September What's On Training & Development Guide


The What's On Training & Development Guide is sent out monthly and contains the month's regional offerings for training, workshops and events. There is something in there for everyone! 

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Economic Update - May 2015

Here is the latest monthly economic update, with comments on the electronic card retail spending in April and a summary of key indicators for the transport sector.

Marketview electronic card retail spending (April):

  • Electronic card retail spending (debit and credit card) in Palmerston North increased by 3.4% in April while Manawatu District declined by 2.3%.  New Zealand retail spending increased by 2.8%.
  • There was a 24% decline in spending at fuel outlets in Manawatu District while spending in Palmerston North declined by 7%, reflecting lower fuel prices in April.  Fuel spending in New Zealand declined by 8%.

Transport sector:

  • The transport sector in the Manawatu region had annual earnings of $109 million in the year to March 2013, 3.9% of total earnings in the region (salaries, wages and self-employment income).  Earnings in the sector increased by 118% from 2000, well ahead of the 86% growth in overall earnings for the region and the 84% increase for the New Zealand transport sector
  • Key indicators for the sector are:
    • Fuel sales volumes (petrol and diesel – Manawatu-Horowhenua region) – 192 million litres in year to March 2015, 1.7% annual increase.
    • Car registrations (new and ex-overseas registered cars – Palmerston North region) – 5,964 cars in year to March 2015, 9.3% annual increase.
    • Air passengers (arrivals and departures at Palmerston North Airport) – 468,000 passengers in year to March 2015, 4.3% annual increase. 
    • Rail freight (internal, to other regions, from other regions – Manawatu-Wanganui region) – 1,898,746 net tonnes in year to December 2015, 10.0% annual increase.
    • Bus patronage in Palmerston North and regional services to Palmerston North – 1,142,870 passengers on City services in year to March 2015, 4.3% decline and 107,892 passengers on services from Feilding, Levin and Marton in year to March 2015, 2.1% increase. 
    • Pedestrian counts in Palmerston North CBD – 8,026 pedestrians during selected time periods in November 2014, 3% decline from 2013.

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May Newsletter

Vision Manawatu May Newsletter

  •  Regional Growth Study
  • Callaghan Innovation R&D Experience Grants
  • New Safety Inspection Facility, Emmetts Truck Services
  • DnA Lifestyle Products, Carry-Mate
  • Adding Sustainable Value Programme
  • NZTE Capital Team.... and more

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March Newsletter

Vision Manawatu March Newsletter

  • Festival of Cultures
  • New Zealand - Korea Free Trade Agreement
  • Consumer Insights
  • Business Sustainability
  • PNCC Drafgt Integrated Transport Plan..... and more 

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    Regional Growth Study Results are Near


    Central government’s Regional Growth Study for the Manawatu-Whanganui Region that was hailed as a “game-changer” will soon be sharing the results that have been nine months in the making.

    As a part of a number of high profile business events centred around the Central District Field Days this week, Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy will be giving an overview of the regional study programme this Thursday , in advance of the study’s formal release expected in late May.

    The Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Growth Study was commissioned in July last year to provide analysis of the region’s economy, identify its competitive and comparative advantages, and the actions needed to address constraints and develop opportunities.

    Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce said at the study’s announcement that the region had already identified its abilities as an innovation hub, and that the study would look at how the region could build on these strengths and identify further opportunities to promote economic growth.

    “This update meeting is an opportunity for key industry members, business leaders and the interested public to meet and gain further understanding of the region’s development and future,” says Spearhead’s Craig Nash.

    Spearhead will also be giving an update on the Central New Zealand Agribusiness Strategy, a regionally lead initiative focusing on driving regional agribusiness exports from $1.9 to $3.8 billion by 2025. The Strategy was initiated collectively by the eight councils within the Horizons Region, with the central government-funded growth study one of the first results of the unique collaboration.

    “Our comprehensive agribusiness strategy is focused on understanding markets and maximising the value from our land, distribution infrastructure and investment. Our region has enormous potential, and a shared strategy across all councils is the key to moving the Manawatu-Whanganui region forward and increasing our contribution to the country.”

    The Regional Growth Study and CNZAS update session will be held Thursday 12th March from 3-4pm in the FoodHQ marquee at CD Field Days.





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