We're investing in major roading projects, as well as $96.7 million to connect more homes and businesses in the region to Ultra-Fast Broadband.
Keeping families and communities safe is also a priority. That’s why we are funding an extra 1,125 Police staff across the country.
We are focused on health and education, so the people of Manawatu-Whanganui, both young and old, can be part of this region’s continued success.
Manawatu-Whanganui Economic Snapshot
- 21.8% economic growth since National was elected
- 7,700 new jobs created in the region over the past year
- $12,130 increase in average annual wages since 2008, more than double the rate of inflation.
- 67 more Police for the Central Police District, which covers Manawatu-Whanganui, and three new areas - Marton, Taumarunui and another location in Central Hawke’s Bay/ Northern Wairarapa - will now have a 24/7 Police presence – as part of our $503m Safer Communities package.
- $70m to upgrade the Whirokino Trestle and Manawatu River Bridges.
- $17.6m for a new section of State Highway 3 north of Normanby, which opened in February 2016.
- 12 more towns in the region to get Ultra-Fast Broadband, benefitting an additional 30,000 people in places like Dannevirke, Marton, Foxton, Taumarunui and Ohakune.
- 27,500 children in 122 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.
- 97.5% of young children in Manawatu-Whanganui participating in early childhood education, helping them get the best start in life.
- 83.7% of 18-year-olds achieving NCEA Level 2, an increase of 9.5 percentage points since 2011 – that’s 272 more 18-year-olds.
- Around 41,000 children in 193 schools in the region now have access to faster internet with uncapped data thanks to our $211m investment in the N4L Managed Network.
- 39,500 children in Whanganui and MidCentral DHBs are benefitting from our policy of free GP visits and prescriptions for all children aged under 13.
- 3,000 more patients a year in the region are receiving elective operations than when we were elected.
- 37,920 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 300 doctor full-time equivalents and 890 nurse full-time equivalents employed by the MidCentral DHB. That’s over 80 more doctors and over 140 more nurses compared to 2008.
- MidCentral DHB will receive an extra $19 million in new money this year, taking the DHB’s total funding to $614 million for 2017/18. That’s an extra $158 million in funding over the last nine years.
Between 2008 to 2016, in the MidCentral DHB:
- Elective surgeries are up 42%.
- Orthopaedic elective surgeries are up 29%.
- Cataract surgeries are up 45%.
- Hips and knee replacements are up 58%.
- First Specialist Assessments are up 33%.
- As of 31 March 2017 there were over 40 doctor full-time equivalents and over 210 nurse full-time equivalents employed by the Wairarapa DHB. That’s over 10 more doctors and over 40 more nurses compared to 2008.
- Wairarapa DHB will receive an extra $5 million in new money this year, taking the DHB’s total funding to $144 million for 2017/18. That’s an extra $35 million in funding over the last nine years.
- As of 31 March 2017 there were over 80 doctor full-time equivalents and over 340 nurse full-time equivalents employed by the Whanganui DHB. That’s almost 20 more doctors and nearly 50 more nurses compared to 2008.
- Whanganui DHB will receive an extra $8 million in new money this year, taking the DHB’s total funding to $240 million for 2017/18. That’s an extra $53 million in funding over the last nine years.
- Between 2008 to 2016, in the Whanganui DHB:
- Elective surgeries are up 38%.
- Orthopaedic elective surgeries are up 26%.
- Cataract surgeries are up 42%.
- Hips and knee replacements are up 22%
- First Specialist Assessments are up 32%.
Making a Difference
- 2,911 people in Manawatu-Whanganui helped into their first home in the first two years of HomeStart.
- 56,599 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.
- We’re investing $10m to redevelop Sarjeant Gallery and Whanganui Museum.