Regional economic development

Progress update – July 2016

The Commission asked MartinJenkins to examine the economic development arrangements in the Wellington region, with a view to understanding whether there was value in considering opportunities for improvement.

Local Government Economic Development Arrangements in the Wellington Region, July 2016 PDF, 1MB

The Commission supports the consultants’ recommendation that more time is required for the current economic development arrangements to bed in before any review is considered. This is primarily because the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency has only recently been established. We consider that the councils are best placed to determine the timing and implementation of any review, although we suggest that a review take place by late 2017, if the issues raised in the consultants’ report have not been resolved by then. 

You can read the full Strengthening the Wellington region – progress update here.