tau-utuutu te hononga ko te ōhanga o te matau a māui e pakari nei.' - Matariki REDs


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Wairoa Waterfront Enhancement Plan

Wairoa River

The Wairoa River is an important part of Wairoa's identity.

Over time invasive species, deforestation, and people accessing the river edge have caused erosion along many sections of the river which in some cases has increased sediment deposition in some areas.

Now is the time to take action and reinvigorate Wairoa, to reinforce the importance of the Wairoa River to the Wairoa community, and strengthen its banks, protecting them from further erosion, and teaching new generations of the importance of bank stabilisations in order to safeguard this river. This plan, created by the Hawke's Bay Regional Council after submissions from Upstream Wairoa looks at the opportunities for the Wairoa river and township, and develops concepts and planting applications to allow these opportunities to become a reality.

There have been a number of developments regarding the regeneration of the waterfront area, these include the Sir James Carroll Walkway and signage and the Marine Parade vegetation clearance. The Wairoa Waterfront Enhancement Plan has been a work in progress and builds on the work already being considered around the Wairoa River Waterfront. The Wairoa District Council and Upstream Wairoa will work alongside the Hawke's Bay Regional Council to ensure all appropriate community consultation and engagement activities will be undertaken.

To find out more about the Wairoa Waterfront Enhancement Plan, click here.

Survey Results and Report

Click here to read the Wairoa Business Survey report or click here to read the results from the recent survey


For more information about Economic Development please contact the Wairoa District Council.

+64 6 838 7309

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