Regional growth studies

Find out more about the studies and download copies of the reports.

Reports released

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) are leading a programme, along with regional stakeholders, to evaluate opportunities for increasing investment, employment and incomes in:

  • West Coast
  • Tai Tokerau Northland
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Manawatū-Whanganui
  • East Coast (Gisborne and Hawke's Bay).

Purpose and scope of the studies

Each study was supported by a group made up of representatives from industry, iwi/Māori, and local government who collectively covered areas of activity important to each region. The studies were further informed by a comprehensive series of interviews and workshops with participants from across each region.

The studies identify and prioritise the commercial opportunities in each region that have the most potential to sustainably grow incomes and jobs.

Growth opportunities are then prioritised using a range of criteria such as practicality, viability, potential impact on incomes and employment, market/export potential, and existing local/regional investment.

The prioritised opportunities, along with any identified barriers and actions required to address them, are compiled in each report.

Next steps

The government will be working in partnership with the regions to develop Regional Economic Action Plans that focus on the opportunities and possible actions identified in the studies.

Who to contact

If you have questions about the regional growth studies, email

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