Economic Development Plan

The purpose of the Tararua District Council Economic Development Plan is to identify long-term growth goals to 2028 that will create a stronger district economy. By setting a common course, working with the business community and investing in shared goals, we will create synergies and generate  better economic outcomes.

The plan outlines the key priorities that were identified in strategy meetings between Council and the community. Growing the population of the Tararua through economic development and promotion is one of the main strategic goals of Council.

Download a copy of the Economic Development Plan 2019 (3MB pdf)

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Key achievements

  • Opening the Tararua Business Network to link, enable and facilitate small and medium business to grow and develop; additionally, opening a Tararua Business Network "satellite office" in Pahiatua to assist with providing the service across the district.
  • Development of a dedicated website for businesses and investors.
  • Build district identify and promoting district with continued partnership with Palmerston North Airport (rolling out the new digital platform).
  • Elevating digital and social media platforms for the Tararua District.
  • Agribusiness is the driver for the majority of the economy; building on Council’s GO! Project cropping initiative has involved the development of several crop options and new plantations for the district.
  • Establishing an Asian connection has assisted investment opportunities in the district. 

Priorities for the year