Group meets to discuss progress on West Coast development strategy.
A steering group met on 29 September to discuss the progression and achievements of Te Whanaketanga Te Tai Poutini West Coast Strategy 2050.
Te Whanaketanga is a roadmap to guide economic development on the West Coast, launched in March.
Steering group independent chair, Johny O’Donnell, said the strategy is about “planting new seeds and nurturing existing ones to help shape a future for the Coast that is sustainable, inclusive and prosperous.”
“Over 150 people from across the West Coast participated in workshops held last year to design the strategy. This included the initial contributions of over 20 young Coasters who were instrumental in setting the direction and tone of the strategy.”
The steering group meets every six months. This was the second meeting for the group.
Progress to date on the various actions was discussed including the Tai Poutini Renewable Energy Strategy, which is due to be released in early November.
A presentation was given on the Localities work from Takiwā Poutini.
Work on enhancing the West Coast’s regional identity was also discussed, including the ‘Cut out for the Coast’ campaign.
The terms of reference were confirmed defining the scope and membership of the group, with the next meeting scheduled for March 2023.