We’ve launched the Hawke’s Bay Economic Action Plan with 45 initiatives to boost the local economy, including an initiative to provide 1,000 new jobs for unemployed workers over three years.

Safer communities is also a priority, so we are funding an extra 1,125 Police staff across the country.

We’re also investing $56 million to connect more homes and businesses in the region to Ultra-Fast Broadband and delivering better health and education services.

Hawke’s Bay Economic Snapshot

  • 29.3% economic growth since National was elected.
  • 4,000 new jobs created in Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne over the past year.
  • $12,027 increase in average annual wages since 2008, more than double the rate of inflation.
  • 68 more Police for the Eastern Police District, which covers the Hawke’s Bay, and Wairoa will now have a 24/7 Police presence – as part of our $503m Safer Communities package.


  • $25m for three projects as part of the Napier Port Access Package.
  • $8.9m to extend the iWay Napier and Hastings cycleways.
  • 4 more towns in Hawke’s Bay to get Ultra-Fast Broadband, benefitting an additional 15,000 people in places like Waipawa, Waipukurau, Wairoa and Otane.


  • 30,179 children in 124 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.
  • 97.9% of young children in the Hawke’s Bay region are participating in early childhood education, helping them get the best start in life.
  • 83.4% of 18-year-olds achieving NCEA Level 2, an increase of 6.6 percentage points since 2011 – that’s 146 more 18-year-olds.
  • We’re investing $19m to redevelop Flaxmere College and Kimi Ora Community School and $5.9m to build 13 new classrooms at six schools in Hawke’s Bay. 
  • Around 31,000 children in 122 schools in Hawke’s Bay now have access to faster internet with uncapped data thanks to our $211m investment in the N4L Managed Network.


  • 29,500 children in Hawke’s Bay benefitting from  our policy of free GP visits and prescriptions for all children aged under 13.
  • 1,680 more patients a year in Hawke’s Bay receiving elective operations than when we were elected.
  • 26,300 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.
Hawke's Bay DHB
  • As of 31 March 2017 there were over 240 doctor full-time equivalents and over 810 nurse full-time equivalents employed by the Hawke's Bay DHB. That’s over 60 more doctors and over 180 more nurses compared to 2008.
  • Hawke’s Bay DHB will receive an extra $18 million in new money this year, taking the DHB’s total funding to $497 million for 2017/18. That’s an extra $132 million in funding over the last nine years.
  • Between 2008 to 2016, in the Hawke’s Bay DHB:
    • Elective surgeries are up 31%.
    • Orthopaedic elective surgeries are up 4%.
    • Cataract surgeries are up 88%.
    • First Specialist Assessments are up 36%.

Making a Difference

  • 1,259 people in Hawke’s Bay helped into their first home the first two years of HomeStart.
  • 32,348 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.


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