We’ve launched the Tairawhiti Economic Action Plan with 55 initiatives to boost the local economy.
Keeping families and communities safe is also a priority, which is why we are funding an extra 1,125 Police staff across the country.
Connecting Gisborne with the rest of New Zealand – and the world – is critical. That’s why we are improving transport links, and investing $14.5 million in rolling out Ultra-Fast Broadband to keep Gisborne’s economy heading in the right direction.
Gisborne Economic snapshot
- 32.2% economic growth since we were elected.
- 4,000 new jobs created in Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay over the past year.
- $9,551 increase in average annual wages since 2008, almost double the rate of inflation.
- 68 more Police for the Eastern Police District, which covers Gisborne - as part of our $503m Safer Communities package
- We’ve launched the Tairawhiti Economic Action plan with 55 initiatives to boost the local economy.
- $6.5m to replace the one-lane Motu Bridge on SH2, which is due to be completed early next year.
- $3.5m for a tourism-related package of roading and cultural projects on the East Coast.
- 2 more towns in the Gisborne region get Ultra- Fast Broadband, benefitting an additional 1,000 people in Ruatoria and Tolaga Bay and on the outskirts of Gisborne.
- 6,800 children in 34 schools in the region benefitting from our $359 million initiative to keep the best teachers in the classroom and share expertise and leadership across schools.
- 94.7% of young children in Gisborne participating in early childhood education, helping them get the best start in life.
- 82.3% of 18-year-olds achieving NCEA Level 2, an increase of 18.5 percentage points since 2011 – that’s 131 more 18-year-olds.
- We’re funding free fruit in schools for 5,000 children in Gisborne and free breakfasts at 32 Gisborne schools through the KickStart programme.
- We’re investing $800,000 to build two new classrooms at Kaiti School in Gisborne and $9.5m to build the new Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Horouta Wananga school.
- 9,880 children in Gisborne benefitting from our policy of free GP visits and prescriptions for all children aged under 13.
- 680 more patients a year in Gisborne receiving elective operations than when we were elected.
- 7,000 60 to 74-year-olds in the region will be eligible for our bowel screening programme, which is being rolled out across the country to help prevent some of around 1,200 deaths each year.
- As of 31 March 2017 there were over 70 doctor full-time equivalents and over 260 nurse full-time equivalents employed by the Tairawhiti DHB. That’s almost 20 more doctors and over 60 more nurses compared to 2008.
- Tairawhiti DHB will receive an extra $6 million in new money this year, taking the DHB’s total funding to $172 million for 2017/18. That’s an extra $46 million in funding over the last nine years.
Making a difference
- 340 people in Gisborne helped into their first home in the first two years of HomeStart.
- 7,669 businesses and homes in the region now able to connect to Ultra-Fast Broadband as part of our $2 billion investment to roll out faster internet across New Zealand.