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Canterbury's economic strategy launched

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/06/2017

The government has launched an economic strategy plan for Canterbury designed to keep it growing as rebuild activity tails off.

Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges headed a cabinet team at the launch, saying the strategy set "challenging targets".

"It aims to position the region so that economic growth can continue off the back of earthquake recovery and the rebuild to drive economic activity and employment," he said.

"As rebuild activity levels off, there will need to be sustained collaboration with the telecommunications, primary industries, education, tourism, and business sectors."

Mr Bridges said by December last year the government had spent $14.3 billion on Canterbury earthquake costs, and to date it had spent around $850 million on Kaikoura's earthquake recovery.

The strategy has seven work programmes including:

* Integrated regional transport planning and infrastructure investment

* Digital connectivity - extension and uptake of fast broadband in rural areas

* Freshwater management and irrigation infrastructure

* Education and training for a skilled workforce

* Newcomer and migrant settlement - skilled workers, cohesive communities

* Value-added production

* Regional visitor strategy.

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