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Wairarapa Economic Development Strategy

Wairarapa is our region, our people and our future. Change is taking place and we want to be in control of that change, we want to be sure that those who find it difficult to keep up are not forgotten. Wairarapa Economic Development Strategy [WEDS] was developed to maintain momentum in the region’s economy and plan for a future which allows for growth. Our region’s three mayors are all on the WEDS Governance Group, chaired by Adrienne Young-Cooper, which aims to establish, extend, improve and upscale small businesses and the primary sector in the key focus areas, including added-value food and beverage, visitor and tourism and the knowledge economy. 

A review of the WEDS commenced in October 2021, and is due to be complete in the second quarter of 2022. This review will tell us what worked and what didn’t with the initial strategy, and provide us with a vision and action plan for the next three years.  

Support for the WEDS is provided by Carterton, Masterton and South Wairarapa District Councils, alongside WellingtonNZ. In late 2021 Jacinda Johnston and Natasha Kydd joined WellingtonNZ to provide programme management and coordination support for the WEDS. 

For more information about the strategy and how it is being put to action, visit the WEDS Facebook page or on the Grow Wairarapa Website. 

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