Government's PGF-funded jobs in Tairawhiti tally 1100
A total of 1100 people have been employed so far here due to the Government's Provincial Growth Fund, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today.
A stocktake conducted by the Provincial Development Unit, which administers the PGF, found as of July 474 people were employed in ongoing PGF-funded projects in Tairawhiti.
That was in addition to 626 workers previously employed in other PGF projects, with another 959 workers expected to be employed in future projects.
Nationally, the number of jobs created by Provincial Growth Fund investments has outstripped the 10,000 jobs target that the Government and Provincial Development Unit (PDU) hoped the fund would achieve.
“And it doesn't stop there,” Mr Jones said.
“There are thousands more jobs to come as some of the longer-term PGF investments are realised and further economic opportunity is catalysed because of our partnerships across New Zealand.
“Until now, the PDU collected data only about the number of workers who had been employed on a given project over the previous month.
“The Covid-19 lockdown provided an opportunity to do a complete stocktake to better understand the cumulative number of workers — past, current and expected future workers — across all of the PGF investments to date.
“I'm enormously proud of what we've been able to achieve in the two-and-a-half years since the fund was launched in early 2018.”