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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.”

  1. Gordon Webb says:

    So if my maths is correct, 474 were employed in July on PGF-funded projects. There had been 626 workers previously employed in PGF projects. So that’s 1100. There is future planning for 959.

    What we don’t know is if the work for the 626 has dried up and some of them have moved on to the positions “allocated” for the 474. Likewise, are the jobs to be filled by the 959 going to any of the 474 or the 626.

    In common parlance most people would expect persons employed to mean employed permanently. I suspect that there are a number of people employed on short-term projects who then, perhaps, move on to another short-term project.

    Perhaps the Minister could tell us the number of permanent positions created and filled by the PGF.

    Footnote from Ed:
    As this RNZ story states, a shortcoming of the job numbers announced this week associated with PGF projects is that they are a count of people who have or are working on projects, not the number of permanent jobs created – which has not been counted.

    It is likely, as you suggest, that there is considerable overlap among individual workers being counted for completed projects, ongoing work and future PGF-funded projects.