Economic Development Update
Our economic development goal is to lead Kaikōura’s transition from adversity to prosperity by helping to build a well-performing, year-round, diversified economy that caters for the employment needs of current and new residents and our visitors and tourists.
We're in the early stages of developing an economic development plan. Monthly updates on this work can be found in our Council Agendas For now, our top priorities are;
- Installing free WiFi along West End and the south part of Beach Road
- Supporting the roll out of Ultrafast broadband for Kaikoura township over 2019
- Investigating opportunities for future growth around our harbor, airport or a marine centre
- Identifying opportunities to apply for/use the Tourism Infrastructure Fund
- Investigating statement district entry/exit signs
- Supporting local businesses to enter ‘business as usual’ period
- Working with businesses to develop strategies to enhance winter season commercial activities
- Working with Destination Kaikōura and others to develop a Tourism Development Strategy that aligns with the Aotearoa New Zealand Government Tourism Strategy
- Working with the Canterbury Employers chamber of Commerce and Canterbury Mayoral Forum to ensure Kaikōura’s economic development work benefits from and contributes to work across Canterbury
- Supporting tourism activities including the Alpine Pacific NZ trail, the Coastal Pacific train
- Implementation of Council’s Three Year Plan including how Kaikōura can work with the digital economy
Provincial Growth Fund
In mid-2018 as part of our economic development work, Council successfully applied for $200,000 of funding from the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund. This is being used to fund early investigations into three projects that may have the potential to help our district grow effectively and sustainably. These three projects centre on our harbour, airport and positioning Kaikoura as a Marine Centre of Excellence.
The investigations will determine the feasibility of future development and growth opportunities. Council appointed a consultant to carry out this work in mid-2018. Our consultant is now working with iwi, community, stakeholders and Council to develop reports.
Council expects this work to be complete by mid-2019 and looks forward to understanding what our options are for supporting effective and sustainable growth into the future.
December 21 2018