• New Zealand Regions
      • Hawke's Bay
      • Bay of Plenty
      • Waikato
      • Whanganui
      • Manawatu
      • Northland
      • Auckland
      • Gisborne
      • Taranaki
      • Wellington
      • West Coast
      • Nelson
      • Canterbury
      • Otago
      • Marlborough
      • Southland

      Hawke's Bay

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      Beaches, wineries and Art Deco. The Hawke's Bay has a diverse economy, including business services that support its sectors to be the second largest contributor to regional GDP in the country. A popular tourist destination, the region has some of the countries best restaurants as well as stunning scenery, markets and festivals.



      Bay of Plenty

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      The Bay of Plenty is officially New Zealand's sunniest destination, enjoying short-lived winters and long summer days. The Region offers some of the country's most spectacular views and many ways to enjoy the pristine scenery and natural wonders. Visitors also enjoy exploring the Bay's Māori heritage and pre-European roots.


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      The Waikato is known for its rolling plains, fertile land and the mighty Waikato River. The region is the fourth largest regional economy in New Zealand, with a strong focus on primary production and associated manufacturing.


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      Welcome to Whanganui. This is our place; where history is full of stories, legends and rich legacy. Where a thriving arts scene, creativity and evolving culture inspire our modern lives. Where breath-taking natural landscapes capture imaginations at every turn.


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      Located in the lower North Island, Manawatu is heartland New Zealand, offering an authentic Kiwi experience.

      The main in the region are Palmerston North, most notable for Massey University. Palmerston has a vibrant, arts and culture scene.

      The region's economy is based on food production and processing, research and education. The region is also home for the New Zealand defence force.


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      Northland was originally home to some of our country's first human inhabitants. Today, it is one of the fastest growing regions in New Zealand and home to nearly 189,000 people. Rich in culture and history, the region boasts a stunning natural environment.


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      Auckland Region stretches from the the beaches of the Pacific Ocean in the east to the expansive beaches of the rugged west coast of the Tasman Sea. Auckland City, the largest urban area in New Zealand is considered the main economic center of New Zealand and a popular destination for international students and travellers.


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      Gisborne is a Region on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island. It's known for wineries and surf beaches such as Makorori. The region has maintained a strong Maori heritage. The region's economy is made up mainly of agriculture, horticulture and forestry.


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      Taranaki is a coastal and mountainous region on the western side of New Zealand's North Island. Its landscape is dominated by Mount Taranaki, its namesake volcano, which lies within the rainforested Egmont National Park.

      The port city of New Plymouth is the area's cultural and commercial hub. Taranaki's economy is diverse and includes dairy, oil and gas. The region is the highest contributor or national GDP per capita. 


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      The Wellington Region covers Wellington city in the south, Upper and Lower Hutt valleys to the north-east, and Porirua to the north-west. The region takes its name from Wellington, New Zealand's capital city.

      Wellington is famous for its arts and culture scene and is also the centre of New Zealand's film industry.

      West Coast

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      The West Coast, or as some locals call it, the "Wild West", is a long thin region that runs down the South Island's west coast.

      The region has the lowest population in all of New Zealand. It is famous for its rugged natural scenery such as the Pancake Rocks, the Blue Pools of Haast, and the glaciers.

      The main industries in the region are dairy farming and mining. Tourism also plays an important role.

      Nelson – Tasman

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      Nelson Tasman is an extraordinary, vibrant region where art and businesses thrive together among a stunning natural landscape. With one in five people internationally born, Nelson Tasman has 48 different cultures living in its environs.

      The region prides its self on being New Zealand’s leading Research and Development areas, with the highest proportion of people working in the research, science and tech sectors out of anywhere in New Zealand.


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      Canterbury is a region on New Zealand’s South Island marked by grassy plains, clear lakes and snow-capped mountains. Its largest city, Christchurch, is famed for its art scene and green spaces.


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      There are few places in the world which will leave you with a lasting sense of difference. Central Otago is undoubtedly one of them from its landscapes, its seasons, its people, its products and experiences.


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      Marlborough Region is on the north-eastern corner of the South Island. The region is well known for its winemaking industry, and the Marlborough Sounds, an extensive network of coastal waterways, peninsulas and islands.

      Apart from the wine industry, aquaculture, agriculture and tourism play an important role in the local economy.


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      Southland is New Zealand’s most southerly region and includes the World Heritage ranked Fiordland National Park.

      The region's only city Invercargill offers a relaxed pace of life with wide streets, little traffic, spacious parks and gardens, striking Victorian and Edwardian architecture and impressive sporting facilities including New Zealand’s first indoor velodrome. Southland's location is such that views of Aurora Australis or the Southern Lights are common.


Council hits pause on projects in bid to save money

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Taupō District Council has decided to halt a number of key projects programmed for this financial year as it moves to reduce the effect of COVID-19 on its hard-hit community.

The no-go projects are the Kiddle Drive-Arrowsmith Avenue roundabout, investigation work into the northern access to the Taupō Town Centre, sealing of the former RSA site on Horomatangi Street and an upgrade of the Tuwharetoa and Ruapehu Street intersection.

However, they will forge ahead with building a footpath and kerb and channel on Mapara Road from the end of the existing footpath to Acacia Bay Heights and planning for a destination-type playground on Tongariro Domain.

Mayor David Trewavas said he and the councillors aimed to strike a balance between keeping local people employed, and the economy ticking over, while trying to reduce the effect on ratepayers.

“For example, the Mapara Road Footpath project has already been let to local firm TR Construction, and that will keep local people employed,” said Mr Trewavas. “Likewise, the playground is a significant piece of work that will not only benefit our local community but also act as a draw card to entice people back into town as we find our new normal. Those people are likely to linger longer in the area and spend money in the town centre at the places that will be needing our support the most.” Investigations into developing a playground in Turangi was also continuing.

Mr Trewavas said the effect on the Taupō District from COVID-19 was likely to be long lasting and far-reaching and the council had many streams of work in place looking at ways the district could recover quickly once normal business resumed.

“There is no denying we are going to be one of the most affected areas in the country and we need to be prepared to move as fast as we can to boost our economy and keep people employed.”

The council had already committed to a zero percent general rates increase for the next financial year which meant other projects, including the building of a new civic administration building were being deferred. The council would be considering next year’s projects line-by-line as part of its next annual plan.

In an effort to stimulate the economy, the council had applied for more than $316 million worth of project funding from the Government for key projects, was offering a fee waiver for its commercial and community tenants, and had kept all fees and charges the same for next year unless legislation required a change.

“We know there are people hurting from this and it is up to us to take the lead in developing what our new normal will be,” said Mr Trewavas. “We are working through things line-by-line to reduce costs where we can, and we look forward to sharing some of that work with the community in the coming weeks,” he said.

“In the meantime, my message to everyone is to stay strong, support each other and shop local. We need each other now like never before.”

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