Election 2014 - Party Policies - Regional Development

Election 2014 - Party Policies - Regional Development

Regional Development

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  • Encouraging a shift in the emphasis of overall government policy towards supporting job creation in local and regional projects that are socially and ecologically sustainable.
  • Effective Government support and funding for community-based employment creation.
  • Supporting the community sector and small businesses as sources of locally appropriate, meaningful and sustainable paid employment.
  • Working with and support local government economic development agencies to further improve coordination of local employment strategies including seasonal labour, accommodation affordability and locally relevant training.
  • Working with key sectors with high casual employment use (especially horticulture, viticulture, tourism and hospitality etc.) to establish best practice of employment and safety. (more here)

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  • Ensure that twenty five per cent of the royalties paid on extraction of minerals - whether it be coal, limestone, lignite, gold, or others will be placed in a fund for use in regional development in the region of extraction.
  • Ensure that the involvement of local people in decision making and development of their areas through the proposed Royalties for Regions scheme has the potential to help concerned residents and mineral extractors reach agreement over environmental issues.
  • Provide economic and social benefits conferred to regional communities through the scheme which will allow local communities to plan and spend more efficiently and effectively.
  • Ensure the regional fund could contribute to local projects and developments upon advice from local authorities, interest groups and iwi. (more here)

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