Waimakariri MP welcomes growth in region

Waimakariri news
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey says growth in Waimakariri could be expected to continue as the region moves further away from the Canterbury earthquake events.

New data presented by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in its 2015 Regional Economic Activity Report, released last week, estimates half of new dwellings built to replace those lost in the Canterbury earthquake events are situated in the Waimakariri and Selwyn districts.

  “You only have to drive around the region to see the number of new homes and retail centres being built,” Doocey said.

Doocey, who honoured a campaign commitment to move into the electorate recently, said the region had appeal for young families and he was witnessing a lot of newcomers through his offices. His offices were working in with existing agencies to ensure newcomers were connected to family and social-service agencies in their new communities.

The Regional Economic Activity Report presents economic data on the country’s 16 regions.  It is complemented by a new mobile app that provides updated economic data on the country’s 16 regions at people’s fingertips.

Doocey said the free download would provide easy access to key economic information that stakeholders could use to map their region’s performance.

The app can be downloaded at http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/business/business-growth-agenda/regions.