Feb. 27, 2019, 6:08 p.m.
An $8.2m investment from the Provincial Growth Fund was announced for the Far North today by Minister of Tourism, Kelvin Davis.
Mr Davis said the Far North District faces a range of complex challenges including high unemployment, an underutilised labour force, and comparatively lower GDP than other districts.
“There’s a lot of work being done in Tai Tokerau to drive economic growth and help improve the lives of local people. This Government believes every New Zealander, no matter where they live, should share in a growing and prosperous economy,” Kelvin Davis said.
Among the investments announced today was the Kupe Waka Centre, a place of learning ancient waka building and celestial navigation under the guidance of master waka builder and navigator Ta Hekenukumai Puhipi.
Ta Hekenukumai said he was overwhelmed by the successful application and was looking forward to getting the work done.
“It’s a happy occasion for me. It’s a project I’ve been working on for a long time. Now we can really finish it so future generations can come learn, teach and ensure the survival of our traditions”, said Ta Hekenukumai.
Ta Hekenukumai received his knighthood for his contribution to revitalising these ancient art forms earlier this month at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
Others who received funding included:
Te Hiku Sports Hubs $3.0m
Te Mingi Barge Feasibility $257,000
ANT - Developing Projects $250,000
Te Hiku Water Solutions $99,500