Economic diversification for Taranaki a window on our sustainable future
The Council of Trade Unions (CTU) welcomed the announcement today by Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones
of the Taranaki Action Plan, as an example of a more diverse and sustainable future for New Zealand’s regions. CTU
Secretary Sam Huggard said the funding boost towards economic diversification including clean energy, conservation,
tourism and Māori business innovation was a positive move.
"We know some regions of New Zealand have benefited for a long time from the income provided by heavily extractive
industries. The people working in these industries deserve a clear plan for their future employment. By acting early
with regional plans across Ministers and Departments, the Government is signalling that it will put heartland interests
front and centre of an economic transition."
"A just transition in New Zealand to a net zero emissions future will eventually affect everyone, but it won’t affect
everyone equally. Minister Jones is doing the right thing by focusing first on rural economies like Taranaki to
kickstart sustainable, fairer, higher-wage jobs.
"We’re looking forward to more regional action plans that local government, business, and working people can have their
say on being rolled out this year," Mr Huggard said. "We’re very keen engage working people in the process to decide
what the future for our regions will look like."