A 4.8 million dollar investment grant will be transformative for Wairoa’s main street delivering further retail, employment and educational opportunities. The cash injection has been made possible through the Coalition Government’s Provincial Growth Fund, which aims to grow economic development in the regions.
The main street initiative, Te Wairoa E Whanake, Rise Up and Grow Wairoa, and the Wairoa Library Regional Digital Hub have been developed in partnership with the Wairoa District Council, Vision Projects, the Wairoa Community, Iwi, education providers and the Provincial Growth Unit.
The project will see an Integrated Business Facility built on the main street burnt-out buildings site, the relocation of the i-Site and creation of a Wairoa identity space and a Rocket Lab Education Centre and the development of a Wairoa River Regional Park.
The Regional Digital Hub will expand on services offered by the Wairoa Library as part of its planned expansion to provide access to digital connectivity for business development establishing the library as a community hub for shared resources to spark community innovation and creativity.
All projects will be underpinned by a smart urban design, incorporating the Reorua 2040 commitment, which will enhance the entire CBD and generate positive economic, cultural, social and environmental wellbeing.
This enterprise will lead trade training, apprentice-based and employment pathways to deliver regeneration of Wairoa’s CBD by directly addressing the need for business opportunities and employment.
Phase One of the project will take place this year with community feedback, design work, and business case development all being progressed.
Phase Two is the construction stage which is expected to start in 2021. It will include the physical development of an Integrated Business Facility on the burnt-out buildings site, relocation of the i-Site and creation of the Rocket Lab education centre and Wairoa identity space.
The Wairoa Regional Park is part of the final phase and will complement Te Wairoa E Whanake through a comprehensive environmental plan which will address the riverbanks within the township area.
The projects, particularly the main street initiative, will encourage more businesses and visitors into the town centre and create better employment opportunities for local people.
It will see Wairoa rise up and grow by connecting community, whānau and students and building a robust, sustainable, culturally reflective and digitally connected town centre.
With funding secured and a draft plan in progress, the next step is to talk with the community to hear what the people want and how that can be linked into the project.
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