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Collaboration for growth of our region.

Collaboration for growth of our region.

Collaboration was the main point of the regional economic update, hosted by the Manawatu Chamber of Commerce last night at Manfeild Park.

Current economic performance has been driven by strong trade conditions, population growth and inward investment.  Low interest rates have allowed for growth in residential construction, whilst $3.5 billion is planned for commercial construction projects through to 2030.

Cost of housing and lack of rentals was acknowledged throughout the presentation, however Palmerston North is more affordable compared to cities such as Rotorua or Dunedin.

Construction will be a key driver for employment over the next decade, with the major projects planned include the Gorge Rd Redevelopment, Ohakea and Mercury Energy Wind Farm.

Statistics were given by Peter Crawford (PNCC) and Stacey Bell (MDC) highlighting population and employment trends, and housing growth.

Tim Myers, part of the Accelerate 25 lead team discussed their inception, initiatives and working collaboratively at a regional level and with central government to attract funding.

Recipient of $2.8 million in funding through the PGF (Provincial Growth Fund), Michael Barbour from Manfeild Park explained how the funding will be allocated to attract and increase student Class 1 licences, whilst developing training for Classes 2 – 5 and specialised skills.

Linda Stewart, CEO of CEDA, discussed their role in working together with businesses and agencies, to attract investment and funding and secure business and growth in the region.  She highlighted this work happens not only at a regional level, but nationally and globally.  Sustainable jobs and innovation can lead to employment and positive social outcomes to benefit our region. Linda pointed out increased infrastructure can be both positive and negative for a region, in attracting and retaining businesses and talent.  Linda reminded us by working collaboratively we can create strategies for retaining businesses and talent. 

With collaboration, our key agencies are working for our future, to provide pathways and training, to create opportunities, enable ideas and innovations from conception and provide assistance in securing funding to bring these ideas to fruition.

As recruitment specialists, PN Personnel views our role as a small but important piece of the growth jigsaw.  We will continue to collaborate with our existing businesses, and incorporate new ones, to recruit for a diverse range of roles.  We currently network with talent from our regional, nationally and internationally, to update them of opportunities relevant to their own careers and personal growth.

Matt Smout

Matt Smout

Having extensive experience as an end to end recruiter, account manager, people leader and in business development – Matt has excellent knowledge of the 360-degree recruitment process and how to partner to understand your business and add real value.

Passionate about what he does Matt gets a real buzz from getting to know his client’s business and assisting their growth by providing tailored talent solutions.

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PO Box 594, Palmerston North 4440


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