Wellington Regional Economic Development Plan

This plan aims to guide the long-term direction of the economy and will help drive high impact economic initiatives over the next 10 years

The Wellington-Wairarapa-Horowhenua region has a unified regional economic development plan (REDP) to guide the long-term direction and focus implementation activities over the next 10 years.

Developed by a combination of local and central Government, iwi, and businesses, the plan sets out the strategic direction, issues and opportunities, and guides where funding and support should go.

It’s about futureproofing the region, ensuring we thrive economically, but also making it a great place for everyone to live, including our Māori and Pasifika communities. It's also about making sure wellbeing is viewed holistically and quality of life is improved.

The plan's purpose

The plan aims to guide the long-term direction of our economy and help the region to prioritise, fund, and deliver high impact economic initiatives over the next 10 years that, in turn, will help to:

  • Create some of the 100,000 new decent jobs needed in our region over the next 30 years, in line with population growth projections (200,000) in the Wellington Regional Growth Framework.
  • Improve quality of life by supporting our region to be more productive, resilient, inclusive, and sustainable with thriving Māori and Pasifika communities.

Check out the Regional Snapshot, which provides a summary of data and insights that form the REDP.

Download the REDP

The journey so far

The plan represents more than 12 months of conversations and mahi across our region, including 10 councils, iwi, business groups, Te Matarau a Māui (Māori Economic Development group), sector groups, place-based groups, and many others.  

The Wellington Regional Leadership Committee, WellingtonNZ, and the steering group support this plan.  

This collaborative effort forms the basis of a long-term partnership, which results in improved co-ordination, access to networks, and connections across the region.

Independent review and advice [PDF 158 KB]

Workshop summary report [PDF 3.8 MB]

Get in touch

WellingtonNZ is working with partners across the region to implement the plan. It is a living document that will evolve and adapt as conditions change, relationships are built, and new initiatives arise.

Please get in touch with the steering group to discuss any initiatives.

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