We've launched the Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan, with 50 initiatives to support and enable growth in the region.
Better connectivity will be critical, and we’ve invested $60.3 million in rolling out Ultra-Fast Broadband in Whangarei, with another 19 towns in Northland to be connected in the next stage.
Keeping families and communities safe is also a priority, and we are funding an extra 1,125 Police staff across the country.
Northland Economic Snapshot
- 24.3% economic growth since National was elected.
- 5,600 new jobs created in Northland over the past year.
- $10,686 increase in average annual wages since 2008, more than double the rate of inflation.
- 66 more Police for the Northland Police District and three new areas - Kaitaia, Dargaville and either Kerikeri or Kaikohe - will now have a 24/7 Police presence – as part of our $503m Safer Communities package.
- Over $2b for the Puhoi to Wellsford Road to increase connectivity with the region and help boost the economy.
- Up to $500m for the Whangarei to Port Marsden highway upgrade, with construction set to start in 2019.
- 19 more towns in Northland to get Ultra-Fast Broadband, benefitting an additional 41,500 people in smalls towns like Kerikeri, Dargaville, Paihia, and Ruakaka.
- We’re investing in replacing 10 one-lane bridges in Northland by 2021, with construction to start on three - Hardies and Anderson in Matakohe and Taipa - by the end of this year.
- 22,420 children in 99 schools in Northland benefitting from our $359 million initiative to keep the best teachers in the classroom and share expertise and leadership across schools.
- 94.6% of young children in Northland participating in early childhood education, helping them get the best start in life.
- 79.3% of 18-year-olds achieving NCEA Level 2, an increase of 11.1 percentage points since 2011 – that’s 235 more 18-year-olds.
- We invested $6m to increase capacity at Hora Hora School as part of our $50m investment to upgrade schools in Northland.
- 31,800 children in Northland benefitting from our policy of free GP visits and prescriptions for all children aged under 13.
- 2,590 more patients a year in Northland receiving elective operations than when we were elected.
- 29,900 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.
- We’re funding free fruit in schools for 7,880 children in Northland and free breakfasts at 98 Northland schools through the KickStart programme.
- As of 31 March 2017 there were over 260 doctor full-time equivalents and over 840 nurse full-time equivalents employed by the Northland DHB. That’s over 100 more doctors and over 130 more nurses compared to 2008.
- Northland DHB will receive an extra $21 million in new money this year, taking the DHB’s total funding to $602 million for 2017/18. That’s an extra $182 million in funding over the last nine years.
- Between 2008 to 2016, in the Northland DHB:
- Elective surgeries are up 45%.
- Orthopaedic elective surgeries are up 22%.
- Cataract surgeries are up 55%.
- Hips and knee replacements are up 35%.
- First Specialist Assessments are up 23%.
Making a Difference
- 914 people in Northland helped into their first home in the first two years of HomeStart.
- 22,700 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 $7m in the construction of the Hundertwasser Art Centre and Wairau Māori Art Gallery in Whangarei.