Update – 8 July

Grow Wairarapa
A busy time in the Wairarapa Economic Development space, with Business Wairarapa in the last week attending the Focus Group for Food and Beverage Businesses where the proposed Wairarapa Food Hub was debated, the Knowledge Intensive Action Group where the new Wai Pay Project was discussed, and the first combined Food and Tourism Action Groups where we heard from Sarah Meikle, CEO Wellington Culinary Events Trust (Wellington on a Plate Festival) and Wellington Underground Market founders, Helena Tobin and Wendy Jasper.

We also attended the launch by Hon Shane Jones of the longer log trains, and alongside Hon Willie Jackson for the announcements of PGF funding of $947,800 funding to Nga Pumanawa Tupuna (the strengths & talents of the ancestors’) – a joint programme with YETE, REAP and the 3  Councils – targeting at-risk rangatahi and youth to develop soft-skills and habits necessary for success in the world of work, and $100,000 for The Dark Sky Society.

For more news on the Wairarapa Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan go to https://www.growwairarapa.nz/blog

Lunch with Hon Stuart Nash
The Minister for Small Business was keen to stress the job of government wasn’t to grow individual businesses but to make it easier and enable businesses to grow. He said his personal role is to get feedback about the barriers that stops our members from growing their businesses. He can then help to change the settings. He was particularly keen to hear how the government can reduce compliance. The Minister then went on to visit new member Lamberts Engineering 1921 Limited and heard how some of those compliance issues were affecting a local business in Wairarapa.

Central Chambers Hub Conference
Last week ended with the annual two-day Hub Conference. Speakers included: Steve Dixon – General Manager, Partnerships & Strategy, Enviro-Mark Solutions on Carbon Zero for Business, James Hurman – Founder & CEO, Storytech on The Power of Storytelling in Business, Brad Olsen – Senior Economist, Infometrics Ltd on measuring ‘Wellbeing’, and the Hon Fletcher Tabuteau MP NZ First Deputy Leader Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development on Regional Provincial Growth Support.