We’re doing many things to support Taranaki, including building new roads and making them safer, rolling out faster internet and investing in essential services such as health and education.

We’re funding an extra 1,125 Police staff across the country to help keep families and communities safe.

We’re also working hard to ensure children and young people in Taranaki have the best opportunities to reach their full potential.

Taranaki Economic snapshot

  • 1st for GDP per capita in New Zealand.
  • 3,600 new jobs created in Taranaki over the past year.
  • $13,753 increase in average annual wages since 2008, more than double the rate of inflation.
  • 67 more Police for the Central Police District, which covers Taranaki, and Stratford will now have a 24/7 Police presence — as part of our $503m Safer Communities package


  • $135m to build the Mt Messenger and Awakino bypasses and make safety improvements, with work expected to start this year.
  • $17.6m for a new section of State Highway 3 north of Normanby, which opened in February 2017.
  • 9 more towns in Taranaki to get Ultra-Fast Broadband benefitting 23,000 people in places like Waitara, Stratford, Inglewood and Eltham.
  • National invested $24m in the Vickers to City upgrade project on SH3, which opened in 2016.
  • We’re backing Project Taranaki Mounga, which will have substantial conservation and economic benefits for Taranaki.
  • We invested $4m to build the Len Lye Centre.


  • 10,150 children in 45 schools in Taranaki benefitting from our $359 million initiative to keep the best teachers in the classroom and share expertise and leadership across schools.
  • 97.3% of young children in the Taranaki region participating in early childhood education, helping them get the best start in life.
  • 83.3% of 18-year-olds now achieving NCEA Level 2, an increase of 7 percentage points since 2011 – that’s 99 more 18-year-olds.


  • 20,200 children and their families in Taranaki benefitting from our policy of free GP visits and prescriptions for all children aged under 13.
  • 1,500 more patients a year in Taranaki receiving elective operations than when we were elected.
  • 18,460 60 to 74-year-olds in Taranaki 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 invested in building the new $80m Taranaki Base Hospital, which opened in 2014.
Taranaki DHB
  • As of 31 March 2017 there were over 160 doctor full-time equivalents and over 510 nurse full-time equivalents employed by the Taranaki DHB. That’s over 40 more doctors and over 60 more nurses compared to 2008.
  • Taranaki DHB will receive an extra $12 million in new money this year, taking the DHB’s total funding to $376 million for 2017/18. That’s an extra $91 million in funding over the last nine years.
  • Between 2008 to 2016, in the Taranaki DHB:
    • Elective surgeries are up 35%.
    • Orthopaedic elective surgeries are up 19%.
    • Hips and knee replacements are up 6%.
    • First Specialist Assessments are up 57%.

Making a difference

  • 966 people in Taranaki helped into their first home in the first two years of HomeStart.
  • 31,185 businesses and homes in Taranaki 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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